PrideSource - front http://www.pridesource.com Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 24 Apr 2014 17:24 EST 24 Apr 2014 17:24 EST webmaster@pridesource.com webmaster@pridesource.com pridesource.com http://www.pridesource.com/img/logo.gif http://pridesource.com Farming A Following http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65792 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2217/TysonGersh-1.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>We've heard just about every freaky thing the gay social app Grindr is used for, but volunteer recruitment takes the cake. Meet Tyson Gersh, president of the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative, who is slowly cultivating a farm boy "tribe" through his access to the local gay social network. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65792 Rebel Fleur http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65790 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2217/FleurDetroit-AP4.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>When it comes to shaping your summer garden, beauty begins with the architectural bones, says Phillip Morici of Fleurdetroit in Bloomfield Hills. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65790 Pillow Talk With Nate Berkus: Why He's 'Design Santa' & Boring Conversations He Has With Oprah http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65363 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2213/NateBerkus.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Home isn't where the heart is on "American Dream Builders." It's where the drama is, and it's where you'll find Nate Berkus, who hosts the home-renovation show airing Sunday nights on NBC. As the bossman to 12 contestants trying to woo him with their best remodel, Oprah's longtime gay pal and talk show sidekick steps back onto TV after the cancelation of "The Nate Berkus Show." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65363 Flower Power 101 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65789 If a rose is a rose is a rose, why aren't any of yours growing? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65789 Growing An Appreciation For Food http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65791 Beyond reaping the fruits and vegetables of your labor, planting a garden offers an insight into the ways organisms interact in a community, says Tyson Gersh, president and co-founder of the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative. A garden, Gersh explains, is a small-scale community, and studying food growth, consumption and production can be applied to larger scale communities like Detroit. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65791 Making Your House Blossom http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=55877 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2039/S2_Blossom_2039HOME.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>For most people, the only time they step foot in a flower shop is when there's a wedding, funeral or first date in the near future. Flowers can be more than a pretty but soon forgotten item bought more for their ceremonial purpose than natural splendor. Flowers can also transform any living space with their lively colors, sweet fragrance and natural beauty. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=55877 Great Wall Grows Beyond http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=62490 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2140/S2_GrEATWALL_2140-2.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>It was almost 10 years ago that Josh Young and Andi Kubacki stood at the edge of the proverbial cliff. Kubacki's job at a big printing company was going nowhere and Young was faced with the impending closure of the Internet marketing firm where he worked. "We had this idea for a while that we wanted to start this business and when it looked like things were going under at our jobs, we jumped off the cliff," says Young, 35. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=62490 Daily Speed Read: News You Should Know April 22, 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65737 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65737 Daily Speed Read: News You Should Know April 21, 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65736 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65736 Daily Speed Read: News You Should Know April 18, 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65732 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65732 Daily Speed Read: News You Should Know April 17, 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65719 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65719 Daily Speed Read: News You Should Know April 16, 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65733 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65733 Daily Speed Read: News You Should Know April 15, 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65612 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65612 Daily Speed Read: News You Should Know April 14, 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65613 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65613 Daily Speed Read: News You Should Know April 11, 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65601 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65601 Daily Speed Read: News You Should Know April 10, 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65600 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65600 Daily Speed Read: News You Should Know April 8, 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65482 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65482 Judge Takes Up Ban On Domestic Partner Benefits http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65728 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2217/S1M_MichiganNews_Generic.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT (AP) - A ban on benefits for domestic partners in Michigan public schools and local governments might not save much money, but that's not a reason to throw out the law, a lawyer for the state told a federal judge Tuesday. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65728 Motor City Pride Line-Up Includes 'Glee' Star, Erasure's Andy Bell http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65812 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2217/S1M3_MCP_Lineupshutterstock_152477939.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Motor City Pride Festival and Parade celebrates its 43rd anniversary Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8. Held at Detroit's waterfront Hart Plaza, the annual event attracts thousands of attendees to the live music, DJs, vendors and food. The festival is the largest LGBT celebration in Michigan.The festival is poised to attract more attendees this year because of the stellar music line-up. Featured headliners include Andy Bell (of Erasure), Alex Newell, and musical performer and Tunde Olaniran, one of Michigan's fastest rising musicians. The rest of the line-up features some of the state's best DJs, bands and performers. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65812 Helping Transgender Population Find Jobs http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65813 Many people are suffering these days due to the slow economic recovery, especially the transgender population. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65813 MI AG, Lawyers Disagree Over Gay Marriage Appeal Path http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65814 DETROIT (AP) - Attorneys who persuaded a judge to overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage are opposing the state's request to have an entire appeals court take the case. They want the case to move quickly, but they say the Cincinnati-based court should stick to its practice of assigning cases to a three-judge panel. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65814 Detroit Fashion Designer DL Perrett Presents Neon Valley Streets Event http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65815 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2217/S1M5_DLPerrettresentsNeonValleyStreets.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - It's not uncommon for soul singers to have gotten their start in the church. Apparently it's a breeding ground for fashion designers as well. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65815 Jim Toy Center To Honor Congressman Dingell http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65816 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2217/S2OUT_JohnDingell_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65816 Modern Works of Art for Sale This Weekend http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65817 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2217/S1M_Modernism_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65817 Hoadley To Seek LGBT Support At May 3 Detroit Fundraiser http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65818 DETROIT - Jon Hoadley is one of the most effective LGBT activists in Michigan. Now he is running for a seat in the Michigan House of Representatives, and he will be asking for the financial support of LGBT people at a May 3 fundraiser in Detroit. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65818 Inclusive Justice Conference Coming Up http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65819 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65819 Couples Celebrate Love And Acceptance at LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65697 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S1M3_CoupleExpoAJStory_2216_JamiilRobert.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Southfield got glammed up and fancy this past Saturday, celebrating an LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo held at the Southfield Civic Pavilion. There was a big turnout ranging from newly married couples, long standing couples, to partners browsing the booths together getting ideas for how they want their celebration to look. The center was filled with balloons and smiling faces. Cake samples and copious amounts of coupons for local businesses, all there to show support for the LGBT community, were handed out to desiring attendees. The joy and celebration of romance was truly in the air Saturday as couples, holding hands, came together with the Metro Detroit community to showcase love in all its forms. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65697 Michigan Same Sex Couples Demand Respect And Equal Treatment http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65695 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S1M1_CouplesACLU_2216-1.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - The discriminatory consequences of Gov. Rick Snyder's actions were recounted through the lives of eight Michigan same-sex couples during an emotional press conference Monday. The ACLU of Michigan filed a lawsuit, Caspar v Snyder, on behalf of the couples, who where legally married on March 22, after U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman ruled the ban prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying was unconstitutional. The opportunity to marry was short-lived and took place in just four Michigan counties that opened on a Saturday, before a stay pursued by Attorney General Bill Schuette was issued preventing more same sex couples from marrying. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65695 Judge Takes Up Ban On Domestic Partner Benefits http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65728 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2217/S1M_MichiganNews_Generic.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT (AP) - A ban on benefits for domestic partners in Michigan public schools and local governments might not save much money, but that's not a reason to throw out the law, a lawyer for the state told a federal judge Tuesday. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65728 Ultimate LGBT Wedding Expo A Smashing Success http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65696 SOUTHFIELD - It was a nice day for a white wedding at the fourth annual Ultimate LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo. More than 600 people attended the Expo, which took place Saturday at the Southfield Civic Pavilion. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65696 Graduating Gay: LGBT Spring Events at Local Universities http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65698 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/1OnlineListOnly_PrideCollege_2215.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65698 Gay-Owned Espresso & Gelato Shop Finds Niche in Detroit http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65699 Gay-owned business, Melt Espresso Gelato, has opened in Midtown, adding to the continuing growth of Detroit as a center for LGBT prosperity and culture. Aaron Haithcock, originally from Texas, opened the business in October after a long journey of love. "It took three and a half years to open; I had to apply for a loan three different times," he says, "I had to keep resubmitting for it. It took lots of time... time was definitely an issue." Negotiating for a spot in the area took over a year alone. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65699 Dine Out For Life April 24 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65700 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S1M_MichiganNews_Generic.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65700 2014 Good Neighbors = Strong Community Award Recipients Announced http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65701 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S1M_MichiganNews_Generic.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65701 LGBT Caucus Seating Available At Upcoming MDP Dinner, Bill Clinton To Keynote http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65702 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S1M_MichiganNews_Generic.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65702 ACLU Files Lawsuit: State Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriages http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65608 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2215/1A_S1_BREAKING_MarriageEquality-AP5.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a lawsuit today to ensure that the marriages of the more than 300 same-sex couples that took place last month are recognized by the state. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65608 GALLERY: The Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo Runway Show http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65618 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65618 Iggy Azalea Q&A: 'I'm Not A Fake Lesbian' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65738 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/Iggy1web.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Let's get something straight: Iggy Azalea is not a "fake lesbian." In an era where pseudo bisexuality is all the rage, and though her YouTube breakthrough was basically an anthem for female genitalia, Australia's rising rap star (real name Amethyst Amelia Kelly) refuses to admit that she kissed a girl and liked it. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65738 Art And Architecture In Ann Arbor http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65751 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2217/RM.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) is exhibiting works of Midwestern architect Robert C. Metcalf as part of their "Three Michigan Architects: Part 2--Robert Metcalf" series. The exhibit is sponsored by University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Research and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Metcalf is known for his commercial and domestic buildings, serving as some of Michigan's most recognizable architectural pieces. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65751 EXCLUSIVE: Cameron Diaz Q&A On Being Called 'Bisexual,' Hollywood 'Fakeness' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65620 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2215/Cameronweb.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Cameron Diaz is all about breaking the rules ... especially when someone else is breaking them too. Strutting into a room at the Four Seasons at Beverly Hills, the actress surveys the space and lugs an oversized sofa chair to the opposite corner where she gets comfortable, her slender legs curled behind her, heels still on. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65620 The DATC Presents 'The Laramie Project' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65636 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S2_LaramieProject_MS_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>FERNDALE - On Oct. 7, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young student attending the University of Wyoming, was abducted by two men, tied to a fence, tortured and left for dead in a remote location on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. This horrific event spurred one of the most covered news stories involving hate crimes in American History. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65636 Lansing Loads Calendar With Spring Events http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65635 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S1CC_Lansing_2216.png' style='width:250px'><br/>From volunteer work to themed parties, downtown Lansing is hosting a variety of events this spring. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65635 'Twelfth Night' Gender Bends For Shakespeare's Birthday http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65637 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S2_TwelfthNight_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Shakespeare's plays often lend themselves to modern treatments with some suggesting current themes more than others. When it comes to plays about gender identity as a social construct, it's hard not to think of "Twelfth Night," Shakespeare's comedy in which male actors play women pretending to be men, and both male and female characters fall in love with the same mixed gender character. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65637 Michigan Same Sex Couples Demand Respect And Equal Treatment http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65695 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S1M1_CouplesACLU_2216-1.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - The discriminatory consequences of Gov. Rick Snyder's actions were recounted through the lives of eight Michigan same-sex couples during an emotional press conference Monday. The ACLU of Michigan filed a lawsuit, Caspar v Snyder, on behalf of the couples, who where legally married on March 22, after U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman ruled the ban prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying was unconstitutional. The opportunity to marry was short-lived and took place in just four Michigan counties that opened on a Saturday, before a stay pursued by Attorney General Bill Schuette was issued preventing more same sex couples from marrying. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65695 Michigan Leaders React To Feds Recognition Of Marriages http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65367 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2213/S1M2_2214_shutterstock_165893657.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"We applaud U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement that the United States government will recognize the marriages that were performed on Saturday," said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. "Rather than trying to play both sides of the fence, Gov. Snyder should have stood on the side of equality and we hope this announcement will push him to follow the federal government's lead on the issue. Gov. Snyder should not be wasting taxpayer money by continuing to deny equal rights to loving families." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65367 MI Marriage: Schuette Asks For Full Appeals Court Review http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65481 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65481 The Stay Delayed Allows 315 Couples To Wed In State http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65246 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2212/1_FirstCoupleOakMarriageEquality-AP5.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65246 Gay Marriage Defines Schuette's Reelection Campaign http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65336 Bill Schuette launched his campaign for another four-year term as Michigan's Attorney General March 22 at press conferences in several locations across the state. Although he gamely tried to stay focused on his campaign, reporters questions were almost exclusively about gay marriage and Schuette's opposition to it. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65336 Snyder Says Schuette Going Against Trend http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65248 Politico reported today that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said he will follow however a federal judge rules on the legality of same-sex marriages in his state. Snyder made the comments at a Bloomberg View forum with reporters in Manhattan, as same-sex couples who married March 22 await clarity after a federal judge put a temporary hold on a ruling overturning Michigan's ban on gay marriage."If a federal judge changes the law...then I'm going to follow what's been redefined as the law," Snyder said. "So I am not spending time on the issue itself...hopefully the Court of Appeals and their stay or something can clarify the status of weddings that took place in the interim. Those couples are in a tough spot. So I want to get some clarity," Snyder told Politico. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65248 Sixth Circuit Continues Stay http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65258 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65258 Michigan Marriage Ban Struck Down http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65331 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2213/1-MarriageTrial-AP15.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman's ruling was unequivocal. In the strongest possible terms, he struck down Michigan's marriage ban as unconstitutional just before 5 p.m. on March 21, writing that the state's objections to marriage equality did not reach even the bare minimum legal threshold - they weren't even rational. The opinion repudiated each of the state's key witnesses, describing some of them as "entirely unbelievable and not worthy of serious consideration," and described all the plaintiffs' witnesses as "highly credible." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65331 Michigan Makes History With First Marriages http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65333 As soon as U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman declared the ban on same sex marriage in Michigan unconstitutional at 4:50 p.m. Friday and it was clear no stay was attached to his sweeping decision, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette immediately requested an emergency stay. The stay would come, but not before 4 counties in the state married 315 same sex couples Saturday morning. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65333 Elected Officials, Advocates Petition Schuette To Drop Marriage Aappeal http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65332 A group of marriage-equality advocates and elected officials today delivered 14,000 signatures and an album of wedding photos from Saturday urging Attorney General Bill Schuette to drop his appeal of a federal court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in Michigan."We need to remember this isn't about any one of us, it's about all of us and that we need to see the faces of the happy couples that were so excited to get married on Saturday," Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer said today at a press conference at the Capitol. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65332 Pictures from Ingham County - Getting Married http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65372 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65372 Pictures from Oakland County Clerk's Office - Part 1 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65373 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65373 Pictures from the Oakland County Clerk's office - Part 2 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65374 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65374 Pictures from the Oakland County Clerk's Office - Part 3 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65375 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65375 Pictures from Washtenaw County http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65376 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65376 White Nationalist Group Files Brief Supporting AG's Appeal In Marriage Ruling http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65361 The Traditionalist Youth Network - a group listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group - has filed an amicus curiae brief with the 6th District Court of Appeals supporting Attorney General Bill Schuette's appeal of a federal district court decision that found the state's marriage ban unconstitutional. "It is simply unfathomable to postulate that the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prevents states from banning same-sex marriages when the totality of the history of the Western and American legal traditions demonstrates quite clearly that same-sex conduct can be penalized. Lawrence is radically wrong, but legalizing same-sex marriage through judicial opinion is offensively absurd," the group's attorneys write in the conclusion of their brief. "It is high time for the mockery of our ancient and traditional European institutions and customs to end."The 28-page friend of the court brief spends several pages highlighting laws from ancient European cultures that enacted severe punishments - most often execution - for homosexual conduct. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65361 Discredited Witness Part Of Right-Wing Cabal http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65334 DETROIT - U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman found the testimony of the state's key witness sociologist Mark Regnerus "entirely unbelievable and not worthy of serious consideration," and that it was contrived by a cabal of right-wing ideologues who created the "research" to shore up their objections to marriage equality. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65334 Schauer Celebrates Overturn Of Michigan Marriage Ban http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65335 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2213/S1M2_Marriage_Schauer_2213.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>LANSING - Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer was excited Friday evening. In a phone call conversation with BTL minutes after the ruling was issued, he hailed U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman's ruling that strikes down Michigan's marriage amendment. "I think this is a major victory," Schauer said. "Loving, committed couples across the state can now be married. They can finally be a family like any other Michigan family. " Schauer said he has been an advocate for LGBT equality for many years. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65335 Equality Michigan Circulating Petition to Drop Appeal http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65337 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65337 Why Are Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette Wasting Michigan Taxpayer Dollars On A Costly Appeal? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65338 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65338 Michigan Marriage Ban Co-Author Goes 'Moral' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65339 the electorate cannot order a violation of the Due Process or Equal Protection Clauses by referendum or otherwise, just as the state may not avoid their application by deferring to the wishes or objections of its citizens.' - U.S. Federal District Court Judge Bernard Friedman in his ruling striking down the Michigan Marriage Amendment declaring it unconstitutional http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65339 BTL's Wedding Expo: Like Pride in April http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65340 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2213/S2_MarriageExpoImage_2213.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65340 Snyder Says Marriages Not Recognized http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65259 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2212/S1M_MichiganNews_Generic.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend before a court halted a decision that opened the door to gay nuptials, Gov. Rick Snyder just announced. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65259 Elected Officials, Advocates Petition Schuette To Drop Marriage Appeal http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65254 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2212/1_A_PressConferenceMarriage_2.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>A group of marriage-equality advocates and elected officials today delivered 14,000 signatures and an album of wedding photos from Saturday urging Attorney General Bill Schuette to drop his appeal of a federal court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in Michigan."We need to remember this isn't about any one of us, it's about all of us and that we need to see the faces of the happy couples that were so excited to get married on Saturday," Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer said today at a press conference at the Capitol. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65254 Request To Remove Stay Based On Process And Substance http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65252 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2212/1_A_PressConferenc_Marriage_2.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65252 Schuette Lies To Satisfy Political Base http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65251 AG Schuette can at least be honest as he throws more precious taxpayer dollars at this ridiculous appeal and admit he is pursuing it because it is his own personal faith perspective. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65251 MI Marriage DOCUMENTS: The decision, the stay, and more http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65250 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65250 BREAKING: Holder Asked To Recognize Michigan Marriages http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65247 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2212/1-HolderBreakingStoryMarriageEquality-AP9.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum and East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett sent a joint letter today to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking the federal government to recognize all the same-sex marriages performed in Michigan March 22. "Many of the couples that were married on March 22 waited decades for that opportunity," wrote Byrum and Triplett. "Their marriages complied with Judge Friedman's order and all relevant provisions of Michigan law and should be recognized as such by state and federal authorities without delay." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65247 Michigan Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65241 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2212/Front3.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled in favor of the Hazel Park couple who sued the State of Michigan and Oakland County for the right to marry and to adopt each others' children. The Judge did not issue a stay, and on Saturday morning 315 couples in four counties were able to marry before Attorney General Bill Schutte got a temporary stay issued which will be reviewed and ruled on by Wednesday. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65241 BREAKING: Sixth Circuit Court Of Appeals Issues Temporary Stay On Michigan Case http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65240 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2212/Front1.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, after first signaling it would not intervene in Michigan's gay marriage case until Tuesday, posted a new order late Saturday imposing a stay in the case until Wednesday. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65240 GALLERY: Same-Sex Couples Across Michigan Get Hitched http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65238 Same-sex couples in Washtenaw, Oakland, Ingham and Muskegon counties are getting married Saturday morning after Judge Friedman's decision on March 22 ruled Michigan's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65238 Judge Friedman Declares Michigan's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65236 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2212/1-MarriageTrial-AP15.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/><b>BREAKING: Wastenaw County Clerk will open up at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 22nd. to begin marrying people.</b> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65236 Judge Could Rule Late Today In Mich. Marriage Ban http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65235 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2212/1-MarriageTrial-AP15.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65235 Michigan Marriage Trial: Now We Wait http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65094 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2211/1-MarriageTrial-AP9.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - The trial is now over. After nine days of emotional testimony, U. S. District Judge Bernard Friedman has all the evidence and thousands of exhibits and documents to consider in crafting his decisions in the federal case, DeBoer V. Snyder. Friedman told a packed courtroom Mar. 7 he will issue his decisions within the next two weeks. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65094 Editor's Viewpoint: Our Long Journey To Justice http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65108 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2211/AS1O_SUSAN_Editorial_2211.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Recently so many have said that the progress on LGBT rights feels breathtakingly fast. I do not see it that way. We learned mostly about who Regnerus feared, not who we are. And now it is in a court record for history to recount and judge for all time.Recently so many have said that the progress on LGBT rights feels breathtakingly fast. I do not see it that way. I marched in my first gay pride parade in New York City in 1972, and heard those terrible things shouted at me back then - that I was going to hell, that I was disgusting, that I was a threat to children. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65108 Federal Marriage Case Decisions Outside Michigan In Circuit Court of Appeals http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64997 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64997 Peers Distance Themselves As Regnerus Takes The Stand http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64996 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64996 Marriage Supporters, Protestors Brave Cold At Courthouse http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64995 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2210/MarriageProtest_-AP40.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - News spread quickly Mar. 2 that over 100 Detroit-based pastors would be convening at the federal courthouse Mar. 3 to protest marriage equality. Rumors put expected turnout as high as 600. The Detroit Police stood ready with extra officers in the area and an elevated observation platform. The media turned out in force. And about 50 pro-equality folks with rainbow-decorated signs and flags bundled up in bitter cold temperatures ready to counter the crowds. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64995 VIDEO: Highlights From Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Hearing http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=62660 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=62660 Brown Says Schuette Instructed Clerks To Defy Court http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64993 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64993 Michigan Marriage Equality Trial Begins Second Week http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64923 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2209/MarriageProtest_-AP40.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64923 Marriage Equality Trial Opens: Science v. Fear http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64817 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2208/S1M_Marriage_trial_feb25_1.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT -The mood was serious as Judge Bernard Friedman, dozens of lawyers and law clerks and stenographers began the trial that will decide two legal issues; whether LGBT people should be permitted to jointly adopt, and whether marriage equality should be permitted in Michigan. The courtroom was packed to overflow to hear opening statements and initial testimony in the DeBoer v. Snyder federal court case Feb. 25. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64817 Michigan Marriage Center Prepares State For The Possibility! http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64323 With the potential for same sex marriages to be permitted in Michigan, couples who want to tie the knot should be ready. But what clerks and clergy are ready for them? Equality Michigan has launched their Marriage Center section of their website to help connect couples with the resources they need to efficiently tie the knot should there be a small window of opportunity to do so once Judge Friedman rules in late February. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64323 Michigan Marriage Case Begins http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64812 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2208/1-S1M_DETROITRALLY_2134.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"What's very unique about the Michigan case is this is only the second time in terms of any marriage litigation that there's actually been a hearing where there will be examination of scientific studies and factual information to support these presumptions. Other than in California, with all these other Federal court decisions, the judges have just been relying on the documents they read, they've never taken testimony before. So this is http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64812 A Trial Full of Experts: Incredible and Not So Credible, In Hazel Park Case http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64322 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2204/S1M1_MarriageWitness_2204PA160028.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Judge Bernard Friedman is going to hear a lot of expert testimony as he faces the decision of whether a Hazel Park lesbian couple should be allowed to get married and allowed to jointly adopt each other's children. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64322 Book On Marriage Equality Stirs Outrage http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65821 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2217/S1N_NationalNews_Generic.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>To say there's been a flurry of discussion around the release of a new book Tuesday on the legal case that challenged California's Proposition 8 would be an understatement. The book, Forcing the Spring, by New York Times writer Jo Becker, has been thoroughly pilloried by many plugged-in LGBT activists and journalists this week, both publicly and privately. While a few have attempted to cut Becker some slack for documenting some behind-the-scenes litigation and political strategies, most fault her for an approach that seems hell-bent on making Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin and conservative icon attorney Ted Olson into the white horse heroes of an upcoming Hollywood docu-drama about How the Marriage Equality Movement was Won. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65821 Judge Stays Most Of Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65722 Ohio officials must immediately recognize the same-sex marriages of four couples who sued over the state's gay marriage ban, a federal judge said Wednesday, while staying the broader effects of his ruling to avoid "premature celebration and confusion" in case it's overturned on appeal.Judge Timothy Black stayed his ruling ordering Ohio to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in other states pending appeal in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The appeals process likely will take months. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65722 Doctor And Clinic Sued For Denying Medical Care To Transgender Woman http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65623 'Doctors receiving federal funds cannot discriminate in providing patient care just because a person is transgender.' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65623 Million-dollar Campaign Looks To Change GOP Minds On Gay Marriage http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65822 NEW YORK - Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry launched a $1 million campaign to reform the national Republican Party platform between now and the 2016 GOP convention. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65822 House kills bill to remove La.'s anti-sodomy law http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65726 The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law April 15.Rep. Patricia Smith, D-Baton Rouge, sought to remove consensual sex between people of the same sex from Louisiana's crimes against nature law. The U.S. Supreme Court threw out a similar Texas law a decade ago in Lawrence v. Texas.Smith brought the bill after Baton Rouge-area police arrested gay men using the law but couldn't charge them because the district attorney said the law was unenforceable. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65726 Ohio School Board Debates Sexual Orientation Rule http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65823 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A proposal to protect schoolteachers from being fired or otherwise treated differently on the basis of sexual orientation is dividing the state school board. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65823 Taxi Drivers Take Issue With Gay Games Placards http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65723 CLEVELAND (AP) - Some taxi drivers who work at the Cleveland airport say they won't drive cabs with rooftop placards advertising the upcoming Gay Games. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65723 Couple Asks Supreme Court To Nix Marriage Ban http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65724 MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A same-sex couple has asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to strike down the state's gay marriage ban. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65724 Judge Stays Most Of Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65722 Ohio officials must immediately recognize the same-sex marriages of four couples who sued over the state's gay marriage ban, a federal judge said Wednesday, while staying the broader effects of his ruling to avoid "premature celebration and confusion" in case it's overturned on appeal.Judge Timothy Black stayed his ruling ordering Ohio to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in other states pending appeal in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The appeals process likely will take months. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65722 House kills bill to remove La.'s anti-sodomy law http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65726 The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law April 15.Rep. Patricia Smith, D-Baton Rouge, sought to remove consensual sex between people of the same sex from Louisiana's crimes against nature law. The U.S. Supreme Court threw out a similar Texas law a decade ago in Lawrence v. Texas.Smith brought the bill after Baton Rouge-area police arrested gay men using the law but couldn't charge them because the district attorney said the law was unenforceable. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65726 Doctor And Clinic Sued For Denying Medical Care To Transgender Woman http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65623 'Doctors receiving federal funds cannot discriminate in providing patient care just because a person is transgender.' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65623 Preview: Utah Same Sex Marriage Case Before U.S. Court of Appeals This Week http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65575 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2215/S1N_NationalNews_Generic.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals this week will become the second federal appeals court to tackle the question of whether statewide laws banning same-sex couples from marrying violate the U.S. Constitution. The Denver-based court will hear oral arguments Thursday, April 10, at 10 a.m. MDT in the Utah same-sex marriage case Herbert v. Kitchen. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65575 Kansas Gay-Rights Group Opposes Tenure Proposal http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65577 TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The leading gay-rights group in Kansas also is lobbying against a proposal in a school funding bill to end tenure for teachers. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65577 New Mexico: Supreme Rejection http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65487 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65487 Gay Men DIvided Over Use Of HIV Prevention Drug http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65486 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65486 Supreme Court Seems To Lean Toward Religious Exemptions http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65458 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2214/S1N_NationalNews_Generic.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Nobody spoke about recent efforts to circumvent laws protecting LGBT from discrimination by claiming religious motivations; nobody pointed out that people with religious objections to contraception often have religious objections to alternative insemination for lesbians and condom distribution for safe sex education.But the implications of two U.S. Supreme Court cases argued Tuesday for LGBT people and for laws that seek to prevent discrimination against LGBT people were a big part of the political discourse Tuesday afternoon. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65458 New Poll Shows Support For LGBT Equality Growing http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65459 But the most important findings in this survey are some of the assumptions voters draw about what the country would look like if gay marriage were legal in 50 states. Nearly 8 in 10 voters believe there would be less discrimination, it would be easier to grow up gay, and same-sex families would have more protection. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65459 Report Urges 50-State Survey Of LGB Health Issues http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65460 the new policy brief from Fenway found that the LGB community has a higher rate of tobacco use than the general public, that lesbians have an increased risk of being overweight, and that LGB elders have an increased risk of disability. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65460 New Poll Shows Support For LGBT Equality Growing http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65370 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2213/1_A_S1N3_PollHrcshutterstock_170957126.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>But the most important findings in this survey are some of the assumptions voters draw about what the country would look like if gay marriage were legal in 50 states. Nearly 8 in 10 voters believe there would be less discrimination, it would be easier to grow up gay, and same-sex families would have more protection. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65370 Panel Urges End To U.S. Ban On Transgender Troops http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65242 The United States should join the dozen other nations that allow transgender people to serve in the armed forces, a commission led by a former U.S. surgeon general said in a report released Thursday that concludes there is no medical reason for the decades-old ban and calls on President Barack Obama to lift it.The five-member panel, convened by a think tank at San Francisco State University, said Department of Defense regulations designed to keep transgender people out of the military are based on outdated beliefs that require thousands of current service members either to leave the service or to forego the medical procedures and other changes that could align their bodies and gender identities. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65242 India's Top Court Recognizes Third Gender Category http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65809 India's top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents. The Supreme Court directed the federal and state governments to include transgendered people in all welfare programs for the poor, including education, health care and jobs to help them overcome social and economic challenges. Previously, transgendered Indians could only identify themselves as male or female in all official documents. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65809 India's Top Court Recognizes Third Gender Category http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65729 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/1_AP_India_2217.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>India's top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents. The Supreme Court directed the federal and state governments to include transgendered people in all welfare programs for the poor, including education, health care and jobs to help them overcome social and economic challenges. Previously, transgendered Indians could only identify themselves as male or female in all official documents. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65729 Planned Anti-gay Rally In Ethiopia Cancelled http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65725 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65725 India Recognizes 'Third Gender' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65625 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65625 Uganda: Police Raid US Project That Assisted Gays http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65485 Ugandan gay leaders say many homosexuals have had to flee their old homes in the weeks since the (anti-gay) measure was enacted, apparently to escape angry mobs, and some are reported to have been evicted by landlords who discovered they were gay... Maria Burnett, a Uganda researcher with Human Rights Watch, warned that the anti-gay measure makes it hard for homosexuals to access confidential medical services. "The Ministry of Health keeps reassuring everyone that the (anti-gay) law will not result in discrimination and stigma in access to health care services and research but yesterday's events clearly contradict that," she said. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65485 Ugandan LGBT Advocacy Group Files Suit In US Against Lively http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65328 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2213/S1O_Creep_ScottLivelyCFV_2209.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65328 Welcoming http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65835 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2217/S1CA_EditorialCartoon_2217.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65835 Legal Briefs http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65716 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S1O_EditorialCartoon_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65716 New use for old trash http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65589 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2215/S1OCA_EditorialCartoon_2215.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65589 Ugandan/Nigerian Health Departments http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65471 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2214/S1OCA_EditorialCartoon_2214.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65471 Regnerus the Grouch http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65356 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2213/S1O_EDITORIALCARTOON_2213.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65356 Phelps' Red Carpet Welcome http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65227 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2212/S1OCA_EditorialCartoon_2212.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65227 Creep of the Week: Earl Bullard http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65826 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2217/S1O_Creep_bullard-2217.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>And major bummer for Chief Moore: she has no legal recourse if she was fired for being gay. That's a totally legal thing. There's no federal law and there's no state law in South Carolina (or in 28 other states) that protects gays and lesbians from employment discrimination. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65826 Creep of the Week: Kevin Swanson http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65707 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S1O_Creep_kevin-swanson-.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>On the April 11 episode of his Generations Radio show, Swanson ranted and raved about Nabisco's recent advertisement for Honey Maid graham crackers, which included a gay couple and their baby along with various other families. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65707 Creep of the Week: Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65581 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2215/S1O_Creep_2215.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Granted it's already legal to say, "Gay? No way!" in Mississippi if you don't want to bake cakes or take photos or officiate or do any other kind of wedding thing someone might want to hire you to do. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65581 Creep of the Week: Hobby Lobby http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65464 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2214/S1O_Creep_2214.png' style='width:250px'><br/>But the anti-gay movement has always been an anti-sex movement. And to those of us who have followed it closely it wasn't hard to see that the anti-gay right wouldn't be satisfied until they were able to legislate all sex, gay or straight, and that heterosexual women were especially high value targets. Granting corporations freedom of religion would give corporations even more power based on whatever the fuck they claim to believe so long as they claim they believe it for God. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65464 Creep of the Week: Bill Schuette http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65345 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2213/S1O_CREEP_2213.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In 2004 when voters passed the so-called Michigan Marriage Amendment I had been "married" for a little over a year. My wife and I had a wedding on the eve of our 6 year anniversary. We both wore white dresses. Each of our six bridesmaids wore a dress corresponding to the colors of the rainbow. Because, you know, gay. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65345 Creep of the Week: Franklin Graham http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65219 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2212/S1O_CreepGraham_2212.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In the March 2014 issue of Decision magazine, the official magazine of the Graham family fan club, Franklin himself penned an article titled, "Does Russia's Putin have it Right?" To which any thinking person would reply, "Fuck, no." Graham, on the other hand, replies, "Heavens, yes." Putin, on the other hand... "In my opinion, Putin is right on these issues," Graham fawns. "Obviously, he may be wrong about many things, but he has taken a stand to protect his nation's children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda." That's right. Big, strong, shirtless Putin is protecting kids from the evil gays. Swoon. Somebody get Graham's fainting chair. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65219 VIEWPOINT: Walking While Trans http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65831 Monica Jones is a 29-year-old transwoman of color. A former sex worker, she has turned her energies to the Phoenix chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project and her studies at Arizona State University's School of Social Work. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65831 Passover 2014: Conquering Hate Together http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65832 The lives lost due to the act of one hateful man in Kansas City are felt in our community, as the Oak Creek, Wisconsin massacre was felt among our local Sikh community several years ago, or the daily acts of hate are felt by those who follow the other great world religions represented here in Michigan. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65832 Carolina On My Record http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65713 This coalition, led by the North Carolina NAACP, hatched the plan for the "Moral Monday" movement. The forces of regression had us outgunned and out funded; but we had warm bodies and public opinion on our side. Moral Mondays was a focused and brilliant tactical assault on the special interest agenda of the new Raleigh regime. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65713 Quotes from the ACLU press conference http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65712 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65712 Passover 2014: Conquering Hate Together http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65621 The lives lost due to the act of one hateful man in Kansas City are felt in our community, as the Oak Creek, Wisconsin massacre was felt among our local Sikh community several years ago, or the daily acts of hate are felt by those who follow the other great world religions represented here in Michigan. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65621 The Winds Of Change For Marriage http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65586 As a family prepares for a wedding it's common to say, ITAL "You are not losing a daughter. You are gaining a son-in-law". Yet, when that new family member is of the same gender as the one getting married, then some families feel as if they are in effect losing their son or daughter for good. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65586 With Strings Attached http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65834 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2217/S3_CA_2217.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65834 Aging Gracefully http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65715 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S3_CA_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65715 Wooden You? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65588 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2215/S3_CA_2215.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65588 Nose of the Weird http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65470 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2214/S3_CA_2214.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65470 His Aching Pause http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65355 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2213/S3_CA_2213.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65355 School of Hard Knocks http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65226 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2212/S3_CA_2212.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65226 Hear Me Out: Dolly Parton, Ingrid Michaelson http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65754 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2217/S2_HMO_1.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65754 Cher Is God On 'Dressed To Kill Tour' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65614 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2215/cherweb1.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>It wasn't even Easter, but on April 12 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, a deity was resurrected. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65614 Hear Me Out: Cyndi Lauper, Elton John http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65510 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2215/S2_HMO_1_2215.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Cyndi Lauper and Elton John http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65510 Hear Me Out: George Michael, Nickel Creek http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65272 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2213/S2_HMO_2213-1.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65272 Hear Me Out: Kylie Minogue, Kid Cudi http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65039 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2211/S2_HMO_2211.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Kylie Minogue, Kid Cudi, Pharrell Williams, The Notwist http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65039 Hear Me Out: Lea Michele, Amy Ray http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64830 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2209/S2_HMO_2209-1.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64830 It's All In The Family At The Hilberry http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65759 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2217/CC1_2217.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Viciousness shouldn't be quite so funny, nor frailty quite so compassionate, but family's weird that way. For the final production of its season, Hilberry Theatre takes on playwright Tracy Letts's much-lauded and recently film-adapted "August: Osage County," an epic tragicomedy chronicling resounding disaster and slovenly catharsis in one fractious Oklahoma clan. Fittingly, this story of homecoming features the return of Hilberry alumnus James R. Kuhl as director and a hotly anticipated guest performance by faculty member Lavinia Hart, who join with the graduate student company in pushing the vast ranges of this exhaustive script as far as parameters allow. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65759 Pigeon Creek Draws Big Laughs In Playful 'Midsummer' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65760 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2217/CCO1_2217.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>To reach today's audiences, theaters often try hard to make Shakespeare "cool." Productions, Broadway and regional, have been known to add modern costumes, accents, or go wild with sets and production values. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65760 A Spring Breeze Of Comedy Blows Through Chelsea http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65645 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S2_CC1_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65645 'Steel Magnolias' Wilts With Unprepared Actors http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65646 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S2_CCO2_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Great Escape Stage Company works hard to provide a good experience for its audience. The volunteers are friendly, ushers are introduced by name, the environment is convivial both before the show and during intermission. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65646 A 'Foreigner' Finds A New Home http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65647 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S2_CCO3_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>For some, going to a place completely new would be exciting. They could check out the local attractions, absorb the culture, and mingle with different people. For "The Foreigner"'s Charlie Baker (Adrian Diffey), being around new people in a new place isn't a thrilling thought; it's a panic-inducing one. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65647 'Breaking Legs' Brings An End To Broadway Onstage http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65648 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S2_CCO4_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Chaucer once said, "All good things must come to an end." So is the case with Broadway Onstage, making its most recent show, "Breaking Legs," the last for not only the theater, but Dennis Wickline Productions as well, which produced 33 seasons of local professional theater. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65648