Equality Ohio is a group who works to create an Ohio where people are welcome, affirmed and flourishing. Equality Ohio identifies and transforms systems and institutions so LGBTQ+ Ohioans can fully access legal and lived equality.
They lobby state and local politicians on issues important to the LGBTQ+ community like nondiscrimination legislation and making conversion therapy illegal.
Our speaker will be Jen Scott – Statewide Field Manager
Jen is from Forest Park, Ohio. In 2015, she began another path in life, that of a community organizer and grassroots activist. She became very involved with the atheist and secular movement, driven by a passion for separation of religion and government. She believes strongly that an individual’s right to religious freedom should not infringe on the rights of others. In 2016, she co-organized a campaign which drew international attention to raise awareness of the anti-LGBTQ hiring practices of a tourist attraction in Williamstown, Kentucky (aka The Ark Encounter). In 2018, she was recognized as Activist of the Year at the national convention for American Atheists, and now serves on their board of directors. In 2019, she co-founded the Community of Reason (COR): Atheists and Humanists of Ohio and Kentucky based in Cincinnati. COR envisions a secular society that values science, reason, integrity, compassion and true equality for everyone. She also serves on the board of Cincinnati Pride as co-chair of the Parade Committee and represents Equality Ohio on the board of Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati. Through her volunteer roles, Jen learned how to use personal passion to empower a community to make a real difference in the lives of others. She brought this passion to Equality Ohio when she joined the team in 2019 to establish and expand their work in the southwest Ohio region.
We will be meeting in Community Room B
*This meeting is free and open to the public*
Masking will be a personal choice and we will try to social distance and abide by the SHoWLE in-person meeting policy.