LGBTQ

013: Mira Jourdan

Sep 4, 2020
Mira Jourdan
Mira Krishnan LLC

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Mira Jourdan's talents focus on supporting autistic individuals with traumatic brain injury. Outside of the clinic, she tirelessly gives back to the profession locally, regionally and nationally.

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Michigan civil rights groups are cheering today’s US Supreme Court ruling that says LGBTQ protections are enshrined in federal law. A petition campaign to add similar protections to Michigan’s civil rights law is deciding what to do next.

The Fair and Equal Michigan signature-gathering campaign faces hurdles created by COVID-19 restrictions. The task of collecting 340-thousand-42 signatures is proving to be difficult and expensive.

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A group organizing a ballot drive to add LGBT anti-discrimination protections to Michigan's civil rights law has sued the state, saying coronavirus restrictions made it impossible to collect the 340,000 voter signatures needed. Fair and Equal Michigan and two Democratic legislators filed the lawsuit in the state Court of Claims Tuesday. It seeks an injunction reducing the signature requirement to roughly 127,000 signatures.

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A Michigan teacher has denied a request from a student with two mothers to write about same-sex marriage for a class assignment. M-Live reports Destiny McDermitt, a junior at Hill McCloy High School in Montrose, was given an assignment this month to write a speech discussing an issue they felt strongly about and to take a stand for or against it. The teacher, who the district isn't naming, allegedly told McDermitt she couldn't write about same-sex marriage because the topic could offend someone in the class.

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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.”

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