by Ken Schneck, Editor
More than 20 LGBTQ+ legislators and leaders gathered from across the state of Ohio to appear in a video to endorse the Joe Biden/Kamala Harris Democratic ticket for the 2020 election, encourage viewers to come up with an plan for voting, and announce an Out for Biden Ohio Weekend of Action.
“It is an honor to support Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” says Dan O’Malley, Lakewood City Council President. “They have each helped make history with their crucial support for marriage equality and they will make history again when they are elected President and Vice President on November 3rd. This election is a matter of life or death for many in our community and I’m ready to do everything I can to help win this election.”
With affiliations ranging from Ohio State Senate to Summit County Clerk of Courts to Nelsonville City Auditor, the video represents a roll call of out legislators who do not often have the opportunity to appear together. The robust number of individuals appearing in the video is a far cry from years past when the Buckeye State sported very few openly LGBTQ+ lawmakers.
“Seeing the video really brought home how far we’ve come with so many other openly-LGBTQ Ohio officials,” says O’Malley. “I’m proud to be one of them.”
The line-up in the video includes: Nickie Antonio (Ohio State Senator), Kerry McCormack (Cleveland City Council), Justin Gould (University Heights City Council), Dan O’Malley (Lakewood City Council President), Megan Kilgore (Columbus City Auditor), Shannon Hardin (Columbus City Council President), Kimberly Sue Griffiths (OCTOPUS, LLC), Lori Trent (Upper Arlington Board of Education), Jane Cera (Clinton Township Trustee), David Donofrio (South-Western City Schools’ Board of Education), Nick Komives (Toledo City Council), Sheena Barnes (Toledo Public Schools Board Member), Sandra Kurt (Summit County Clerk of Courts), Bobby McDowell (Mogadore Village Council), Anthony Gomez (Cuyahoga Falls School Board Vice President), Taylor Sappington (Nelsonville City Auditor), Chris Seelbach (Cincinnati City Council President), Charmaine McGuffey (Candidate for Hamilton County Sheriff), Ryan Messer (Cincinnati School Board Vice President), and Pastor Lesley Jones (Cincinnati). 🔥
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Ken Schneck is the Editor of The Buckeye Flame. He is the author of Seriously, What Am I Doing Here? The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew (2017), LGBTQ Cleveland (2018), LGBTQ Columbus (2019), and LGBTQ Cincinnati (2020). In his spare time, he is a professor of education at Baldwin Wallace University. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.