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Jeremy Moss made history in November when he was elected the first openly gay person to the Michigan State Senate.. Moss’s district includes the communities of Farmington, Farmington Hills, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Lathrup Village, Madison Heights, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Southfield and the Charter Township of Royal Oak. When asked what his priorities in 2019 will be, he emphasized governmental transparency.
“It’s important. This is probably one of the biggest issues I have campaigned on and it resonates with folks across the political spectrum,” Moss said. “We are one of two states where people can’t access their government records in the legislature or in the governor’s office and I don’t think a lot of people knew about that until we really highlighted this issue in a bipartisan fashion.”
He added that increasing LGBTQ visibility in politics through more openly gay elected officials like himself will aid in creating progressive policies in the future. He predicts that in 2019 the LGBTQ community will need to focus on housing and job security.
“I think of an older lesbian couple that I talk to often in Southfield,” he said. “And as they approach their retirement years, they don’t want to have to go back in the closet after living a proud and open life so that they can go back to living in a retirement community together. Because nothing protects them in Michigan law from a retirement community kicking them out for being a lesbian couple.”
He then mentioned “the other end of the spectrum.”
“We need to attract young talent to Michigan, and if we don’t have laws that protect LGBT workers who want to contribute to our economy, they ain’t gonna come here,” Moss said.