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Stateside: SCOTUS extends LGBTQ rights; black-owned bookstore sees a surge in orders amid protests

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Aimee Stephens was a transgender woman who was fired from her job at a Michigan funeral home when she came out. Her case was part of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision today, which extended workplace civil rights protections to LGBTQ individuals.

Today on Stateside, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued a landmark decision that ruled LGBTQ people are protected from workplace discrimination under existing civil rights laws. An attorney with the ACLU of Michigan discusses the impact of the court’s decision. Also, an Ypsilanti bookstore owner talks about the recent flood of orders he and other black-owned businesses have gotten amid ongoing Black Lives Matter protests, and tells us the books he recommends for the current moment. 

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U.S. Supreme Court decision on MI woman’s case opens workplace protections to LGBTQ people

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Stateside’s conversation with Jay Kaplan

  • Jay Kaplan is a staff attorney with the ACLU of Michigan.

Before Harvey Milk, this Michigan city councilwoman helped kick down LGBTQ barriers

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Stateside’s conversation with the Michigan History Center's Jillian Reese

  • Jillian Reese is Curator of Exhibits at the Michigan History Center.

As black-owned bookstores see surge in orders, Ypsilanti owner talks about books for the moment

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Stateside’s conversation with Kip and Athena Johnson

  • Kip Johnson is a co-founder and co-owner of Black Stone Bookstore & Cultural Center in Ypsilanti.
  • Athena Johnson is a co-founder and co-owner of Black Stone Bookstore & Cultural Center in Ypsilanti.
  • Support for arts and culture coverage comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Poet Esperanza Cintrón on being Afro-Latina in Detroit

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Esperanza Cintrón reads the poem "Chocolate City Latina"

  • Esperanza Cintrón is an Afro-Latina poet and author from Detroit. Her work explores race and ethnicity, gender, and being a Detroiter. She read us a poem called “Chocolate City Latina.”

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