6:31 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Poll Shows Strong Support for Adding LGBT Anti-Discrimination Protections

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House Speaker Jase Bolger says balance must be struck with religious beliefs
Lansing Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday that would protect gays and lesbians from being fired because of their sexual orientation as new polling suggests a majority of voters strongly support adding the protections to Michigans civil rights law. But Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger signaled he wont allow a bill sponsored by all 50 House Democrats to come up for a vote.
2:32 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Kalamazoo LGBT Hate Crimes Coalition Formed

Protest against hate crimes affecting LGBT people in New York City
Credit AP Photo

Several groups say they’re forming a coalition to fight hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Kalamazoo area. The move follows a break-in at the home of a same-sex couple last month. The coalition says that’s only one example of crimes targeting the LGBT community.

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5:48 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Celebrating Same-Sex Marriage in Michigan

Couple exchanges marriage vows in Ann Arbor.
Credit Suzanne Siner

Friday, Aprill 11th, is the Day of Silence, a national event that protests the bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students and their supporters.

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SW Michigan
12:09 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Michigan Business Leaders Urge Ban on Gay Discrimination

Credit WMUK

A group of Michigan business leaders says the state should ban job discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The Gongwer News Service says Business Leaders for Michigan announced the proposal Thursday. It wants protections for gay and lesbian job seekers added to the state's Elliott- Larsen Civil Rights Act. It prohibits discrimination because of race, religion, gender, national origin, or disability. The group says extending protections for sexual orientation would help improve Michigan's business climate.

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12:00 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

My Closet Has a Window

The 2012 gay pride parade in San Francisco (file photo)
Credit Noah Berger / AP Photo

This is the first of a three-part series about identity, acceptance and forgiveness in West Michigan’s LGBT community. In our first story, we meet Rachel Gleason. She spent much of youth at her church; worshipping, studying, singing, and babysitting. The church was her life. But that began to change when Rachel started to understand who she really was…

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