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Michigan Trans Rights Activist Aimee Stephens Enters Hospice Care

By |2020-05-07T16:47:27-04:00May 7th, 2020|Michigan, News|

Nearly seven years after being fired for coming out as transgender at R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes in Garden City, Aimee Stephens has stayed strong in a legal battle for LGBTQ rights that has made it all the way the Supreme Court of the United States. Stephens undertook this fight despite facing health issues like breathing problems and undergoing dialysis. However, last weekend, Stephens’ wife Donna shared that her wife had entered hospice.

“To all of Aimee’s friends. It is with a sadden[ed] heart I must inform you that she has entered hospice care here at home,” the post read.

Stephens’ case could expand Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to definitively include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. However, an opposing decision would mean far more rigid interpretations of the existing law that would exclude thousands in the LGBTQ community. Historically, Supreme Court decisions affecting the LGBTQ community are made in June. It is unclear if Stephens will be able to see the Court’s ruling.

“Please put her in your prayers,” Donna Stephens wrote. “Her best friend and soul mate Donna.”

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As news and feature editor at Between The Lines, Eve Kucharski's work has spanned the realms of current events and entertainment. She's chatted with stars like Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho and Tyler Oakley as well as political figures like Gloria Steinem, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel. Her coverage of the November 2018 elections was also featured in a NowThis News report.