Equality Ohio Director Resigns Quietly After Menacing and Disorderly Conduct Arrest Scandal

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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7 Responses

  1. Marlene says:

    The fact that there have been so many EDs in such a short period of time shows me that the Board of Trustees are the *real* problem here!

    It reminds me of the turmoil happening at David’s House in Toledo in the late 90s/early 00s, when a revolving door was installed in the EDs office.

    The board there was largely to blame for the demise of that agency, too.

    It’s time egos got put on the shelf, drama queens needs to either sit down and shut up or resign themselves of Equality Ohio’s to survive!

  2. Mark says:

    Just a quick correction. Equality Ohio has not had issues with its executive director like other state lead advocacy groups. EO has only had 3 ED in its history and one interm.

  3. Nathan says:

    Doesn’t anyone find it ironic that a statewide organization that is advocating for anti bullying legislation is in the center of this scandal. I hate to be so negative but why did Equality Ohio praise someone that was arrested for assult charges? How could a person making $65,000 a year request a public defender? Questions need to be answered.

  4. Tony says:

    Actually, it’s rare for non-profits like this to have long tenures at the top anyway. One of their EDs left because the organization wanted an executive director who would tell the board what to do, but who was used to working more cooperatively, so there was a simple difference in management styles.

  5. Will Kohler says:

    EO is making a huge mistake anyway in my opinion trying to follow the HRC organizational style.

    Ohio is a BIG state and far too large for them to have one office in Columbus.

    They should have 3 Co-EO’s one in an office in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland with 3 Baord members one under each and fill the staff out in each office with volunteers and interns and then all meet bi-weekly. This way each office can cover 1/3 of the state while still working on statewide initiatives.

What do you think?