transgender http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-feb-18-2014 <p></p><p>There are more than 70 virtual currencies in the marketplace.</p><p>You may have heard of the biggest players:&nbsp;Bitcoin, Ripples, and Litecoin, which are taking out the middleman and reinventing the meaning of money. The idea is gaining momentum among college students. Today, we heard how virtual money is opening doors for young Michigan entrepreneurs.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Then, school districts around the nation and right here in Michigan are talking about ways to accommodate transgender students. The ACLU of Michigan's </span>LGBT<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Project (</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman,serif'; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender)&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is already working on model policies.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And we spoke with some talented Michigan musicians about how their EP (extended play recording) reached No. 2 on the iTunes electronic charts with virtually no promotion.</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:50:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 16497 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 Michigan schools are working on becoming more accommodating to transgender students http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-schools-are-working-becoming-more-accommodating-transgender-students <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How far should a school go to accommodate its transgender students? What federal or state laws and ordinances might impact policies for transgender students?</span></p><p>School districts around the nation are wrestling with these questions, even as parents and civil rights groups mount court challenges against districts whose policies are not supportive of transgender student rights.</p><p>The ACLU of Michigan's LGBT&nbsp;(lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Project is now crafting a comprehensive model policy for transgender students – a policy that could be adopted by local school districts. Jay Kaplan is a staff attorney who is part of this effort, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:40:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 16492 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan schools are working on becoming more accommodating to transgender students Being transgender in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/being-transgender-michigan <p>Part of the LGBT community is confusing to a lot of straight people and, really, some gay and lesbian people. The &quot;T&quot; in LGBT. Transgender people.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This piece includes the stories of two transgender women. Because their gender can cause confusion, Renee&nbsp;</span>Knipe<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and Joanna Smith have struggled with things many people don&#39;t think about.</span></p><p>Knipe&nbsp;has been barred from using women&#39;s restrooms. Joanna Smith, who was once John Smith, is a father.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:44:53 +0000 Lester Graham 14842 at http://michiganradio.org Being transgender in Michigan How do anti-discrimination laws affect your business, job, and community? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-do-anti-discrimination-laws-affect-your-business-job-and-community <p>Michigan&rsquo;s Department of Civil Rights is studying how current laws and policies regarding gay and transgender people affect people&rsquo;s lives, jobs, communities and businesses. Though state laws ban discrimination in housing and employment based on some factors &ndash; people who are gay or transgender are not included.</p><p>The department will <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdcr/0,4613,7-138-4952-280999--,00.html">hold a public hearing in Holland Tuesday</a>.</p> Sat, 23 Jun 2012 19:50:51 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7998 at http://michiganradio.org How do anti-discrimination laws affect your business, job, and community? Minister fighting for gay rights in Holland appears in court http://michiganradio.org/post/minister-fighting-gay-rights-holland-appears-court <p>An Ottawa County judge is considering whether to dismiss a case against a minister who has stood up for gay rights in the City of Holland.</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 00:21:33 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7927 at http://michiganradio.org Minister fighting for gay rights in Holland appears in court Muskegon considers laws protecting gay or transgender people http://michiganradio.org/post/muskegon-considers-laws-protecting-gay-or-transgender-people <p>The City of Muskegon seems likely to pass local laws protecting gay and transgender people from discrimination in housing and employment.</p><p>The state and federal government do not offer this protection, but almost 20 Michigan cities do.</p><p>Roberta King lives in Muskegon. She was &quot;pleasantly&nbsp;surprised&quot; no one opposed the local law when she asked city commission to consider it this week.</p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 21:19:29 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6621 at http://michiganradio.org Muskegon considers laws protecting gay or transgender people Young people promise to march “until love is equal” in Holland http://michiganradio.org/post/young-people-promise-march-until-love-equal-holland <p>A group of young people marched through Holland Wednesday night to protest a <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/gender-identity-sexual-orientation-laws-fail-move-forward-holland-city-council">vote city council made in June against</a> adding sexual orientation and gender identity to its anti-discrimination laws.</p><p>These laws would protect people from getting fired or kicked out of their houses because they are gay or transgender. Federal and state laws protect people from discrimination &ndash; but not based on a person&rsquo;s sexuality or gender identity. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/what%E2%80%99s-next-anti-discrimination-laws-holland-lots">The debate in Holland has not died with that vote.</a></p><p>About 150 people marched as part of an ongoing effort to demand Holland City Council change its decision. The march was organized to show young people in Holland support the effort. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 05:39:55 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3604 at http://michiganradio.org Young people promise to march “until love is equal” in Holland Holland considers adding sexual orientation, gender identity to anti-discrimination rules http://michiganradio.org/post/holland-considers-adding-sexual-orientation-gender-identity-anti-discrimination-rules <p>Gender identity and sexual orientation are a hot topic right now in the city of Holland. That&rsquo;s because Holland city council is considering adding local laws that protect people against discrimination for being gay or transgender. The ordinance would give them protection from discrimination by employers and landlords. The issue is extremely divisive in the generally conservative city.</p><p>Reverend Ralph Houston reads passages from the bible to city council at an informal meeting last night. He says passing the ordinance would lead to moral chaos.</p> Thu, 09 Jun 2011 13:55:34 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2818 at http://michiganradio.org Holland considers adding sexual orientation, gender identity to anti-discrimination rules Michigan high school to have gender-neutral prom court http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-high-school-have-gender-neutral-prom-court <p>Students at Mona Shores High School in Muskegon will no longer vote for a prom king or queen.</p><p>Instead, they&rsquo;ll vote for a gender-neutral prom court.</p><p>The change is the result of pressure from the <a href="http://www.aclumich.org/" target="_blank">ACLU of Michiga</a>n and Mona Shores students after a popular transgender student was elected homecoming king.</p><p>The school denied the student, Oak Reed, his crown because school records list him as a female.</p> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 23:24:23 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1306 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan high school to have gender-neutral prom court Transgender student is king to many high school peers http://michiganradio.org/post/transgender-student-king-many-high-school-peers <p>Oak Reed ran for Homecoming King at Mona Shores High School in Muskegon, but school officials tossed out Reed&#39;s ballots because, anatomically, Reed is not a male. That set off a national debate over transgender rights:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiA-jXBBcME</p> Thu, 07 Oct 2010 19:21:33 +0000 Mark Brush 114 at http://michiganradio.org Transgender student is king to many high school peers