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City works to protect LGBTQ community from discrimination

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Morgan Whitman said it's hard to be a transgender person in Michigan.

"I don't want to go through the rest of my life being hurt by strangers," Whitman said.

That's why he wants Bay City to include the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the anti-discrimination ordinance already on the books.

"I wholly believe in the protection of all people, I don't think anyone should live in fear of being discriminated against," Whitman said.

Two weeks ago the Bay City commission had its first reading of the proposed changes. A vote is expected tonight.

It's a move activist and professor Char Davenport supports.

"I think it's important to every resident of Bay City that we have laws that protect all of us," Davenport said.

It's currently a hot button issue nationally.

Just last month, lawmakers in North Carolina riled the LGBT community by passing a bill taking away transgender individual's right to choose the bathroom gender by which they identify.

Whitman said he wishes more people could understand what it's like to be transgender.

He said he's not going to stop pushing for measures like the one in Bay City as long as discrimination exists.

"I think as long as we stay calm and collected and fight this with love," Whitman said.

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