Director of Equality Ohio Arrested For Menacing and Disoderly Conduct In Columbus, Ohio

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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6 Responses

  1. Marlene says:

    There have also been runors running rampant that EQOhio was going to start a campaign *against* the FtM petition, not to mention the rumors that some EQOhio volunteers were misrepresenting the petitions they had, plus telling people NOT to sign the FtM petitions!

    Guess it’s time for EQOhio to get a new executive director — *especially* one who’s not a glory seeker/attention wh0re/drama queen!

  2. Nicholas says:

    Ed Mullen’s behavior has been an ongoing issue for Equality Ohio. The resignation(s) should not stop with Ed Mullen. Line up board members now is time to submit your resignations to save Equality Ohio of any further embarrassment.

  3. Tony says:

    This story tells us nothing; less than nothing, in fact, since the arrest reports themselves at least tell us the victim’s name. It’s interesting, seeing the number of anonymous emails sending out links to the arrest report, which does not include a narrative of the incident AT ALL, accusing Ed Mullen of many things without anything to back them up.
    The freedom to marry effort in Ohio jumped the gun horribly; instead of doing ground work to build public support, it jumped straight into things with nothing to back it up except Facebook “likes.” Equality Ohio might not support the effort, but neither does the national organization of Freedom To Marry, or the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, or really any other organization.

    • Will Kohler says:

      Actually I called the Columbus Police Department myself and got the facts so consider them backed up.

      As for Freedom to Marry national and others supporting the freedom to marry effort in Ohio I personally know these groups and why one of them didvn’t support it just like they didn’t support North Carolina. Because they thought it was a waste of money because it had no chance to win.

      Perhaps people like you and Freedom to Marry need to remember that same sex marriage in CA lost a few times also and thats how the ground work was laid.

    • Tom says:

      FTM-Ohio has much more to “back it up” than Facebook likes. They have collected thousands and thousands of signatures from all over Ohio. Facebook “Likes” mean nothing in the real world. People signing, and then voting, is what matters.
      This is a movement that people are behind. People are excited to be a part of bringing about REAL change in Ohio rather than waiting for it. Everywhere we go people line up to sign.
      They are tired of being told that this isn’t the right time, or wait for this, or that. We hear stories all the time from straight people who are proud to take a stand for equality. They have friends, family, neighbors who are discriminated against. The Marriage ban is a part of this discrimination. These people never ask “Who is backing you?” What national groups are behind you?” No, they thank us with heartfelt emotion. They are happy to see the hard work that is being done, and thrilled to help.
      FTM is going about the required business of building signature numbers. THAT’S ground work. They are serious about this…and soon they’ll have numbers that cannot be ignored.
      Other states that had “Gay Inc.” endorsements have failed. Why go about this the exact way that resulted in failure before. It’s time for a new strategy.
      Freedom to Marry-Ohio is doing the heavy lifting first, knowing that NUMBERS matter more than the opinions of other groups, initially.
      The hard work will pay off.
      Endorsements have begun to roll in. Not all are public knowledge, yet…And yes, National organizations are among them. Another state wide endorsement announcement is about to break as well.
      Meanwhile we’ll just keep working hard to bring Ohio closer to Equality.
      I, for one, am thankful for a gutsy group who is willing to forge ahead rather than sitting and waiting…and waiting…and waiting.

  4. Glenn Drake says:

    I don’t know what to make of this. His behavior was wrong and makes us look bad. I just want to know why he did the things he did. It seems out of character for someone with his background.

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