Saturday, December 20, 2008

Colette Beighley to Leave Triangle Foundation

With bittersweet feelings, Triangle Foundation announces the resignation of our Director of Communications, Colette Beighley. Colette joined Triangle almost two years ago and was instrumental in the opening of the West Michigan field office. Her role then expanded to that of Director of Communications. Colette came to the attention of the Triangle Foundation when her 16-year-old son came out and the family made a decision to be a completely "out" family. Her son experienced some anti-gay abuse at school and Colette and the entire family was ready to support him.

"Colette is the kind of mom that the community needs. She's also active in PFLAG, and I'm glad she will remain active in the movement. We have an ally in West Michigan who will continue to spread the mission of anti-violence and equal rights," stated Alicia Skillman, Executive Director of Triangle Foundation.

Colette has accepted a position with Grand Valley State University as the Assistant Director of their new LGBT Resource Center. "Colette will be an immediate asset to the Resource Center. She will be missed at Triangle; however, we look forward to working with her in her new endeavor," stated Skillman.

"It has been my great honor to work for Triangle Foundation and with such an incredible staff. I look forward to continuing to work within the movement at Grand Valley -- an institution which constantly renews its commitment to equity and inclusion," said Colette Beighley.

Please take a moment to thank Colette for her service to our community. Help us to honor Colette's dedication to equality and justice by making a year-end gift to Triangle Foundation


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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Kalamazoo Unanimously Passes Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

The city of Kalamazoo has stepped beyond existing state and federal laws, making it illegal to use sexual orientation to discriminate in housing, public accommodations and employment.

The Kalamazoo City Commission voted 7-0 Monday night to adopt an expanded anti-discrimination ordinance that makes it a municipal civil infraction to discriminate against gays, lesbians and transgender citizens.

The concept was brought to city leaders by the Kalamazoo Alliance for Equality and was modified by City Attorney Clyde Robinson to pattern similar language adopted by Ann Arbor and 15 other Michigan cities. Read entire story.

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