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 (cropped from original photo)

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:

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.’

Veronica Kirin

Feb 14, 2018

Local author and entrepreneur Veronica Kirin joins us this morning to talk about her business. 

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  A group of Hope College students identifying as LGBT and People of Color started a campaign to amplify 95 stories of discrimination and disrespect on campus. 

Joshua Kam is generally well regarded by faculty and peers, when I meet him on Hope’s campus, he exudes politeness as he tells me why he stepped out of the choir formation on Sunday to disrupt his third and final Vespers concert as means to promote of his 95 Stories campaign.

LGBT group asks Michigan commission for legal protections

Aug 14, 2017

An LGBTQ rights group has asked the Michigan Civil Rights Commission to interpret a current prohibition on sex discrimination to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. The commission seeks public feedback through Tuesday as it prepares to deal with a request from Equality Michigan, which cited recent federal court cases that had concluded the word "sex" applies to both gender and biological differences that distinguish men from women.

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The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to adopt voluntary guidelines to help schools with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students.

The policies are intended to help schools create a safe and supportive learning environment for LGBTQ individuals.

The guidance was voted on after more than three hours of public comment.

Approximately 60 people were given three minutes to share their thoughts on the issue. Commenters ranged from school principals and students to state legislators and medical professionals.

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Michigan's education board is set to vote on guidance to schools on creating an inclusive environment for LGBT students.

The guidelines are voluntary but have spurred criticism from conservative lawmakers, particularly over restroom and bathroom policies for transgender students.

The State Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the guidance Wednesday, after receiving more than 13,000 public comments.