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Equality Michigan Starts Petition To Change Michigan Womyn's Music Festival Transgender Exclusion Policy

In 1991, Nancy Burkholder was first thrown out of the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival for being transgender. Since that time, several more transgender people have been asked to leave the event out of respect for its "womyn-born-womyn intention" which discourages transgender women from participating in the music festival held annually in Michigan and attended by women from across the United States. Equality Michigan has begun a petition encouraging people to commit to a multi-year effort to convince the event's owner and organizers to modernize their discriminatory policy.
July 29, 2014

Drawing a line in the sand at Michfest

Equality Michigan is committing to bringing the issue of the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival "womyn-born-womyn" intention up with our communities, festival organizers, festival vendors, and artists until this policy is modernized. We recognize that may require a multi-year commitment as the organizers have become accustomed to waiting out the storms. This is not a storm going away anytime soon. We ask that you sign this petition and commit to joining us in this effort.
July 28, 2014

Donate this week and get a gift that shows your support

Equality Michigan's victim services department works with hundreds of Michiganders who are victims of violence, harassment, or discrimination because of their actual or perceived status as a LGBT or HIV+ person. These are individuals who work hard at their job, are loved by their family, and are trying to contribute to building a better Michigan. They are just like you, in fact, it one day could be you. They need Equality Michigan's support to get back on track, and we need your support to make that happen.
July 21, 2014

Equality Michigan in Attendance for President's Signing of LGBT Executive Orders

President Obama earlier today signed an Executive Order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Order also ensures that federal employees - who are already protected on the basis of sexual orientation - will now formally be protected from discrimination based on gender identity as well. Sommer Foster of Equality Michigan was at the White House today attending the ceremonies for the Order's signing.
July 21, 2014

Join Us for the Nation's Largest Progressive Gathering in Detroit This Week

Join Equality Michigan this Thursday through Sunday, one of the biggest political events of the year will take place in Detroit (and you're invited): the ninth annual Netroots Nation conference. As a Michigan resident, full conference passes and day passes are available to you at a discounted rate. Speakers include Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Gary Peters, Rep. John Conyers, Mark Schauer, Rev. William Barber, and many more.
July 15, 2014

Equality Michigan Responds to Supreme Court Decisions in Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its highly anticipated decisions in Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius and Conestoga Wood Specialities v. Sebelius. The two cases were brought by for-profit companies which argued that requiring them to include contraception in their employees' health plan violates their religious liberty rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. In an unprecedented decision, the Court ruled that closely held corporations can use their religious beliefs to deny their employees a benefit that they are guaranteed by law to receive.
June 30, 2014

Job posting - Victim Advocate

Equality Michigan is currently accepting resumes for a Victim Advocate position on our staff. The Victim Advocate is a victim/survivor-centered position whose primary focus is to assist victims/survivors of anti- LGBT and anti-HIV hate/bias motivated crime, discrimination, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence. Please send a cover letter and resume to Equality Michigan by 5:00 p.m. July 7, 2014.

June 23, 2014

Republicans, Businesses, Military, Religious and Child Advocacy Groups Support Same-Sex Couples in Michigan’s Marriage Ban Challenge

In 31 unique amicus briefs submitted today to the U.S. Court of Appeals in the 6th Circuit, a significant number of Republican leaders, businesses, military, faith leaders and religious institutions, child advocacy organizations, as well as numerous legal scholars, urged the court to put an end to Michigan's laws that deny same-sex couples the freedom to marry. The 6th Circuit, which has pending cases from all four of the states within its jurisdiction - MI, OH, TN and KY - will hear arguments in those cases on August 6, 2014.
June 17, 2014