PrideSource - front Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 25 Sep 2017 16:25 EST 25 Sep 2017 16:25 EST School Board Asks Court to Dismiss Transgender Teen's Suit <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia school board on Friday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a transgender teen who sued for the right to use the boys bathroom at his high school. Trump Says He's Putting Political Neck on Line in Ala. Race <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) _ President Donald Trump tried to convince Alabama conservatives that the establishment choice in a Republican runoff for Senate shares their revulsion of Washington politics, contending that Sen. Luther Strange is a "swamp" fighter without close ties to GOP leaders. White House Silent After Revelation Nominee Called Trans Kids 'Satan's Plan' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The White House is remaining silent in the aftermath of an explosive media report that President Trump's pick for a federal judgeship in Texas endorsed widely discredited "ex-gay" conversion therapy and called transgender kids part of "Satan's plan." Supreme Court to Begin 'Potentially Momentous' Term for LGBT Rights <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A plethora of cases related to LGBT rights are awaiting the Supreme Court after its summer recess at the end of this month, which could lead to the most monumental term for justices since the landmark 2015 ruling in favor of marriage equality nationwide. Remembering Edie Windsor <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Edith Windsor has died. The senior woman who became the unlikely face of a movement and a lawsuit to champion the right of same-sex couples to marry died Sept. 12 at her home in New York. She was 88. Guide Helps Parents Recognize 'Conversion Therapy' WASHINGTON - On Sept. 11, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a national legal organization committed to advancing LGBTQ equality since 1977, released Just As They Are, a comprehensive resource for parents on the harmful practice known as "conversion therapy." Philadelphia Gay News Publisher to Receive 2017 Ben Franklin Award <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>This week, the Philadelphia Gay News reported the decision made by the Pennsylvania News-Media Association to honor publisher Mark Segal with their highest individual honor National Black Justice, PFLAG Name New Leaders <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Two D.C.-based LGBT advocacy organizations, the National Black Justice Coalition and PFLAG National, announced last week that they have chosen new executive directors to lead the organizations. LGBT Reviews Are in for Trump's U.N. Speech - and They're Bad <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>President Trump is receiving predictably bad reviews from LGBT foreign policy experts for remarks he made Tuesday before the United Nations in which he denounced "rogue nations" for bad behavior, taunted "loser terrorists" and threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea. 3 Arrested During Ga. Tech Protests After Student Killed <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The president of the Georgia Tech LGBT student group who was shot to death by campus police on Sept. 16 after allegedly wielding a knife, left three suicide notes shortly before an altercation with police, according to newly released information by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Mattis: Trans Troops Can Re-Enlist in Armed Forces - For Now <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Faced with President Trump's task of implementing a ban on their service, Defense Secretary James Mattis has issued a memo allowing transgender troops currently in the military to re-enlist - at least during the six-month period when Pentagon studies the issue. Remembering Edith Windsor: Stories of Meeting the LGBT Pioneer <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Edith Windsor, a hero of the marriage equality movement who died this week at age 88, not only achieved a significant victory at the Supreme Court, but inspired many in the LGBT community. Senate Blocks Vote on Gillibrand Amendment to Protect Trans Troops <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Despite bipartisan support, an amendment proposed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) that would have undermined President Trump's ban on transgender military service won't get a vote in the U.S. Senate, the Washington Blade has learned. Court Weighs First Amendment Challenge to Ohio HIV Assault Law <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Thirty-four states including Missouri and Ohio have HIV-specific assault laws, according to the New York-based Center for HIV Law and Policy. Trump Admin Comes Out Against Amendment Protecting Trans Troops <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Trump administration has come out against an amendment proposed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) that would undermine President Trump's ban on transgender people in the U.S. armed forces. Edith Windsor, Lesbian Activist Who Took Down DOMA, Dead at 88 <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Edith Windsor, a lesbian activist who was a pioneer for LGBT rights and brought down the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act, died Tuesday at age 88. Sen. Gillibrand Files Amendment Against Trump's Trans Military Ban <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) filed an amendment Monday before the U.S. Senate that would undermine President Trump's ban on transgender military service and could see a vote as soon as this week. AIDS Conference Organizers Create $1 Million Hurricane Relief Fund <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Organizers of the U.S. Conference on AIDS on Thursday announced the creation of a $1 million fund to help HIV/AIDS service organizations in areas impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Fauci: More Resources Needed to End Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases at the National Institutes of Health on Saturday said more resources need to be devoted to ending the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. John Ashbery, Celebrated and Challenging Poet, Dies at 90 <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>John Ashbery, an enigmatic genius of modern poetry whose energy, daring and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant and baffling heights, died early Sunday at age 90. Lawmakers Planning Ways to Block Trump's Trans Military Ban <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Now that Congress has returned from August recess, lawmakers are in discussions about a legislative response to thwart President Trump's ban on transgender military service, according to Capitol Hill sources and LGBT advocates who spoke to the Washington Blade on condition of anonymity. Pelosi: Trump Budget Would Hurt People with HIV/AIDS <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday said President Trump's proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year would adversely impact people with HIV/AIDS. DOJ Argues Before Supreme Court for Baker who Refused to Serve Gays <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The U.S. Justice Department has voluntarily weighed in on a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of a Colorado bakery asserting a First Amendment right to deny wedding cakes to same-sex couples. Lawsuit Seeking Gay Protections Under Title VII Reaches Supreme Court <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The question of whether lesbian, gay and bisexual people are covered under current federal civil rights law has reached the U.S. Supreme Court - where a nationwide ruling would clarify anti-gay workplace discrimination is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Justice Served: Billie Jean King, Emma Stone and Andrea Riseborough on King's Landmark Tennis Win for Women and LGBT Rights <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Lesbian sports pioneer Billie Jean King would, in due course, take her victory beyond the tennis court, to the front lines of equality for women and LGBT people alike. But first, there was her legendary face-off with her much older, goonish opponent, Bobby Riggs. In Bed with Alan Cumming: 'Battle of the Sexes' Star Talks Billie Jean King in the Trump Era, Gay Spies and Being Emma Stone's 'Big Brother' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Alan Cumming is chill as can be in a hotel bed in Los Angeles, where he's tugging on his crotch, illustrating to me the surprisingly flirty exchange he just had with tennis great and LGBT pioneer Billie Jean King. Deep Inside Hollywood Demi Lovato Talks Sexuality ('I Love Who I Love'), Stage Erections, Artists Who Pander to the LGBT Community and Mariah's 'Incredible Voice' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Whether it's knowing the already-established history of her sexuality or recalling that time a man had a very visible erection on stage as she performed, Demi Lovato appreciates Demi-schooled journalists. "Thanks for doing your research," the 25-year-old singer-actress tells me. "I really appreciate and respect that." Her warm send-off caps our frank exploration of queer topics, including the Disney alum's desire to maintain an air of mystery regarding her own sexual orientation. While promoting her sixth studio album, "Tell Me You Love Me" (out Sept. 29), Lovato talked artists who pander to the LGBT community, daddy issues and Mariah Carey, meanwhile thoroughly explaining her mindful decision to remain tight-lipped to the press about the gender of the person she's dating. All-American Rejects' Tyson Ritter on 'Freeing' Experience as a Crossdresser, Femininity & Why the Music Biz Is Corrupt ('Everybody's Selling Celeb') <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Tyson Ritter strips down to nothing for the All-American Reject's new queer project. Fuzzy top, blonde wig, fake eyelashes, low-cut skirt, stilettos - the frontman de-drags as he transforms from a prostitute, Betsy, to a seemingly married, suited-up man and life of the party, Robert. Deep Inside Hollywood The Frivolist: Prove How Jacked You Are (Even If You Don't Look Like It) at These 7 Fitness Challenges <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Summer bod will be hard to maintain as the sun sets on these final few dog days and the brisk breeze of autumn ushers in a serious craving for carbs. Before You Take That Next Bite: Can We Love Our Pets But Ignore Other Animal Rights? <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Despite our obvious love for all things pet, are we still guilty of species-ism? Animal Shelters Seek Help in Hurricane Aftermath <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Michigan rescue groups make room for dogs and cats displaced by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Keeping Your Dog's Headspace Healthy <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>What exactly is mental stimulation for a dog? Is a daily walk enough to satisfy this crucial and basic need? It&#39;s no surprise the promise includes exercise and mental stimulation in the same sentence. World-Record-Setting Cats Support Ferndale Rescue Efforts <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Arcturus Aldebaran and Cygnus Regulus have each broken Guinness World Records and have helped raise thousands of dollars for underprivileged Detroit cats. Dog Training from the Inside Out <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>To get your dog to behave on the outside - the behavior you see - you must first help him manage how he feels on the inside. Five Signs Your Cat Isn't Happy and Healthy <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>September is Happy Healthy Cat Month which begs the question, "Is your cat really happy and healthy?" Ask.Vet, a "virtual urgent care" service, has compiled five signs to figure out if your cat is happy and healthy. Prideful Pet Products For pet-owners looking for LGBTQ-related pet products, Queerdeer Media has compiled a list of some of their favorite pet swag in the hopes of inspiring you and your pets to show your pride. Horses' Haven Provides Humane Care for Majestic Creatures <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Horses' Haven in Howell welcomes anyone who has ever been moved by the grace and nobility of a horse to volunteer their time to help the non-profit agency carry out their mission. Providing humane care for aged, abused, unwanted, rescued and neglected horses, ponies, donkeys and other large animals is the agency's priority. This includes horses with owners who can no longer afford to keep them. Connecting Neighbors Through Our Dogs I'm a local photographer and a dog owner with a new book, "Dogs of Ann Arbor's Old West Side." I always wanted a dog. As an adult with a hectic worktravel schedule, it just wasn't fair to leave a dog alone for long periods of time. After leaving corporate marketing, I decided to change my career into a passion of mine, visual storytelling. Pet Etiquette for Hotel Stays <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Planning a getaway for you and your pet? Be sure to plan ahead and take all the necessary precautions to ensure that your pets' travel experience is a happy and safe. For many, pet travel means staying at a pet-friendly hotel. It's important to make sure that you and your pet are prepared. Pet Events in Michigan Places to Adopt Pets in Michigan <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Fido's Moves to New Location in Ferndale <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>After nine years in their current location, Fido Personal Dog Training, LLC is moving to a larger location on Woodward Avenue in order to expand their services. On Dec. 17 from 12-4 p.m. the public is invited to an open house to see their new and improved Ferndale location. Detroit Animal Welfare Group Needs Community Support <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Animals are not disposable. They are not something people can throw away when they are done with them. Yet, it continues to happen every single day, according to Sharon May, a volunteer with Detroit Animal Welfare Group in Romeo. Why Your Feline Friend Needs Medical Care <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>While it's not easy to figure out what your cat is thinking or feeling, one thing is true. They do not have nine lives and it's time to bust the cat myths that felines are self-sufficient and aren't exposed to potential health hazards because they never leave the house. Michigan Senate Approves Bill to Allow Dogs on Restaurant Patios <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>New legislation, Senate Bill 727, would offer Michigan restaurants the option to permit dogs in their outdoor dining areas. Sens. Margaret O'Brien (R-Portage), Tonya Schuitmaker (R-Lawton), and Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City) said they are sponsoring the bill, which passed Sept. 7, to help increase tourism. Birds as Best Friends <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Feathers can be just as fun as fur. They shine when groomed. They ruffle when excited. And when they shed, a process called "molting," they beckon a refreshing turn of season. Join the MHS Mega March to Help Animals <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>For those who need a reason to participate in the Michigan Humane Society's annual Mega March for Animals, meet Indy. She came into the care of MHS as an emaciated puppy, just fur and bones. Something, her last "meal," was protruding from her stomach. HB 4478 Protects Pets from Domestic Violence "Ensuring victims are aware they can include their companion animals in a personal protection order not only can save the animal from further abuse, it can save the human victims, both adults and children, from being controlled and forced back into violent situations." - Rep. Robert Kosowski (D-Westland) Detroit Animal Care and Control Transforming Under New Leadership <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In August, the city of Detroit reported a 29 percent reduction in the number of dog bites in Detroit and an increase in the live release rate by nearly three times under Detroit Animal Care and Control's new director Melissa Miller. Corporal Dani Woods Honored with Spirit of Detroit Award <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>When Detroit Police Department's LGBTQ Liaison Officer Dani Woods received the Spirt of Detroit Award at the Detroit City Council meeting on Sept. 7, she said, "It was a total surprise. Farmer's Market Battle <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A Catholic farmer, armed with a court order, returned to hawking his apples at the East Lansing Farmer's Market Sunday despite the city and some area residents not wanting him there. Fortunate Families Detroit Hosts Dana Nessel <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>On Sept. 24 Fortunate Families Detroit welcomes Dana Nessel, president of Fair Michigan and one of the premier litigators of LGBTQ issues in the state who has recently announced her candidacy for Attorney General of Michigan. It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood for AIDS Walk Detroit <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>About 1,200 walkers took to the streets for this year's AIDS Walk Detroit in Royal Oak. ACLU Challenges Discriminatory Practices in Michigan's Foster Care System <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Michigan today filed a lawsuit in district court challenging Michigan's practice of permitting state-contracted child placement agencies to reject qualified same-sex couples based on the agencies' religious beliefs. Fanning Sounds off on Trump's Transgender Ban <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Calling President Donald Trump's directives to ban transgender people from serving in the military "a betrayal" and "unpatriotic," former Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning has added his voice to a growing chorus of current and former military staff opposing the move. National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Learn the Four Symptoms to Watch For LANSING - In Michigan in 2017, it is estimated there will be 790 cases diagnosed, and 500 women will die from ovarian cancer. September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and while ovarian cancer does not have a screening test and can be difficult to detect early, there are four symptoms that women should be on the lookout for. Emerge Michigan Seeks 2018 Class of Aspiring Women Political Leaders DETROIT - Emerge Michigan, the state's premier organization for recruiting and training Democratic women to run for political office, has begun its recruiting process for the class of 2018. The organization seeks bright, self-motivated Democratic women who are committed to effective and ethical political leadership. The multi-part application process, which includes submission of a resume and several short essays followed by an interview, will remain open from now until Nov. 10. Henry Ford Hospital Earns Honors as a Top Nurse Employer in Michigan DETROIT -, the web's leading career site for nurses, has recognized Henry Ford Hospital as one of the best hospitals for nurses to work for in Michigan. Over the past two years, has collected more than 1,411 reviews by nurses at 125 Michigan hospitals about their workplace satisfaction. Reviews in Michigan state have revealed that Henry Ford Hospital has one of the highest levels of satisfaction among its nurses. City Pulse Reporter Assaulted Covering Country Mills Controversy in East Lansing <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>As a supporter of Country Mill's right to discriminate based on the organization's sincerely held religious beliefs squared off with a supporter of the LGBT community on Sunday at the East Lansing Farmers Market, a City Pulse reporter was assaulted while recording the verbal debate. MCRC 'Barred by the Attorney General from Taking Action' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>At a meeting of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission in Lansing on Monday night, the commission voted 6-2 to table the request from Equality Michigan to issue a statement interpreting 'sex' in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Survivor's Safe Haven <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Currently, the Flint YWCA is the only provider of SAFE services in Genesee County. 'One-Stop Shop' for Trans Healthcare Offered This Weekend <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In an effort to raise awareness and connect members of the transgender community with affirming healthcare service providers, Affirmations in Ferndale will host Transgender Michigan's sixth annual transgender health fair from 1-4 p.m. on Sept. 16. The Face of Progress LANSING - Six years ago, Peter Spadafore was a member-elect for the Lansing School Board. Now, after serving as the successful President of the Board, Spadafore is running for Lansing City Council, and he has a vision. MDARD Announces Grant Opportunity for Food Processing, Food Hub Development LANSING - The Michigan Department of Agriculture Rural Development is now accepting proposals for a competitive grant program aimed at helping promote and enhance Michigan's $101.2 billion food and agriculture industry. Apply Now for Affirmations LEAD Institute FERNDALE - Affirmations LEAD Institute is now accepting applications for its fall cohort.The LEAD Institute is a transformational leadership program designed specifically for LGBTQ+ professionals. Stand With Trans Seeks Support Group Facilitators <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Stand With Trans has recently developed a Support Group Training Program for those interested in becoming facilitators. Birmingham Street Art Fair Benefits Common Ground BIRMINGHAM - Common Ground is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping teens, young adults and families move from crisis to hope, but help from the community is needed to bolster the organization's underfunded programs. Take Action: Michigan Civil Rights Commission Meeting <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>It's critical that pro-equality Michiganders make their voices heard by showing up at the Michigan Civil Rights Commission's meeting on Sept. 18. Saugatuck Fall Get Away <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Saugatuck itself which is an art colony full of shops and restaurants has a long history of being LGBT friendly. Creep of the Week: Bob Marshall For a long time now we've been hearing about people terrified that they might share a public restroom with a transgender person out of fear that trans people will pee on them (that's the fear, right? I'm prett