Detroit City Council president going on hunger strike for equality

Charles Pugh to go without food for 24 hours on Aug. 23 in Ferndale

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DETROIT - Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh is going on a hunger strike to show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

On Aug. 23, Pugh will take his turn participating in a statewide 100-day Hungry4Equality campaign, which started on July 30.

Pugh will serve his shift living on display in the windows of Affirmations, in downtown Ferndale, where he will go without food for 24 hours.

"As an openly gay public figure in one of the US's more conservative cities, I cannot say enough about the importance of being visible and speaking up about LGBT rights," Pugh said. "To move the City of Detroit and the state of Michigan forward, we need to change some of the antiquated laws we have that treat LGBT people as second class citizens."

The Hungry4Equality campaign is an effort coordinated by Michigan's LGBT Community Center Network (CCN), a group comprised of every LGBT community center throughout the state.

The public can view and chat with Pugh and other strikers 24-hours a day, through live video stream at

The strike will continue until the general election, in November. 

Those interested in participating in the strike can sign up at

In addition to striking, supporters can also participate in statewide phone banking an neighborhood canvassing at Affirmations' Pride Action Night every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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