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As other states attack LGBTQ+ kids, Michigan emerges as a safe haven
After decades of fighting for basic rights and dignity, LGBTQ+ people last week finally became full and equal citizens in Michigan.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday signed a landmark bill expanding the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) that bars discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The Lansing ceremony was marked by hugs and more than a few tears of joy and relief.
“I’m proud to have been a long time ally of the LGBTQ+ community,” Whitmer told me on Saturday. “Getting Michigan on the right side of history is important for so many reasons — for our economy, for our ability to draw and retain talent, and most importantly for individual Michiganders who’ve for too long been the target of ignorance and cruelty.”