Equality Michigan is thrilled that Flint, Michigan has passed their own Non-Discrimination Ordinance. Flint, home of Michael Moore, passed a bill that includes protections for LGBT people in housing and public accommodations and adds to the one that protects LGBT residents from employment discrimination.
Denise Brogan-Kator, Executive Director of Equality Michigan, stated “This is a great victory for the residents of Flint. Equality Michigan congratulates the advocates who worked tirelessly to bring about this needed ordinance and educate fair-minded residents about the discrimination that gay and transgender people face.”
Nayyirah Shariff, a local leader, stated “All residents of Flint, including gay and transgender people, should feel safe in their own homes. Nobody should have to live in fear that they can be legally kicked out of their homes, or denied service in a restaurant just because of who they are.”
They also wrote:
Local advocates have been supported by the Flint AIDS Wellness Center led by Stevi Atkins, council member Dale Weighill, long time Flint supporter Art Reyes, the Unity Michigan Coalition, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, which held a leadership training Power Summit in Flint this past fall.
65% of Michiganders support making Michigan an equal opportunity state. (See http://dontchangeyourself.com/Quinlan2011.pdf) Flint joins 18 other cities in Michigan, and more than 100 across the country who have successfully implemented similar ordinances.
A copy of he ordinance can be found on the City of Flint’s website. (See http://www.cityofflint.com/FinancialMgr/public/eorder.asp)