June is LGBT Pride Month.  It is a time to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots and the gay liberation movement; a time to reflect on the inclusiveness of our society and institutions; a time to hold leaders accountable for a better, safer, more equitable world.

Thanks to the work of many Spartan activists, Michigan State University and MSU’s home of East Lansing have been longtime leaders in protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community.

Let’s look back on some key milestones:

  • 1970: The Gay Liberation Movement registered as a student organization at MSU, the third such organization for gay rights in the Big 10.
  • 1972: East Lansing becomes the FIRST MUNICIPALITY IN THE COUNTRY to pass a law protecting gay and lesbian people from being fired from their jobs due to their sexual orientation.
  • 1977: MSU includes protections for gay and lesbian people in its anti-discrimination policy.
  • 1992: The first Gay and Lesbian Studies course offered at MSU.
  • 2002: Initiative to include gender identity to MSU Anti Discrimination Policy initiated in ASMSU (MSU’s student government) per resolutions submitted by Alliance of Lesbian-Bi-Gay-Transgendered & Straight Ally Students and Women’s Council.
  • 2006: Establishment of physical home for MSU LGBT Resource Center.
  • 2007: Gender Identity added to MSU Anti-Discrimination Policy.
  • 2009: Establishment of MSU Flexible Housing Policy.
  • 2013: Resolution by ASMSU to encourage establishment of additional gender neutral bathrooms across MSU’s campus.

See: http://statenews.com/article/2017/11/lgbt-history-at-msu for a comprehensive history.

Despite its recent leadership failures, MSU has long been a leader in developing programs and initiating policies that protect all members of the campus community.  Responsible, committed and active MSU Trustees who respond to the needs of concerned students, faculty and staff can re-establish MSU as this leader.

I look forward to being that responsible, committed and active MSU Trustee that MSU needs, but I need your support.  I am seeking endorsements from engaged citizens from around Michigan to support my campaign.  And I need your endorsement.  The process is simple, visit http://www.votemattclayson.com/real-people-endorsements/ and follow the instructions to complete the required fields.  I appreciate your continued support.

Happy Pride Month!

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