LGBT equality

Glass Half Full? Finding Hope in the Face of Michigan's Assault on LGBT Equality

Glass Half Full? Finding Hope in the Face of Michigan's Assault on LGBT Equality

2016-09-06 00:00:00

I’m a “glass half full” kind of guy, but it hasn’t been easy these past two months to feel optimistic about prospects for LGBT equality in Michigan.

That’s because we’ve seen a sadly high number of bad case decisions. Consider some of the rulings we’ve endured this summer:   

Do You Really Know Michigan's Trans Community?

Do You Really Know Michigan's Trans Community?

2016-06-26 00:00:00

The number of Americans who say they know a transgender person is on the rise but, “knowing” a transgender person and being familiar with their lives and the challenges transgender people face every day are two vastly different things. To make that difference tangible to non-transgender people and especially to those who make policy and report about us in the news, transgender people must effectively engage with lawmakers, the media and the public around them.

How 'Othering' Trans People Leads to Discrimination

How 'Othering' Trans People Leads to Discrimination

2016-04-27 00:00:00

Near the end of March, legislators and the governor of North Carolina jammed through the now infamous HB2 “bathroom bill” mandating that transgender people use only those restrooms that match their assigned sex at birth.  Immediately, there was uproar from business, LGBTQ advocates, constitutional law scholars and everyday ordinary people, who saw through the ridiculous idea that transgender people are somehow dangerous and need to be swept into segregated sp

To Understand Transgender People, Let Them Tell their Stories

To Understand Transgender People, Let Them Tell their Stories

2016-04-12 00:00:00

When I began writing a series of stories chronicling the lives of transgender people, my goal was to help educate the public. Yet I’m learning just as much in the process.

It’s humbling how willing these people have been to share their deeply personal stories, but not necessarily surprising. After all, coming out as transgender — which means living as your authentic self, regardless of the gender you’re assigned at birth — requires an enormous amount of honesty and courage.

As Visibility for Trans People Increases, So Does Fear

As Visibility for Trans People Increases, So Does Fear

2016-04-09 00:00:00

It’s no secret that transgender people are becoming more visible on a national stage. There’s actress Laverne Cox, reality star Caitlyn Jenner, and even shows like "Transparent" that try with honest intentions to shine some much-needed light on the issues that affect the trans community the most. These are all good things, of course. 

Lansing Watchdog: Navigating the Lobbyist Road Map

Lansing Watchdog: Navigating the Lobbyist Road Map

2016-04-06 00:00:00

ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – April 7, 2016

With the state legislature on a two-week spring break, it’s an opportune time to talk about other avenues of lobbying around which the ACLU of Michigan organizes our policy efforts. Having support from elected House and Senate members is crucial to passing legislation that furthers our policy goals, and gaining that support often looks much more like a road map than simply checking off a list of supportive legislators.

Michigan in Crisis Control Could Help Forge Alliances in Lansing

Michigan in Crisis Control Could Help Forge Alliances in Lansing

2016-01-26 00:00:00

We have about four months of scheduled legislative session, uninterrupted by hunting breaks or holiday breaks, until the Michigan legislature turns its full attention to the August 2016 primary election season and the political fate of Michigan’s House of Representatives.

An ACLU Lawyer’s Appeal for a Renewed Commitment to Social Justice

An ACLU Lawyer’s Appeal for a Renewed Commitment to Social Justice

2016-01-05 00:00:00

Throughout 2015, black students across the country were forced to face down racial hostility and violence on college campuses that seemed drawn straight from the Jim Crow era.  In addition, a leading presidential candidate spent much of the year promising to build a wall to keep out Mexican immigrants.

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