Pride Rally at Michigan State Capitol Draws Hundreds

LANSING — Perry’s Kat and Carrie Monroe have come forward to fight to retain their rights as a married couple.

Dominick Quinney of Lansing came forward because people need the community as much as possible when there is so much turmoil about women’s rights and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer and/or queer rights.

Angie Wooster of Williamston came forward to support her daughter-in-law, Alex Wooster, and Alex said she was there because it’s important for young people and especially people of color like her to get out and to support the LGBTQ community.

“We’re here trying to live our lives,” said Alex Wooster. “It shouldn’t be hard to be yourself.”

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Hundreds of people joined these community members on Sunday for the 2022 Michigan Pride Rally at the State Capitol. The crowd could be heard from blocks away and dozens of pride flags fluttered in the breeze.

The rally took place on the anniversary of the Marriage Equality Act in 2015, when the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide with its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.

The event was co-hosted by Michigan Pride, a Lansing nonprofit that provides education, awareness, support, and events to improve LGBTQ lives.

Kat Monroe, who identifies as non-binary transmasculine, said they were denied their birth family and had to fight for years to be with the woman they loved.

“I’m not going to give up on this in any way,” they said.

Perry's Kat and Carrie Monroe with their dog Radar in front of the Michigan State Capitol building ahead of the 2022 Michigan Pride Rally on June 26, 2022.

Angie Wooster said coming to the event was important for people who can’t or are still afraid to show up, as the LGBTQ community faces many barriers. She and her husband also wanted to be there as supportive parents because not everyone in the LGBTQ community has that, she said.

Alex Wooster said she was privileged to have two parents who came to the event to support her.

“It’s amazing to just be yourself,” she said.

Many state and local officials were also present at the event, such as Lansing Mayor Andy Schor, Ingham County Treasurer Alan Fox. Michigan State Representative Julie Brixie and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel addressed the crowd.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel speaks during the 2022 Michigan Pride Rally in Lansing on June 26, 2022.

“Tell me, no one can make me feel inferior without my consent,” Nessel shouted to the crowd. “Now, one more thing, say this: I don’t consent!”

“I do not agree! shouted the crowd.

During his speech, Nessel spoke about the importance of voting, stating that more than 20% of all eligible LGBTQ adults do not register to vote, and that LGBTQ lives and rights are on the ballot. vote in November.

She also spoke about the “horrible rhetoric” that was used on Capitol Hill and a Supreme Court official discussing wanting to overturn Lawrence v. Texas, “which would make our own relationships with our consenting adult partners a 15-year felony in the state.”

“We are not backing down,” she said. “And we’re not going to allow those things to happen, not in our state.”

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