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Originally published at 4:41 p.m. ET on July 30, 2017, by James David Dickson of The Detroit News

Royal Oak - What started Wednesday morning with a set of tweets from President Donald Trump announcing that transgender people would no longer be welcome in the U.S. military, led to a rally of hundreds in support of transgender troops in downtown Royal Oak on Sunday. Click here to read more...
Originally published at 4:48 p.m. ET on August 12th, 2017, by Michael K. Lavers of Washington Blade

LGBT rights groups are among those who have condemned a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday that descended into violence. “Everyday we partner with people and organizations across the state to make Virginia a more inclusive place where all can thrive,” Equality Virginia Executive Director James Parrish told the Washington Blade in a statement. “Through sharing our stories, listening to intersectional voices, and working for fairness we strive for a more equal commonwealth. Intimidating communities with taunts and violence has no place here. Anyone who doesn’t strongly condemn the Unite for the Right rally is complicit in supporting this dangerous and racist agenda.” Click here to read more...

Originally printed 12/15/2016 (Issue 2450 - Between The Lines News)

More than 10 Michigan companies have earned a top score of 100 percent and the distinction of "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality" on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2017 Corporate Equality Index. They are Ally Financial Inc., The Dow Chemical Co., Dykema Gossett PLLC, FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Herman Miller Inc., Kellogg Co., Steelcase Inc., Stryker Corp., and Whirlpool Corp. Included on the list is Lear Corporation, a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, and the only Tier 1 automotive supplier to receive a perfect score on the latest CEI. Click here to read more...
Thank You to everyone who came to our center for the #Community Conversation. Please click here and take the time to review some of our resources that were discussed during the conversation.

The following are tips that can be used as you move toward becoming a better ally to transgender people. Of course, this list is not exhaustive and cannot include all the "right" things to do or say - because often there is no one "right" answer to every situation you might encounter.
When you become an ally of transgender people, your actions will help change the culture, making society a better, safer place for transgender people - and for all people (trans or not) who do not conform to gender expectations.  Click here to read more...

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