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Shaping LGBTQ+ Policies in Michigan

Monday, October 2, 2023

6 - 8 p.m.
Powers Hall Ballroom, Central Michigan University
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The Griffin Forum panelists will discuss Michigan's LGBTQ+ policies including Michigan's history and important highlights, the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, and the path forward.

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Closeup image of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel wearing a dark suit jacket and blue shirt.

Attorney General Dana Nessel

Attorney General Dana Nessel was sworn in as Michigan’s 54th Attorney General on January 1, 2019. Nessel is a former criminal prosecutor and civil rights attorney. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School.

Jack Day

Jack Day

Jack Day is an Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Studies at Central Michigan University. His research examines contextual factors, such as school policies and programs, that support the health and wellbeing of sexual and gender minority youth. He completed his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science from Oregon State University.

Closeup image of Frank Foster wearing a dark suit jacket and blue tie.

Frank Foster

Frank Foster served two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives (2011-2014 ), representing a large portion of northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Foster is a lobbyist and professional advocate at Public Affairs Associates. He is a graduate of Grand Valley State University.

Closeup image of State Senator Jeremy Moss wearing a dark suit jacket and light blue tie.

Senator Jeremy Moss

State Senator Jeremy Moss is the President Pro Tempore of the Michigan Senate, where he is serving his second term representing Michigan’s 7th Senate District. Moss previously served as a State Representative. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University.

Event sponsors

The Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government organizes two policy forums each year that address social, political-economic, environmental, and other current and important issues. The forums are hosted twice yearly by the Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government within the School of Politics, Society, Justice and Public Service and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Central Michigan University.

This event is sponsored by the School of Politics, Society, Justice and Public Service, the Women and Gender Studies Program, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and the Office of LGBTQ Services and Gender Equity Programs.

Past forums

  • Can Policy Break the Stigma? Mental Health Policy in Michigan (3/14/2023)
  • Ballot Breakdown (10/25/2022)
  • Cannabis Policy: Hashing it Out (3/15/2022)
  • Reporting from Washington: A Conversation with Political Correspondents (4/12/2021)
  • Building Better Communities Through Passion, Power, Politics and Purpose (2/18/2019)
  • The Redistricting Dilemma: How the Political Map Determines Elections (4/9/2018)
  • Off the Record, On the Road: Borders, Boundaries, and Migration (10/30/2017)
  • Civility, Engagement and Polarized Politics: How Can I Make a Difference? Five Perspectives from Distinguished Michigan Leaders (4/17/2017)
  • HUMAN TRAFFICKING! Not in my neighborhood? (3/20/2017)
  • Michigan's Democratic and Republican Parties: In a State of Evolution or Revolution? (9/26/2016)
  • Emergency Financial Managers . . . Do They Have a Legitimate Place in Michigan Government? (3/21/2016)
  • Highway Tax Proposal (4/20/2015)
  • The Future of Healthcare in Michigan: Availability, Affordability, and Quality (4/7/2014)
  • ​​Justice Elizabeth Weaver (10/21/2013)
  • The Future of Labor Unions in Michigan (4/8/2013
  • Predictions for the November Elections (4/2/2012)
  • The Future of Higher Education in Michigan (10/10/2011)
  • And Justice for All? Should Michigan Change the Way We Select Judges? (4/4/2011)
  • Making Public Management Work in the Global Economy (9/23/2010)
  • Changing Michigan's Mitten: How Many Cities, Townships and School Districts Do We Need? (4/14/2010)
  • Michigan's Economic Future: Is There a Light at the End of the Assembly Line? (10/27/2009)
  • Election 2008: What will happen on November 4th and how will the results impact Michigan? (10/22/2008)
  • Can Climate Change Heat Up Michigan's Economy? (4/9/2008)
  • Now What? Managing the Budget Crisis (11/6/2007)
  • Does Michigan Need a New Constitution? (4/11/2007)
  • November 7: What Will Happen? (10/25/2006)
  • Affirmative Action/Racial Preferences: Should They Be Banned? (3/29/2006)
  • Michigan's Economy: Can it be Saved? (10/26/2005)
  • Multiple Threats to Michigan's Water (4/19/2005)
  • Campaign 2004: What Will Happen? (10/19/2004)
  • Future of Gambling in Michigan (4/14/2004)
  • Is the Michigan Judiciary Being Corrupted by Money & Elections? (11/20/2003)
  • Women in Power in Lansing (3/26/2003)
  • Investing in Higher Education in Michigan (11/20/2002)
  • Term Limits (4/18/2002)
  • Political Civility (4/12/2001)