Content Filed Under: Michigan

All relevant news and information regarding LGBTQ non-discrimination in The Great Lakes State.


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Highs and Lows of the 2018 Legislative Session for LGBTQ Nondiscrimination

By Shane Stahl • June 2, 2018, 4:44 pm A look at the Highs and Lows of the 2018 Legislative Session – and how everything that happened this year builds momentum toward future gains and fuels the LGBTQ movement for the months and years to come.
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This Week in Nondiscrimination: NJ Grows More Welcoming, Continued Celebration in NH, and Movement in Legal Cases

By Shane Stahl • June 1, 2018, 3:45 pm LQBTQ nondiscrimination saw New Jersey becoming perhaps the most transgender-inclusive state in the union, New Hampshire saying goodbye to a stalwart nondiscrimination campaign manager, and petitions in two legal cases asking the U.S. Supreme Court for review.
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An Advocate for LGBTQ Older Adults Draws on His Faith

May 30, 2018, 10:28 am Randy Block, an advocate for older LGBTQ adults, speaks about being the leader of the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network and how he works for the betterment of the senior LGBTQ population.
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This Week in Nondiscrimination: NH Prepares to Celebrate and a Win For Gavin Grimm Among Highlights in Positive Week

By Shane Stahl • May 25, 2018, 1:15 pm A key victory for Gavin Grimm and momentum forward in Michigan's new interpretation of sex discrimination laws lead a week of good news for the nondiscrimination movement for the week of May 20.
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Huge Step Forward: Michigan Civil Rights Commission Advances LGBTQ Nondiscrimination

By Shane Stahl • May 21, 2018, 4:00 pm The Michigan Civil Rights Commission has voted 5-0-1 to address anti-LGBTQ discrimination after review of existing state law, now interpreting sex discrimination laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
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WATCH: LGBTQ Families Share Their Stories for The Ad Council’s New ‘Beyond I Do’ Campaign

By Adam Polaski • April 20, 2018, 2:11 pm This week Freedom for All Americans is proud to applaud and support the efforts of The Ad Council's new campaign #BeyondIDo, which aims to raise awareness about the many ways that LGBTQ people in the United States face harmful discrimination.
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“I Can Be a Voice for the Voiceless”: Michigan Woman Calls for Increased Attention to Challenges Facing LGBT Older Adults

April 8, 2018, 12:40 pm Faith Robinson-Renner of Michigan tells her story of coming out later in life, and the work she does now to increase visibility for LGBTQ elders, who she feels are an oft-neglected group.
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This Week in Nondiscrimination: Huge Advances Across the Board

By Shane Stahl • March 9, 2018, 2:11 pm This week in nondiscrimination saw big gains across the board in four states, from a groundbreaking vote in New Hampshire, to a win for transgender people in Idaho, and successful legislative victories in Alaska and Michigan.
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Groundbreaking Victory in the 6th Circuit Against Anti-Transgender Employment Discrimination

By Shane Stahl • March 7, 2018, 1:27 pm The panel ruled that the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) does not grant employers an exemption from Title VII, which prohibits discrimination based on sex.
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Transgender Activist in Michigan Works Toward Inclusion and Education For All

February 28, 2018, 12:54 pm Michigan activist Brenden Watts speaks about his work with the Trans People of Color Coalition, and how he works to humanize LGBTQ issues for all.
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Lifelong Detroit Resident Advocates for LGBTQ Elders in Michigan

December 20, 2017, 12:29 pm Having worked with older adults and the aging population at Hannon for the past 17 years, Pat Baldwin recalls that she had seen an increase in troubling situations where LGBTQ people faced rampant discrimination or, more often, experienced almost complete invisibility.
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Report: Small Businesses Oppose Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination

By Shane Stahl • November 18, 2017, 8:56 am On Thursday, November 16, the Small Business Majority released a report detailing polling it had conducted in five different states: North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, and Michigan. Overall, the report definitively states that small business believe discriminatory practices against LGBTQ customers is bad for business, and should not be allowed by law.
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Michigan Civil Rights Commission Tables Determination on LGBTQ Protections For Second Time

By Shane Stahl • November 14, 2017, 2:14 pm On Monday, for the second time, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission tabled a decision regarding whether state law prohibiting discrimination based on sex also prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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One Year After Military Ban Announcement, Transgender Veterans Explain the Importance of Protecting All Americans from Discrimination

November 9, 2017, 6:48 pm

One year out from President Trump's announcement of a planned ban on transgender military service, Freedom For All Americans highlights the stories of transgender vets from across the United States who have served their country at the utmost level, and believe that all people who have the desire to enlist should be able to do so without fear of hiding who they are.

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6th Circuit Schedules Argument in Case Where Judge Justified Anti-Transgender Discrimination Under Federal RFRA

By Adam Polaski • August 22, 2017, 9:15 am The case, EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home, is based out of Michigan and was filed on behalf of Aimee Stephens, a transgender woman fired from her job at a funeral home in 2013, weeks after transitioning.