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TRIANGLE
(2007-02-14)
(wgvu) - FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ITS 15 YEAR HISTORY, THE TRIANGLE FOUNDATION IS EXPANDING OUTSIDE OF ITS METRO DETROIT HOME. THE FOUNDATION, MICHIGAN'S LEADING ADVOCACY GROUP FOR GAY RIGHTS, IS OPENING AN OFFICE IN WEST MICHIGAN. THE INCOMING HEAD OF THE OFFICE, COLETTE BEIGHLEY, KNOWS THERE'S A STRONG NEED FOR A GRAND RAPIDS AREA TRIANGLE PRESENCE, PARTLY FROM ER OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. BEIGHLEY, 49, OF SPRING LAKE IS MARRIED AND THE MOTHER OF FOUR CHILDREN. TWO YEARS AGO, ONE OF THEM, THEN 16-YEAR-OLD ARI, REVEALED HE WAS GAY. AFTER WORD OF HIS COMING OUT GOT ROUND, THINGS STARTED HAPPENING. THEIR CHURCH, WHOM BEIGHLEY DECLINED TO IDENTIFY, REVOKED HER HUSBAND DAVID'S MINISTERIAL LICENSE. THE BEIGHLEYS ALSO HAVE A COUNSELING PRACTICE---AND SHE SAYS THEY LOST A BUSINESS CONTRACT BECAUSE OF ANTI-GAY BIAS WITHIN THE COMPANY HE WAS TO HAVE PROVIDED SERVICES TO.
AND SHE SAYS HER STORY IS JUST ONE OF MANY IN WEST MICHIGAN. BEIGHLEY TAKES OVER HER NEW JOB NEXT MONDAY. THEY HOPE TO SECURE OFFICE SPACE IN GRAND RAPIDS' EASTOWN AREA.
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