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Michigan Gay Groups Merge

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Michigan Equality and the Triangle Foundation announced to members Wednesday that they plan to merge the two groups incrementally.

A statement from both groups says they will inform members later of more details, including the new group's name and plans for the future.

"Although Michigan Equality and Triangle Foundation have separate histories," the joint statement read, "we have always shared one common objective: to fight for LGBT equality in Michigan. Together we are uniquely positioned to influence local and statewide policy, while also providing victim services, education and outreach as well as organizing community-building events. We remain dedicated to each and every one of these objectives now that we are operating as one."

According to The Michigan Messenger, Michigan Equality was formed as a 501(c)(4), so therefore the organization could lobby the government, making its primary focus legislative issues. The Triangle Foundation, which was formed by dissatisfied members of Michigan Equality, focuses more on outreach programs and legal assistance for individuals.

However, in recent years the groups have become involved with similar issues, bringing them more in line with each other.

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