Blog of Rights

Using Religion to Discriminate

Does religious freedom include the right to discriminate? The first amendment says you and your religious exercise are protected rights. But practicing your faith can’t come at the expense of other...

To Understand Transgender People, Let Them Tell their Stories

When I began writing a series of stories chronicling the lives of transgender people, my goal was to help educate the public. Yet I’m learning just as much in the process. It’s humbling how willing...

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LGBT Rights

As Visibility for Trans People Increases, So Does Fear

It’s no secret that transgender people are becoming more visible on a national stage. There’s actress Laverne Cox, reality star Caitlyn Jenner, and even shows like "Transparent" that try with honest...

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LGBT Rights

When Hatred Is Just Around the Corner

Escaping civil war in Lebanon, my family landed in Dearborn, Michigan, in 1986. Like many immigrants, my parents still speak of Lebanon with the same familiarity they did in the weeks after my aunt...

Lansing Watchdog: Navigating the Lobbyist Road Map

ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – April 7, 2016 With the state legislature on a two-week spring break, it’s an opportune time to talk about other avenues of lobbying around which the ACLU of Michigan...

Bi-Partisan FOIA Reform Bills Bring Seasonal Optimism to Lansing

ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – March 25, 2016 A good thing happened in Lansing last week just in time for spring, ushering in the new season with an air of political optimism, and giving us a...

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