Human Rights Campaign Celebrates New Pro-Equality Majority in Michigan State Legislature

by Delphine Luneau

"Now a New Crop of Leaders, Who Treat All People With Dignity and Respect, is Poised to Take the Michigan Senate and House in a Better Direction"

LANSING — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — celebrated the newly elected pro-equality majority in the Michigan state legislature.

The change in control of the Michigan Senate and House follows the efforts of Hate Won’t Win, Michigan’s statewide coalition of LGBTQ+ organizations and allies. Formed by HRC and Equality Michigan – the leading LGBTQ+ organizations in Michigan – Hate Won’t Win is a unique grassroots movement of local community centers, state and local advocacy organizations, and national partners to make sure the voices of LGBTQ+ people and our allies are not silenced in 2022.

Human Rights Campaign Michigan State Director Amritha Venkataraman released the following statement:

“For too long, both chambers of the Michigan legislature have been in the hands of anti-equality, anti-abortion and anti-voting rights politicians. Now a new crop of leaders, who treat all people with dignity and respect, is poised to take the Michigan Senate and House in a better direction. We helped form the Hate Won’t Win coalition to take a stand against the extremist policies being put forth by our lawmakers in Michigan, and we are thrilled to see that the voters agreed with us. This is a big win for Michigan’s LGBTQ+ community, and for everyone in the state who believes that hate has no place in Michigan.”

HRC’s Commitment to Michigan

HRC worked this year to engage our volunteers, members and supporters to mobilize the 1.1 million Equality Voters in Michigan in support of pro-equality candidates up and down the ballot. Equality Voters, including the 1.1 million in Michigan, are a voting bloc of demographically and geographically diverse Americans who are united by the advancement of LGBTQ+ equality. Equality Voters are younger, more racially diverse, and more female than the general electorate, they recognize and trust the HRC brand, and they are more likely to identify with issue-specific organizations than candidates or political parties.

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

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