Category: LGBT

Jackson LGBTQ leaders’ home burns down killing five pets, arson suspected

Jackson LGBTQ leaders’ home burns down killing five pets, arson suspected

Anne and I are friends with Nikki Joly from my hometown of Jackson, Michigan. On Thursday of this week, the home she shares with her partner, Chris Moore, was destroyed by a fire, killing their two German Shepherds and three cats. In addition to being a nurse and a veteran, Joly is the director of the Jackson Pride Center and […]

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BIGOTRY DENIED! Anti-LGBT “activists” smacked down by court in Jackson, Michigan

BIGOTRY DENIED! Anti-LGBT “activists” smacked down by court in Jackson, Michigan

Earlier this year, the City Council of Jackson, Michigan passed a non-discrimination ordinance (NDO) that prohibits discrimination against anyone for housing, employment, or public accommodation based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The vote was 5-2. Shortly thereafter, a local group of Jackson residents, supported by clergy in local Catholic churches, started to circulate petitions to rescind the NDO and […]

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Local Michigan non-discrimination ordinance being challenged by notorious Jackson bigot

Local Michigan non-discrimination ordinance being challenged by notorious Jackson bigot

In early February of this year, the City Council in Jackson, Michigan approved a non-discrimination ordinance (NDO) that prohibits discrimination against anyone for housing, employment, or public accommodation based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It’s essentially a move that extends basic civil rights provided to most Michiganders under the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to Michigan citizens in the LGBTQ […]

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Trump admin refuses to provide Title IX protections to transgender students, Betsy DeVos falls in line to save her job

Trump admin refuses to provide Title IX protections to transgender students, Betsy DeVos falls in line to save her job

Less than a year ago, the administration of President Barack Obama issued an historic guidance document instructing school administrators that anti-transgender rules, regulations, and laws are in violation of federal law including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. This guidance was received the full-throated support of U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., Attorney General Loretta E. […]

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Episode 17 – We’re not keeping our mouths shut, President Bannon – with special guest Amy Hunter from the ACLU

Episode 17 – We’re not keeping our mouths shut, President Bannon – with special guest Amy Hunter from the ACLU

The show notes for Episode 17 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/01/episode-17-were-not-keeping-our-mouths-shut-mr-bannon-wsg-amy-hunter-from-the-aclu.html New York Times: Trump Strategist Stephen Bannon Says Media Should ‘Keep Its Mouth Shut’ WhiteHouse.gov Trump self-fellation: Praise for President Trump’s Bold Action Washington Post: Republicans should be scared of repealing Obamacare, and this poll shows why Center for Budget and Policy Priorities: ACA Repeal Would Lavish Medicare Tax Cuts on […]

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There’s no better time for transgender people to enroll in a health insurance plan

There’s no better time for transgender people to enroll in a health insurance plan

Protections remain in place to prevent trans-specific exclusions, so enroll before the January 31 deadline for 2017. Let’s face it: There’s a lot of uncertainty right now about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, but that’s no reason for anyone to put off getting signed up for insurance in 2017. In fact, there is no better […]

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Episode 10: How do we work with our enemies? With special guest Equality Michigan’s Stephanie White

Episode 10: How do we work with our enemies? With special guest Equality Michigan’s Stephanie White

The show notes for Episode 10 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2016/12/how-do-we-work-with-our-enemies-with-special-guest-equality-michigans-stephanie-white.html Jeff Spross: Why Trump’s Cabinet poses a unique threat to the working class. Trump’s cabinet picks so far. Gordon Adams: Donald Trump’s Military Government. PPP: Why Pat McCrory Lost and What It Means in Trump’s America. Susan Demas: The First Amendment is under attack in Michigan. Eclectablog: Michigan Republicans add appropriation […]

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After the Blame

After the Blame

The past several days have been a bit of a blur for me. I sat down to write out my feelings several times immediately following the election to no avail. So, I finally decided to sit with my thoughts for a few days and listen to what others had to say. During my moment of reticence, I heard numerous explanations […]

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Jacqui’s story: Embracing her real self, inspired by her daughter

Jacqui’s story: Embracing her real self, inspired by her daughter

When her youngest child came out as transgender, this woman recognized her own truth. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. From the time she was young, Jacqui Leaonna Turner didn’t understand why the males were prettier than the females in every species in the animal kingdom except for humans. […]

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Kara’s story: Finding her truth — and true love

Kara’s story: Finding her truth — and true love

After decades of painful confusion, this transgender woman’s journey has a happy ending. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Like many transgender people, Kara Marie Ramsey struggled from an early age to reconcile the gender she was assigned at birth with the way she felt inside. By the time […]

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Ashton’s story: Through friendship, the courage to live out loud

Ashton’s story: Through friendship, the courage to live out loud

The brave example of his best friend inspired this transgender man to express his truth to everyone. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Growing up in a small town in Michigan, Ashton Niedzwiecki didn’t know that anything beyond the female gender he’d been assigned at birth was possible. He […]

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