Could LGBTQ+ rights be at risk if Roe is overturned?

‘Everyone should be concerned right about now’

There are concerns from the LGBTQ+ community and their advocates that their rights could be jeopardized if Roe is overturned.

DETROIT – For the past year, activists with LGBT Detroit have been paying close attention to reproductive rights legislation in the event of a challenge.

Jerron Totten, a social justice engineer with LGBT Detroit wasn’t at all surprised when it was revealed that Roe v. Wade was in jeopardy.

”Everyone should be concerned right about now,” Totten said.

Totten is concerned about what’s next.

“We’ve seen it in states across the country with voting rights, being pulled back . . . sure enough the attack will be on marriage equality,” Totten said.

LGBT Detroit has formed a coalition with 60 other groups across the state to protect the rights of all Michiganders.

Right now, they’re working to engage voters and gather 425,000 signatures to put a measure on the ballot that would protect reproductive freedoms.

Totten says those groups come together once a week and are prepared to unite to protect any rights that come into question.

Tieanna Burton says they don’t have the luxury to wait and see what happens.

“That’s not a privilege of ours to sit and wait on different outcomes we have to be ready its a rapid response,” Burton said.

Read: Devin Scillian: Will overturning Roe become clarion call to Democrats to vote this year?


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