Progressive Groups Host Forum on LGBTQ Issues

BTL Staff
By | 2018-10-03T15:55:43-04:00 February 14th, 2018|Ballot Issues, Election, Election 2018, LGBTQA Races, Michigan, News, Statewide Races|

Democratic Candidates’ for Attorney General Invited to Answer Questions About Protecting Civil Rights in Michigan

On Sunday afternoon, the Young Democrats of Michigan and Stonewall for Revolution  hosted a forum in the city of Jackson so members of the community could hear directly from their Democratic candidates for attorney general about LGBTQ issues.
Candidates Dana Nessel and William Noakes attended to answer questions about issues like expanding the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, protecting LGBTQ people from religious discrimination, shutting down Enbridge Line 5, fighting against hate crimes, the legalization of marijuana, protecting the rights of LGBTQ prisioners, human trafficking, and others.
Noakes said he intends to continue moving the community forward.
“For those of you who are part of the LGBTQ community, it’s incumbent upon the attorney general to stand for your rights as he or she would for any other person,” he said.
As the first ever lesbian candidate running for Michigan’s attorney general position, Nessel is proud to represent the more than half a million people in the state that openly identify as LGBTQ.
“This is an extensive group of people that have never had representation in this state,” she said. “They have never had someone willing to fight for them and will finally have that in a very important office.”
Pat Miles was invited, but did not attend. Jen Eyer, communications manager for his campaign, said, “Due to scheduling constraints, the campaign at this time is only doing forums organized by Michigan Democratic Party-affiliated groups. While he isn’t attending this particular forum, he has done several other forums with the other candidates, and addressed issues of concern to the LGBT community at each one.”
Nessel and Miles were previously asked by BTL (Noakes had entered the race just before press time) to make their best arguments  about where they stand on these same issues, which can be read online at
The video of the forum can be viewed here
For more information about the Dana Nessel campaign, visit For more information about the Bill Noakes campaign, visit For more information about the Pat Miles campaign, visit

Learn More About Michigan State Conventions

Inside the Michigan Democratic Party, state conventions are a yearly occurrence that offer members an opportunity to collectively make decisions on the future of the MDP. The nomination convention will take place Aug. 25-26 in Lansing. To allow candidates more time to campaign, the MDP has added an endorsement convention on April 15 at 9 a.m. at Cobo Center in Detroit. The nominee will be pre-determined at this endorsement convention.
While state conventions are open to all Democrats, only those who have been members for at least 30 days prior to the convention may vote or run for party office. Members of the community who wish to vote must fill out an MDP membership application via mail or online before March 15. Still have questions? Contact the MDP by phone at 517-371-5410 or by
email at The state convention is explained online at

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