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Ann Arobr Public Hearing on Discrimination Planned
Originally printed 6/28/2012 (Issue 2026 - Between The Lines News)
There will be a public hearing, sponsored by the Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, to hear testimony on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, July 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the Ann Arbor City Council Chamber, located on the second floor of the Guy C. Larcom, Jr. Municipal Building, 301 E. Huron Street.
The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is conducting a social research project objectively examining the impact Michigan's laws and policies have on the LGBT community, including the impact on the state and its economy. The Department is specifically concerned with the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act, which currently prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status, or marital status. While Ann Arbor's city ordinance offers some protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, ELCRA does not.
The Department is seeking first-person narratives from Michigan citizens about their experiences with discrimination.
The public hearing will be audio-visually recorded for the study. The event may also attract reporters. If you would prefer to share your testimony anonymously, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about the event, you can email email@example.com