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Michigan’s AG marks LGBTQ Pride Month with irreverent email

By: - June 4, 2021 7:11 am

Attorney General Dana Nessel at Michigan Pride | Susan J. Demas

In a fundraising email Wednesday, Attorney General Dana Nessel reminded her supporters that she is gay right in the subject line.

“[Name,] I’m gay,” wrote Nessel.

The email came during the first week of LGBTQ Pride Month, which was recognized for the first time in Michigan’s history in the Senate on Thursday.

Nessel, a Democrat and Michigan’s first openly gay attorney general, has been a strong supporter of LGBTQ rights in Michigan politics before her 2018 campaign when she served as an attorney to a gay couple challenging Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban, which the U.S. Supreme Court overturned in 2015. 

“We have been fighting tirelessly to expand civil rights protections to LGBTQ individuals here in Michigan, but as it stands, LGBTQ — and specifically trans — rights are under attack,” she wrote.

Dana Nessel LGBTQ Pride Month fundraising email, June 2, 2021

Nessel noted Senate Bill 218, introduced by Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) which aims to prevent transgender athletes in Michigan high schools from competing on sports teams that align with their gender identity.

Last week, SB 218 had a hearing in the House Education and Career Readiness Committee, but no action was taken.

Nessel that she and Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield), the state’s first openly gay senator, “will keep fighting against these bigoted and discriminatory laws, and to include the LGBTQ in Michigan’s civil rights statute.”

Both Nessel and Moss are up for reelection in 2022. 

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Allison R. Donahue
Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.

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