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What does LGBT discrimination do to the economy?

A non-biased report by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights finds a negative economic impact from allowing LBGT discrimination here in Michigan:

“the report conclusively establishes that the economic implications of LGBT inclusion/exclusion are real, they are substantial, they are predictable and they must be a part of any informed policy discussion.”

In January 2013, the MDCR released their findings after a year-long project supported by a grant from the Tide Foundation. This “Report on LGBT Inclusion under Michigan Law with Recommendations for Action” was published after a year of research (surveys, public forums, and archival research) examining the economic impact of the state’s current laws and policies and how change would affect the future. The comprehensive 123-page report analyzes the present state of LGBT inclusion, followed by a look at the present state of discrimination, as well as the impact of both inclusion and discrimination. The report also addresses “common misconceptions and unwarranted fears”, a section that negates arguments such as:  “too few” people are negatively impacted by discrimination, there are already laws that protect the LGBT population , and criminality (e.g. public restrooms – pg. 94 for a detailed look at this unwarranted concern). The report concludes with “Recommendations for Action” including to expand protection for the LGBT community, oppose restrictive laws and policies, and support non-discrimination policy changes (such as the HRO up for vote this November in Royal Oak).

This report speaks volumes for the necessity of the HRO in Royal Oak. The non-inclusiveness of Royal Oak is detrimental to its economy, as proved by this well-researched, in-depth report by the MDCR. This human rights issue is also an economic one. Come this November it will be up to the voters of Royal Oak to protect their community and economy.

Click here to read the full report.


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