Purpose, Mission, and Vision
Fair Michigan was formed as a result of a direct need in Michigan. While marriage for same-sex couples is the law of the land now, there is still much work to be done to ensure that all women and LGBTQ people enjoy adequate legal protection. It is still legal to deny housing, employment, and medical treatment solely based on gender identity or sexual orientation. As an example, Jami and Krista Contreras, a Michigan lesbian couple, took their newborn for their first check-up and the doctor refused to treat the child due to the sexual orientation of the child’s parents.
There has been little to no progress from the established statewide organizations who are representing the LGBTQ community. The consensus from these organizations is that with lobbying efforts, the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act will be amended to include gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. We at Fair Michigan believe that the ultra-conservative Michigan legislature will not pass these necessary amendments. We further believe that Michigan needs as many organizations and ideas possible to provide strong legal protections for our LGBTQ residents.
We have formed a broad coalition of attorneys, former prosecutors, law enforcement officials, faith leaders, business leaders, and political professionals who will be educating, organizing, and advocating for women and LGBTQ people with a non-partisan approach, which will result in changing hearts and minds.
Fair Michigan will begin by organizing across the state, reaching out to women, the LGBTQ community, faith leaders, prosecutors, law enforcement, and lastly by developing a legal services division for women and those in the LGBTQ community who need legal representation, but cannot afford it.
“…Grassroots efforts like those being pushed by Michigan attorney Dana Nessel and Fair Michigan are a necessary part of our movement’s process.”
Kerry Eleveld, The Advocate
Fair Michigan seeks to secure equal protection under the law based on gender, gender identity, sex, and sexual orientation.
Our vision is to create a Michigan where the presence and contributions of everyone are welcome and celebrated regardless of their gender, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation; where intolerance is challenged and defeated; where justice prevails and where the civil rights of all people are valued and respected.