Category: LGBT

Michigan Civil Rights Commission tells AG Bill Schuette to go pound sand

Michigan Civil Rights Commission tells AG Bill Schuette to go pound sand

On Sunday, Eli Savit posted an essay here at Eclectablog outlining why Bill Schuette — Michigan’s own version of the odious Ken Cuccinelli — was out of line telling the state’s Civil Rights Commission that they couldn’t enforce their policy of including gender identity and sexual orientation as a protected class of citizens. Yesterday, the Civil Rights Commission met to […]

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Michigan AG Bill Schuette’s anti-LGBTQ opinion is just that: an opinion. It has no has no force of law.

Michigan AG Bill Schuette’s anti-LGBTQ opinion is just that: an opinion. It has no has no force of law.

The following essay was written by my good friend Eli Savit. Eli is an attorney and an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School. His areas of expertise include appellate and Supreme Court litigation; civil rights, education law, environmental law, and public-interest litigation. He writes regularly about legal issues on the Take Care Blog and elsewhere. Follow him […]

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Why are *you* angry? Are you Red or Blue?

Why are *you* angry? Are you Red or Blue?

Everyone is angry. I get it. Our country is as divided as I can remember it being in my lifetime. Friends are divided. Institutions are divided. Families are divided. People that never seemed to be “political” are suddenly, and surprisingly, strident defenders of a particular belief or position–or equally vocal about being against that position. Everywhere you go these days […]

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Organizations send open letter to Oscar Health: Stop transgender exclusions

Organizations send open letter to Oscar Health: Stop transgender exclusions

Oscar claims to be a “new kind of health insurance company” but engages in age-old discriminatory practices. Oscar Health seems to have an identity crisis. On the one hand, it is promoting itself as the kind of insurer that appeals to Millennials and does things differently — and seems to support LGBT equality with Pride Month-related messaging all over social […]

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Michigan Gov. Snyder’s failure as a leader continues into his last year, appoints anti-LGBTQ bigot to Civil Rights Commission

Michigan Gov. Snyder’s failure as a leader continues into his last year, appoints anti-LGBTQ bigot to Civil Rights Commission

Most governors with a history of poisoning an entire city of Black people, an administration full of corruption and ineptitude, and with a laundry list of pro-corporate policies that have harmed the state in myriad ways would probably spend their final months in office being as non-controversial and quiet as possible. Not so with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. Despite his […]

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I became a journalist almost 17 years ago because I wanted to dig for the truth and tell important stories, especially in politics. In the decade-plus I’ve spent in Lansing, I’ve watched most of my Capitol press corps colleagues retire, leave for better-paying jobs or get laid off. There are so many issues to cover and stories to tell — […]

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Health insurance options for transgender people keep improving, despite Trump’s ACA sabotage attempts

Health insurance options for transgender people keep improving, despite Trump’s ACA sabotage attempts

New analysis from Out2Enroll shows that insurers are providing increasingly better coverage for transgender people. President Trump and his cronies have been trying desperately to sabotage Obamacare and trample on the rights of transgender people, belittling both in the process. But their despicable plans are not working. Enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is going strong. And a new […]

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Secretary Betsy DeVos at CPAC 2017 Feburary 23rd 2017 by Michael Vadon

Betsy DeVos Sure Gets Confused Easily

Remember when U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos scrapped the Obama administration’s guidelines on campus sexual assault because they were “confusing“? Remember how some Very Serious People, even liberals, praised this as a good-faith effort? (Some folks seem to believe that there’s an epidemic of really good guys being falsely accused of rape and this is the worst thing in the […]

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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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