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

Jun 15, 2020

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

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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.”