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Promote civic engagement and advocacy initiatives that support equality and social justice for all people, especially those who identify as LGBTQ. The program achieves this through collaborative efforts that disseminate information, build leadership, and empower individuals to become active in the movement to improve the quality of life for LGBTQ families and friends. Below are the issues that affect the LGBTQ community. For more information about the issues or to get involved, contact Megh Hollowell, Program and Development Manager, (248) 398-7105(248) 398-7105 x230
 
Affirmations Faith Alliance (AFA)
An inter-faith initiative to build bridges between the LGBT and faith communities in Southeast Michigan. Program identifies welcoming and affirming congregations and faith leaders.
 
Aging
OLDER ADULT COALITION
The LGBT Older Adult Coalition is a collaboration of people and organizations in Southeastern Michigan who are working to establish effective programs and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults. It is hosted by the ACLU of Michigan and is supported by a grant from the HOPE Fund. Efforts include setting up a SAGE Chapter in SE Michigan
 
Allies
Affirmations will be working throughout 2014 and beyond to amass a base of ally supporters who are willing to speak up and out for the LGBTQ community, and to participate in life and activities both at the Center and within the larger LGBTQ community. Allies have continuously played an active role in supporting Affirmations mission, many continuing to serve in leadership roles as board members, staff and volunteers.

Anti-Bullying
LGBTQ youth suffer from disproportionately high rates of suicide and homelessness. Bullying is a leading factor resulting in limiting the full potential of all youth. Currently there are no protections for LGBTQ youth in Michigan schools.
 
Get Out the Vote
VOTER REGISTRATION
Encourage and promote the right of citizens to participate in the democratic process. The center provides resources for voter registration


LGBT-Discrimination
UNITY MICHIGAN COALITION

The Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act, protects against workplace discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion and national origin. What it doesn't do is extend those protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Michigan currently has a ban on same-sex marriage, help us identify people who are in favor of marriage equality!  65% of Michigan voters agree it's time for a change. Come join us at Aff Action Nights, every Tuesday from 6pm-9pm, to let citizens and representatives know that Michigan is an equal opportunity state! Please click the link posted to find more information about Aff Action Nights! 


Marriage Equality
MARRIAGE EQUALITY COALITION
All committed couples should have the freedom to marry in the state that they call home, and that includes same-sex couples in Michigan. The landscape for marriage is shifting rapidly. A February 2014 poll of Michigan voters showed strong majority support for marriage equality, with 56% endorsing marriage equality for all couples.
             
DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP REGISTRY
The Domestic Partnership Registry is a direct response to the Michigan Court of Appeals ruling barring public employers from extending same-sex domestic partnership benefits.

MPIPP
The Michigan Project for Informed Public Policy (MPIPP) is an initiative of the Michigan Psychological Association Foundation to improve the lives of those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) by using psychological research to inform public policy.

KNOW US PROJECT
MPIPP also has developed a research-based educational program, the KNOW US PROJECT™ that shows LGBT people (and their allies) how to talk to others about the personal impact of social stigma and discrimination. The program uses experienced mental health professionals who can help participants recognize possible negative feelings and emotions that may be experienced during or after KUP conversations and learn to address them through self-care, stress management, and professional help if indicated.

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