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Map of Michigan 2016 Presidential Election Results by county showing number of votes by size and candidates by color
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The Human Rights Campaign is a national organization advocating for LGBTQ people, and they’re focusing on Kent County as an important place for political action ahead of the 2020 election. 

The organization is hosting an event at the Pride Center Thursday called “2020: The Road Ahead” centered around organizing voters for next year. 

Grand Rapids is the second largest city in Michigan and in the 2016 presidential election, Democrat Hillary Clinton won the city, while surrounding area Kent County largely went for Republican Donald Trump, according to election data. 

Mike Hintz (Part II)

Jul 29, 2019
Mike Hintz
Northlink Consulting

We continue our discussion on reparative therapy (or conversion therapy) with our guest Mike Hintz and hear more of his personal story.  Mike is the president of Northlink Consulting and the author of ‘Discover Your Best Life: Live the Language of Personal and Professional Success.’   

Mike Hintz (Part I)

Jul 22, 2019
Mike Hintz
Northlink Consulting

We discuss reparative therapy (or conversion therapy) with our guest Mike Hintz and hear his story.  Mike is the president of Northlink Consulting and the author of ‘Discover Your Best Life: Live the Language of Personal and Professional Success.’    

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The state has received a score of 64.7 percent according to a new report from Out Leadership—a global business network advocating on behalf of LGBTQ+ inclusive spaces.  Here is Todd Sears explaining why Michigan received a low score. 

“There is no ban on conversion therapy in Michigan for example, HIV criminalization is legal, and the opportunity for trans people to change their birth markers is not available unless they have surgery.” 

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More than 200 corporations have signed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that federal civil rights law bans job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The brief was announced Tuesday by a coalition of five LGBTQ rights groups.

It is being submitted to the Supreme Court this week ahead of oral arguments before the justices this fall on three cases that may determine whether gays, lesbians and transgender people are protected from discrimination by existing federal civil rights laws.

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According to an employee at Bethany Christian Services, who agreed to share information on condition of anonymity, last week they along with a group of other employees told the organization they would walk out of their jobs unless the policy changed. 

On Thursday, Bethany Christian Services officially announced in a statement that they were changing their policy. 

“Bethany will continue operations in Michigan, in compliance with our legal contract requirements. The mission and beliefs of Bethany Christian Services have not changed.”

Michigan's attorney general has declared invalid a state commission's decision to interpret the law to prohibit discrimination against LGBT people.

Bill Schuette, a Republican who is running for governor, issued his opinion Friday. He says discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is not a form of sex discrimination outlawed under Michigan's 1976 civil rights law. He says only the Legislature can expand such protections.

Tina Alexis Allen (Part II)

May 7, 2018
Tina Alexis Allen in red dress
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Fred Stella continues his conversation with Tina Alexis Allen about her book,  Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives.  

More information about Tina and her book is on her website:  tinaalexisallen.com

Father James Martin (Part II)

Apr 9, 2018

Father James Martin joins us again this week to continue the conversation about his book, ‘Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity.’

Father James Martin

Apr 2, 2018

Our guest is Father James Martin. Rev. Martin joins us to talk about his book,‘Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity.’

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