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People marching in front of the capitol building in Lansing, Michigan
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On Saturday, the Michigan Pride Festival celebrated its 30th year in Lansing. Upbeat music and rainbow flags were spread out throughout march, which began on Grand Avenue and ended on the steps of the State Capitol building. Those in attendance included drag queens, local politicians, several churches and many families.

Attorney General Dana Nessel is working to settle a lawsuit against a state policy adopted by former Governor Rick Snyder. Capital Correspondent Cheyna Roth reports.


The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is poised to ask the new attorney general to reconsider her predecessor's opinion that state law doesn't protect LGBT people from discrimination.

LGBTQ rally Capitol
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Rain couldn't keep away hundreds of people from celebrating the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning communities in Michigan's capital on Saturday. 


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The state Department of Civil Rights is now accepting complaints from people who say they’ve faced discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, it’s also getting ready to defend its right to do so.


AG Bill Schuette
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The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is asking state Attorney General Bill Schuette for a formal ruling on whether it has the authority to extend housing and employment protections to gay, lesbian, and transgender people. That’s after an attorney from his office torpedoed a proposal the commission was on the cusp of adopting. 

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A long-stalled movement to make it illegal to discriminate against LGBT people may gain traction — not in the Legislature but with a Michigan board that is being asked to declare that such discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations is already unlawful under state law.

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A lawyer who helped win a legal battle to strike down Michigan's gay marriage ban is running for state attorney general.

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An LGBTQ rights group has asked the Michigan Civil Rights Commission to interpret a current prohibition on sex discrimination to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.

Stephanie White
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Activists in Michigan are unhappy with President Trump’s tweets Wednesday morning saying transgender people will no longer be allowed to serve in the military.

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Slideshow of Lansing's 2017 LGBTQ Pride March and Rally at the State Capitol.

The documentary "Real Boy" airs Monday at 10:00 p.m. on WKAR-TV 23 on Monday, June 19. It features the story of a 19-year-old man who is transitioning physically.  


Rainbow Flag
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June is known as LGBT Pride Month around the world and plenty of celebration events in Michigan.


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The Michigan Board of Education is set to vote on a controversial set of guidelines it says will provide a safe learning environment for LGBTQ students. Opponents say the document usurps parental rights. We hear both sides of the issue.


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Sara Caldwell

A nonprofit producing radio programs and podcasts for LGBTQ youth is coming to East Lansing. We talk with founder Marc Sophos about OutCasting, along with a student working on the project at MSU.


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