- Felicia GodboltEEO Program Manager
Gay = AIDS? Stand Up Against Ignorance and Bigotry in Ohio
“When the governor acknowledges them [gays] as a minority group, which they are not, you're also saying to them that their behavior is OK. And it’s NOT OK to engage in this type of behavior when it’s gonna cause you possibly to die from AIDS.”
– Phil Burress, Citizens for Community Values 
Citizens for Community Values, a group that endorsed John Kasich for governor , proved that bigotry still exists in the public square. They oppose any protections for LGBT workers and made outrageous, inaccurate statements that played on radio stations across Ohio yesterday.
The irony is that John Kasich’s already found a way to deny state workers basic rights they had under Gov. Ted Strickland. Kasich went out of his way to make sure that discrimination based on gender identity is no longer barred, even going back on a promise to do so. 
If you agree, please take a moment to contact the person in charge of Ohio’s Equal Employment Opportunity program. We’ll also send a copy of your comments to John Kasich and the head of the State Personnel Board of Review.
- EEO Program Manager
The recent comments by Phil Burress, President of Citizens for Community Value and a strong Kasich supporter, prove that discrimination, bigotry, and ignorance is alive and well in Ohio.
Phil Buress said on NPR to Statehouse Reporter Bill Cohen that “When the governor acknowledges them [gays] as a minority group, which they are not, you're also saying to them that their behavior is OK. And it’s NOT OK to engage in this type of behavior when it’s gonna cause you possibly to die from AIDS.”
As Program Manger in Ohio’s Equal Employment Office, you understand firsthand the effects of discrimination in the workplace. Governor Kasich promised to protect all Ohioans but refused to include Gender Identity in the protections for State Employees.
I ask you to stand up for every resident of Ohio and urge Governor Kasich to stop the rollback of protections for the LGBT community in State Government and to support a non-discrimination policy for all businesses and residents of Ohio.
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