“Little Doug” was born in Midland on April 13, 1934, weighing just 2 pounds. At the age of 13, Doug started piano lessons and then voice lessons. He graduated from CMU in June 1959 with a BA degree in Liberal Arts. In 1967, he began a 21 year career with Giant Super Market in Midland and Mt. Pleasant. In 1968, … Read More


Don Tilley is a high school political science/government teacher at Bay City Central High School and serves on the Bay Coun-ty Board of Commissioners. In January, Mr. Tilley proposed a Human Rights Ordinance in Bay County that would have banned LGBT discrimination in all county government services and contracts. Though much of the opposition to the ordinance focused on the … Read More


Monika Sciba has worked at SVSU for several years as registrar and academic advisor, and is now the special assistant in the Dean’s Office of the College of Health & Human Services. A former advisor to SVSU Living Proud, Monika is currently working to create an LGBTQI health care simulation program to help students in the health related programs be … Read More


SVSU Living Proud is the student-run LGBT and allies organization at Saginaw Valley State University. Living Proud provides resources, education on LGBT issues, and networking and socializing opportunities to LGBT students and allies. Living Proud is inclusive of all identities, and they welcome students, staff and faculty, and individuals from the surrounding communities. The aim of Living Proud is to … Read More


Rev. Jeff Liebmann is minister to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland, a Welcoming Congregation. Since his arrival in 2011, he has testified before State House and Senate committees on issues including reproductive justice, LGBT rights, religious freedom, and marriage equality. For the Midland Daily News, he writes about LGBT issues from a faith perspective. He spoke before the Bay … Read More


Charin Davenport is a trans* activist for human rights and equality. Char spoke at nearly every pubic meeting in support of Human Rights Policies and Ordinances in Bay County and City of Saginaw. She put a human face to transgender issues and has become a fierce advocate for TLGB equality. As an English instructor, Ms. Davenport shares her story with … Read More


The Dow Chemical Company supports the Perceptions Holiday Gala and other Perceptions events; sponsors the local Pride event, participates in the AIDS Walk, and provides funding for scholarships through the National PFLAG organization. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has given the Dow Chemical Co. a perfect score for fair treatment of LGBT employees in the workplace. Recently, Dow joined the … Read More