Anytown America – It’s time to Stand Up For Workplace Equality

Just the next state over from me… basic discrimination is happening.

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates

Editor’s Note: Saginaw, Michigan could represent any American town in one of the 29 states where it’s still legal to fire someone just because they’re LGBT. Saginaw Councilwoman Annie Boensch introduced an ordinance that would protect LGBT employees locally. Boensch’s ordinance sparked opposition and heated debate. It didn’t pass. Yet Boensch still has hope. She explains why.

By Annie Boensch

Saginaw, Michigan is a welcoming place. Our citizens are kind and friendly people. We have a vibrant and active lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community here. One need not look hard to find examples of their contributions to the betterment of our city.

Yet, state and federal law has failed to keep up with people’s evolving attitudes on LGBT equality. Michigan has a Civil Rights Act, but it doesn’t include LGBT people. That’s why Michigan is one of the 29 states were you can legally be fired just for…

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