HRC Urges Introduction of Fully Inclusive Non-Discrimination Bill

by Ianthe Metzger

WASHINGTON – Upon news that this week amendments to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act may be introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives by State Representative Frank Foster, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, urged lawmakers to consider an amendment that is inclusive of both sexual orientation and gender identity.

“No Michigander should ever have to risk being fired or face discrimination in the workplace, simply because of who they are or who they love,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “This week the Michigan legislature has the chance to make a real difference in the lives of LGBT people from Marquette to Monroe -- folks who should have the opportunity to provide for themselves and put food on the table for their families just like everyone else.  A fully inclusive non-discrimination bill that covers both sexual orientation AND gender identity is the only acceptable option.  The Human Rights Campaign and our coalition partners will oppose anything less.”

HRC, along with a broad coalition of other LGBT organizations and businesses, has long supported a bill in Michigan that includes sexual orientation and gender identity. HRC will only support a bill that is explicitly inclusive of both factors. HRC is also a member of Freedom Michigan, a coalition of local and national organizations working to pass a fully-inclusive bill.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. HRC envisions a world where LGBT people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.


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