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File #: 10-1098    Version: 1 Name: Michigan Civil Rights Commission Resolution
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 10/18/2010 In control: City Council
On agenda: 10/18/2010 Final action: 10/18/2010
Enactment date: 10/18/2010 Enactment #: R-10-366
Title: Resolution Supporting Michigan Civil Rights Commission Resolution of Oct 12 2010 Against Hatred and Intolerance
Sponsors: Sandi Smith, Sabra Briere
Attachments: 1. resolution101310
Resolution Supporting Michigan Civil Rights Commission Resolution of Oct 12 2010 Against Hatred and Intolerance
Whereas, The City of Ann Arbor and the Ann Arbor community, of which the University of Michigan is an integral part, have a long-standing and proud history of leadership in advocating for the civil and human rights of all community members. Active and out transgender, bisexual, lesbian and gay (TBLG) leaders have played a vital role in the City’s history:

· In September 1971 on their Ann Arbor campus, the University of Michigan instituted the first staff office for sexual-orientation concerns established within an institution of higher learning in the United States, and continues to provide such an office to this day (the UM Spectrum Center).
· In June 1972 the Ann Arbor City Council proclaimed “Gay Pride Week”, the first such action by a municipal governing body in the United States.
· In July 1972 the City of Ann Arbor became the first municipality in the nation to include “sexual orientation” in a local Human Rights Ordinance as one of several categories protected from discrimination and to extend these protections broadly to employment, housing and public accommodations.
· In April 1974 Ann Arbor became the first municipality or jurisdiction in the United States to elect an out-of-the-closet lesbian or gay person to any public office, with the election of Kathy Kozachenko to Ann Arbor City Council.

Whereas, In the City of Ann Arbor, it is illegal to discriminate against any person on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, whether actual or perceived;

Whereas The actions of Assistant Attorney General Shirvell, including bullying, stalking and harassment are not consistent with the Ann Arbor Human Rights Ordinance;

Whereas, On October 12, 2010 the Michigan Civil Rights Commission unanimously passed a resolution condemning the conduct of Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell, specifically for...

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