Gay leaders and supporters statewide have started a 100-day hunger strike in relays of one day each in the front window of Affirmations on West Nine Mile Road to protest state legislation they say limits civil rights for gays.
The strike began Monday morning with Affirmations Executive Director David Garcia taking the first 24-hour shift. The hunger strike is an effort to highlight equality issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents in the days before the November election.
“This is a day of hunger because we hunger for equality … this is the civil rights battle of our time.”
Affirmations, the state’s largest gay community center, has joined with other LGBT community centers in Kalamazoo, Benton Harbor, Detroit, Midland, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor. Supporters from the other centers will take their turns in the hunger strike at Affirmations in the coming months.