Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled new anti-discrimination bills that would protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination in employment, housing, education, and access to public accommodations.
The new bill would amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act by adding gender identity and sexual orientation to Michigan’s protected classes.
Members of the Michigan Legislature’s LGBTQ Caucus — including Sen. Jeremy Moss (D–Southfield), Rep. Jon Hoadley (D–Kalamazoo) and Rep. Tim Sneller (D–Burton) — drafted the legislation.
Whitmer says the bill is long overdue. A majority of LGBTQ Americans reported having experienced harassment or discrimination because of their gender identity or sexual orientation, according to a 2017 report by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, National Public Radio, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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