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For nearly 8-million people on YouTube, Tyler Oakley's radiating personality is must-see TV. Ten years after posting his first video while living in a Michigan State University residence hall, Oakley will lead the 2017 homecoming parade as grand marshal.


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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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Public comment is now open for whether you think the state should clarify language in Michigan’s civil rights act.

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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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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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In Michigan, it’s still legal to discriminate against someone based on sexual orientation or gender identity. We talk with the sponsor of a bill addressing such discrimination, Sen. Rebekah Warren.


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Lansing Police Department

Todd Heywood was assaulted and robbed in his home last year, possibly targeted because he’s gay. He writes about the attack in the Lansing City Pulse newspaper this week. Current State talks with Heywood about his story.


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Dana Nessel is the attorney who represented April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse in their legal fight to jointly adopt their children. Their case became part of the U-S Supreme Court’s watershed ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. Current State talks with Nessel about a ballot campaign to provide LGBT protections under the Michigan constitution.


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Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriages remains in place. Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman chose to hold a trial in February in the case in which a lesbian couple from Hazel Park is seeking to overturn the state’s laws that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying and entering into joint adoptions.

Newly out MSU freshman shares his experience

Oct 11, 2013
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Today marks the 25th anniversary of National Coming Out Day. The  day not only celebrates members of the LGBT community who publicly disclosed their sexuality, but it also brings attention to the challenges still facing  lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

A group of Lansing-area local elected officials are calling for a common anti-discrimination policy for the entire region surrounding the state Capitol.

March 7 marks an important anniversary for the city of East Lansing that many people don’t know about.  On this date 40 years ago, the city council passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.