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Ferndale Hosts 'First Ever' LGBT Midwest Job Expo

FERNDALE (WWJ) - Businesses and organizations known to be friendly to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are putting out the "help wanted" sign.

About two dozen companies -- including Metlife, Merrill Lynch, GM, Chrysler and Comerica Bank -- have signed on to participate in what organizers are calling the first ever LGBT Midwest Job Expo.

Mark McMillian, with the advocacy group Affirmations, said the hope is to provide job seekers an open, safe environment to look for a job without fear of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

McMillian stressed the event's importance, saying there is no legal protection in Michigan for the LGBT population regarding discrimination in the workplace -- meaning they can be passed over for a job, and even fired, for their sexual orientation, without any legal recourse.

The LGBT Midwest Job Expo will take place on Thursday, June 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the community center location in downtown Ferndale.

For more information call 248-398-7105 or visit

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