MI Civil Rights Commission Considering LGBTQ Discrimination Request

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission met Monday to address an LGBTQ Group’s request for an interpretive statement on the definition of “sex” in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. Stephanie White is the Executive Director of Equality Michigan. She spoke with Michigan News Network about the issue.

“They know that this is a problem in our state,” White said. “A couple of years ago, the commission did a study on the prevalence of sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination around the state. They heard testimony from communities all over. They published a report that found, yes, it’s prevalent, and it has a negative impact on our state.”

White says that while a new interpretation is a good first step. However, she says it’s up to Lansing lawmakers to permanently clarify the law.