LGBTQ+ Rights

Nessel joins coalition of AGs opposing Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law

BY: - August 10, 2022

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a coalition of 16 attorneys general from across the country in filing an amicus brief opposing Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education Act,” otherwise known as the “Don’t Say Gay” law. Nessel, a Democrat who is Michigan’s first openly gay top statewide official, says that the law, which prevents […]

A West Michigan library faces closure after voters defund it over LGBTQ+ books

BY: - August 6, 2022

A small West Michigan library was essentially defunded in this week’s primary election in a dispute over the LGBTQ+ material in its collection, although advocates say it represents more than just a dispute over books, but an assault on personal liberties. What is normally a routine millage renewal for the Patmos Library in Ottawa County’s […]

How Trump’s footprint is all over Michigan’s race for governor

BY: and - July 30, 2022

Days before Michigan’s Republican gubernatorial primary on Tuesday, former President Donald Trump made an announcement some of his supporters had begged him not to do: He just might endorse right-wing media personality Tudor Dixon for governor.  “Giving Tudor Dixon a good, hard look,” Trump wrote Friday morning on Truth Social, the social media company he […]

Michigan Supreme Court rules in favor of LGBTQ+ rights in discrimination case

BY: and - July 28, 2022

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Thursday that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is unconstitutional, reversing a decision from a lower court. “It’s an incredible day here in Michigan,” Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel said during a post-ruling virtual press conference. “… It means respect. It means equal dignity under the […]

Transphobic attacks, calls for voter restrictions dominate final GOP gov. debate

BY: - July 28, 2022

From election conspiracy theorists pushing voter restrictions to a barrage of transphobic comments and the idea that “if we don’t get back to our “Judeo-Christian principles, we’re going to lose our country, we’re going to lose Western civilization as we know it,” the eighth Republican gubernatorial debate Wednesday night was a whirlwind of far-right talking […]

‘It’s the politicians who want to bully her’: Anti-trans legislation sparks anger, fear 

BY: - July 27, 2022

As the debate continues to swirl around proposed anti-trans legislation in Michigan and across the country, the people who are the targets of these efforts want their voices to be heard. “I don’t understand how any kind of affirmative behaviors, getting medical treatment or treating people with human dignity, is a bad thing,” Katie Kilpatrick […]

GOP support for same-sex marriage protections builds in U.S. Senate

BY: - July 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate appears on track to send President Joe Biden a bill in the coming weeks that would guarantee same-sex and interracial couples can marry, even if the Supreme Court overturns the landmark cases that enshrined those rights.  “I think we’re very close,” Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins said Tuesday of efforts […]

How attacks on drag queens in Howell foreshadowed the right’s national anti-LGBTQ+ push

BY: - July 22, 2022

A seemingly impromptu objection to a scheduled drag queen performance in Howell nearly a year ago has spurred proposed GOP legislation seeking to bar schools from hosting such performances and allowing parents to sue if they do.  In early July 2021, Livingston County Republican Party Chair Meghan Reckling posted on Facebook that it was “disappointing” […]

Rural Michigan lacks access to abortion care, even while it’s still legal

BY: - July 20, 2022

Access to abortion care is already a challenge for rural Michiganders, but it could get much worse if Republicans in the Legislature are able to end the preliminary injunction on the state’s 1931 abortion ban, reproductive health advocates say.  “When you consider the many complications and things that go wrong during pregnancy, we must guarantee […]

U.S. House on bipartisan vote passes bill protecting right to same-sex marriage

BY: - July 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — Both Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. House voted Tuesday to enshrine the right to same-sex and interracial marriages in federal law, though the bill’s path forward in the Senate is unclear. The 267-157 bipartisan vote stemmed from concerns that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month to overturn the constitutional right to […]

Sen. McMorrow traveling to Iowa for Dem fundraising event

BY: - July 19, 2022

State Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) is slated for a trip to the northern Iowa city of Clear Lake next month, as a star guest at a Democratic fundraiser after becoming a burgeoning national figure on key issues. The “breakout star of the Democratic party,” as the fundraiser calls her, will be attending the Iowa […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Normalcy bias is a hell of a drug

BY: - July 16, 2022

When life becomes overwhelming, it’s normal to try and protect ourselves by insisting that things aren’t that bad. That coping mechanism can work, at least in the short-term, but most of us know that choosing to live in denial will never solve the real issues at hand. So what happens when we’re living through this […]