PrideSource - front Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 24 May 2016 20:24 EST 24 May 2016 20:24 EST Staggering HIV Rates Among Men Who Have Sex with Men Men who have sex with men face an HIV prevalence rate "magnitudes higher" than any other risk group in the U.S., researchers from Emory University have found. Motor City Pride Entertainment Lineup Announced <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Organizers of Motor City Pride just announced the entertainment lineup for this year's Pride festival, which takes place in downtown Detroit's Hart Plaza June 11-12. Section 1557 Significantly Advances Trans Access To Healthcare The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Civil Rights released a final rule May 13 codifying existing formal guidances in Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- signaling a big shift in trans related health care. The ACA now officially bans discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age and physical or mental disability. Hillary Clinton Says She'll Work to Reform HIV Criminalization Laws as President Former Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for president, Hillary Clinton, told a gathering of hundreds of HIV advocates gathered in Alabama last week that she supports a repeal of HIV-specific criminal laws. First Openly Gay Army Secretary Has Michigan Roots Eric Fanning, the first openly gay Army secretary as confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 17, has strong Michigan ties. Northern Michigan School System Seeks Guidance for Trans Students A bi-gender student attending school in a district close to Traverse City approached her school's board in April to request if she could use of the restroom of her choice. LGBT Staffers Presented with Presidential Award Lead members of LGBT Detroit were honored May 20 during the BMe Leaders Award Ceremony held at the White House. Redford Schools will Comply with Federal Guidelines for LGBT Students South Redford and Redford Union school district officials say the district will comply with new federal guidelines that call for transgender students to be treated in a way consistent with their gender identity. Trans Activists Speak About Their Experiences on WDET On May 2, Stephen Henderson of "Detroit Today," a program of WDET radio, spoke with Amy Hunter, transgender advocacy coordinator at the ACLU of Michigan Trans Advocacy Project; Logan Casey, University of Michigan Ph.D. candidate; and Bre Campbell, founder of the Trans Sistas of Color Project in Detroit, regarding their experiences coming out as transgender and the broader issue of transgender equality. 'Letter to Anita': LGBT Activist Ronni Sanlo Talks Documentary, Estrangement From Kids and Her Pivotal Work at the University of Michigan <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>LGBT rights activist Dr. Ronni Sanlo will return to Ann Arbor May 26 for a showing of "Letter to Anita," a memoir of Sanlo's life featuring Hollywood star Meredith Baxter. State Board of Ed Hears Final Public Testimony on K-12 LGBT Guidelines <img src=' Fessler_500x250_online.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> Federal Government Releases Guidance to Help Schools Ensure Rights for Trans Students The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education released joint guidance May 13 to help provide educators the information they need to ensure that all students, including transgender students, can attend school in an environment free from discrimination based on sex. Dow Chemical, Other Companies Oppose Bathroom Legislation As a response to much talked about legislation by state Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, that would require Michigan students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their assigned gender at birth, Dow Chemical Co. and other Michigan-based companies have come out in strong support of trans youth. Lisa Brown Files for Re-election in Oakland County Brown has eliminated backlog, enacted safety controls, encouraged young voters and fought for women's and LGBT rights. SAGE of Metro Detroit Honored at Area Agency on Aging 1-B Annual Community Meeting SAGE of Metro Detroit was be presented with The VolunteerCommunity Leadership Award by the Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) at its Annual Community Meeting. Marriage Equality Champion to Seek Re-election Barb Byrum, the Ingham County Clerk who was the first to issue a marriage license during "the window" when same-sex marriage was first legal in Michigan, has announced her bid for re-election. State Board of Ed Hears Final Public Testimony on K-12 LGBT Guidelines <img src=' Fessler_500x250_online.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> Sick of Sarah to Headline Ferndale Pride <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Minneapolis rock band Sick of Sarah has been signed to headline the sixth annual Ferndale Pride street fair on Saturday, June 4. Covenant House Benefit to Feature Broadway Stars <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Broadway comes to Detroit for one special night at A Night of Broadway Stars, a benefit for Covenant House Michigan. State PFLAG Organizations Send Open Letter to Michigan Legislature Fourteen organizations from all over Michigan representing parents, family members and allies to the LGBTQ communities signed an open letter May 5 to Michigan lawmakers affirming their support for the safety and well-being of all students. Why He Styx With It <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Legendary prog-rock band Styx recently got a taste of what it's like to be trending when, on the "Tonight Show," Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd recreated, shot for shot, the band's 1981 "Too Much Time On My Hands" music video. Q&A: Rufus Wainwright Talks Aging, North Carolina, the Benedict Cumberbatch Conundrum & 'Sensitive' Gays <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> "I'm not at the psychiatrist's office." Rufus Wainwright realizes that now, years later. There was a time, he acknowledges, amused by the notion, that interviews such as the one we're engaged in passed as therapy. For that reason, the singer and composer is transparent, a book that never closes. That frankness has long marked his raw musings, windows into his life as a gay man, as a former drug addict, as a son, as a father. The personal catharsis of his latest work is less discernible. Jody Valley's LGBT Sequel Brings Dark Thrills Many writers struggle with protecting their protagonists too much, which leads to poor character development and a stifled plot. Jody Valley is not that writer. LGBT Advocate's 'Memories of a Penitent Heart' Seeks Truth About the HIV-Positive Gay Uncle Her Family Shunned <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Cecilia Aldarondo's uncle Miguel died of AIDS-related illness in the mid-1980s when she was 6. She barely knew him, and then he was gone. Moreover, Miguel's truth was obliterated. His life as a gay man? Just a "disease." His longtime partner, Bob? Not even a mention in the obituary. Deep Inside Hollywood Dan Savage's 11th Annual HUMP! Film Festival Rides Again on International Tour With All New Films Eleven years strong, the HUMP! Film Festival is still the only place to see creative, homegrown porn! Motor City Pride Entertainment Lineup Announced <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Organizers of Motor City Pride just announced the entertainment lineup for this year's Pride festival, which takes place in downtown Detroit's Hart Plaza June 11-12. Past Presidents Of Hotter Than July Honored At Annual Conference <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>About 50 people came out Friday for Hotter Than July's annual Gathering on LGBT Issues. The conference, which took place at Michigan State University's Detroit Center, has been a part of Detroit Black Gay Pride since its inception in 1996. Hotter Than July Kicks Off With Candlelight Vigil <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>About 75 people came out to Palmer Park Tuesday to kick off the start of the 20th anniversary edition of Hotter Than July-Detroit Black Gay Pride. Lake Effect <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Hot off Season 7 of the LOGO channel's "Ru Paul's Drag Race" phenomenon, Darienne Lake of Season 6 spoke with Between the Lines about her upcoming hosting gig at Motor City Pride June 6. Pride Events <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Divas Galore: Latrice Royale To Bring Pride To Chene Park <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>She is large and in charge, chunky yet funky. Yes, the one and only Latrice "Mother Fucking" Royale is coming to town. The drag diva - and "RuPaul's Drag Race" favorite - will be hosting the King Queens Ball at Chene Park on June 6. Carmen Electra Looks Back On Career - Looks Forward To Playing Pride! <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Where in the world is Carmen Electra? The model-TV personality-sex symbol-singer's recent hit "Around The World" says it all. And so does her Instagram feed. A Look At The Ladies Of The King & Queens Ball Not Just Another Letter: Flint Native Tunde Olaniran On Why Labels Shouldn't Matter So Much <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>An outreach coordinator for Planned Parenthood by day and a war paint-clad musician by night, Flint native Tunde Olaniran bridges social justice with gender-bending beats. "I try to talk about things that are important to me," says Olaniran. "It's the content to me that's the future of music - bringing back some rawness to rap music." Presidential Proclamation -- LGBT Pride Month, 2015 From the moment our Nation first came together to declare the fundamental truth that all men are created equal, courageous and dedicated patriots have fought to refine our founding promise and broaden democracy's reach. Into The Pride Groove <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> LGBTQ Prom Invites Youth To 'Come As They Are' In honor of Ferndale Pride, the Carl Rippberger Youth Empowerment Program at Affirmations invites youth ages 13-20 to be young, fearless and fabulous at its free Youth Prom from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 30 at Affirmations, located at 290 W. Nine Mile Road in Ferndale. This rainbow-themed event will be held as an afterglow to Ferndale Pride and will feature food, raffle prizes, photo booth and music by DJ Tone. The Bitch Is Back: Detroiter Says Pride Is A Celebration Of 'Self-Love' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Come As You Are To Rainbow Pride Prom The 2015 Pride Prom at Affirmations is set up so LGBT and ally youth can enjoy an evening of inclusivity while being young, fearless and fabulous. Pre-Pride Event: Running Through Color <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Ferndale Chamber of Commerce will host their 2015 Rainbow Run the morning of Ferndale Pride for runners and walkers of all ages. Michigan: A Brief Timeline of LGBT Milestones In the Capital City Michigan Pride To Feature Floats, Comedy & Drag HTJ Snaps Creep of the Week: Glenn Beck OK, I'm not trying to alarm anyone, but I think Glenn Beck is planning on molesting kids at Hersheypark (you know, the amusement park where everything is made of chocolate, I'm pretty sure). I know that sounds alarmist. But hear me out. Parting Glances: On Your Scale of One-to-Forever! Because my life tends to be introspective, devoid of untoward kink -- and boob implant free -- I'm curious to know what's it's like to experience the unique and unusual (as long as it doesn't ultimately involve attending 12-step co-dependency meetings). Transmissions: Potty Emergency Oklahoma joins the fray of anti-transgender legislation. Ann Arbor Summer Festival Launches June 10 <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Ann Arbor Summer Festival has released its headlining indoor mainstage performances for the 2016 season. Ann Arbor Film Festival Ends with Awards, Including Best LGBT Film <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The 54th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival has officially come to a close. LGBTQ Culture in the Ann Arbor Area <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Ann Arbor and its surrounding areas are known as inclusive and celebratory when it comes to the LGBTQ community. With a long and storied history in regards to LGBTQ issues, the Ann Arbor area is full of great things to do for a day trip, weekend getaway or week-long vacation. Viewpoint: Does a Year Make a Difference? As we celebrate this year's same-sex marriage expo, never have the words, "what a difference a year makes!" rung so true. But we still must remain vigilant. Ann Arbor Gears Up For Film Festival With Featured Filmmaker <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>As part of AAFF 54, the Ann Arbor Film Festival's upcoming Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker series will feature filmmaker David OReilly. 2016 Michigan's Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo Celebrates Marriage Equality <img src=' 28.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> Pistons Pride Night Coming March 6 The Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Pistons to promote Motor City Sundays on March 6. Motor City Sundays give fans and the Pistons a chance to showcase their shared pride in celebration of all things Detroit and family. A Silent Crisis: LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in Detroit <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A silent crisis is growing among us. During a period of unprecedented advances in rights and acceptance for some LGBTQ folks across the United States, the silent crisis present in the lives of far too many LGBTQ youth in Detroit has deepened -- especially for LGBTQ youth of color experiencing homelessness. Ann Arbor's Historic LGBT Bar Celebrates 20th Anniversary The historic Kerrytown bar, autBar, will celebrate its 20th Anniversary Aug. 29 and has a whole day of events planned to commemorate a 20 year legacy serving the LGBT+A communities of Ann Arbor. The OutField: Cheering on #EveryFan Separated by only 11 miles - and both proudly sporting the color blue - Duke University and the University of North Carolina enjoy perhaps the most intense college athletic rivalry in the country. The OutField: Cheering on #EveryFan Separated by only 11 miles - and both proudly sporting the color blue - Duke University and the University of North Carolina enjoy perhaps the most intense college athletic rivalry in the country. The OutField: Sports Leaders Stand Up to Mississippi <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>It was the conservative right's political version of a buzzer-beater. While real issues swirled around North Carolina - economic, educational, environmental - the state's General Assembly held a hurried special session to discuss ... bathrooms. Well, they did not actually discuss them. In just a couple of hours - and with virtually no public input - the legislators passed House Bill 2. It repealed an ordinance passed the previous month in Charlotte, which provided "public accommodation" protection to LGBT people (including allowing transgender folks to use the bathrooms of the gender with which they identify). Motown Invitational Classic Throws Traditional Bowling Rules Out the Door at Cash-O-Rama Event <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Take a break from the Easter weekend holiday festivities on Saturday, March 26 and put your bowling skills -- or lack of skills -- to good use and have a little fun, make new friends and win money. The OutField: Sports Equality Foundation Empowers Out Athletes The OutField: Pride Tape Covers Canada <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> 'Rent': A Life <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Inhabited by heroin users, drag queens, the homeless and performance artists -- welcome to the world of Jonathon Larson's 1996 musical vision of the struggle to live in New York City at the height of the AIDS epidemic, and the general economic collapse of the Reagan and Bush years. Welcome to Riverwalk Theater's production of "Rent." Review: Encore Theatre Hits Right Notes with 'Always...Patsy Cline' DEXTER - A "Saturday Night Live" writer once said that the show could leaven a risky sketch simply by putting Amy Poehler in it, calling the comedienne "a charm machine." Robin Bradford's 'Low Hanging Fruit' makes its Midwest Premiere <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Detroit production a joint venture of the Theater Company of the University of Detroit Mercy and the Matrix Theatre Company. Love, Passion and Political Intrigue Played Out at Grosse Pointe Theatre <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Grosse Pointe Theatre's 68th season continues with the politically charged "Chess, The Musical." Audience Definitely 'Buying' What Ringwald is 'Cellaring' Start The New Year Laughing With Production Of 'The Odd Couple' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Purple Rose Theatre Company will ring in the new year with the second play of its 25th anniversary season, Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple." A Waist of Effort <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Three Days in June <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> The Ayes Had It <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>