Columbus CEO August 2021: Digital Issue

Katy Smith
Columbus CEO
August 2021 Columbus CEO

Dear Readers, 

Ohio law (and proposed law) codifies discrimination that denies LGBTQ+ people the basic rights and protections they deserve. It bars them from housing and medical care if the people providing those things, driven by hate and fear, decide to turn them away. It lets employers refuse to hire and fire based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

These injustices and so many more directed at the LGBTQ+ community are morally wrong. And they're bad for business, too. 

Turns out, hate's not a good look, Ohio. Companies are turned off by the prospect of operating in a state that so mistreats talented workers, suppliers and partners. In this month's cover story, writer Laura Newpoff takes us inside the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. 

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