Tag: LGBT

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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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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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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Seth’s story: Honoring his authentic self

Seth’s story: Honoring his authentic self

After decades of living as the Mormon Church, his family and society expected him to, this transgender man is finally living his truth. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Seth Carwyn grew up Mormon, living under the strict rules of the faith that were followed by his family. He […]

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Ahya’s story: Expressing the music in her soul

Ahya’s story: Expressing the music in her soul

This transgender woman uses her unique voice to advocate for herself and her community. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Ahya Simone didn’t plan on becoming a harpist. She’s always been musical and had long been a singer, but taking a harp class began as nothing more than a […]

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Arizona’s story: Listening to her authentic self

Arizona’s story: Listening to her authentic self

After nearly 50 years, this transgender woman finally let the world see who she’s always known herself to be. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Arizona Welsh was three years old when she first realized that she was much more like the women in her life than the men, […]

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Attorney General Bill Schuette seeks to define Michigan as a state full of transphobic bigots

Attorney General Bill Schuette seeks to define Michigan as a state full of transphobic bigots

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette joined with the attorneys general of nine other states to sue the federal government over their recently-released guidance for educators on how to make their schools safe, welcoming places for transgender students. The other states are Arkansas, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming. In his press release, Schuette claims […]

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Racquelle’s story: Focusing on family

Racquelle’s story: Focusing on family

As a new mother, this transgender woman has faced unique challenges that inspired a new direction for her activism. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. When Racquelle Trammell found out that she and her fiancé, Liam Johnson, were expecting their first child, it was a joyous occasion. They knew […]

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