Randy Block serves as Director of the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network, which among its many focuses includes working for the advancement and well-being of the LGBTQ community. Issues involving LGBTQ senior are particularly important to Randy, because he spent more than 30 years working in the aging field. He saw firsthand how LGBTQ seniors often had to hide their sexual orientation or gender identity to avoid discrimination in nursing homes or long-term care facilities.
Randy is a firm believer that religion does not give anybody the right to discriminate against another human being. “I don’t believe in the freedom to hurt or discriminate,” he said. “If people really followed religious teachings and loved our neighbor as ourselves, they would not want to hurt gay people or deny them the rights that anyone else has.” It is his hope that through continued advocacy on behalf of the community, Michigan will join many other states in passing a statewide nondiscrimination law explicitly protecting all LGBTQ people in the Great Lakes State.