LGBTQ+ Rights

LGBTQ rights group ready to file suit after state rejects petition signatures

BY: - July 9, 2021

Fair and Equal Michigan, the group behind the ballot drive to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people, is prepared to file a lawsuit against the Michigan Bureau of Elections (BOE) after determining the petition failed to clear a hurdle to get on the 2022 ballot. The BOE issued a report Thursday stating that the Fair and […]

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Michigan Supreme Court to hear landmark LGBTQ rights case

BY: - July 6, 2021

The Michigan Supreme Court will bypass the Court of Appeals to hear arguments on a key LGBTQ civil rights case. In an order dated Friday that was released on Saturday, the high court said it will hear the appeal of Rouch World LLC v. Department of Civil Rights. The case will effectively determine whether Michigan’s […]

Nessel: DHHS surgery requirement for birth certificate change is unconstitutional, no longer required

BY: - June 30, 2021

A 43-year-old state law requiring transgender residents to show proof of gender-affirming surgery before being able to change their birth certificate is unconstitutional, Attorney General Dana Nessel declared in a formal opinion Wednesday. Her opinion on Michigan Compiled Law (MCL) 333.2831(c) had been requested by Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Director Elizabeth Hertel […]

Supreme Court affirms transgender rights in declining to hear school bathroom case

BY: - June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it will not hear a case of a transgender student in Virginia who was barred from using the boys’ bathroom, a decision that affirms lower-court rulings that said treating transgender students differently violates federal law. Justices on the top court offered no comment in declining to take […]

How a West Michigan student-led LGBTQ club became the latest culture war flashpoint

BY: - June 26, 2021

After a student-led Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club at Whitehall High School sent out an email to the student body that included resources about sexuality and identity during Pride week, that kickstarted an often-heated conversation in the small West Michigan community about where the line is between schools and families in talking about LGBTQ issues. Whitehall […]


B.A. Schaaff: We’ve had some important national wins for LGBTQ+ rights, but there’s more work to do

BY: - June 23, 2021

Pride Month is a chance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people to be proud and visible in a world that tells us not to be. Pride Month is a chance to celebrate and honor the work of LGBTQ+ people as we fight every day for equity and inclusion in society, in the […]

Whitmer signs executive directive to prohibit state and federal funding of conversion therapy

BY: - June 14, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive directive Monday requiring the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to take action to prohibit the use of state and federal dollars for the practice of conversion therapy on minors.  Conversion therapy, also known as reparative therapy, refers to any intervention that attempts to change an individual’s […]

Nessel’s office announces new trans-inclusive department policy

BY: - June 11, 2021

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Thursday that her office has adopted a new policy to protect the needs, legal rights and safety of transgender, intersex and gender non-confirming employees in her department. The policy went into effect on Tuesday and establishes guidelines for privacy, pronouns, restroom accessibility, dress code and more to maximize the comfort […]

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Michigan LGBTQ rights initiative challenged by group with ties to anti-gay law firm

BY: - June 4, 2021

A group called Citizens for Equality, Fairness and Justice filed a challenge with the Board of State Canvassers Thursday against the Fair and Equal Michigan campaign. Fair and Equal Michigan, which aims to ban discrimination in jobs and housing for LGBTQ Michiganders by expanding Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) to include sexual orientation and gender […]

Michigan’s AG marks LGBTQ Pride Month with irreverent email

BY: - June 4, 2021

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 […]

HIV at 40: Racial disparities continue to drive the epidemic in Michigan

BY: - June 4, 2021

“Why are you talking to them?” Hank Millbourne remembers friends saying to him during the 1980s gay scene in Detroit about other gay men. “They have the package.” Millbourne had only a passing idea of what the “package” was, but he was quickly taught the alleged telltale signs of it: darkened fingernails from using AZT, […]

HIV law has changed, but those prosecuted under former measure struggle to overcome convictions

BY: - June 4, 2021

Jeremy Merithew had a hook-up in 2012 that he will remember for the rest of his life. He met a man on the gay app Adam4Adam. The man came over for sex and left.  The next day, a deputy from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department was knocking on his door and he ended up behind […]