By Jay Kaplan, LGBT Legal Project Attorney at ACLU of Michigan

  • Amending our state(Elliott Larsen) and federal civil rights laws to specifically include sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Opposing efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which includes an expanded Medicaid program to provide health insurance to indigent members of the LGBT community, prohibits exclusions for pre-existing health conditions, and has specific federal regulations prohibiting discrimination in health care coverage and services.  Those regulations make it clear that transgender patients cannot be singled out by insurers and medical providers to deny coverage for transition related medical services.
  • To advocate for the Trump administration to retain President Obama’s 2014 Executive Order, which prohibits discrimination in federal employment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and also requires that all businesses that have federal contracts with the U.S. (an estimated 30,000) have policies that prohibit this discrimination.
  • Oppose any state and federal legislation that permits individuals and businesses to discriminate against LGBT people (and others) in non-religious activities, on the basis of religion.  Specifically opposing the First Amendment Defense Act, which permits allows individuals and businesses, health care providers, and event tax payer socials service organizations to ignore laws that conflict with their religious beliefs about marriage and sex.
  • To advocate for Trump cabinet appointees in the Departments of Justice and Education to continue to interpret federal civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex as protecting  LGBT people  from discrimination, based on gender stereotyping.
  • To advocate for the Department of HUD to retain its LGBT inclusive non-discrimination policy covering federally funded housing programs and for it to retain its definition of family to include same-sex partners of residents.
  • To oppose cuts to both Medicaid and Medicare programs that provide much needed access to health care for indigent older adults.
  • To educate about and advocate for Michigan legislation that recognizes LGBT co-parents who were denied the opportunity to marry and legally adopt their children during their relationship with the legal parent.
  • To oppose Voter ID legislation that disenfranchise communities of color, as well as members of the transgender community.
  • To educate the public regarding federal judicial nominees and their records on LGBT issues.
  • To advocate for state hate crime legislation that specifically recognizes crimes targeting LGBT people for violence as hate crimes.