PrideSource - front Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 25 Jul 2017 21:25 EST 25 Jul 2017 21:25 EST For First Time, Over Half of People with HIV Taking AIDS Drugs <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>For the first time in the global AIDS epidemic that has spanned four decades and killed 35 million people, more than half of all those infected with HIV are on drugs to treat the virus, the United Nations said in a report released July 20. 76 Lawmakers Call for Return of Trans Question in Health Survey <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A bipartisan group of 76 U.S. House members is calling on the White House to restore to a federal health survey for elders a question the Trump administration has struck out allowing them to identify as transgender. New Trump Communications Chief Scaramucci Backs LGBT Rights <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Marking an unusual shift for the Trump administration, the new White House communications chief has declared support for LGBT rights and professed to have donated to LGBT groups. Rep. Hartzler Wants Another Shot at Anti-Trans Military Amendment <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) is looking for another shot at her amendment that would have barred the Pentagon from paying for transition-related health care for transgender service members, according to Politico. Trumpcare Appears Defeated, But LGBT Opponents Remain Wary <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>After Republican support crumbled for Trumpcare, LGBT advocacy groups that sought to preserve the Affordable Care Act are quietly confident it will remain in place -- although they say they're keeping a watchful eye. Rhode Island Becomes 10th State to Ban 'Ex-Gay' Therapy <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The governor of Rhode Island signed into law Wednesday a measure that bans widely discredited "ex-gay" conversion therapy for minors, the 10th state in the nation with such a prohibition. States Urged to Ensure Bathroom Access for Trans Kids Under Title IX <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>With the Trump administration giving up its authority to ensure transgender kids have access to the school restroom consistent with their gender identity, a coalition of 50 advocacy groups is turning to the states to enforce federal law on the issue. LGBTQ People of Color's Experiences with Law Enforcement Explored <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a report on law enforcement in New Orleans that focused primarily on racial bias and discriminatory practices. No Justice No Pride Holds March for Trans Rights <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>About 100 activists gathered at Freedom Plaza on Thursday for a rally and march to call attention to the marginalization of transgender women of color and to end the criminalization of sex work. Washington Florist Seeks OK From Supreme Court to Refuse Service to Gays <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A Washington State florist who refused to service a gay couple's wedding for religious reasons is calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse state court rulings that she violated the state's LGBT non-discrimination law. House Narrowly Rejects Hartzler Amendment Against Trans Health Care <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The U.S. House narrowly rejected on Thursday an amendment that would have barred transgender service members from being eligible for transition-related health care, including gender reassignment surgery. Sessions: DOJ Guidance on 'Religious Freedom' on the Way <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Guidance from the U.S. Justice Department assuring protections for "religious freedom" -- which is considered code among conservatives to mean anti-LGBT discrimination -- is coming shortly, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said this week. Sen. Warren's New Bill Could Give Gay Couples Refund on Back Taxes <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A new bill led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in the U.S. Senate would make gay couples potentially eligible for a refund on their back taxes if they married more than three years before the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act. Human Rights Campaign Launches $26 Million Campaign for 'Grassroots Army' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>On July 11, HRC announced an historic investment of $26 million in HRC Rising, a new grassroots campaign to "resist the politics of hate, fight anti-LGBTQ legislation, and fuel pro-equality candidates and initiatives." Rep. Hartzler Seeks to Bar Transgender Health Care in U.S. Military <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>On the heels of her tirade in committee over allowing transgender people to serve in the U.S. military, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) has proposed an amendment that would bar the Defense Department from providing transition-related care for troops. Anti-trans Bathroom Measure Fails to Qualify in Wash. State <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A citizen-initiated measure in Washington State seeking to bar transgender people from using public school restrooms consistent with their gender identity has failed to qualified for the 2017 ballot. Trump's Voter-data Collection Efforts Could Be Disastrous for LGBT Voters <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>California Secretary of State Alex Padilla was among the first secretaries of state in the country to refuse to comply with the Trump administration's demand to turn over voter data to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Supreme Court Next Stop for Argument Gays Protected Under Title VII <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The legal team behind a lawsuit seeking redress for a Georgia worker allegedly fired for being a lesbian is poised to seek review from the U.S. Supreme Court, potentially set up a decision establishing a nationwide prohibition on anti-gay workplace discrimination. Sessions to Enforce Hate Crimes Law 'Aggressively' for Trans Murders <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions -- criticized for his long anti-LGBT record -- pledged June 29 to enforce the federal hate crimes law "aggressively and appropriately" in cases of ongoing transgender murders. Polis Could Make History with Colorado Gubernatorial Bid <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>If Jared Polis wins the race for governor of Colorado, he would become the first openly gay person to win a gubernatorial race in the United States - but breaking through the pink ceiling isn't a distinction that's a priority for his campaign. Study Reveals LGBT Rental Housing Discrimination <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A newly released study by the D.C.-based Urban Institute found that some landlords that were subjected to discrimination "testing" in the D.C. metropolitan area showed a bias against renting apartments to applicants who self-identified as transgender compared to applicants not identifying as transgender. America's Newest Museum Recognizes LGBTs in our Revolution <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>America's newest museum, Museum Of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, does something quite revolutionary: It recognizes the LGBT community as having played a part of that revolution. And it does so with several exhibits. Barbershops and Salons Join the Strands for Trans Campaign <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A movement to create more trans-friendly barbershops and hair salons launched on June 20. Transgender discrimination is a daily occurrence - especially when it comes to gender-specific institutions. Texas Supreme Court Rules Against Benefits for Same-sex Couples <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Despite the U.S. Supreme Court extending marriage equality nationwide -- and a recent declaration from justices affirming that decision -- the Texas Supreme Court on Friday ruled against spousal benefits for married same-sex couples. 4th Circuit Tosses Challenge to N.C. Anti-gay Marriage Law <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals tossed out on Wednesday a lawsuit challenging a state law allowing state magistrates to opt out of performing same-sex marriages for religious reasons, citing a lack of standing by plaintiffs in the litigation. Senate Delays Trumpcare Vote as LGBT Advocates Raise Alarm <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The U.S. Senate shelved on Tuesday a plan to vote this week on a measure seeking to repeal and replace Obamacare as LGBT rights supporters continue to raise the alarm about its impact both for LGBT people and America at large. Grant Money Helps EQMI Continue Fighting Hate Crimes <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Equality Michigan received a $60,000 grant from Open Society Foundations, part of the Communities Against Hate initiative. MI Civil Rights Commission Seeks Public Input The Michigan Civil Rights Commission Seeks Public Input on a request from 38 LGBT groups asking the Commission to clarify that the prohibition against sex discrimination in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act includes protection against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. Anti-Racist, Anti-Facist Group to Take Action <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Michigan Peoples Defense Network has called a press conference at 5 p.m. on July 28 to announce an action countering a men's conference hosted by the radical Christian news organization Church Militant. Meet the LGBT Activist Running for Detroit City Council <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> U-M Announces LGBTQ Alumni Group <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The University of Michigan Alumni Association has announced the formation of a new LGBTQ alumni group. Out In Force <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Detroit Police Department LGBT Liaison Danielle Woods is Sworn to Protect, Serve and Advocate Progressive Groups Hold Health Care Town Halls <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Stand with Trans 2nd Annual Family Fun Day Picnic The overall goal of this year's Family Fun Day Picnic hosted by Stand with Trans is "to give families a safe place to just be," said Roz Keith, founder of the non-profit organization. Nominations Are Out for The 2017 Wilde Awards Theater professionals from across Michigan will gather Aug. 28 when The 2017 Wilde Awards are presented at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield. Celebrating Jeff Montgomery's Legacy One Year After His Death <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Equality Michigan issued a statement today to remember and honor the legacy of Jeff Montgomery who died one year ago. Stonewall for Revolution to Host Gubernatorial Forum <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Democratic candidates running for governor will have a chance to speak directly to voters during a forum on LGBT and women's rights on July 24 in Lansing. Meet Affirmations Volunteer Sabrina Bolvari <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In the spotlight is Sabrina Bolvari, a volunteer at Affirmations since September 2016. She is one of many volunteers the community center is incredibly fortunate to have the support of. Planned Parenthood and the LGBTQ Community: What You Should Know <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Birth control and abortion. For many people, that's what comes to mind when they think of Planned Parenthood. But did you know that they offer a full range of services, from HIV testing and treatment to cancer screenings? Gay Lansing Council Candidate Endorsed by the Victory Fund The Victory Fund has endorsed dozens of openly LGBTQ candidates across the nation. One of whom, is Lansing local Jim McClurken, who will be running for Lansing City Council's 4th Ward seat. Ice Cream Benefits Local Dog Rescues July is National Ice Cream month and Michigan's popular micro-batch creamery Browndog Barlor is celebrating by hosting a fundraiser for local dog rescue organizations on National Ice Cream Day. Michigan DOC Revises Policy, Allows Transition-related Care for Trans Inmates <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Michigan Department of Corrections has adopted a new policy for the care of transgender prisoners after a transgender woman incarcerated in a Michigan prison campaigned, with the help of the Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU of Michigan, to receive the hormone therapy she was denied. A True Bruhhood of Dominant Lesbian WoMen <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Sharron Fincher said, "something magical happens" when the Alpha Psi Kappa Fraternity comes together. Lansing Bartender Represents the Midwest in Cocktail Apprentice Program <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Melissa "Inky" Kim was accepted into the Cocktail Apprentice Program, which gives up-and-coming bartenders a chance to learn from masters of the craft during the 15th Annual Tales of the Cocktail festival in New Orleans July 18-23. HOPE Builds Community <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Over 100 guests attended a soiree and fundraiser for The HOPE Fund in the magnificent gardens at the Palmer Woods home of Dr. Boyd Richards and Joshua Ronnebaum June 25. Michigan Students Selected for Point Foundation Scholarships Michael Arellano, Shannon Moran and Donna Scaffidi have been awarded Point Foundation scholarships this year. Rachel Lutz to Open New Boutique Named Yama Yama, a new retail store dedicated to the contemporary woman is set to open this fall. Named in honor of legendary Detroit architect Minoru Yamasaki, the 2,000-square-foot Yama will join Rachel Lutz's other stores, The Peacock Room and Frida, both of which are located in Midtown's Park Shelton next to the Detroit Institute of Arts. Congratulations to Detroit Ad POP Award Winners <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Ad POP Awards were presented to the Detroit area's best in online and print advertising in regional LGBT media. Known Where to Go: HIV and STI Testing Sites <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Several Michigan health departments and community-based organizations will provide HIV testing opportunities on National HIV Testing Day now through the end of the month. Rico Pruitt Dishes on Becoming a Porn Star <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Rico Pruitt is new on the adult entertainment scene and is making quite an impression. His debut scene on broke records in March with the most downloads on the six-year-old website. Creativity Connects the Community <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Hotter Than July presents a Fine Arts Reception on July 27. DJ Romeo On Love, His Brand and How Music Saved Him <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>As Cooper gets ready to release a new mixtape, "Savage Beats, Volume 3," he talks briefly with BTL about his professional experience as a DJ in Detroit. Billionaire Boys Club Turns 30 <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In 1987, a group of black, gay men decided to form an upscale social club that has come to be known as the Billionaire Boys Club. Summer Pride Calendar <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Hotter Than July Channels Ancient African Philosophy <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The 22nd annual Hotter Than July's theme is "I Am Because We Are." Michigan Pride Parade, Rally Draws Thousands to Lansing <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Members of the community gathered this morning for the Michigan Pride parade and rally on the Capitol steps in Lansing. Michigan Pride Returns to the Streets of Old Town in June <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>This year's 28th annual Pride celebration in Lansing will return to the streets of Old Town June 16-17. Motor City Pride Captured on Camera <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Memorable Moments at Motor City Pride <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Cities Across Michigan Unite to Host Pride Events <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Tens of thousands of people hit the streets locally in support of Pride Month to coincide with marches and rallies happening at the national level in support of the LGBTQ community. Motor City Pride is 'Stronger Together' This Year <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Motor City Pride is Michigan's largest Pride celebration with more than 40,000 participants in its Pride events. Dave Wait, event chair, said he is feeling "really good" about the festival this year June 10-11 at Hart Plaza in Detroit. PRISM Chorus to Perform Sold Out Show <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Randall Wrisinger has always loved playing the piano. "My grandmother bought me a cord organ when I was four and I really took to it," Wrisinger recalled. Sing Out Detroit Takes Motor City Pride Stage <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Sing out Detroit, established in 2008, performed at Motor City Pride for the first time in 2009 and have performed there each year ever since. Leather and Lesbians The LGBTQ women's motorcycle club, Dykes on Bikes Detroit, began in 2008 with Heather O'Brian as president, Marianne Waugh as vice president, Tracy Brown as treasurer and Ronda Wright as secretary. Moving Forward, Letting Go <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The seventh annual LGBT Older Adult Summit will be held from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on June 24 at MSU Detroit Campus located at 3408 Woodward Ave. 7th Annual Ferndale Pride Celebrates LGBTQ Community <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Summer Pride Calendar <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Ferndale Pride Uplifts LGBTQ Community at Local Level Tunde Olaniran Talks Ferndale Pride Performance <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Tunde Olaniran built his audience in Michigan through great shows at places like Loving Touch and the DIY Street Fair in Ferndale. The majority of "Yung Archetype" and "Transgressor" (his first full-length album released in August 2015 on Quite Scientific Records) were recorded in Ferndale, in the basement of his engineer Jon Zott. TLC's T-Boz and Chilli Talk 'Crunk' Queer Fans, Being Lesbian-Chased, Gay Sex Lessons and the LGBT Legacy of 'Waterfalls' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>TLC never had to go chasing their gay fans - we came to them. And not just because "Waterfalls," one of pop history's most prominent HIV/AIDS-awareness anthems, made a generation of LGBT people more sexually responsible, or because "Unpretty" affirmed you're fine just the way you are. Ever since their debut dropped in 1992, the self-proclaimed "prissy tomboys" - nobody could wear condoms quite like Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas - led us all to embrace our own crazy, sexy, cool selves, gender norms be damned. Bookmarks: Seeing History Queerly The cleverly titled "Queer, There and Everywhere" by Sarah Prager, introduces readers to 23 historical figures, some familiar, some brand-new even to the most ardent LGBTQ history nerd (aka your reviewer). Deep Inside Hollywood <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> The Frivolist: 4 Reasons You Need to Move Gay French-Canadian Film '1:54' to the Top of Your 'Must Watch Now' List <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Earlier this spring I attended the OUTshine LGBT film festival in Miami, and throughout the 10-day indie-flick extravaganza I caught a number of powerful, relatable and touching movies from across the globe. Deep Inside Hollywood Crazy for Zoe Kazan: 'The Big Sick' Actress on Her New LGBT-Resonant Rom-Com, Shining a Spotlight on Gay Actors & That Paul Dano-Daniel Radcliffe Kiss <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Why aren't more gay men professing their love to Zoe Kazan? I wonder this after doing just that. I dote on the 33-year-old film and theater actress - star of "Ruby Sparks," "Revolutionary Road" and HBO's "Olive Kitteridge" - like she's my best girlfriend. Like we have history. Like we sip cosmos and talk about what it was like to play Meryl Streep's daughter in "It's Complicated." Missed Manners <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Time for Kids <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Laying It On <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Calling All Food Lovers The YpsiTasty Grub Crawl - a joint venture and local food celebration to support the mission of the A2Y Chamber and Growing Hope - is a chance for food lovers to enjoy the best locally grown food and beverages Ypsilanti restaurants have to offer. Volunteer to Protect and Restore Ann Arbor's Natural Areas There will be several opportunities in August for volunteers to help protect and restore Ann Arbor's natural areas and to foster an environmental ethic among its citizens. T-Time with FtM A2 Ypsi <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>For those who are looking for a place to meet other trans folks in and around the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti areas, mark the calendar for June 26. FtM A2 Ypsi will host "T-Time," a social gathering and safe space for by trans people for trans people of all ages. Summer Food Service Program Feeds Washtenaw County Kids When the school year ends, many children are left food insecure. For close to ten thousand Washtenaw County children, summer spells hunger. Diana Krall Kicks of 34th Annual Ann Arbor Summer Festival <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>One of the biggest names in modern jazz music is returning to Ann Arbor to kick off the 34th annual Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Grillin' for Food Gatherers: A Picnic with a Purpose <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Around 2,000 guests will gather from 3-8 p.m. on June 11 for a community picnic at Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor Saline Road in Ann Arbor. In its 28th year, Grillin' is an event for all ages featuring live music, food from more than 50 local restaurants, beer and wine, a silent auction and activities for kids. Get Outside for Dinner this Summer <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Ann Arbor Farmers Market presents their annual Food Truck Rallies on the first Wednesday evening of each month now through October. Celebrate Author Stephanie Heit Stephanie Heit is a poet, dancer, and teacher of somatic writing, contemplative dance practice, and kundalini yoga. She lives with bipolar disorder and is a member of the Olimpias, an international disability-performance collective. Mouths of Babes <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>With more than a dozen albums and over a thousand shows between them, Ty Greenstein and Ingrid Elizabeth of Mouths of Babes are no strangers to the modern folk music scene. More Protections Expected for Ann Arbor Undocumented Immigrants The Ann Arbor City Council is considering a resolution reaffirming the city's position against cooperating with the feds and instead providing more protections for undocumented immigrants. Transmissions; Uniformly Bad Since prior to the last election, many have warned of the precarious position transgender law was on the federal level. The Tradition of Connectedness It is that time again, and after months of strategic planning and securing partnerships, Detroit comes alive. Creep of the Week: Jeff Sessions When the country's chief law enforcement officer meets with a group that toils daily to hurt LGBTQ people, that's deeply troubling. Parting Glances: Once Upon a Time of Terror (Part 2) Though perhaps unspoken among gay men and doctors nearly 40 years ago when the AIDS crisis started, the presumption of a death sentence was understood. Parting Glances: Once upon a time of terror (Pt. 1) It's been nearly 40 years since media stories began to appear about what seemed the onset of a pandemic among gay men (and drug users). The acronym for these puzzling outbreaks on the East and West coasts was GRID. Gay Related Immune Deficiency. Later to be called AIDS. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Parting Glances: Woo! Woo! You, too, Wonder Woman? Sixty-three years ago, when I was a gay, impressionable teenage DC Comics Book fan, a shrink named Fredric Wertham claimed that the bitter seeds of crime were sown by comic books. Parting Glances: You're Only Gay Once, Mary! "It's a pity that youth is wasted on the young," said George Bernard Shaw, whose play "Pygmalion" was given a fresh start and a heart pacer as a Broadway musical and, later, a movie "My Fair Lady." Parting Glances: Dreaming of Tophat's Pink Garters I was five years old when I had my first vivid dream. Still vividly recalled today. Imagery was induced by counting to 10, drifting off to dreamland, as ether was applied drop by drop to a mask placed over my unsuspecting little nose for a routine tonsillectomy. Parting Glances: Hyde and seek with Dr. Cory To diddle an old saying: You can't judge a gay author -- or his book -- by the cover. Case in point: Groundbreaking 1951 sociological expose, "The Homosexual in America." Gay nom de plume: Donald Webster Cory. Real name: Edward Sagarin. Outed dramatically 24 closeted years later. (A gay Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide. er, Hyde.)