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Public News Service - MI: LGBTQIA Issues

More than 20 state legislatures, including Michigan's, are considering trans sports bans.  (Adobe Stock)

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LANSING, Mich. - Opponents of Michigan's proposed trans sports ban are working to educate people about what they see as its dangers. Senate Bill 218 would prohibit trans high school students from playing on teams associated with their gender identity, verses their sex assigned at birth. A key co

Abuse can occur in all types of relationships, regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression or gender. (Adobe Stock)

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LANSING, Mich. - Romance is top of mind for many young people in Michigan planning to celebrate Valentine's Day this weekend. And while teen romance can be tricky, it shouldn't be dangerous. Paige Welch - a senior at Dewitt High School - is on the Michigan Youth Girls Advisory Board, a program of

Advocates for teens worry about an increase in online bullying during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

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LANSING, Mich. - Bullying continues to be a pervasive problem among Michigan youth, and it's more common among high school students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer-plus. Young people who are bullied or harassed are at greater risk for depression, thoughts of suicide

A new coalition is launching a ballot initiative to help ensure that LGBTQ Michiganders are guaranteed safeguards in housing, public accommodations and employment. (Adobe Stock)

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LANSING, Mich. -- After years of inaction at the Statehouse, some Michiganders are taking bold action to expand the state's civil-rights law to prohibit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. A newly formed Fair and Equal Michigan ballot committee filed petition

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission currently considers LGBTQ people a protected class, but a new amendment would enshrine those protections in state law. (Arashdeep/Morguefile)

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LANSING, Mich. - LGBTQ lawmakers and their supporters have introduced an amendment to the state's Civil Rights Act to add protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in Michigan. The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, passed in 1976, makes it illegal to discriminate in matters of housing,

A new package of bills on LBGTQ adoption would reverse laws passed in 2015. (Adobe Stock)

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LANSING, Mich. — LGBTQ advocates are speaking out in favor of three bills just introduced in the state Legislature that would outlaw discrimination on the basis of religion or sexual orientation by state-funded adoption and foster-care agencies. The bills would reverse laws passed in 2015 th

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer displays the LGBTQ anti-discrimination executive directive after a signing ceremony on Monday. (Jim Murray/Equality MI)

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LANSING, Mich. — Civil-rights groups are celebrating a new directive from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that bans discrimination against LGBTQ people who work for the state or its contractors, or who service state properties. The directive specifically forbids discrimination based on sexual orienta

Trump's plan to ban transgender troops is drawing criticism and outrage. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

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LANSING, Mich. – He pledged to defend their rights, but President Trump now says transgender individuals can't defend their country, which activists say could set off a ripple effect of discrimination. Stephanie White is executive director of the advocacy group Equality Michigan and also ser

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