LGBTQ+ Rights

Study: Michigan electing more LGBTQ+ local officials, still far off from equity

BY: - August 2, 2021

LGBTQ+ representation in elected offices has taken big strides in the last year nationwide, especially on the local level in Michigan, according to a recent study.  A report by the Victory Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to help LGBTQ+ people get elected to office, shows that nationally there are 986 openly LGBTQ+ people currently […]

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Report shows Catholic Conference funding opposition against LGBTQ+ rights initiative

BY: - July 28, 2021

The Michigan Catholic Conference has largely funded the opposition against Fair and Equal Michigan’s petition to amend the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to expand anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ residents, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday. The petition aims to get the issue before voters in 2022, but was rejected this week by a […]

State board nixes LGBTQ protections ballot initiative

BY: - July 26, 2021

The bipartisan Board of State Canvassers unanimously voted Monday to reject the Fair and Equal Michigan petition to amend the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to expand anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ residents due to a lack of valid signatures. The group was aiming to get the issue before voters in 2022. The board, which consists […]

State finds more invalid signatures after 2nd review of LGBTQ rights group petition

BY: - July 23, 2021

After the Bureau of Elections (BOE) did a second review of the signatures submitted by Fair and Equal Michigan, the group behind the ballot drive to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people, the consensus is that there is still not enough valid signatures to make it on to the 2022 ballot.  However, the campaign, which aims […]

State board OKs anti-Whitmer petition, heads to GOP-led Legislature

BY: - July 13, 2021

After a year of right-wing acrimony over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 orders and legal turbulence over an effort to permanently strip some of her emergency powers, the controversial Unlock Michigan campaign prevailed Tuesday at getting its petition approved by the Board of State Canvassers. The bipartisan panel had previously deadlocked on the petition along party […]

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 […]

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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 […]