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

January 2007 – The Michigan Fair Housing Centers in Detroit, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids areas release a study that shows widespread discrimination toward LGBT people trying to rent or buy a home.

March 2007 – Julie Nemecek settles a lawsuit brought against her former employer, Spring Arbor University, after being fired for announcing her transformation from a male to a female. “Believe it of not, I’d like to keep working there. …I’d like to help them understand gender identity disorder more. If I ride out into the sunset, there’s no one left to talk to them,” she said

March 28, 2007 – Over 100 students, parents and advocates descended on the Capitol in Lansing for Safe Schools Lobby Day to encourages Michigan legislators to pass Matt’s Safe Schools Law, named after 14-year-old Matt Epling of Lansing, who committed suicide after being bullied. “This is about all kids. We have lost four kids in the last four years. We can’t lose any more.” – Kevin Epling, father of Matt.

May 2007 – Affirmations opens the doors of its new community center in Ferndale

June 25, 2007 – The Ruth Ellis Center opens its new drop-in center in Highland Park. The space is one of the largest and most comprehensive LGBT youth centers in the country.

Oct. 15, 2007 – Lesbian activist Dr. Renee McCoy is named the director of HIV/AIDS Programs at the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion.

November 2007 – Craig Covey, CEO of the Midwest AIDS Prevention Project, is elected as Ferndale’s first-ever openly gay mayor. He had previously served on city council.

Dec. 1, 2007 – The Michigan AIDS Fund releases its first report card on HIV work in the state. The grades in each area include a B- in care and treatment, B- in funding, C in prevention and C in public policy.

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