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EQMI Hosts Fundraiser to Support 2019 Breakthrough Goals

By | 2019-03-02T10:18:43-05:00 March 2nd, 2019|Michigan, News|

Equality Michigan educates and advocates to amend Michigan law and address issues that disproportionately impact LGBTQ lives throughout the state. Support from members of the community ensures that the organization has what it needs to best support victims of injustice. That’s why EQMI is hosting the 2019 Breakthrough Goals Fundraiser from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 3 at the Elks Lodge in Ferndale.
The event aims to raise funding for the organization’s victim services and political advocacy programs and will give members of the community an opportunity to learn more about its goals for this year.
“Equality Michigan is building momentum,” said Erin Knott, EQMI’s interim executive director. “Our agenda is bigger and bolder than before. New leadership, ambitious goals for 2019 that position us to win critical victories in 2020. Sunday is the day to come out and learn more about the work.”
Special guests planning to attend include Rep. Robert Wittenberg and Sen. Jeremy Moss, who agreed this is a timely event to have in Ferndale to talk about the work ahead.
“There’s a lot of issues facing the community that are going to be at the forefront in Michigan government in the term ahead, and certainly the governor stressed it as a priority by putting it in her first State of the State address to amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to ensure that nobody faces discrimination based on who they are or who they love,” Moss said. “So this is just a start of the term preview of the political landscape on some of the issues we will be fighting alongside Equality Michigan.”
Ferndale Mayor David Coulter, a financial sponsor for the event, will be out of town on Sunday, but had this to say when asked why members of the community should attend.
“There are still too many people in positions of power that think our struggle is over, or not worth fighting. We know better,” he said. “The work of Equality Michigan is needed more than ever to protect our community and our rights, and I encourage people to support them, and there’s no better place to do it than in Ferndale.”
The event is hosted by Michael L. Rowady, EQMI’s board of directors chairman, and Trevor Thomas, chair of the EQMI Action Network.
For those interested in becoming a sponsor, a host or to purchase tickets, click here. Contributions will help EQMI to work with and better train the systems and institutions that can help prevent LGBTQ/SGL/HIV+ bias, discrimination, harassment, or violence from happening or provide justice for the victim when it happens.
Learn more about this event at the group’s Facebook page. The Elks Lodge is located at 22856 Woodward. For more information about Equality Michigan, visit

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