Brogan-Kator leaves Equality Michigan, Motor City Pride will go on
By BTL Staff
Originally printed 5/3/2012 (Issue 2018 - Between The Lines News)
DETROIT -Equality Michigan's Board of Directors announced that its executive director, Denise Brogan-Kator, has decided to step down from that position effective May 4. She was appointed by the board just 10 months ago after serving six months as the interim executive director.
Dave Wait, a board member and the main organizer of the Motor City Pride festival scheduled for June 2 and 3 at Hart Plaza in Detroit, said that the upcoming festival is not in any jeopardy and that plans are moving forward. "Motor City Pride has it's own revenue stream. We are looking forward to a record Motor City Pride next month," said Wait.
Equality Michigan was formed in 2010 from a merger of the Triangle Foundation and Michigan Equality, two advocacy groups that had significant programmatic redundancy. The departure of Brogan-Kator marks the fourth executive director to leave the organization since 2007; Jeff Montgomery resigned from Triangle in 2007, Kate Runyon from Triangle in 2008, Alicia Skillman from Equality Michigan in 2010 and Brogan-Kator in 2012.
In 2009, the then-Triangle Foundation received a $500,000 grant from the Arcus Foundation that funded capacity and, in part, to encourage a merger of the two groups. The combined organization received another $160,000 in 2011 from Arcus. However, fundraising at the new Equality Michigan has apparently not been sufficient since then to sustain the organization at its current size.
The press release stated that the board plans to do an in-depth assessment of the organization including strategic focus, structure and scope of work.
"There is no doubt that to serve Michigan's gay and transgender communities effectively, we need to be more efficient and creative at leveraging our resources," said Patrick Schuh, Equality Michigan board chair. "We need to maximize our efforts; unfortunately,
there are policy makers in Lansing who would rather engage in divisive fights than focus on ensuring all Michiganders have access to good jobs, affordable housing, access to healthcare, and safe communities where they can live without fear of discrimination. This time of transition is a valuable chance to step back, examine our organization and reinvigorate how we engage Michigan's citizens in the fight to achieve equality for all."
There are five remaining staff person's at Equality Michigan; Emily Dievendorf, director of policy, Roland Leggett, the director of field organization, Nusrat Vertimiglia and Sara Spurgeon of the victim services advocate program, and Roshanda Mitchell, the office manager.
The development director, Guy Barast, and the communications director, Michael Gregor, left the organization earlier this year.
- Mark Totten Seeks Attorney General Seat, Speaks On Schuette
- MSHDA Under Investigation, Snyder Fundraiser Raises Questions
- ACLU Dinner Honors Local Heroes
- Masquerave At ARTLABJ And Saginaw
- Coming Out With Self and With Michigan
- Michigan For Marriage Community Conversation
- A Solid LGBT Ally In Peters
- Gary Peters Releases Statement On SCOTUS Decision
- Marriage 'Decision Day' Gatherings To Be Held Throughout State
- Macomb County Extends LGBT Protections To Employees
- LGBT Bowling Tournament Strikes Metro Detroit
- Kalamazoo Says Goodbye To A Community Icon
- BREAKING: National Republicans Pull Nearly $1 Million In Advertising For Land
- Last Detroit Mattachine Society Officer Comes To Ann Arbor
- Washtenaw County Bar Association Reaches Out To Area LGBTs
- Terri Lynn Land Reminds Facebook She Is a Mom
- National Republicans Pull Nearly $1 Million In Advertising For Land
- All Eyes On Michigan As SCOTUS Refuses To Hear Marriage Equality Cases
- The Accidental Activists Of Ann Arbor's Homoplex
- Adoption Services
- Hands Across The Water
- Darrell's Firestone
- Campus; Student and Alumni Groups
- GLOBE (Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual Equity)
- OutLoud Chorus LGBT Mixed Chorus
- Fredrick Jewelers
- Pet Grooming
- Canine College
- Pet Supplies
- Premier Pet Supply
- Univ. of Michigan HIV/AIDS Treatment Program
- Social/Community Organizations
- Rainbow Ridge Association
- Masonic Temple Theater
Enter contests to win great prizes like CDs, DVDs, concert tickets and more
Sign up to receive our weekly newsletters today!
Travis Parman predicted the future. As the current director of Corporate Communications at Nissan, Parman oversees all sorts of relationships within the automotive industry. But it wasn't that long ago that he wrote a 333-page thesis for his master's degree that specifically examined the relationship between corporations, their media marketing strategies and the LGBT community at large.View More Automotive
This Week's Issue
Download or view this week's print issue today!
Sign up to receive our weekly newsletters today!