Several mid-Michigan organizations have joined a coalition calling for LGBT and gender identity protections to be added to Michigan law. The groups include the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, and the Saginaw, Flint and Genesee Chambers of Commerce.
Matthew Felan is President of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance. He said adding these protections would help improve the economy.
“Because that protection is not in place, especially if you look at our neighboring states in the midwest, we’re at a competitive disadvantage to bring companies from across the world who happen to have a higher population of gay, lesbian or transgender employees because we just don’t have similar protections.”
Felan said adding these protections to state law would help recruit new companies to Michigan, companies that currently may be worried about a lack of protection for their LGBT employees.
The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is also calling for new LGBT protections in Michigan. It’s hoping new legislation is introduced by the end of this year.