Michigan LGBT rights

7:29 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Republican Lawmakers Could Move Religious Freedom Bill With Gay Right Protections

State House Speaker Jase Bolger says he's seeking "necessary balance" between gay rights and religious liberty
LANSING, MI - If Michigan's Republican-led Legislature does amend state law to protect gay residents from discrimination, leadership may also move to affirm religious freedom in a separate bill. House Speaker Jase Bolger says businesses should not be able to fire employees for being gay but is not supporting anti-discrimination bills introduced last week by Democrats.
11:31 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Kalamazoo Pride 2013 to be serious and entertaining

Music at Kalamazoo Pride (file photo)
Credit Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center

The sixth annual Kalamazoo Pride festival kicks off Friday in downtown Kalamazoo at the Arcadia Creek Festival Site. The Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center organizes the event that Executive Director Zach Bauer says is designed to be both serious and entertaining.

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11:09 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Kalamazoo Township adds gender identity, sexual orientation to equal employment policy

City of Kalamazoo passed a similar ordinance in 2008. It was the subject of a referendum, but upheld by voters in 2009
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, MI -- The Kalamazoo Township Board of Trustees voted this week to add language to its equal opportunity employer policy. Board members added that the township will not discriminate against gender identity, sexual orientation, or genetic information.
7:53 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Report finds discrimination against LGBT community hurts state economy

Report comes from Michigan Department of Civil Rights, which has long supported adding sexual orientation to the state's anti-discrimination law.
LANSING, MI - A report from the Michigan Department of Civil Rights found that Michigan's economy would benefit from an anti-discrimination law that includes protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. The study found that the "current state of discrimination" compels some professionals and college graduates to leave Michigan in favor of more welcoming states.