PrideSource - front Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 28 Nov 2015 04:28 EST 28 Nov 2015 04:28 EST World AIDS Day Event Calendar <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Commemorate World AIDS Day Dec. 1 with these events in the Metro Detroit and Ann ArborYpsilanti areas. 'American Idol' Alum And Detroit Native To Sing At World AIDS Day Detroit <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>"American Idol" alumni Malaya Watson -- who now goes professionally by her first name only -- is performing in Detroit Dec. 1 along with other singers from various seasons of the show in honor of World AIDS Day. Bookmarks: World AIDS Day Education is still needed to inform people how to prevent transmission, and teach uninformed how the disease is ITAL not transmitted. Here are a few older and newer books to understand the past and present of AIDS. 'Art AIDS America' Reveals Remaining Stigma Most would assume that within the art world, stigmas about HIV and AIDS would have petered out years ago. So many of our country's most talented art-world figures are gay, and AIDS has been responsible for huge losses within that community. It just seems like it'd be one arena wherein fear and ignorance would have taken a backseat by now. The Charlie Sheen Moment You Probably Missed The subtle moment came during the second segment of Matt Lauer's explosive interview with actor Charlie Sheen. It impressed me so deeply I actually backed up my recording and watched it twice more. Analysis: It's Time To Retire The Medical Category Of AIDS While much has changed about AIDS in the intervening decades, the construction of those time-related sequences remains. AIDS is not, and has never been, a label of precise definition. World AIDS Day Detroit Celebrates 25 Years Of The Ryan White CARE Act This year World AIDS Day Detroit has planned a day of events that will celebrate the organization's fifth anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the Ryan White Care Act. BTL Editorial: The End Of HIV Is Near... The end of HIV is near ... If we make use of the tools available to us today. And that is no short order. World AIDS Day We plan in the coming year to building a more robust HIVAIDS program that can support policies and programs toward achieving zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero HIV-related deaths in our community. But we are only as good as our partners. Study Finds Significant Racial Disparities For HIV Infection Among Black And White MSM A study published in the journal The Lancet HIV reports that there is a significant disparity in HIV prevalence between black and white men who have sex with men. The study was published on Nov. 18 and found a startling 32 percent prevalence rate for black men who have sex with men, compared with only eight percent for white men who have sex with men. Tainted Love: How HIV Stigma Is Damaging The Gay Community... <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Stigma: a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality or person. Hearing the words "I'm HIV-positive" made Bryan (names and some details have been changed) freeze. A Doctor's Journey Working With HIV/AIDS <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>LANSING -- Dr. Peter Gulick was extremely uncomfortable as the Lansing City Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday night declaring Dec. 1 "Dr. Peter G. Gulick Appreciation Day" in the city. While he has toiled on the front lines against HIV since it was first reported, the public accolades for his commitments remain difficult to hear. Randy Hannan, chief of staff to Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, noted that Gulick preferred to stay behind the scenes. Kimberley Locke: Aiding In The Fight <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>After finishing in third place on "American Idol" in 2003, Kimberley Locke could have taken her newfound notoriety anywhere she desired. Of course she took it to the recording studio, but she didn't stop there. She became an HIVAIDS activist. Eleven years later, her direction and dedication are unchanged. World AIDS Day Event Calendar <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Amber's Journey <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Amber is looking forward to the new year, but she is also fearful of what 2015 will bring her. She plans to transition to living her life as she was meant -- as a woman. But the ongoing debates at the state capital about adding gender identity to the state's civil rights law makes such a move terrifying. Low-Income State Residents Will Have Coverage For PrEP "This is literally a drug that you can take to reduce your risk of contracting HIV. Why isn't this available to everyone, everywhere?" - Katelyn Tonge, an Albion College student leader Feds Approve Broad New Clinical Guidance On PrEP <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The new guidance says PrEP (which stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) should be considered for HIV-uninfected persons who fit any of the follow risk categories: are in an ongoing sexual relationship with HIV-infected partner, is a gay, bisexual or other man who has sex with men or a transgender woman who has had sex without a condom or has been diagnosed with a sexual transmitted infection in the previous six months and is not in a mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who recently tested negative for HIV; a heterosexual man or woman who does not always use condoms and is not in a mutually monogamous relationship with a person who has recently tested HIV-negative; and anyone who has injected illicit drugs and shared equipment or has been in treatment for injection drug use in the past six months... "Transgender women, gay men, and bisexual men deserve access to the full range of options that will allow them to have safe and fulfilling sex. Equality Michigan will continue to work with our partners throughout Michigan to make PrEP as accessible as possible." Michigan AIDS Coalition Continues The Fight Against HIV/AIDS AIDS awareness and support doesn't end as soon as Dec. 1, World AIDS Day, passes. Michigan AIDS Coalition works to keep services, education and more running all year. State Of Affairs: Funding Of HIV Programs In Jeopardy Over 30 years into the HIV epidemic in the U.S. the number of new infections nationwide and statewide have stabilized. With the advent of powerful anti-HIV drugs, the number of people living with HIV has continued to increase. But the funding streams that keep the state's HIV prevention and care programs running and the doors open are shifting like sands on the Lake Michigan dunes. World AIDS Day <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Affirmations Names New Executive Director In less than two months of searching, Affirmations' Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Susan Erspamer as its next executive director. Equality Michigan Appoints New Deputy Director Equality Michigan announced Nov. 18 the appointment of its new Deputy Director, L. Michael Gipson. Introducing The Affirmations L.E.A.D. Institute L.E.A.D. is a leadership development program designed for LGBTQ professionals. New Development Director Takes The Helm At Ozone House Youth And Family Services Ozone House Youth and Family Services announced Nov. 17 the appointment of Allie Schachter to the role of development director. Michigan Court Of Appeals Reverses Ruling On Custody Case Involving Lesbian Parents The Michigan Court of Appeals reversed its decision Nov. 19 on a 2013 custody case involving a lesbian couple where, following a divorce, the nonbiological mom was denied custody and visitation rights for a child she helped raise with her former partner. Religious Leaders Gather To Support Those Living With HIV/AIDS Detroit and suburban religious and community organizations will gather on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, to remember those who have died, support those who are living with HIV and AIDS and find strength in one another to continue their work in and advocating for AIDS service organizations as well as provide support for those living with HIVAIDS. An Open Letter To Dana Nessel, From The Transgender Community of Michigan <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Make no mistake, the hate-filled, fear-mongering message used by our opposition is simple, cheap and incredibly effective. To counter it will require a massive campaign to educate Michigan's voters about the nuances of what it means to be transgender and then convince them to approve a change to our state's constitution. To believe that this massive undertaking can be accomplished within the time frame of your ballot campaign is naive at best. News Analysis: The Pre-ballot Battle <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Michigan has seen similar hysteria related to local nondiscrimination laws. In Hamtramck, ordinance opponents distributed campaign literature with a cartoon character clearly of a "man in a dress." In Kalamazoo, opponents distributed hanging political literature with images of Dr. Julie Nemecek -- a transgender woman who sued Spring Arbor University when that organization fired her for being transgender.The ordinance lost in Hamtramck, but won in Kalamazoo -- a sample that could indicate a ballot battle is not a slam-dunk when put before the voters Nearly 500 Dems Gather To Hear Castro, Others Nearly 500 Democrats and supporters gathered in the first major fundraising event in West Michigan Saturday night to hear Julian Castro, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Trans Sistas Of Color Project Launches With First Event, Outlines Plans <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>It's been a long time coming, but the Trans Sistas of Color Project is now a reality. 2015 Transgender Day Of Remembrance Once a year lesbian, gay and bisexual members of the LGBT community are called upon to stand in solidarity with the trans community and honor the lives of trans brothers and sisters who have been lost during the past year. Refusal of Service: Surprising Results Stem From Marriage Nondiscrimination Study <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>An Oct. 26 presentation at the Equality Research Center at Eastern Michigan University showcased a study that asked Americans where they stand on the refusal of services to same-sex couples and interracial couples, and the results were shocking. Federal Judge Says Love v Johnson Will Move Forward A federal lawsuit filed by six transgender plaintiffs against Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson will continue after Federal Judge Nancy Edmunds denied Nov. 16 the state's motion to dismiss the case. West Michigan Man Rejected As Organ Donor Because He's Gay A gay man on the west side of the state seeking to donate one of his kidneys to a child in need has been rejected as a possible candidate due to his sexuality, WZZM reports. Southfield Swears In First Gay Mayor <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>After a tiring campaign and a win earlier this month at the ballot box, Kenson Siver, the first openly-gay mayor of Southfield, pledged his oath of office before a crowded city hall Nov. 16. Judge For Love v Johnson Seems Sympathetic To ACLU Argument <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Lawyers from the ACLU and the ACLU of Michigan argued Nov. 4 before Federal Judge Nancy Edmunds against a state policy set in 2011 by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson that prevents many transgender men and women from correcting the gender on their driver's licenses and other forms of identification. 2015 Election Results Michigan voters came out to the polls Nov. 3 to vote on a number of proposals, elected official positions and more. Based on the results of the vote, big change is set to stir up Lansing and Kalamazoo, and Southfield will welcome its first openly gay mayor. Pugh Trial: A Recap The long awaited Charles Pugh trial - for sexual grooming, as the mainstream media calls it - finally took place last week. Though Pugh, quite noticeably, was absent from the proceedings. Jayne And April DeBoer Officially Adopt Their Five Children In an unforgettable and long-awaited day in their family history, Jayne and April DeBoer formally adopted all five of their children Nov. 12 in Oakland County Circuit Court. Committee Votes State Will Pay For Same-Sex Marriage Fight, Not Schuette The state House Appropriations Committee voted directly on party lines Nov. 5 in favor of Attorney General Bill Schuette's Legislative Transfer Request 2015-8, which will transfer reimbursement funds to Schuette's office to pay for his failure in the marriage equality case. Q&A: Joe Jonas On Gay Clubbin' With Nick, Flattering Advances & How a Jonas Brothers Reunion Could 'Easily Happen' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>We caught up with the band's frontman, Joe Jonas, to discuss his mission to "encourage people to be themselves," recent talks with Nick regarding a Jonas Brothers reunion and how he's "accidentally" wandered into gay clubs. Christmas in Plymouth <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> The Authentic Life: Sarah Paulson Talks 'Carol,' Pressure To Be An LGBT Activist & Why She Misses Jessica Lange <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>What does Sarah Paulson remember about the first time she kissed a girl? "Nothing that I'm going to tell you!" she teases, laughing as if to say "nice try." Not that the actress' entire life is a secret. It hasn't been. Allie X Marks The Spot <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Born Alexandra Ashley Hughes in Toronto, the singer crafted the Allie X persona prior to her new found fame, creating a persona separate from a past that included schooling at Michigan's prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy where the likes of Betty Who, Josh Groban and other artists have studied. Allie X spoke to BTL from Los Angeles prior to her upcoming tour stop in Detroit Nov. 18 and was quick to separate "Allie X" from Hughes. MCCD Pastor And BTL Sales Rep Tie The Knot After many years together, Indiana farm girl Ann Cox and Deb Dysert, also known as Reverend Dysert from the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit, tied the knot and married before 220 of their most beloved friends and family. The Queen Of Mean Goes Serene <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Between talking about her extremely amicable divorce with "Jimmy Big-Balls" - a long-running gag in her stand-up - and her dip into theater with a show about eating issues, comedian Lisa Lampanelli has turned the corner on being angry. Now, the "Queen of Mean" funnels that former rage into creativity that's leaving her with "tons of energy" and making her question if she even has any hate left in her. HUD Proposes Rule Ensuring Equal Access To Housing And Services In Accordance With Gender Identity After a careful review and monitor of its implementation of equal access to housing in its programs regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development announced Nov. 20 its proposed "Equal Access in Accordance with an Individual's Gender Identity in Community Planning and Development Programs Rule (Gender Identity Rule)." Homicides Of Transgender Women In U.S. Reach Alarming High For a few transgender Americans, this has been a year of glamour and fame. For many others, 2015 has been fraught with danger, violence and mourning. By the count of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, there have been 22 killings so far this year of transgender or gender-nonconforming people - including 19 black or Latina transgender women. Study Explores Healthy Old Age For Those With HIV Treatments for HIV have evolved through several generations since August "Buzz" Pusateri tested positive for the virus 30 years ago. CDC: US Sexually Transmitted Disease Epidemic Worsening A U.S. sexually transmitted diseases epidemic is increasing and the most common infection, chlamydia, has risen to record levels, government officials say. ACLU Says Kentucky Clerk Should Have To Reissue Licenses The American Civil Liberties Union says a Kentucky county clerk's office should reissue altered marriage licenses even though the governor has promised to recognize them as valid. University To Rebrand 14 Campus Restrooms 'All Gender' Officials at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis have announced a plan to re-label 14 restrooms across campus as "All Gender." Kansas Panel Considers Whether Gays Should Be Foster Parents A Kansas legislative committee's chairman raised questions Nov. 17 about whether gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve as foster parents for abused and neglected children. Ohio Lawmakers Push Proposed Ban On LGBT Conversion Therapy Two Democratic state lawmakers in Ohio are using last week's Transgender Day of Remembrance as an opportunity to push their bill seeking a ban on therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of minors. US Catholic Bishops: Abortion, Marriage Key Election Issues U.S. Roman Catholic bishops issued an election-year guide stressing a moral imperative to evaluate candidates according to their position on marriage and abortion. The decision Nov. 17 followed a brief debate at their national assembly over whether the document reflected the priorities of Pope Francis. The Latest: Salt Lake City Elects First Openly Gay Mayor Former Utah lawmaker Jackie Biskupski has become the first openly gay mayor of Salt Lake City. Utah Panel Endorses Expanding Use Of Marijuana Extract Oil A proposal to allow Utah residents to use oil extracted from marijuana to treat more diseases, including cancer and HIV, received an early vote of support Nov. 18 from some state lawmakers. School Suspends All Clubs After Parents Question LGBT Club After parents complained about a newly formed LGBT Club at Rutherford County K-12 public charter school, the school's board of directors suspended all clubs' activities. Charlie Sheen Says He Is HIV-Positive, Bad Boy Days Are Over Charlie Sheen said his bad-boy days are over and, with a declaration Nov. 17 that he's HIV-positive, he aims to become an inspiration to others. Missouri Student President: School Has Racism, Also Unity <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>When Payton Head ran as a gay, black man for student president at the University of Missouri - a school now known for one student's hunger strike and other protests against the administration's handling of racial bias and hostility on campus - he promised to "ignite Mizzou." Protest Of Mormon LGBT Policy Draws Hundreds <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Several hundred people with roots in the Mormon faith gathered in Salt Lake City on Saturday to renounce the church's new policies targeting gays and their children in an event that marked the latest illustration of the fervor the rule changes have caused. Donations Drop For Scouts In Utah After Gay Leader Decision One of the largest Boy Scout councils in the country is laying off employees because donations are down - possibly a side effect of tension between the Scouts and the Mormon church over this summer's decision to allow gay Scout leaders. Idaho's Constitutional Defense Fund goes toward losing cases A special state fund created to help Idaho navigate state sovereignty conflicts with the federal government has paid out more than $2.1 million over the last two decades, nearly all of it spent on losing legal battles. Corbin: Arkansas Court Voted To Strike Marriage Ban The Arkansas Supreme Court voted to find the state's gay marriage ban was unconstitutional but never issued its ruling months before same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, a former state justice said in a recently published interview. Protest Of Mormon LGBT Policy Draws Hundreds Several hundred people with roots in the Mormon faith gathered in Salt Lake City Nov. 14 to renounce the church's new policies targeting gays and their children in an event that marked the latest illustration of the fervor the rule changes have caused. New Business Group Will Promote Indiana LGBT Protections Another business group has formed to lobby for extending Indiana's civil rights protections to members of the LGBT communities. Creep of the Week: Peter Sprigg Now, a low score on HRC's CEI doesn't necessarily mean a company is anti-LGBT. But the higher a company's score, the better that company is to its LGBT employees. Of course, some folks think the CEI is a bunch of baloney. Like Peter Sprigg of the virulently anti-LGBT Family Research Council. BTL Editorial: The End Of HIV Is Near... The end of HIV is near ... If we make use of the tools available to us today. And that is no short order. World AIDS Day We plan in the coming year to building a more robust HIVAIDS program that can support policies and programs toward achieving zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero HIV-related deaths in our community. But we are only as good as our partners. Designing Below The Belt <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Jerome Fulton, 28, moved to NYC when he was just 19 to pursue his degree in fashion. He transfered to the Fashion Institute of Technology after just two years at Western Michigan University to harness his passion for fashion into skills that would be most marketable in the fashion industry. Detroit's AJ O'Neil Boldly Brews New Career Venture <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Members of the Metro Detroit community probably know AJ O'Neil, founder of Detroit Bold Coffee Co., as the owner and operator of AJ's Cafe in Ferndale which he closed down in spring of 2012. Fashionably Festive 2015 BTL sat down with BC Cabangbang to discuss some fun Holiday fashion suggestions for the queer individual that wants to look fashionably trendy. The Frivolist: 6 Ways To Lessen The Gut-Busting Effects Of Your Thanksgiving Binge <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Don We Now Our 'Gay' Apparel... And Other LGBT Gifts This Season It's that time again: time to either excitedly purchase gifts for your loved ones, or begrudgingly put off the holiday gift buying task until you're frantically panning through your closet to regift the snowman soap dispenser your great aunt gave you two years ago. Adding Those In Need To Holiday Shopping Lists <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The holidays can seem like a nonstop series of shopping and decorating, but there are always those less fortunate who get forgotten in the hustle and bustle. Add some of these area nonprofit and philanthropic organizations to your holiday list this year and give back to the community. Create Holiday Gifts That Keep On Giving Make this holiday season one filled with creating memories and gifts that keep giving throughout the year. AARP Study Has Suggestions For 2015 Holiday Shoppers A new AARP study of Michigan adults ages 18 and older has determined five areas where consumers should be alert during the holiday season. Bookmarks Books are very special gifts. Sharing a favorite book is sharing a piece of yourself. The Ultimate Guide To Gay Gift Giving <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>What do you get a gay who has everything? Take your pick from these ideas, perfect for LGBT foodies, techies, explorers and more. Screen Queen: The Gift Guide Pay It Forward This Holiday Season MICHIGAN - Though the holiday season is usually associated with hot chocolate, Santa and other festivities, many families in metro Detroit are unable to celebrate because of overwhelming medical bills, damages from the summer floods and job losses. Michigan-Made Gifts For The Holidays <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>With Black Friday and Cyber Monday approaching, nationwide retailers are dominating the shopping scene. But Michigan offers a variety of stellar gift options for every demographic imaginable Hear Me Out ... For The Holidays <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Screen Queen: The Gift Guide <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Mikey Rox's Ultimate Guide To Gay Gift Giving <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>What do you get a gay who has everything? Take your pick from these ideas, perfect for LGBT homebodies, adventurers, activists and more. From the Horse's Mouth <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> The Lady Vanishes <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Cordial Beverages <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>