Local couple on forefront of gay rights movement in Miami Valley
DAYTON (WKEF/WRGT) -- The new ABC mini series “When We Rise” chronicles the personal and political struggles of a diverse group of LGBT individuals who helped pioneer the final leg of the civil rights movement. It tells the history of the modern gay rights movement.
Here in Dayton, we meet a couple very much on the forefront of the movement in our community .
Dan and Nancy Tepfer have a very diverse family.
“We have a lesbian daughter and our extended family includes bisexual and transgender individuals”, says Nancy.
And because of that they have been a part of PFLAG for more than 15 years. It stands for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian and Gay people. Both Dan and Nancy have served as past presidents and Dan has served on PFLAGS's national board. In fact, he was the only retired military officer on the board to attend the 2010 signing of President Obama’s repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
Dan says, “It was very emotional because we worked 4 or 5 years to repeal it”.
The Tepfer's have lobbied at both the state and federal level for better protections for the LGBT community, but say it's been a struggle here in Ohio.
22:51:21 the state of Ohio has no protections for lgbt or people statewide:28
While some cities and communities in the state have housing and employment rights for gay people, others do not.
Nancy says, “For example if you live in Beavercreek as a gay individual and work in Dayton, you have legal protections at work in Dayton but none when you come home to live in Beavercreek”.
Meaning a gay person's job would be safe in Dayton but a landlord could kick them out of their home in Beavercreek just for being gay.
And Nancy adds, “There’s no federal protection either.”
Even with the marriage equality law passed in 2015.
“You could get married on Sunday and fired on Monday and lose your house the same time because there's no protections so the struggle is not over”, says Dan.