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Public News Service - OH: LGBTQIA Issues

Pre-Exposure prophylaxis can be up to 98 percent effective at preventing HIV infections. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Health care advocates in Ohio are excited about a promising treatment to prevent the spread of HIV. Pre-Exposure prophylaxis, called PrEP, is a medication regimen that includes an anti-viral medication commonly used to treat those already diagnosed with HIV. Lindsay Marcus

In Ohio, 3.4 percent of residents identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, but support groups predict the number actually is much higher. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – June is National LGBTQ Pride Month, and health care advocates in Ohio are promoting the importance of both pride and prevention within the LGBTQ community. In Ohio, 3.4 percent of residents identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, but support groups predict the num

Experts say stigma and discrimination can contribute to poor health outcomes for LGBT individuals. (Guillaume Paumier/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- LGBTQ Ohioans have the same heath needs as anyone else but are said to be at greater risk for certain poor health outcomes. And experts say these disparities are not biological in nature. It is National LGBT Health Awareness Week, and Julie Applegate, director of Equitas Health,

Opponents of the Pastor Protection Act are convinced it would make Ohio unwelcoming to members of the LGBT community. (mensatic/morguefile)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A fast-moving religious liberties bill in Ohio is spurring concern among some advocates for the state's LGBT residents. The Pastor Protection Act, House Bill 36, received its third committee hearing Tuesday, just two weeks after it was introduced. The bill says ministers or r

Fourteen Ohio cities have comprehensive non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility, a day to encourage those in the transgender community who haven't made themselves public to step forward. And some say there is a great need to ensure that transgender Ohioans, along with those who are lesbian, gay or bisexual

Ohio's rate of new HIV infections is slightly higher than the national average. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio has the resources needed to stem the tide of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but according to new research from the Center for Community Solutions, there's no one steering the ship. Despite advances in treating and preventing the disease, the report finds about 4,000 Ohioans are

Jim Obergefell (center) of Cincinnati will be a guest of honor at the State of the Union address. (Elvert Barnes/Flickr)

CINCINNATI, Ohio – An Ohioan who was a key player in the fight for marriage equality will be a guest of honor as President Barack Obama delivers his last State of the Union address tonight (Tues.). Jim Obergefell of Cincinnati will join other invited guests to sit alongside First Lady Michell

A new report finds conversion therapy can cause serious psychological harm among children and young adults. Credit: Henry B. Jones/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It's been 10 months since an Ohio transgender girl took her own life after undergoing conversion therapy, and evidence is building against the use of the controversial practice. The story of Leelah Alcorn went viral, drawing attention to the dangers of the mental health pract

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