The brutal murder of 49 LGBTQ individuals in Orlando has rocked our community. While this mass shooting was the single most deadly anti-LGBTQ hate crime in American history, it was also a stark and painful reminder of the all-too-common violence faced by our community on a daily basis. That violence is cultivated by an environment of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and discriminatory legislation that aims to relegate LGBTQ Americans to second-class status. In the wake of Orlando, it’s more important than ever that we organize, speak out against bigotry, and fight for full, unqualified equality for every LGBTQ person. That also means we must redouble our efforts to oppose anti-LGBTQ legislation here in Michigan, starting with dangerous and discriminatory legislation targeting transgender Michiganders.
Thankfully, we are not alone in this fight. Today, a group of mayors, collectively representing over 1.6 million Michiganders, released a statement strongly opposing dangerous and discriminatory bathroom inspection bills that have been introduced in both chambers of the Michigan Legislature. The mayors signing the statement are a who’s who of Michigan’s most influential municipal leaders:
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss
Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor
Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero
Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell
Southfield Mayor Ken Siver
Royal Oak Mayor Jim Ellison
Oak Park Mayor Marian McClellan
East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows
Ferndale Mayor David Coulter
Ypsilanti Mayor Amanda Edmonds
Traverse City Mayor Jim Carruthers
These pro-equality champions called on the legislature to defeat SB 993 and HB 5717 and urged their local government colleagues across the state to join them in opposition these harmful, anti-LGBTQ bills. You can help grow the list of local leaders opposing legislative attacks on transgender Michiganders by sending the mayors’ statement to members of your City Council, County Commission, Township Board, or Board of Education and asking them to add their name.
Community leaders, like these mayors, are helping Equality Michigan advance pro-equality policies on the local and state-level. Their support is critically important. Please take a moment to help us thank these mayors for their leadership and support by clicking here. Together, we’re going to defeat these legislative attacks on LGBT families and make our state a place that is welcoming to all.
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