PrideSource - front http://www.pridesource.com Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 26 Feb 2015 22:26 EST 26 Feb 2015 22:26 EST webmaster@pridesource.com webmaster@pridesource.com pridesource.com http://www.pridesource.com/img/logo.gif http://pridesource.com Update: Pugh Wants Accuser Named http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70368 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2309/S1M2_CharlesPugh-AP2_FIle_2208.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - Two separate motions were filed this week in the Charles Pugh text messaging scandal court case. First, Pugh, former Detroit City Council president, wants the young man who is accusing him of misconduct to be named in open court. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70368 Fed. Gov. Backs Trans Youth In School Lawsuit http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70387 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2309/S1M1_TransYouthSues4Districts_2310.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The federal government is supporting a Detroit-area teenager who accuses several schools of discriminating against him because of his gender identity. Schools in Wayndotte, Van Buren, Summit Academy North District and Dearborn Heights districts as well as a charter school are being accused of taking no action in response the boy's harassment by staff and other students due to his gender identity. Those being accused deny the allegations and have filed motions to dismiss the case. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70387 EMU Discusses Needs Of At-Risk LGBT Homeless Youth http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70365 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2309/S1M3_YouthHomelessDialoguePanel_2308.JPG' style='width:250px'><br/>YPSILANTI - In the third program put on by URL Eastern Michigan University's Equality Research Center https:www.emich.eduequality, the Michigan Department of Human Services and leading LGBT youth coordinators discussed on Feb. 12 how homelessness disproportionately impacts LGBT youth. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70365 Web Series To Explore Sexuality And Gender Identity http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70366 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2309/S1M10_PBSOnlineSeries_2309.png' style='width:250px'><br/>NEW YORK - WNET, the flagship PBS station, and PBS Digital Studios have announced the launch of "First Person," an original digital series exploring sexuality and gender identity. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70366 Affirmations Showcases Religious Art Exhibit http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70367 FERNDALE - On exhibit for the first half of March, "Shower of Stoles" bears witness to the huge loss of leadership that many religious institutions have brought upon themselves because of unjust policies targeting the LGBT community. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70367 A Short List Of Potential Advocates For Marriage Equality At High Court http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70369 Renowned Supreme Court advocate Ted Olson remembers the first time he had a chance to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court: He didn't take it. It was a First Amendment case about billboards in San Diego. Olson had been practicing law for 15 years, he had represented his clients from the start and they wanted him to argue before the highest court in the land. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70369 Political Hors D'ouevres: Jase Bolger, Chris Ward, Ronna Romney McDaniel http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70370 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2309/S1O_POLHOR_chris_ward_trumpie.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Since last year, when former Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, introduced the "Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act," opponents have argued that, if the legislation becomes law, it will allow people to discriminate on a host of issues -- including race. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70370 Fed. Gov. Backs Trans Youth In School Lawsuit http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70387 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2309/S1M1_TransYouthSues4Districts_2310.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The federal government is supporting a Detroit-area teenager who accuses several schools of discriminating against him because of his gender identity. Schools in Wayndotte, Van Buren, Summit Academy North District and Dearborn Heights districts as well as a charter school are being accused of taking no action in response the boy's harassment by staff and other students due to his gender identity. Those being accused deny the allegations and have filed motions to dismiss the case. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70387 LGBT Successes Provide One Bright Spot For Democrats http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70263 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2308/S1M4_LGBTCaucus.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - In November, two openly gay men were elected to Michigan's State House of Representatives and LGBT leaders now hold prominent positions at the highest levels of the Party. As a result, the morning meeting of the LGBT Caucus was far more upbeat than the overall mood at the Michigan Democratic Party convention Feb. 14 at Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70263 Michigan LGBTQ&A Career Fair Coming March 5 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70190 DEARBORN - Corporate leaders increasingly recognize that a diverse workforce provides them with a competitive edge. These leaders and their corporate recruiters want LGBT people to join their talent pool. Connecting corporate recruiters with Michigan's LGBT and ally job seekers is the primary goal of the LGBTQ Career Fair March 5 at the University of Michigan - Dearborn. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70190 West Mich. Conversation On Marriage Equality http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70297 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2308/S1M10_M4M_2309.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Supreme Court of the United States is likely to make a decision on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage sometime in the middle of the year; however, continuing the conversation and outreach on marriage equality is key towards changing the community's hearts and minds. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70297 Michigan Study Seeks LBT Women For Focus Group http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70290 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2308/S1M10_CallForWomenEMUStudy_2309.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Queer-identified women are being asked to participate in a discussion on identity, experiencing homophobia and the process of coming out, for a graduate thesis on gender roles. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70290 Looming Dilemma For Upcoming Historic Marriage Case http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70262 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2308/S1M_KeenStory_2308.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Just beyond the Feb. 27 deadline for filing their briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court to lay out their arguments against state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, the 36 attorneys signed onto those briefs have another looming task. They must choose who will go before the nine justices in April to deliver the arguments orally. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70262 New Matthew Shepard Film To Screen In Detroit http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70264 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2308/S1M2_MattShepardDocumentary3_2308.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - The LGBT community was forever changed in October 1998 when a 21-year-old university student fell victim to a hate crime in Laramie, Wyoming. Seventeen years and four films later, Matthew Shepard's death and story comes to Cinema Detroit through the eyes of loved ones and never before seen footage of Shepard's life. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70264 Is This The Beginning Of The End For Conversion Therapy? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70265 In early February, a state court judge in New Jersey struck a blow to the defense in a case involving so called conversion therapy -- counseling designed, supporters say, to change a person from homosexual to heterosexual -- by ruling such groups were misrepresenting their services under a state consumer fraud law. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70265 Michigan Education Conference Discusses Status OF LGBT Youth In Schools http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70266 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2308/S1M4_SOGIPanel_2308.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>AUBURN HILLS - Educators, activists, students and administrators gathered Feb. 6 for the fourth annual Michigan SOGI Education Conference to discuss topics surrounding LGBT youth such as developing and maintaining gay-straight alliances (GSA) within the schools, creating safe spaces for LGBT youth of color, the rights of trans and gender expansive students and how higher education is extending trans inclusion to the faculty. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70266 KGLRC Announces 2014 REACH Award Winners http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70267 KALAMAZOO - West Michigan LGBT people and allies were recognized at the annual honoring of the REACH Awards. These individuals and groups were awarded for their continued advocacy work in furthering LGBT support and equality by the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center (KGLRC) at the 2015 Winter Gala held Jan. 31. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70267 Affirmations Hosts Upcoming HIV/AIDS Art Exhibit http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70268 FERNDALE - The Pittmann-Puckett Gallery at Affirmations will host an upcoming exhibition in honor of Black History Month. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70268 aut Bar To Host Film Festival Meet Up http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70269 Meet up for a social hour at aut BAR, the longtime friend and supporter of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, at 5 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 22. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70269 Commission On Civil Rights Appoints LGBT Community Leaders In Michigan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70270 WASHINGTON D.C. - The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights announced the appointment of two openly LGBT advocates to the Michigan Advisory Committee Jan. 29. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70270 Motown Icons Mary Wilson & Martha Reeves Talk Gay Followings, Supremes Reunion (Because Of Course) http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70309 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2309/S2_MOTOWN_2309.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"I'm wondering, well, why wasn't Martha Reeves mentioned?" says Martha Reeves. Holding up the marquee from the Motown 25 box set, a baffled Reeves doesn't know the reason she and other Motown greats - Mary Wells and Junior Walker, for instance - got shafted, but she's not letting that get in the way of today's appearance at Detroit Public Television in Wixom, Mich., where she and Mary Wilson of the Supremes are appearing in-studio for the TV special's re-broadcasting at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 on WTVS. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70309 Grit And Guns In Ann Arbor's Noir Film Series http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70307 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2309/S2_CCAA-2_2309.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Michigan Theater and State Theatre, in partnership with Nicola's Books, are pleased to present The Noir Film Series, which began Monday, Jan. 12 with a presentation of "The Maltese Falcon" (1941). The series will continue weekly through the end of April. The series is billed as being full of "Guns! Dames! Cigarettes!" http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70307 Washtenaw LGBT Community Fundraises For SCOTUS Case http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70308 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2309/S2_CCAA_2309.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>ANN ARBOR - The Jim Toy Community Center (JTCC) will host a fundraiser with out lesbian comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer Feb. 26 in Ann Arbor. Funds will be raised in support of the marriage equality lawsuit that will be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70308 Controversial Musician Cameron Carpenter: Don't Call Me The 'Flamboyant Organist' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70203 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2308/S2_CamCarpenter_2308.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70203 Q&A: Andrew Rannells Talks 'Dangerous' Road To 'Girls,' His Hope For TV True Love - And A 'Book Of Mormon' Revival?! http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70194 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2307/andrew-web.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Andrew Rannells won't soon be living down the handjob he gave to a boy in a bathroom. Thanks to Lena Dunham and the other writers turning out sharp social commentary and anecdotal writing for this current installment of HBO's "Girls," now in its fourth season, the theater-turned-TV star didn't just speed-race his way through a handy - he's danced, de-clothed and continued to lambast the fogey fashions of Dunham's Hannah. And god bless him for it. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70194 EXCLUSIVE! Ricky Martin Talks Love Life ('I'm Enjoying Being Single'), Shirtless Selfies, Swoon-Worthy Texts & How He'd React To Having Gay Sons http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70097 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2306/RickyWEB3.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>A single tweet changed Ricky Martin's life, and then it changed the world. When the internationally famed Puerto Rican heartthrob came out in 2010, declaring himself on Twitter "a fortunate homosexual man" who's "very blessed to be who I am," Martin, 43, stepped out of the closet and into himself. Reflecting the free life he's currently basking in are the raw sounds and personal soliloquies on the singer's 10th studio album, "A Quien Quiera Escuchar" ("To Whomever Wants to Listen"), released via Sony Music Latin. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70097 Family And Medical Leave Act Updates Definition Of Spouse http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70372 WASHINGTON - Workers in legal, same-sex marriages, regardless of where they live, will now have the same rights as those in opposite-sex marriages to federal job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act to care for a spouse with a serious health condition. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70372 San Francisco Doctors Report Two Hepatitis C Infections Among PrEP Users http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70373 Hep C hadn't been though as sexually transmitted. But the study that underscored that finding relied on heterosexual couples. Recent studies have found probable sexual transmission of the virus -- which attacks the liver -- in men who have sex with men in the U.S., Europe and Australia. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70373 No Veto From Arkansas Gov. On Bill Banning LGBT Discrimination Laws http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70374 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas on Monday banned local governments from expanding anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, becoming the second state to adopt a measure opponents call a thinly-veiled move to discriminate against gays and lesbians. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70374 Despite Ban, First Same-Sex Couple Marries In Texas http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70298 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2308/S1N1_TexasMarriage_2309-.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Despite Texas' longstanding ban on gay marriage, a same-sex couple married in Austin on Feb. 19 immediately after being granted a marriage license under a one-time court order issued for medical reasons. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70298 Kate Brown Sworn In As Oregon Governor; Predecessor Resigns http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70292 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2308/S1N1_Oregon_Kate-Brown-2309.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> Kate Brown was sworn in Wednesday as Oregon's governor following an influence-peddling scandal that prompted the resignation of fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber, who had been the state's longest-serving chief executive before his swift fall from grace.Brown assumed Oregon's highest office during a ceremony at the state Capitol. Brown, formerly the secretary of state, becomes the first openly bisexual governor in the nation. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70292 Singer Lesley Gore Succumbs To Cancer http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70291 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2308/S1M_LESLEYGORE_2309_Main.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Singer Lesley Gore, best known for the 1963 smash hit "It's My Party (And I'll Cry If I Want To)," died Monday following a battle with lung cancer. The singer was reportedly a non-smoker. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70291 Some Alabama Counties Refusing Marriage Licenses To Gay Couples http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70293 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70293 Couples Ask Arkansas Court To Allow Gay Marriages To Resume http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70294 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70294 Ala Chief Justice Tells Judges: Refuse Gay Marriage Licenses http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70174 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2307/S1M_ALABAMA_2307.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Tori Sisson and Shante Wolfe camped in a blue and white tent outside the Montgomery County Courthouse during the early hours Monday, hugging and talking excitedly of getting married soon. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70174 Looming Dilemma For Upcoming Historic Marriage Case http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70262 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2308/S1M_KeenStory_2308.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Just beyond the Feb. 27 deadline for filing their briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court to lay out their arguments against state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, the 36 attorneys signed onto those briefs have another looming task. They must choose who will go before the nine justices in April to deliver the arguments orally. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70262 Is This The Beginning Of The End For Conversion Therapy? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70265 In early February, a state court judge in New Jersey struck a blow to the defense in a case involving so called conversion therapy -- counseling designed, supporters say, to change a person from homosexual to heterosexual -- by ruling such groups were misrepresenting their services under a state consumer fraud law. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70265 Justice Thomas Objects To Court's Signal On Gay Marriage http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70175 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2307/S1N_Thomas_Scalia-front_2307.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is inappropriately signaling it intends to clear the way for gay marriage across the nation, Justice Clarence Thomas complained Monday in a stinging dissent to the court's refusal to block the start of same-sex marriages in Alabama. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70175 Bias Complaints At Daimler Portland Plant Settled For $2.4M http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70075 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Daimler Trucks North America agreed to pay $2.4 million to settle discrimination complaints filed by six minority workers who said they were subjected to threats and racial slurs at the company's Portland plant. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70075 Some California Judges With Ties To Boy Scouts Question Ban http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69975 California is one of 22 states where judges are not allowed to be members of groups and clubs that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, but until last week it had an exception for nonprofit youth groups that the Supreme Court said would end next January. The rule does not apply to religious organizations. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69975 Transgender Teen's Death Stirs Action In US And Beyond http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69977 CINCINNATI (AP) - URL Leelah Alcorn http:www.pridesource.comarticle.html?article=69698 wrote a note on her Tumblr blog, then walked through the night and into the path of a tractor-trailer rumbling down a highway. In the final message attributed to her, she pleaded: "My death needs to mean something. ... Fix society. Please." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69977 Virginia Panel Rejects Adoption By Unmarried Gay Couples http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69978 RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A proposal to allow adoption by the partners of unmarried gay parents was rejected Friday by a Virginia Senate committee. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69978 Senate Panel Quickly Advances Religious Freedom Bill http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70296 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70296 Creep of the Week: Dr. Vesna Roi http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70379 Having a child is one of the most stressful things you can do. Yeah, it can be one of the most amazing parts of your life, but it also opens your eyes to a whole world of horrors you've never even contemplated before. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70379 Wrong Stall, Right Poo http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70382 This from Waccoff, Texas. Source: Lone Star Police Gazette Badge Polisher. Headline: Under Cover Cops Make Sunday Surprise Restroom Arrests! Mark your activist desk calendar... http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70382 Ask Lambda Legal: Discrimination As Religion http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70384 Private businesses, such as bakeries and grocery stores that offer goods to the public, are usually bound by public accommodation laws. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70384 Grit And Guns In Ann Arbor's Noir Film Series http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70307 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2309/S2_CCAA-2_2309.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Michigan Theater and State Theatre, in partnership with Nicola's Books, are pleased to present The Noir Film Series, which began Monday, Jan. 12 with a presentation of "The Maltese Falcon" (1941). The series will continue weekly through the end of April. The series is billed as being full of "Guns! Dames! Cigarettes!" http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70307 Washtenaw LGBT Community Fundraises For SCOTUS Case http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70308 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2309/S2_CCAA_2309.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>ANN ARBOR - The Jim Toy Community Center (JTCC) will host a fundraiser with out lesbian comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer Feb. 26 in Ann Arbor. Funds will be raised in support of the marriage equality lawsuit that will be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70308 Looming Dilemma For Upcoming Historic Marriage Case http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70262 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2308/S1M_KeenStory_2308.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Just beyond the Feb. 27 deadline for filing their briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court to lay out their arguments against state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, the 36 attorneys signed onto those briefs have another looming task. They must choose who will go before the nine justices in April to deliver the arguments orally. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70262 LGBT Successes Provide One Bright Spot For Democrats http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70263 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2308/S1M4_LGBTCaucus.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - In November, two openly gay men were elected to Michigan's State House of Representatives and LGBT leaders now hold prominent positions at the highest levels of the Party. As a result, the morning meeting of the LGBT Caucus was far more upbeat than the overall mood at the Michigan Democratic Party convention Feb. 14 at Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70263 UM Student's Innovative Car-Bike Hybrid Featured At Detroit Auto Show http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69916 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2305/S2_A2Bike_2305.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>There were many new concept cars at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this year, but none quite like the Future Cycles vehicles built by Cameron Van Dyke, a graduate student at the University of Michigan's Penny W. Stamps School of Art Design. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69916 Feeling The Folk In Ann Arbor http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69917 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2305/S2_ANNARBOR_2305.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The renowned Ann Arbor Folk Festival comes to Hill Auditorium this weekend for its 38th year. The annual festival, which serves as a fundraiser for The Ark, will bring two dynamic and different nights of folk and roots music, from celebrated musicians to up-and-coming artists. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69917 Mittens For Michigan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69534 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2252/S2_ANNARBOR_2252.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Washtenaw County's annual music festival, Mittenfest, comes to Ann Arbor this January. Blind Pig will host 2015's event from Jan. 1-4. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69534 Tidings Of Comfort & Justice http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69223 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2249/S2_AnnArbor_2249.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Whatever holiday event LGBTQI people and allies plan to celebrate this season, the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor will be around to host; the church will dedicate one particular service to LGBTQI people and their friends, families and allies this month. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69223 Renowned Gay Writers To Visit Ann Arbor http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68991 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2246/S1M4_Felice PicanoMain.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Felice Picano is currently on a Midwest tour with Carlos T. Mock. Picano has two new works, "True Stories, Too" and "Nights at Rizzolli." Puerto Rican born author Carlos T. Mock is joining him with his recent collection of memories and anecdotes titled Historias. They will be reading from them at Common Language Bookstore at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68991 Political Hors D'ouevres: Jase Bolger, Chris Ward, Ronna Romney McDaniel http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70370 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2309/S1O_POLHOR_chris_ward_trumpie.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Since last year, when former Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, introduced the "Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act," opponents have argued that, if the legislation becomes law, it will allow people to discriminate on a host of issues -- including race. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70370 Michigan Court Of Appeals Smacks Former Anti-gay Assistant Attorney General Down For Homophobic Bullying http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69868 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2304/S1M_Politcal HorsD_SHIRVELL_1944.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69868 Agema Censured By National GOP, Refuses To Resign http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69867 Embattled GOP National Committeeman from Michigan Dave Agema is under fire from his own party -- again. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69867 Michigan 'Religious Freedom' Bill Returns http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69806 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2303/S1M1_MiFRAshutterstock_webstandard.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Snyder took the opportunity in the state of the state address to call for "more dialogue" about amending the law at the same time Shirkey was creating a special rights bill to allow religious discrimination. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69806 The Long Shot Move To Pass Inclusive Civil Rights Amendment http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68889 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2245/S1M3_ElliottLarsenHaywood_2246.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"The latest indication is that they do not want to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity," Greimel said in a phone interview. He said he also believed the Republicans would include a broad religious exemption which would effectively gut the bill. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68889 The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Of The 2014 Michigan Midterm Election http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68788 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2244/S1M1_GBUTHMIElections_2246.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The 2014 Midterm election results are in and Michigan remains a battleground for LGBT rights. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68788 State House Blocks HIV And Other Reproductive Health Websites From Staff http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68780 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2244/S1M2_MIHouseCensorship_2245.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Staff for state representatives may have discovered over the last week that they were unable to access certain sites related to HIV and reproductive health. A spokesperson for Speaker of the House Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) says a recent software update is to blame. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68780 Dave Agema: Arab Fighter Pilots Are 'Camel Jockeys' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68671 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M8_AgemaCamelJocky_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Oh there goes that Dave Agema again. The erstwhile National GOP Committeemen from West Michigan posted on his private Facebook page on Oct. 18 a screed against Arabs and their abilities to fly modern fighter jets. In the screed, he refers to them as "camel jockeys." Republican political activist Joe Munem released the private post and condemns Agema's actions. In an exclusive statement to Between The Lines, Munem went much further. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68671 Republican State House Candidate Has History Of Scandal http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68675 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M2_WebberStory.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Mike Webber, the Republican candidate for Michigan's 45th House District and current Rochester Hills vice president, left a history of scandal following his term as chair of Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU). Webber's leadership term from 1999-2000 was roiled with allegations he sexually harassed a female co-worker at the undergraduate student government, illegally refused to pay an employee for work she had done for the organization and that he used the ASMSU facilities and resources to launch an ill-fated bid as a write-in candidate for the East Lansing City Council. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68675 Anonymous Flier Lambasts Sam Singh http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68635 East Lansing Democratic State Rep. Sam Singh and his Republican opponent are both being lambasted by anonymously distributed fliers for failing to respond to Public Advocate's "Family Values Survey." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68635 Business Friendly http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70376 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2309/S1OCA_EditorialCartoon_2309.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70376 Spare Thee, Rod http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70314 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2309/S3_PUZ_2309-PUZ.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70314 Twin Piques http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70305 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2309/S3_CA_2309.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70305