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LGBT Rights

John Gutoskey
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It has been three years since a gunman entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida and opened fire.  Recently, a new arts exhibition was unveiled in Orlando to honor those lost in the tragedy, and Ann Arbor artist John Gutoskey's work is prominently featured.  In this week's 'creative:impact,' Gutoskey discusses that work, life as an artist, and the role of social conscience in the creative process.  


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Proposed new standards for teaching history and social studies in Michigan would include references to abortion, climate change, and gay rights.  The new standards have been at the center of political battles at the elected state Board of Education.


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A teen was recently attacked in Muskegon County.  Officials say it was because he’s gay.  Now some prosecutors and lawmakers are calling on the legislature to expand the state’s hate crimes law


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The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is asking state Attorney General Bill Schuette for a formal ruling on whether it has the authority to extend housing and employment protections to gay, lesbian, and transgender people.  That’s after an attorney from his office torpedoed a proposal the commission was on the cusp of adopting. 


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LGBT activists say the state’s civil rights law is too vague when it comes to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 


Michigan Democrats Call For LGBTQ Protections

May 31, 2017
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Lawmakers in the state House and Senate are once again calling for more legal protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. 


Susan Pearlman

An Ann Arbor woman expressing her support for the LGBT community is getting support from neighbors after receiving an anonymous letter concerning her public display of support.

 


LGBT Pride
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The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to adopt voluntary guidelines to help schools with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students.  The guidance is intended to help schools create a safe and supportive learning environment for LGBTQ students.


Rick Jones
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Legislation to make attacks on LGBT people a hate crime in Michigan was rolled out Wednesday with the support of at least two Republican state lawmakers. 


LGBT Pride
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Celebrations yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in the United States. 


Orlando Shootings
Rick Pluta / MPRN

Vigils around Michigan last night marked the mass shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. 

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The Michigan State Board of Education holds its final public session Tuesday on controversial guidelines to help schools come up with plans to deal with gay and transgender students. 


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There was a spirited debate between lawmakers on a state House budget panel over a Republican effort to punish the state Board of Education.  


Liz Coston
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

New research shows a link between an increase in LGB civil rights and a decrease in hate crimes.

 

 

LGBT Pride
Michigan Radio / michiganradio.org

The campaign to expand equal protection rights in the state constitution to include women and LGBT people can start collecting petition signatures.  


LGBT Pride
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A state elections board is expected to determine today whether a petition campaign to add LGBT and gender protections to the Michigan Constitution is ready to go.  Rick Pluta has more.


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Ruling takes effect in 21 days, unless a higher court overturns the decision.

Michigan Public Radio Network

House holds hearing on LGBT civil rights bill

A state House committee adjourned Wednesday without voting on
legislation that would add LGBT protections to Michigan's civil rights
law, and it appears the effort has stalled as the Legislature grows
close to wrapping up for the year.

State Rep. Frank Foster (R-Petoskey) both testified and presided over
the hour-long hearing that allowed supporters and opponents to voice
their opinions. He said it's time for Michigan to update its civil
rights law.