Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Are We Going To Be Thrown Under The Bus Again

This time in Michigan,
LGB not T? Bolger questions need to add transgender protections to Michigan anti-discrimination lawMLive
By Jonathan Oosting
September 22, 2014

LANSING, MI — House Speaker Jase Bolger is considering calls to add sexual orientation protections for gay residents to Michigan’s anti-discrimination law but questioning the need to include gender identity and expression language.

That means the transgender community may not be part of a potential Republican proposal to expand the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights act, but Bolger says they already have some protection.
LGBT advocates disagree, arguing that updating Elliott-Larsen without adding sexual identity and expression language would force transgender individuals to continue jumping through legal “loopholes” to prove discrimination and run contrary to national trends.
The Speaker says that the courts are ruling in favor of us under existing laws which is true; however, those laws only cover us in employment and education and as the advocates point out we will be at the mercy of the court and could be overturned at any time.

The article also points that out,
Michigan’s anti-discrimination law also applies to housing markets, places of public accommodation and smaller employers. The EEOC does not have authority in those spheres, meaning transgender individuals can currently be denied housing, service or jobs at small businesses under the letter of the law in Michigan.
Let’s see if we will end up under the bus again.

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