The news out of Michigan is one part positive, one part negative, but there have still been some nice advances in LGBTQ rights in recent years.
The Fair and Equal Michigan campaign to get equal protection in the face of discrimination based on both sexual orientation and gender identity has conceded defeat.
Michigan’s LGBTQ residents have yet to see a victory. They are now in limbo as the Michigan board of canvassers has not certified a petition for the November ballot that will expand the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to protect LGBTQ people against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Openly bisexual Democratic Representative Laurie Pohutsky has introduced a bill in the Michigan legislature to finally ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Michigan.
Michigan residents now have the option to choose between "M", "F", or the non-binary option "X" on their driver's licenses and ID cards. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says it's time for all states to have the same option.
Michigan is not the only state in the U.S. that is looking at improving LGBTQ protections. North Carolina has been all over the issue since the moratorium ended.