Michigan Openly Gay Candidates Could Move Forward After Aug. 5 Primary

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Read about Jeremy Moss, State Rep 35th District

Read about Rudy Serra, State Rep 27th District

Two More Faces Emerge

As BTL began looking into the openly LGBT primary candidates, two more faces, Susan Grettenberger, running for the 8th Congressional District and Nathan Morrish running for the 34th House District, were discovered as out and proud, openly LGBT.

Grettenberger is a professor at Central Michigan University and has a Ph.D in Social Work from MSU. She is bilingual and bicultural and has served as a trainer and educator for the Michigan HIV office. Once elected into office, Grettenberger will fight to increase minimum wage, work towards more job creation, find a solution to make social security funding last longer, increase healthcare for women and stand for their right to choose, ensure there is accessible, high quality education for everybody and fight to eradicate LGBT discrimination and amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

Morrish is a longstanding EMT for the Lapeer County EMS and has served on the LakeVille Community Schools Board of Education and served as Community At Large Member for the Flint Civil Service Commission. He started and co-chartered a Compassionate Friends Chapter and helped fundraise and volunteer for associations such as Relay for Life, American Hart Association and The Special Olympics. Once elected, Morrish will work to repeal Right to Work, The Emergency Manager Law and see that Flint is removed from the "Worst Cities in America" list. He will work towards marriage equality for all, better education systems and finding a fix for Michigan's overcrowded jails.

Look for future BTL coverage on these two candidates in upcoming issues.

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