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By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|

Feb. 5, 2000 – Michigan Equality holds its first board meeting. First president, Beth Bashert, presided with 11 board members. Their first order was to begin a “Get Out the Vote” campaign.

March 2000 – Affirmations Big Bash receives $10,000 in funding from the General Motors Foundation. It is the first major Big 3 contribution to an LGBT organization in the state.

March 2000 – Justin Wallace gets 10-year sentence for the slaying of 16-year-old Alex Charles after trying to plead a “gay panic defense,” saying he shot Charles after the teen made a move on him.

May 7, 2000 – Kalamazoo becomes the second city in the state to afford same-sex partners of city employees the same benefits as married partners. “It’s an issue of fairness and equity,” said Kalamazoo City Manager Pat DiGiovanni.

June 2000 – Big 3 and United Auto Workers announce health care benefits for unmarried partners of employees, which covers about 460,000 U.S. auto employees. Coca-Cola, Delta, United and Northwest Airlines announce DP benefits the same year. Michigan companies Beaumont Hospital, Delphi Automotive, Detroit Edison, MichCon, Washtenaw County and Comerica Bank follow suit.

July 23, 2000 – Ruth Ellis, the nation’s oldest out, black lesbian, celebrates her 101st birthday. She passes away in October of the same year.

August 2000 – Forum Foundation awards first scholarships to LGBT students. The two students, Julia Music and Lindsay Stafford, received $1,000 each toward tuition.

November 2000 – Chris Kolb is the first openly gay man to be elected to the Michigan House of Representatives.

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