This week, local activists in Battle Creek came together to form “One Battle Creek” – the campaign working to make sure that all residents of Battle Creek, including gay and transgender people, are treated fairly and equally under the laws of the city.
“Right now in Battle Creek you can be fired just for being gay or transgender,” said Larry Dillon of One Battle Creek, “But over 75% of Michiganders have said they support nondiscrimination protections for gay and transgender people in the workplace, housing, and public accommodations. It’s time for us to change the law in Battle Creek.”
The poll Dillon refers to was conducted by the Glengariff Group in May 2013.
One Battle Creek is the latest group to tackle nondiscrimination protections at the local level and has the full support of the Unity Michigan Coalition. “Unity Michigan applauds the efforts of One Battle Creek to make sure their city is a place where all people are treated fairly and equally under the law,” said Jon Hoadley of Unity Michigan. “In today’s economic climate, we should be helping people keep their jobs, not firing them because they are gay.”
Those interested in advancing equality in the Battle Creek area are invited to attend One Battle Creek’s first organizational meeting on July 23 at 6:30pm at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Battle Creek.
Find One Battle Creek on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OneBattleCreek