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Governor signs proclamation declaring June as Pride Month

“Michigan will always be a place where everyone has the freedom to be who they are and to love who they love,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

NEWS RELEASE
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
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LANSING, Mich. – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a proclamation marking June as Pride Month in Michigan.

“Michigan will always be a place where everyone has the freedom to be who they are and love who they love,” he said Whitmer. “As a proud, lifelong ally, I am grateful to celebrate Pride Month and celebrate the work we have done to protect the LGBTQ+ community. Since I took office, we have expanded the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include the LGBTQ+ community, created the Michigan LGBTQ+ Advisory Council, and banned conversion therapy for minors. Our work is not done yet, but every year we make progress to move Michigan forward. Let’s keep doing it.”

“We have a lot to be proud of this Pride Month in Michigan, especially since protections for the LGBTQ community were finally enshrined in this year’s Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act,” said Senator Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield). The Democratic majority ensures that Michigan is a place where you can earn a living and raise a family, freely and authentically as your true self. As we celebrate our hard-won legislative successes this month, we must continue to remember that Pride Month began not as a celebration but as a liberation from decades of harassment and discrimination.

“I am proud to work with both a Legislature and Governor who continue to champion LGBTQ+ rights across Michigan. We are continually working to create stronger protections to validate and support members of the LGBTQ+ community in our state and to combat bigotry in all its forms,” said Speaker Pro Tempore Laurie Pohutsky (D-Livonia).

“As the celebration of Pride Month begins, I am proud to be part of our work to defend the rights of LGBTQ+ Michiganders,” said State Rep. Emily Dievendorf (D-Lansing). “No one should ever have to hide who they are or who they love. We have come a long way and continue to make progress, but we also continue to recognize the work ahead to ensure these rights remain protected.”

“This Pride Month, I’m thinking of Michigan’s vibrant LGBTQ+ communities. From grassroots efforts for positive change to local celebrations, Michiganders have so much to celebrate this year,” said State Rep. Jason Morgan (D-Ann Arbor). “It is with great joy that I reaffirm the commitment of the Michigan Legislature and Governor to not only ensure the fundamental rights and safety of our LGBTQ+ communities, but also create opportunities for us to thrive.”

“As political forces across the country focus on the rights of LGBTQ+ communities, Michigan is proud to be home to a legislature and governor committed to standing up for LGBTQ+ Michiganders, defending our rights and combating anti-LGBTQ+ hate crimes,” the state said. Rep. Noah Arbit (D-West Bloomfield).

“From expanding protections in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and banning conversion therapy to updating parenthood and surrogacy laws, this Legislature has made real progress on issues that acutely impact LGBTQ+ Michiganders ” said State Rep. Mike McFall (D-Hazel Park). . “Pride Month is an opportunity to celebrate progress and re-energize for the work ahead. I look forward to continued achievements as we work to make Michigan an even more welcoming and inclusive state for all.”

“It’s more important than ever to make ourselves heard, and Pride Month is an important part of that,” said State Rep. Jason Hoskins (D-Southfield), the first openly gay person of color to serve in the Michigan Legislature. “This pride month, I invite you to honor and celebrate the legacy of the LGBTQ+ community, including the many groundbreaking contributions of people of color.”

State actions to protect the LGBTQ+ community

  • Establishes first-ever statewide LGBTQ+ commission to address issues facing Michigan’s LGBTQ+ community
  • The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act was amended to reaffirm and expand protections for sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression so that no one can be fired or evicted because of who they love or how they identify.
  • Filed an amicus brief in the Michigan Supreme Court, arguing that the language of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that the law protects sexual orientation.
  • Opposed and determined to veto any anti-trans legislation that crosses her desk.
  • Signed an executive directive to strengthen protections against discrimination in government employment, including in the areas of gender identity or expression and sexual orientation. This directive extended this protection to the employees of anyone doing business with the state.
  • Signed an executive directive to prohibit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services from using state and federal funds for conversion therapy on minors. It also requires any department or agency that regulates, provides, purchases or pays for medical or mental health care for Michiganders to take action to protect minors from conversion therapy.
  • Signed legislation banning conversion therapy for minors in Michigan.
  • He vetoed anti-trans budget language that sought to deny gender-affirming health care.
  • An annual proclamation issued marking June as Pride Month.
  • Was the first governor to march in the Motor City Pride parade in 2019 and fly the Pride flag on a building in the state of Michigan.
  • The Lewis Cass Building in Downtown Lansing has been renamed the “Elliott-Larsen Building” in honor of the bipartisan sponsors of Michigan’s civil rights law.

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