transgender rights

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 […]


Susan J. Demas: Don’t be fooled. Conservatives are still on a mission to destroy LGBTQ+ rights.

BY: - August 5, 2021

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage six years ago, many Republicans and conservative outfits have shifted their rhetoric from gleefully declaring LGBTQ+s deserve scorn instead of basic human rights, to couching their bigotry in more genteel terms and desperately rooting out wedge issues. That’s the odd way we seem to mark progress […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]


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 […]

LGBTQ groups condemn $4M transphobic anti-Biden ad campaign in Upper Midwest

BY: - October 30, 2020

Two LGBTQ rights groups have raised the alarm about a well-funded right-wing ad campaign in three states — Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — which misquotes Joe Biden to falsely state that the Democratic presidential nominee endorses “sex change treatments” for 8 and 10-year-olds. The digital ad targeting voters in the key swing states that now-President […]

Department of Insurance and Financial Services prohibits discrimination based on sex or gender

BY: - August 13, 2020

The Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) issued a bulletin Tuesday to health insurers prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Equality Michigan Executive Director Erin Knott said that equitable access to health care is essential while the state continues its ongoing battle with COVID-19.  “Every person deserves fair and […]