Between the Lines spotlight

Between the Lines has spotlighted our work on local non-discrimination ordinances!

Michigan’s legislators in Lansing may not be ready to step up and declare equality for the LGBT community, but across the state individual communities have been creating local ordinances that prevent discrimination and publicize that anti-gay bias is something they won’t tolerate.

Board Member Spotlight: Ruth Ellis Center

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Ruth Ellis Center is the only mission specific agency in the entire Midwest dedicated to LGBTQ, (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-atractional, Transgender and Questioning) youth. The Center provides residential and drop-in programs. LGBTQ youth need helpers and advocates who get “it.” We get it. We understand their needs and help them find pathways to safety and independence. Continue reading

Board Member Spotlight: Kick

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Kick: The Agency for LGBT African Americans works to increase awareness of and support to Detroit’s dynamic lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, culture through education and advocacy with integrity and pride.
More about Kick’s programs and services:
Receive & Restore (R&R) is Kick’s flagship Health & Wellness program. Through R&R, Kick will provide valuable education on numerous health and wellness issues that plague our community. Continue reading

Board Member Spotlight: Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion

More form Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion:

Since 1941 The Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion  has been a not-for-profit civil rights organization located in Detroit working to overcome discrimination and racism by crossing racial, religious, ethnic and cultural boundaries. We bring together community leaders from government, law enforcement, education, faith, grass roots organizations and business to understand different points of view and then take action to overcome structural impediments to inclusion and equity. Our programs are recognized by national organizations for bringing about sustainable change. We work to address inequity throughout our region through a process of recognition, reconciliation/reorientation and renewal. We strive to build relationships that create social justice and build sustainable inclusive communities.

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Board Member Spotlight: Equality Michigan

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Equality Michigan works to achieve full equality and respect for all people in Michigan regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
Equality Michigan’s number one priority is a fully inclusive, non-discrimination policy by 2014, on our way to full legal equality including full marriage equality. As we achieve this change, we will count and counter through advocacy services acts of discrimination from bullying in the schoolyard, to wrongful termination in the workplace, to acts of violence committed against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in our community. Continue reading

Board Member Spotlight: Affirmations

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Centrally located in vibrant downtown Ferndale, just a mile from the Detroit border, Affirmations is the center for LGBT activities throughout the community.  In keeping with its vision, Affirmations is the hub of the community, celebrating wellness, personal growth and development, centered in a state-of-the-art, multi-use facility that is financially secure. Because of its ability to change and meet community needs, Affirmations, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has become not only the largest LGBT organization in Michigan, but also one of the ten largest in the United States. Continue reading

Board Member Spotlight: ACLU of Michigan

More about the ACLU of Michigan:

Since its founding in 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union led the fight to conserve our most precious liberties. We have been in the forefront of those seeking to conserve the system of checks and balances designed to prevent the abuses of presidential power we are witnessing today. Since its inception, the ACLU has grown from a roomful of civil liberties activists to an organization of more than 500,000 active members and supporters with 54 state affiliate offices as well as a legislative office in Washington, DC.
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