Post submitted by Ianthe Metzger, Former Press Secretary, State & Local 

HRC responded to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive directive prohibiting LGBTQ discrimination in state employment by employers receiving contracts and in grants from the state. The directive, which goes into effect immediately, also prohibits LGBTQ discrimination in the provision of state governmental services.

"Elections matter. In one of her first actions as governor, pro-equality champion Gretchen Whitmer has extended long overdue non-discrimination protections to members of the LGBTQ community,” said HRC Michigan State Director Amritha Venkataraman. “We were proud to turn out the pro-equality vote on Governor Whitmer’s behalf in November and we thank Equality Michigan for their ongoing work to safeguard these protections in cities and communities across the Great Lake State. These executive actions are an important step forward in the fight against discrimination, but there’s more work to be done. It is far past time that the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act is expanded to explicitly include protections for the LGBTQ community, so that every Michigander -- no matter who they are or whom they love -- can live their lives without fear of discrimination.”

Last year, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission voted to interpret discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity as a form of sex discrimination. Michigan is one of 31 states that currently lack fully inclusive, comprehensive statewide non-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community.

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