Holland is Ready

Law
2:23 am
Wed June 27, 2012

In Holland, mixed response on protections for LGBT community

"Ignorance is not bliss," Resident Bin Lim said in response to those opposed to exanding protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity. "Fear is the big elephant in the room."
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

Michigan’s Civil Rights Department heard more than two hours of testimony Tuesday night about whether the state should expand protections to gay, bisexual and transgender people. It’s a hot issue in Holland. More than 200 people packed Holland City Hall.

State law bans discrimination in housing and employment based on some factors - like race, gender, and national origin. But there are no such protections for people who are gay or transgender. That means a landlord, condo association or employer can legally discriminate based on a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation.

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Politics
11:36 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Holland group fighting for anti-discrimination laws accepts social justice award

Holland Is Ready leader Rev. Jen Adams accepts the City's Social Justice Award. "We smile not only because there is a little humor here, but because there is also hope here," Adams said.
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

A community organization in Holland has accepted an award from the city after unsuccessfully lobbying for an anti-discrimination law there.

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Culture
6:00 am
Mon January 2, 2012

Holland to award “Holland Is Ready” its social justice award

A Holland is Ready bumpsticker.
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

Holland is Ready will get one of the city’s social justice awards later this month. The award comes six months after Holland City Council rejected proposed anti-discrimination rules. A citizen nominated the group for consideration.

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Politics
5:30 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Fight for anti-discrimination ordinance continues in Holland

'Until Love is Equal' founder Erin Wilson holds his son Julian. Next to him are his wife Amy, son Riley and daughter Siona. The group sell t-shirts, sweatshirts and bumper stickers to raise awareness.
Seth Thompson Epiglotic Photographic

This is a local version of a national story that aired on NPR's 'All Things Considered' Saturday.

Last June the city council in Holland voted 5-to-4 against adding sexual orientation and gender identity to its local anti-discrimination laws. Federal and Michigan laws protect residents from discrimination in housing and employment – but not based on a person’s sexuality or gender identity.

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