Learning Together

For transgender youth and their families, learning to navigate this new phase in their lives can be a daunting task. It’s common to feel like you don’t understand, but taking on the learning process as a family can make all the difference. To help alleviate this burden we offer informative, custom-tailored training to help build a more equitable, inclusive culture. You can be a part of this change by requesting an inclusivity training at your workplace, school, or medical care facility through the link below. Learn more about our trainings below!

LGBTQ+ Basics

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Develop strategies for advocating for LGBTQ+ individuals
  • Identify and refer individuals to local and national LGBTQ+ specific resources
  • Provide a safer space for LGBTQ+ individuals

Trans 101

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand obstacles faced by trans and gender non-conforming individuals
  • Develop strategies to advocate for as well as offering a safer space for trans and gender non-conforming individuals
  • Identify and refer individuals to local and national trans specific resources

Like most cities, Cincinnati has struggled with LGBT inclusivity.

In 1992, City Council passed an inclusive non-discrimination policy, barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The next year, voters repealed that law and wrote discrimination in the City Charter. That law lived on the books for over a decade, responsible for population decline and at least $45 million in lost Convention business.

But in 2004, voters repealed the law, becoming the only successful LGBT ballot initiative in the country that year, when 13 states (including the state of Ohio) banned gay marriage in their constitutions.

And we haven’t looked back since

Cincinnati is the right place.

And now is the right time.

Cincinnati Skyline

Cincinnati’s anti-LGBT law is repealed by voters.

Cincinnati City Council reinstates the Human Rights Ordinance, barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Chris Seelbach is elected the first openly LGBT person in Cincinnati’s history.

Cincinnati extends equal partner benefits to all City employees.

Children’s Hospital Transgender Clinic opens.

Cincinnati becomes first City in the Midwest, and third in nation, to offer transgender-inclusive healthcare.

Cincinnati scores 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index for the first time, signaling our place as a national leader on LGBT equality.

Cincinnati resident Leelah Alcorn takes her own life, sparking a world-wide conversation on what it means to be transgender and trans-equality.

Cincinnati becomes the first city in the nation to ban conversion therapy for minors.

A total of 327 patients are seen by Children’s Hospital Transgender Clinic.

Cincinnati resident Jim Obergefell takes fight for marriage equality all the way to the United States Supreme Court, resulting in the historic Obergell v. Hodges decision, making marriage equality legal in every state.

Children’s Hospital Transgender Clinic reaches 930 patients, almost 3 times the amount it started with just 4 years earlier.

Living with Change is launched, aiming to ensure every transgender child has access to the medically necessary care they need to live in a world that is safe and inclusive.

What does Transgender mean?

We use transgender as a shorthand that is all-inclusive and welcoming of the many genders and expressions that exist. Transgender includes identities like trans in addition to those who identify as gender fluid, bigendered, non-gendered, and genderqueer. Gender is a spectrum, and we respect and seek to build better communities for people who live at each and every point of that spectrum.

Suggested Resources

For more information on transgender students in our schools, visit: http://www.glsen.org/students/tsr

For resources on transgender youth and the issues they face, including expert advice, visit: http://www.hrc.org/explore/topic/transgender-children-youth

If you—or your children—need someone to talk to, don’t wait. The Trevor Foundationand the TransLifeline are great resources, experienced in transgender youth issues, available 24/7 to talk.

As a general resource for transgender children and families, visit http://www.transyouthequality.org/

Transgender Adolescent Suicide Behavior