A coalition of Michigan pro-gay groups announced the start of a new campaign on Oct. 11, National Coming Out Day, to bring attention to the inequality in Michigan anti-discrimination laws.
UNITY Michigan is a coalition of 6 pro-equality groups including Affirmations Community Center, ACLU of Michigan, Equality Michigan, KICK, The Michigan Roundatable for Diversity and Inclusion and the Ruth Ellis Center. The “Don’t Change Yourself, Change The Law” campaign uses a humorous approach to point out that, in Michigan, people can be fired for being gay or even being suspected of being gay. Denise Brogan-Kator, Executive Director at Equality Michigan said the campaign centers around the idea that it is ridiculous that a man can lose his job for wearing a pink shirt or a woman can lose her job for wearing a backpack.”Our campaign offers tongue-in-cheek tips on how to look ‘not gay’ at work. It’s a humorous take on the extremes someone may have to go to to keep their job,” Brogan-Kator said.
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