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Michigan Community Calls for Transparency at Affirmations, Board Promises Change

Approximately 30 community members came out to the Jan. 27 Affirmations Board of Directors Meeting to share their current worries and concerns over board leadership and the direction the center is taking. It was one of the largest community turnouts the board has seen in some time. READ MORE.

International Italians Protest to Urge Govt to Grant Gay Civil Unions

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated Saturday in nearly 100 cities across Italy to urge the government to permit gay and lesbian couples to have civil unions and legally recognized families. READ MORE.

Columns
Stalls for Change: We Need Safe Communities, Not Urinary Segregation

It is incredible that we as a society, here in 2016, are more concerned about where we pee than creating safe communities. READ MORE.

Calling Out Insensitive, Anti-Semitic Protest

Many of us would gladly protest Israeli treatment of Palestinians -- I myself support a Palestinian state, the so-called "two-state solution" -- but that is different than supporting the Palestinian government that wants you put to death if you're LGBT and live on the Gaza Strip. READ MORE.

Creep of the Week: Donald Trump

Well, Iowa is over and Donald Trump emerged victorious. That is, if what he was aiming for was second place. READ MORE.

MI Ballot Initiative 2016 Remembering the History of Michigan's LGBT Ballot Fights

In recent months, the group Fair Michigan launched an effort to guarantee protections for sexual orientation and gender identity within the Michigan constitution by means of a statewide initiative slated for the November 2016 ballot. A number of critics have asserted that whenever LGBT rights are put before voters, such measures always fail. This claim is not only false, it also masks a complicated, and perhaps promising, history of past referendum battles. READ MORE.

Special Section: Marriage
LGBT Wedding Expo Embodies Hope

SOUTHFIELD - This year the BTL Ultimate LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo was held on the anniversary weekend of Judge Friedman's decision in DeBoer v. Snyder. That decision struck down Michigan's same-sex marriage ban, for less than 24 hours, allowing 323 couples to become legally married in the state.

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