Triangle Foundation to open office in western Michigan

BTL Staff
By | 2006-12-28T09:00:00-05:00 December 28th, 2006|News|

DETROIT – Michigan’s largest LGBT anti-violence and advocacy organization is about to get bigger.
The Triangle Foundation will expand its organizing, education and coalition building efforts to western Michigan with the opening of a Western Michigan Field Office in Grand Rapids in the spring of 2007. The expansion is supported by a new grant from the Kalamazoo-based Arcus Foundation.
“Unfortunately, anti-gay bias and discrimination don’t end at the city limits of metro Detroit. Nor is it confined within the walls of our state’s Capitol,” said Jeffrey Montgomery, Triangle Foundation’s executive director. “Anti-gay hate crimes, bias, harassment and discrimination are problems all over Michigan. With the help and generous support of our many individual donors around the state and the support of the Arcus Foundation, we are opening this office as our first step in meeting and fighting anti-GLBT actions where they happen – all over the state.”
Triangle Foundation’s first field office will allow the organization to extend all of its activities, from education on GLBT issues, to organizing and coordinating pro-GLBT efforts with existing organizations, to acting as a referral for victims of anti-GLBT hate crimes, harassment and discrimination. Triangle Foundation will seek additional funding to help pay for work ranging from coordinating with existing GLBT organizations to lobby for passage of municipal human rights ordinances to organizing volunteers to directly lobby legislators.
Founded in 2000, the Arcus Foundation supports organizations working to advance social justice that is inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity and race. “Arcus is pleased to partner with the Triangle Foundation to expand their activities to western Michigan,” said Linda May, director of the foundation’s Michigan programs. “Support for GLBT equality is statewide and Triangle’s presence in the western part of our state will enable more people to get involved in securing social justice for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.”
Triangle Foundation will begin searching for office space and a person to staff the office in January. An open house for the new office will follow.
“Of course, what all of this amounts to is that we will be able to do more, and for more people, than ever before thanks to this new office. In the end, that’s all that counts – helping as many people as possible,” Montgomery said.

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