LGBT Groups Declare 100 Days of Hunger Strikes


LGBT rights groups in Michigan have declared a 100-day run of hunger strikes to protest the state’s lack of LGBT rights legislation.

The groups, hosted by Affirmations in Ferndale, aim to draw attention to the fact the state has no LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance and grants no domestic partnership rights by taking it in turns to fast for 24 hours.

Says the Affirmations in Ferndale website:

All LGBT Community Centers throughout the state of Michigan join together to protest Michiganís extreme anti-equality environment, by declaring a 100-day hunger strike, exactly 100 days before the general election. †The Community Centers Network (CCN), consisting of eight lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Michigan community centers, is organizing this demonstration to protest the extreme anti-equality environment in Michigan.†Top leadership from every community center will serve a solid 24 hour block of time, living on display in the front windows of Affirmations, Michiganís largest LGBT community center, on 9 Mile Road, in the heart of downtown Ferndale. Shifts run from 9:00am-9:00am.

The purpose of the strike is not necessarily to change any laws yet, but is being used as an opportunity to educate straight allies who may not have in fact known that Michigan is so hostile to LGBT rights.

Reports M Live:

“We’re trying to educate our straight allies about the extreme anti-equality environment in this state,” said David Garcia, executive director of Affirmations in Ferndale, which will host the hunger strike.

“One could argue that Michigan is the Mississippi of the civil rights movement when it comes to gay equality. We are constantly behind on many issues, and many people don’t know it.”


“When the majority of the community knows, they get angry,” Garcia said. “And then we’re going to let them know how they can help.”

The campaign also reportedly aims to educate the voting public on anti-gay lawmakers and legislation. In particular, it will also highlight a bill, signed last year by Governor†Rick Snyder, that retired taxpayer-funded health insurance benefits for domestic partners of municipal employees.

Michigan carries a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and civil unions. Same-sex couples are also expressly forbidden from adopting children.

Michigan also lacks statewide LGBT rights protections, meaning it still can be legal to fire someone on grounds of their sexuality or gender identity.


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Alicia N.
Alicia N5 years ago

Good Luck and God Bless

pam w.
pam w5 years ago're just sad. I notice you've removed "Christian" from your you've chosen to drop that illusion. At least you're no longer a blatant hypocrite.

Now you just want to deny people the same civil rights you enjoy.

Nice wedding dress.

Guess you want to control who gets to wear one of those. As if it's your business. As if it hurts you. As if anyone really CARES what you think.

Michele H.
Michele H5 years ago

That's brilliant, starve yourselves. Idiots!! You're not proving anything but what morons you are. Hey, if you want to starve yourselves, more power to you. Less gays in the world trying to shove their agenda down our throats.

Allan Yorkowitz
.5 years ago

Although people think it has come to this, sadly, a hunger strike will not have much if any effect on the state of Michigan.

Giana Peranio-paz

Good for them, and it shows that they are really committed to their cause. We have a new trend in Israel now, people have been burning themselves to death as a protest against the governments new economical policies... That is really scary.

BMutiny TCorporationsAreE

For Mahatma Gandhi, Hunger Strikes were an EXTREMELY effective way of freeing India from British rule.
How can a Hunger Strike "FORCE" anything? Hunger Strikes such as this one in Michigan, are meant to DRAW ATTENTION to a Cause, an Injustice. When people become AWARE of the Injustice -- that they might not have realized or thought much about, before -- then people will WANT to change from enduring an Injustice, to seeing Justice being done.
In what sense is this FORCING anyone to do or to accept anything?
Early Feminists used Hunger Strikes effectively also, at the turn-of-the-century before they had the Vote.
Hunger strikes widely create SYMPATHY for the strikers. People see they really mean it, and are willing to sacrifice and to suffer. It's pretty impressive.
While Gay people are a "minority" in actual numbers, they TOGETHER WITH THEIR ALLIES are becoming an overwhelming Majority in most places. After all, blue-eyed people are a "minority" also. As are red-haired people. Or left-handed people. There will come a time, believe it, when being "differently" sexual will make the same amount of difference in your Civil Rights, as being blue-eyed or red-haired or left-handed. Since when would it make sense to deny left-handed people the right to get married?????

pam w.
pam w5 years ago

It's worked's a SERIOUS commitment....that's for certain.

Morgan M.
Morgan McDowell5 years ago

I don't know if hunger strikes will work. They should put their heads together so that they can think of something else.

Like maybe not using straight-only resturants, straight-only gas stations, and straight-only schools!

It would slightly put those straight-only things out of business. In fact when my sister told me not to give to the Salvation Army because they discriminated against gay families, I from then on never gave them a dime.

You can do so much more when you influence people by telling them to do intellegent things, starving is just not a good option.

Jen Matheson
Past Member 5 years ago

It's sad that it had to come to a hunger strike. I wish them luck though.

Deborah F.
Deborah F5 years ago

Good luck.