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Stateside: Rep. Slotkin; restaurants open while gyms stay closed; MI LGBTQ pioneer Jim Toy

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While bars and restaurants are still navigating the first week of the new normal, there’s another group of businesses that is still waiting on the okay to resume in-person operations: gyms and fitness centers. ";

Today on Stateside, we’re checking in with the owner of a gym and personal training facility to see how he’s approaching reopening in light of an appeals court decision upholding Governor Whitmer’s order to keep gyms closed to limit the spread of COVID-19 yesterday. Also, a conversation with Jim Toy, who has been at the forefront of the fight for LGBTQ rights in Michigan for more than five decades.

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Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

Rep. Slotkin on Line 5, police reform bills, and COVID relief for schools

Stateside’s conversation with Elissa Slotkin

  • Elissa Slotkin is a congresswoman from Michigan’s 8th congressional district.

As restaurants and bars open to limited capacity, owner says he's hopeful about survival

Stateside’s conversation with Brian Brickley

  • Brian Brickley is the owner of The Taproom in Ypsilanti.

Mask up to get your sweat on: How one gym owner is adapting as he waits to reopen

Stateside’s conversation with Mark Thiesmeyer Hook

  • Mark Thiesmeyer Hook is the owner of Better Living Fitness in Ann Arbor.

The political pioneer who gave Michigan's civil rights law its name

Stateside’s conversation with Jillian Reese

  • Jillian Reese is the Curator of Exhibits at the Michigan History Center.

Longtime LGBTQ activist Jim Toy reflects on a life devoted to equity and justice

Stateside’s conversation with Jim Toy

  • Jim Toy is an LGBTQ activist and pioneer
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