|Hello neighbors!I’m Norma Bailey, an advocate for gay and transgender protections in Mt. Pleasant. Not just an advocate, but a proud one! Mt. Pleasant has just become the 19th city in Michigan to pass an ordinance that protects gay and transgender residents. What does this mean? Now residents cannot be fired from their jobs or kicked out of their homes just for being gay or transgender.
It wasn’t an easy fight. We worked hard for almost two years to get to where we are today. I want to let you know that, if your city does not yet have an ordinance, do not give up! And if your city does have an ordinance, go visit your neighbors in a nearby city and help them with their own work.
How did we do it in Mt. Pleasant? We formed a strong steering committee. We made sure to be inclusive of faith groups, and that our leadership was diverse and passionate. We kept in close touch with our supporters, ran canvasses, and met with our city commissioners face to face. We stayed on message and we stayed on course. It was important work. We were patient and persistent. It paid off in the end — and we couldn’t have done it without the help of and resources from the Unity Michigan coalition.
All the best,