ABOUT US

Equality Michigan Action Network has been working for nearly three decades to achieve full equality and respect for all Michigan residents regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Michigan’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people are working to achieve basic fairness and equality in our state.

 

We want to live in safe communities, take care of our families, and contribute to our social, cultural, political, and economic lives and wellbeing. EQMI Action Network is a social justice entity that educates and advocates around a host of issues disproportionately impacting LGBTQ lives, from HIV criminalization to transgender murders. Our general political work includes, but is not exclusive to:

 

  • Advocating for LGBTQ inclusion and protections under Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and the Ethnic Intimidation Act;
  • Supporting pro-LGBTQ local human rights ordinances throughout Michigan;
  • Promoting policies supporting equal LGBTQ health care access and cultural competency;
  • Defending marriage equality and LGBTQ families against “religious exemption” and anti-LGBTQ adoption bills and laws;
  • Working toward the enforcement of state and federal anti-bullying policies to prevent the violence, harassment, and discrimination experienced by in-school LGBTQ youth;
  • Actively working for the enforcement of federal laws protecting incarcerated LGBTQ individuals from sexual assault and hate violence in jails and prisons; and,
  • addressing anti-LGBTQ bias, violence, harassment and discrimination across the state, particularly for Michigan’s uniquely vulnerable transgender communities.

MEET THE ACTION NETWORK STAFF

Erin Knott
Executive Director - eknott@equalitymi.org

Erin Knott is the Executive Director at Equality Michigan. She is a progressive activist, who has dedicated herself to championing social and economic justice and equality for all. Erin has extensive experience working on high-impact campaigns, involving a combination of legislative, public education and organizing strategies. She began her career investing resources and human capital into Kalamazoo’s urban neighborhoods, and has spent over a decade working on issue campaigns at the local, state and federal levels.

 

Erin served as the Michigan State Director for Enroll America where she worked in collaboration to coordinate enrollment efforts in the Michigan Marketplace. She previously served as the Michigan Political Director for America Votes and Deputy Director for Michigan Citizen Action. She has forged and strengthened collaborative efforts with advocacy organizations, labor unions, student groups, communities of color, faith-based organizations, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities by working in coalitions across all levels.

 

Erin has made Kalamazoo her home for over twenty years. She has been on the City Commission since 2015 and is currently the Vice Mayor. Erin is the recipient of the 2012 Progressive Leadership “Grassroots Leader” Award.

MEET THE ACTION NETWORK BOARD

Trevor Thomas
Board Chair
Dr. Mira Krishnan
Treasurer
Ronald Moore
Member at Large

Angela Thompkins
Member at Large

Cheryl Gilliam
Vice-Chair
Tim Atkinson
Secretary
Chuck Otis
Member at Large