In 2018 the Michigan Department of Civil Rights reported 44 cases of discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals.
However, the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act introduced in the state in 1976 doesn’t protect LGBTQ people. The listed categories that are protected from discrimination are religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, family status, and marital status.
Therefore, as you can see, there is no protection based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
In 2011, the city of Holland, Michigan has already tried to include the LGBTQ community in the anti-discrimination ordinance, but it didn’t work. The bill was rejected by a 5-4 vote.
This time there is a new mayor in town, Nathan Bocks, who is in favor of the amendment.
There are some super positive things going on in Minnesota and it feels good at the end of the year, especially as we’re going to be tipping into the presidential elections in 2020 that’ll probably be much less fun.
In Kansas, Olathe City Council was to consider a non-discrimination ordinance for LGBTQ people.
This was an opportunity to promote equality and diversity while providing protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In this way, all Olathe residents would feel that they were living on an equal footing. That was the plan.
A few days ago I was telling you about Edmonton, Canada, whose city council has approved a “conversion therapy” ban. Today, let’s talk about Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the city has agreed to protect LGBTQ youth.
Senator Kamala Harris entered in the 2020 presidential campaign in January.
Like her political career, which propelled her from Attorney General to Senator of California, her campaign quickly placed her among the best Democratic candidates.
And I must admit that she was my favorite because she has long been a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community.
A few days ago, Kamala Harris made the most difficult decision of her life. She withdrew from the campaign, giving up her dream of becoming the first woman and the first black woman to be elected President of the United States in 2020.
Many LGBTQ people contributed to the Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia in the 1700s. Today, a guide that highlights their contribution has been created. They thus regained their rightful place in history.
Katie Hill, 32-year-old, became the first ever openly bisexual person to be elected to the U.S. Congress in the mid-term elections of 2018. It was a real pride for this young politician and for our community.
This is Transgender Awareness Month. We are both divided between the joy of celebrating the transgender community and the sadness at the too many murders that have taken place this year again.