Gender identity policies changing – By Laura A. Bischoff – Staff Writer

State rules against discrimination will be broadened to include cross dressers, transsexuals.

Columbus – Cross dressers, transsexuals, gays, lesbians and bisexuals may be protected from job discrimination in the attorney general and secretary of state’s offices under soon-to-be expanded employment policies.

“Frankly, I don’t think we should discriminate against anybody against anything related to their sexuality or gender identification in the broadest sense that you can apply it,” said Attorney General Marc Dann. “I just want the best lawyers, best victim advocates … the best investigators in the world. I don’t care, frankly, as long as they do their jobs well.”

Treasurer Richard Cordray will change his office’s non-discrimination employment policy to include sexual orientation, and Gov. Ted Strickland plans to sign an executive order protecting state workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation, their press secretaries said.