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Mon Jun 10, 2019, 06:43 AM

Anti-discrimination bills aim to protect LGBTQ+ people in Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled new anti-discrimination bills that would protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination in employment, housing, education, and access to public accommodations.

The new bill would amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act by adding gender identity and sexual orientation to Michigan’s protected classes.

The announcement came one day after Whitmer signed a proclamation declaring June 2019 as Pride Month, honoring the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City, which served as the birth of the international gay rights movement.

“No matter who you love or how you identify, you are welcome and wanted here,” Whitmer said. “When we work together to ensure our state requires that everyone is treated equally under the law, we are able to recruit and retain the talent Michigan needs to thrive.”

Members of the Michigan Legislature’s LGBTQ Caucus — including Sen. Jeremy Moss (D–Southfield), Rep. Jon Hoadley (D–Kalamazoo) and Rep. Tim Sneller (D–Burton) — drafted the legislation.

Read more: https://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2019/06/04/anti-discrimination-bill-aims-to-protect-lgbtq-people-in-michigan

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