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Equality Springfield Community Action

Equality Springfield Community Action (ESCA) is a separate public policy organization.  The mission of ESCA is to advocate for the kinds of policies that will improve the lives of LGBT people in this community.  Springfield remains one of the largest cities in Ohio where it is still legal to fire, evict, or deny services to people on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity:  Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, and other communities have protected their LGBT residents from this kind of discrimination. 

The need for such protections is real.  In fact, Springfield City Commissioners heard testimony from those opposed to such protection because they want to be able to evict or fire gay and lesbian people.  Nonetheless, three of those city leaders--Commissioners Joyce Chilton, Dan Martin and Kevin O'Neill--voted against the inclusion of "sexual orientation" among the city's protected categories at their meeting on February 28th, 2012.

ESCA is working to address the problem of needed protections by lobbying our City Commissioners, building a coalition of community supporters, and promoting public awareness of Springfield's legislative shortcomings.  If you would like to participate in this effort to move Springfield in a more welcoming and progressive direction, consider joining the Equality Springfield Community Action effort.  The organization meets, along with Equality Springfield, on the first Tuesdays of each month at Christ Episcopal Church, 409 E. High St., at 7:00 p.m.