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
Field Manager - eknott@equalitymi.org

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

 

Erin first worked at the Vine Neighborhood Association as the Crime Prevention Organizer, before spending eight years with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). While at LISC, Erin connected residents, business owners and other stakeholders with resources to revitalize Kalamazoo’s urban neighborhoods and to improve quality of life. Community engagement was key to success, and Erin worked with community members to identify projects and to secure the resources to impact change at the block level.

 

Recently, 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 is a graduate of Leadership Kalamazoo, and has served on a number of community and volunteer organizations. Erin is the recipient of the 2012 Progressive Leadership “Grassroots Leader” Award. She shares her home with her partner Amy Gill.

Stephanie White
Executive Director - swhite@equalitymi.org

Stephanie White is the Executive Director for Equality Michigan and Equality Michigan Action Network. Her career spans over two decades of leading collective action from US Army Commander to Political Director for the Michigan Democratic Party and the Schauer for Governor Campaign.

 

White first moved to Michigan in 2002 when she served as the Campaign Manager for the Ypsilanti Campaign for Equality and subsequently worked for the Michigan Environmental Council. She then spent six years in Washington DC working on federal policy issues, including serving as the Managing Director for the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE).

 

White currently serves as the Treasurer of the Board for NCTE. She holds a B.A. from Texas Christian University where she was a Distinguished Military Graduate. She originally grew up in Kansas and lived in Texas, New York City, and Washington, D.C. before settling in Ann Arbor, MI with her wife, son, dog, cat and picket fence.

Travis Guerrero
Field Organizer - tguerrero@equalitymi.org

Travis Guerrero is a graduate of Western Michigan University's school of Social Work. Before joining EQMI Travis was a full time student. As a part of his education, Travis interned with Communities In Schools where he helped address barriers in education that prevented students from graduating. During his time with Communities In Schools, Travis began a small, but growing, group that focused on creating a safe place for marginalized students, including LGBT youth and religious minorities.

 

Travis plans to return to Western Michigan University in the Fall of 2018 to begin his Masters Degree program in Social Work. As a passionate and dedicated social worker, Travis joins EQMI with the goal of improving the lives of the LGBT community. He is excited to learn and develop his organizer skills. Travis resides in Kalamazoo with his fiancé (who is also a social worker), and their three cat children.

MEET THE ACTION NETWORK BOARD

Sen Rebekah Warren, Chair
Ann Arbor, Michigan

State Senator, District 18

Dr. Mira Krishnan, Treasurer
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Consultant

Tim Atkinson, Member-at-Large
Bay City, Michigan

Board, Perceptions

Chuck Otis
Birmingham, Michigan

Retired Marketing Executive, UPS

Gary Reed, Vice-Chair
Grand Ledge, Michigan

Partner, Kandler, Reed, Khoury & Muchmore, Inc.

Sean Rhaesa, Secretary
Wayne, Michigan

General Manger, Associated Newspapers of Michigan

Ronald Moore
Detroit, Michigan

Retired Vice President of Human Resources, Safe Horizon

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