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LGBTQ Liaison

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The LGBTQ Liaison is MDCR's principal connection to the 2SLGBTQQIAAP community. The primary goals are as follows:

  • to establish and maintain a substantive relationship with the collective LGBTQ+ community, the constituent entities thereof, and LGBTQ+ individuals throughout the state of Michigan;
  • to engage in meaningful dialogue with these entities and their advocates to address LGBTQ-related concerns; and
  • to be a reliable conduit between the MDCR and the LGBTQ community at-large, particularly as relates to LGBTQ+ rights under civil rights laws and inequities impacting the LGBTQ+ community.

In addition, the LGBTQ Liaison serves as an LGBTQ subject matter resource for the MDCR, the MI DEI, the SOM, and the general public.

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Key objectives for the LGBTQ Liaison include the following:

  • to identify LGBTQ+ entities throughout Michigan and conduct outreach to the same—large and small, public and private, religious and secular, educational and vocational at PRIDE festivals, meetings, and events across the state;
  • to elevate the visibility of LGBTQ+ people and raise awareness of obstacles that deny equal opportunity and equal access to queer individuals based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression;
  • to create and facilitate LGBTQ+ cultural competency trainings as internal and external education to promote understanding of what it means to be LGBTQ+ and to familiarize attendees with obstacles that many queer individuals face in order to foster environments that are safe and welcoming to LGBTQ+ people;
  • to partner with LGBTQ+ and ally organizations to brainstorm and pursue solutions to conditions that disproportionately expose LGBTQ+ individuals to violence and hate crimes.