Mich. LGBT leaders launching 100-day hunger strike

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Prominent members of Michigan's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are joining forces for a 100-day hunger strike to raise awareness and promote equal rights.

David Garcia, executive director of Affirmations in Ferndale, tells MLive.com (http://bit.ly/N260j3) the hunger strike hosted by the group is aimed at educating their "straight allies about the extreme anti-equality environment" in Michigan.

Garcia will begin the hunger strike Monday by going without food for 24 hours. Leaders from seven other Michigan centers - representing LGBT communities in Kalamazoo, Benton Harbor, Detroit, Midland, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor - will take 24-hour food-free shifts at Affirmations.

During the hunger strike, leaders will be visible from a large window facing Nine Mile in downtown Ferndale

The campaign also will target specific legislators and anti-equality legislation.

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