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A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; Childcare key to getting Americans back to work.


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Trump threatens Nevada with litigation for passing a bill to send ballots to all registered voters. Plus, primaries today in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington.

Public News Service - MI: LGBTQIA Issues

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

Poverty and bias are widespread in the transgender community, according to new data. (TransAmerica/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. -- Poverty, discrimination, unemployment and psychological stress - those are just some of the hallmarks of the transgender experience in Michigan, according to a study out this week - the largest study of its kind. The National Center for Transgender Equality surveyed nearly 28,000

A large crowd is expected Saturday at the Women's March on Lansing. (Phillip Hoffmeister/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. - On the day after Donald Trump takes office, thousands of Michigan women will take to the streets in opposition to the wave of hate crimes, violence and discrimination they say have proliferated since the November election. Clinical psychotherapist Sarah Eisenberg is one of the orga

Transgender women face additional trauma in prison as they are often housed with men, or put into isolation for their own safety. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – Serving time behind bars is traumatic for any person, but can be especially dehumanizing for those who identify as LBGTQ. A recent report published in the American Journal of Public Health found that sexual minorities are disproportionately incarcerated in the United States, a

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