The results are in! Your support and work has emboldened more people to come out in support of equality, and now we have the record numbers to prove it! A new poll shows increased and majority support from Michigan Republicans, Democrats and Independents for core LGBT rights issues. There are two easy steps you can take RIGHT NOW to build on this momentum and bring us closer to the finish line!
On May 9th, 2013, thousands of people like you are going to show their support for their favorite LGBT nonprofit during Give OUT Day. Equality Michigan is excited to be participating in this national effort! You can make a monthly donation to support our work advancing equality and serving victims of crime right on our website!
Earlier today the Michigan Supreme Court voted 7-0 not to hear the appeal of Attorney General Bill Scheutte in a case that could have threatened domestic partner rights for state employees. Equality Michigan is pleased that the Michigan Supreme Court has recognized what millions of Michiganders already know - the time has come to end the second-class treatment of LGBT families in Michigan. Denying children of same-sex couples access to healthcare is a cruel effort by anti-LGBT leaders to instill a set of values which stand in opposition to the will of the people. Additionally, the court’s affirmation of the authority and autonomy held by the Michigan Civil Service Commission is a promising example of upholding the laws and systems put in place to increase equality among those living in Michigan.
In addition to asking your friends to support their favorite LGBT organizations on May 9th - we want to hear why supporting equality is important to you! Kicking off for Give OUT Day and continuing through the summer - we want your stories, videos, pictures, poems, rants, blog posts, mashed potato sculptures…or whatever creative way you choose to express why the equality of LGBT Michiganders deserves respect! All submissions will be judged and the winners will win a fab prize worthy of smacking a rainbow to!Send your submissions to: resp...@equalitymi.org
Today Equality Michigan announced the appointment of Sommer Foster as the organization's new field organizer. As the organization's field organizer, Foster will coordinate the organization's outreach efforts throughtout the state and support activists working for policy change. Sommer will begin working immediately with the existing staff to advance local and statewide policy initiatives, and coordinate the organization's volunteers.
Dave Agema, a Republican leader from Michigan, has been almost going out of his way on Facebook and radio lately to showcase his own hatred and homophobia. While "citing" research conducted by known white supremacist and Holocaust-denier Edward Fields - Agema stated numerous lies attacking the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Since then he has continued to embarrass himself with failed attempts to backtrack his remarks. Join Equality Michigan and Democracy for America in standing up and saying enough is enough and it is time for Dave Agema to leave his leadership roles within the Republican Party.
We are happy to report great news from our members in Pleasant Ridge! This past week, their elected officials unanimously adopted an LGBT-inclusive human rights ordinance! These ordinances send a powerful message to all of Michigan that anti-LGBT discrimination cannot be tolerated. Equality Michigan applauds the people of Pleasant Ridge for promoting compassion over hatred and we look forward to working with local advocates on any necessary efforts to implement and protect these measures.