LGBTQ+ Rights

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 […]

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Michigan Senate recognizes June as Pride Month for the 1st time

BY: - June 3, 2021

The state Senate on Thursday adopted a resolution to recognize June 2021 as LGBTQ Pride Month — the first time in Michigan history. “The rebellions, legal challenges and the visibility of LGBTQ people you know and care about finally led to the symbolic, yet incredibly significant first-ever recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month from the Michigan […]

‘Biological females are one of our nation’s greatest treasures,’ says backer of anti-trans sports bill

BY: - May 25, 2021

A state Senate bill that aims to prevent transgender athletes in Michigan high schools from competing on sports teams that align with their gender identity landed condemnation and support during a legislative hearing in Lansing Tuesday afternoon.  Senate Bill 218, which was introduced in March by state Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) and is co-sponsored by […]

Bills you may have missed, from cutting income taxes to banning gay conversion therapy

BY: - April 26, 2021

Issuing new bonds would require legislative approval and individuals would see more of their paychecks under legislation introduced in the Michigan Senate. Those are just two of the bills members of the Michigan Legislature have introduced so far in April after coming back from spring break on topics ranging from the pandemic to schools to […]

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Families say athletic bans would exact a toll on rural transgender youth

BY: - April 1, 2021

Katy Binstead’s 13-year-old transgender daughter, Emily Wilson, enjoyed playing basketball recreationally this past summer. When school reopened, she decided to try out for the girls basketball team at her middle school on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The school denied Emily the chance, her mother recalled, telling her to try out for the boys team instead, […]

Bills you may have missed, from banning workplace vaccine mandates to increasing LGBTQ protections

BY: - March 16, 2021

State lawmakers have introduced bills in March on topics ranging from expanding unemployment benefits to protecting members of the LGBTQ community from discrimination to barring employers from requiring workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Republicans control both chambers of the Legislature, in the House with a six-seat margin and the Senate with a four-seat margin. […]

Republican introduces anti-trans sports bill, following trend in other states

BY: - March 10, 2021

Updated, 11:03 a.m., 3/11/21 with comments from Theis State Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) on Wednesday followed in the footsteps of lawmakers in more than 20 states, introducing legislation that targets transgender students. Senate Bill 218, which is co-sponsored by 12 Republicans, mandates that high schools ban transgender boys from boys’ sports teams and transgender girls […]

Legislation to expand LGBTQ rights gets GOP support in House, Senate 

BY: - March 8, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Democratic lawmakers announced Monday that for the first time ever, they have bipartisan support in both chambers of the Legislature for key LGBTQ rights legislation. The bills would expand Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) by adding sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. There have been several attempts in […]