With just under two weeks to go before Michigan’s midterm elections on Nov. 6, LGBTQ voters are gearing up to cast their ballots for candidates who pledge to support the community. BTL caught up with Green party candidate for governor Jennifer V. Kurland to gauge her support for LGBTQ rights. Check out this Q&A with her running mate Charin H. Davenport.
Below are the answers Kurland provided.
You’re not the only candidate in this race who has pledged to support LGBTQ rights. Why should the LGBTQ community choose you?
I’ll speak to my background. I’ve been at least on the outskirts of the LGBTQIA forever. I have a cousin who is trans. And when all the marches for equality and things like that were going on in the 2000s, I actually went to D.C. in 2009 and I marched on Washington for the National Equality March. I’ve always been a proponent for LGBTQIA rights. My running mate Char Davenport is trans and she’s the first trans person running for statewide office in Michigan. I mean, it’s never been a question for me. It’s always been in my history. I’ve donated to Affirmations when they were first getting the building together.