LGBTQ rights

‘This feels like a family reunion’: Kalamazoo hosts 1st live LGBTQ Pride in 2 years

BY: - September 20, 2021

During a year and a half of social distancing during the pandemic, hugging has become rarer — especially with those you don’t know.  But this was a special occasion for Kris Schirripa, 51, and her husband, Nick Schirripa, 47, who sat in the middle of Bronson Park in Kalamazoo Saturday during one of the first […]

Michigan school board members struggle with anger, threats over COVID-19 rules, culture war issues

BY: - September 10, 2021

School board members in Michigan — volunteers who are typically parents or former educators — are facing unprecedented pressure and scrutiny as a third school year dawns during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike last year, Michigan does not have a statewide mask mandate, leaving the decision in the hands of county health departments and local school […]

Michigan’s ethnic intimidation law protects transgender people, court rules

BY: - August 11, 2021

A Michigan law that makes it a crime to intimidate people based on their gender protects transgender residents, the state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. The ruling involves a case in which a transgender woman was shot at a gas station in July 2018. The gunman, Deonton Rogers, was charged with ethnic intimidation after police […]

LGBTQ+ rights group appeals to Michigan Supreme Court after state board rejects ballot measure

BY: - August 5, 2021

Fair and Equal Michigan, the group aiming to amend the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to expand anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ residents, filed an appeal with the Michigan Supreme Court Wednesday after the Board of State Canvassers last week rejected the group’s petition.  The LGBTQ+ rights advocates are aiming to get the initiative on the […]

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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 […]