PrideSource - front http://www.pridesource.com Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 06 Feb 2016 21:06 EST 06 Feb 2016 21:06 EST webmaster@pridesource.com webmaster@pridesource.com pridesource.com http://www.pridesource.com/img/logo.gif http://pridesource.com Community Calls for Transparency at Affirmations, Board Promises Change http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75160 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2405/S1M1_AffBoardMeeting1.27_2405_SCP.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Approximately 30 community members came out to the Jan. 27 Affirmations Board of Directors Meeting to share their current worries and concerns over board leadership and the direction the center is taking. It was one of the largest community turnouts the board has seen in some time. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75160 MDE Announces LGBT Guidance Policy, Tyler Clementi Foundation Calls for 'Upstanders' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75161 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2405/S1M2_SOGIConference_2405_SCP.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Educators, school administrators, activists, students and others working in the state school system gathered Jan. 29 for the fifth annual Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Initiative, a conference to discuss the next steps required in creating safe and inclusive climates in classrooms, schools and school districts. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75161 Fair Michigan Ballot Initiative to Press Pause http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75097 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2405/FairMichiganArtIMG_1944.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Michigan Information and Research Services, Inc -- known as MIRS -- reported Jan. 29 that a controversial ballot initiative to amend the state constitution will end. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75097 Chelsea Adopts Nondiscrimination Protections http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75162 In a 4-1 vote by City Council on Jan. 19, Chelsea became the 42nd city in Michigan to adopt a nondiscrimination ordinance, furthering protections for LGBT residents in the area. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75162 Foster Runs for Canton Board of Trustees http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75163 Director of Policy and Outreach at Equality Michigan, Sommer Foster, announced her run for Canton Township Board of Trustees. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75163 JTCC Board Member to Present Dissertation Findings at Upcoming EMU Talk http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75164 Jim Toy Community Center board member and University of Michigan Political Science Ph.D candidate, Logal Casey, will present his findings on "Disgust and Dynamics of LGBT Politics" in an upcoming Equality Research Center, Equality Knowledge Project presentation. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75164 Ozone House to Host Annual Event Benefitting LGBTQ Youth in Washtenaw County http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75165 Ozone House will host its third annual Home Sweet Home: A Night of Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Feb. 11 in an effort to support services for LGBTQ youth who face homelessness or housing instability. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75165 Fair Michigan Ballot Initiative to Press Pause http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75097 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2405/FairMichiganArtIMG_1944.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Michigan Information and Research Services, Inc -- known as MIRS -- reported Jan. 29 that a controversial ballot initiative to amend the state constitution will end. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75097 Return of the Mac http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75073 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2404/TaylorMac2byJesPitts.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Taylor Mac says "it's good to leave a lot of assumption at the door" when theatergoers attend "A 24-Decade History of Popular Music" at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre in Ann Arbor Feb. 5-6. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75073 Start From Here Launches in Detroit on Feb. 1 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75094 Kick-Off Concert at DIME features Flint Eastwood, Jena Irene Asciutto and Britney Stoney http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75094 Creating Change Conference Copes with Changes http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75072 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2404/S1M_CreatingChange1.JPG' style='width:250px'><br/>Creating Change -- the largest LGBT conference in the U.S., which is put on by the National LGBT Task Force -- is known to often include controversy, disagreements, protests, offer a transformative experience that for many is life-changing and provide a chance for some to meet their first LGBT person. However, this year LGBT Creating Change attendees were hit with a truly intersectional, very heavy experience. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75072 The New Normal of HIV in the Queer Community http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75074 The grand ballroom in the Chicago Hilton has played host to many moments in American history -- as the elevator trivia screens reminded everyone. But changing the the commitment to the fight against HIV by the LGBTQ community cannot be chalked up to one of those historical moments. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75074 Online App Launched to Help LGBT Youth http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75075 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2404/bigstock-Cropped-shot-of-a-young-man-wo-93414989.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The new online application iCON, from the elongated iCONNECT, launched late last year as an innovative service aimed at linking LGBT youth to a variety services in southeastern Michigan. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75075 Affirmations ED Susan Erspamer Releases Statement on Custody Controversy http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75010 Susan Erspamer released a public statement on Jan. 25 addressing the recent controversy over her custody dispute with her ex-partner. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75010 Equality Michigan Starts New Year with New Plan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74985 It's a new year, and Equality Michigan has a new political team in place to drive what they are calling a new three to four year legislative plan to move LGBT equality forward in the state. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74985 Ashton O'Hara's Murderer Sentenced to 30-60 Years http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74983 Nearly six months after the body of 25-year-old Ashton O'Hara was found brutally murdered in a Detroit field, the killer has been found guilty of voluntary manslaughter. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74983 Fifth Annual SOGI Conference Talks Inclusion in Michigan Classrooms http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74984 The fifth annual SOGI Conference, hosted by the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Initiative of Oakland University's School of Education and Human Services, comes to the Detroit Marriott in Troy beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 29. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74984 The 2016 LGBT Political Climate http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74986 The most heinous of bills introduced in 2015 seek to restrict access to bathrooms by transgender people and eliminate the ability of local governments to protect LGBT residents and visitors. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74986 A Loathsome Loophole: How Some LGBT Michiganders Use Discriminatory Law http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74828 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2401/S1M_CoverStory_2402.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Right now, six family law cases currently being processed through the Michigan court system are using a longstanding statute that allows for discrimination against LGBT parents as the basis for their legal argument. Of the six cases, one in particular is striking and lends itself to a multitude of unanswered questions. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74828 Remembering the History of Michigan's LGBT Ballot Fights http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74900 In recent months, the group Fair Michigan launched an effort to guarantee protections for sexual orientation and gender identity within the Michigan constitution by means of a statewide initiative slated for the November 2016 ballot. A number of critics have asserted that whenever LGBT rights are put before voters, such measures always fail. This claim is not only false, it also masks a complicated, and perhaps promising, history of past referendum battles. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74900 Daydream Come True http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75104 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2405/S3_JonathanHarper_2405.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75104 State Theatre Launches New CineManga Film Series http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75103 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2405/S2_AACC_Anime.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>This series features films drawn from the pages of popular Japanese manga (comics). http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75103 Deep Inside Hollywood http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75105 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2405/S3_DH_2405.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75105 Q&A: Jillian Michaels on Her Madonna-Influenced Coming Out, LGBT Community's Pressure to Marry & Why She Uses the Word 'Fag' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74921 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2402/JillianWEB1.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The "shred" will put you through the sweat fires of hell, but despite her extreme workouts, Jillian Michaels wants you to know she is no monster. To set the record, ahem, straight, the out fitness guru is opening the doors to her very "normal," sometimes-emotional, not-at-all-what-you-thought life during E!'s "Just Jillian," where she laughs (you read that right) and... cries?! http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74921 Deep Inside Hollywood http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74928 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2403/S2_DH_2403.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74928 Confessions of a Superfan: Why a Self-Proclaimed 'Front-Row Bitch' Wrote 581 Pages on Madonna http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74919 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2402/MadonnaMAIN2.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Matthew Rettenmund is only kidding, but his enduring commitment to Madonna isn't lost on him when he jokes, "She has me on speed {ITAL hang-up}." It's a statement that couldn't ring truer if it were, well, true. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74919 Trump Promises 'Forward Motion' On Gay Issues http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75190 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2405/S1N3_TrumpGayIssues_2406.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination today promised "forward motion" on gay and lesbian equality if he is elected. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75190 Clinton Narrowly Wins Iowa Caucus; Cruz Wins for GOP http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75167 There were some interesting LGBT moments in the days running up to Monday's Iowa caucuses. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75167 Indiana, LGBT Organizations Wrestle with Senate Bill 344 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75169 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2405/S1N3_IndianaPartTwo_SCP.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>On Jan. 27, the Indiana Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee advanced Senate Bill 344; it will now go to the Senate floor for a vote. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75169 Gay Rights Advocates Criticize 2 Dozen Oklahoma Bills http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75168 Gay rights advocates in Oklahoma are calling on Republican leaders to repudiate more than two dozen bills that they say unfairly target members of the LGBT community. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75168 Bill Would Toss Adoption Preference for Heterosexual Couples http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75170 Democrats in the Arizona Legislature want a law that requires judges to give preferences to married heterosexual couples in adoption stricken from the books. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75170 Ministers Seek to Invalidate State Law on Marriage Licenses http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75171 Three Williamson County ministers are seeking to invalidate portions of Tennessee's marriage statute. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75171 Transgender Youth More Likely to Have Autism http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75172 Nearly a quarter of young persons diagnosed with gender dysphoria, or who are transgender, screened positive for Asperger syndrome, a form of autism, according to a new paper in the academic journal LGBT Health. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75172 Protesters Shut Down Israel-focused Event at Creating Change http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75077 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2404/S1N_CCProtestStory_WindyCityTimesFullSizeRender3.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>More than 200 protesters shut down a presentation organized by A Wider Bridge (AWB), an organization that fosters relationships between Israel and the LGBT community, on Jan. 22 during the National LGBTQ Task Force's Creating Change conference in Chicago. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75077 Indiana Days Away from Possible 'Super RFRA' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75078 The ACLU, Freedom Indiana and the HRC released statements about Indiana's "super RFRA" being considered this week. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75078 National LGBTQ Task Force condemns anti-Semitism, launches review of Creating Change http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75079 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75079 LGBT-U Now Accepting Applications For 2016 Training Program http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75080 Freedom for All Americans is currently accepting applications through Feb. 7 for the second round of LGBT-U apprentices. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75080 National Survey Calls for 1000 LGBT Older Adults http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75081 Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders has launched a survey that will help the organization develop strategic planning for future projects for LGBT older adults. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75081 Obama on LGBT equality: 'Stay vigilant and Keep Working On It' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74988 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2403/S1N_Keen_ObamaLGBT_SCP.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>President Obama said Friday he thinks the LGBT movement will "keep moving in the right direction, as long as we stay vigilant and keep working on it." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74988 Pence Backing Religious Freedom in LGBT Rights Debate http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74989 Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Jan. 12 he would prioritize religious freedom in the debate over civil rights protections for gay and transgender people, showing no retreat from his stance during last spring's national uproar over the state's religious objections law. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74989 Business Leader Voices Concern Over Pence's LGBT Stance http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74990 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A prominent Indiana business leader is voicing concern that Gov. Mike Pence's newly revealed stance prioritizing religious freedoms over LGBT rights will not help "close the book" on a tumultuous period that thrust the state to the center of a culture war and threatened to harm its image. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74990 New CDC Report Shows More People Identify as Bisexual http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74991 A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows an uptick in the number of Americans who identify as bisexual. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74991 BREAKING: Rep. Bob Dold Becomes First Republican to Co-Sponsor the Equality Act http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74920 The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) hailed Illinois Rep. Bob Dold, who today became the first Republican member of Congress to co-sponsor the Equality Act landmark federal legislation that would guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBT people from discrimination in many of the most important aspects of their lives. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74920 New PrEP Studies Offer Hope, Caution http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74903 PrEP was approved by the FDA in 2012. It is the use of the drug Truvada. Taken daily, the anti-HIV drug was shown in early human studies to be, when taken daily, at least 92 percent effective in preventing someone from contracting HIV. Since then, some studies have placed that efficacy as high as 99 percent. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74903 Strength and Longevity of Legal Gains May Change in 2016 Politics and Lawsuits http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74904 The federal Defense of Marriage Act is gone. Same-sex couples can obtain marriage licenses and recognition in all 50 states. LGBT people can serve in the military. LGBT people working for the federal government can file employment discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Those working for companies that contract with the federal government now have protection under a presidential executive order. Those visiting a same-sex spouse in the hospital are also protected by a presidential executive order. And, perhaps most importantly, the current presidential administration has made clear, through actions and words, that it will stand up for the civil rights of LGBT people. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74904 LGBT-U Now Accepting Applications For 2016 Training Program http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74905 Freedom for All Americans is currently accepting applications through Feb. 7 for the second round of LGBT-U apprentices. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74905 Utah Judge Retires After Criticism in Gay Foster Parent Case http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74906 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74906 Italians Protest to Urge Govt to Grant Gay Civil Unions http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75157 Tens of thousands of people demonstrated Saturday in nearly 100 cities across Italy to urge the government to permit gay and lesbian couples to have civil unions and legally recognized families. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75157 US Marine Convicted of Killing Transgender Filipino Appeals http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74819 A U.S. Marine has asked a Philippine court to reverse his conviction in the killing of a transgender Filipino and sought a bail and a reduction of his six to 12-year jail term, his lawyer said Wednesday. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74819 Islamic State Group Targets Gays With Brutal PublicKillings http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74595 Before a crowd of men on a street in the Syrian city of Palmyra, the masked Islamic State group judge read out the sentence against the two men convicted of homosexuality: They would be thrown to their deaths from the roof of the nearby Wael Hotel.He asked one of the men if he was satisfied with the sentence. Death, the judge told him, would help cleanse him of his sin."I'd prefer it if you shoot me in the head," 32-year-old Hawas Mallah replied helplessly. The second man, 21-year-old Mohammed Salameh, pleaded for a chance to repent, promising never to have sex with a man again, according to a witness among the onlookers that sunny July morning who gave The Associated Press a rare first-hand account."Take them and throw them off," the judge ordered. Other masked extremists tied the men's hands behind their backs and blindfolded them. They led them to the roof of the four-story hotel, according to the witness, who spoke in the Turkish city of Reyhanli on condition he be identified only by his first name, Omar, for fear of reprisals. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74595 Jamaica Activist Brings Legal Challenge To Anti-sodomy Laws http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74521 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74521 Islamic State Group Targets Gays With Brutal PublicKillings http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74519 Before a crowd of men on a street in the Syrian city of Palmyra, the masked Islamic State group judge read out the sentence against the two men convicted of homosexuality: They would be thrown to their deaths from the roof of the nearby Wael Hotel.He asked one of the men if he was satisfied with the sentence. Death, the judge told him, would help cleanse him of his sin.I'd prefer it if you shoot me in the head, 32-year-old Hawas Mallah replied helplessly. The second man, 21-year-old Mohammed Salameh, pleaded for a chance to repent, promising never to have sex with a man again, according to a witness among the onlookers that sunny July morning who gave The Associated Press a rare first-hand account.Take them and throw them off, the judge ordered. Other masked extremists tied the men's hands behind their backs and blindfolded them. They led them to the roof of the four-story hotel, according to the witness, who spoke in the Turkish city of Reyhanli on condition he be identified only by his first name, Omar, for fear of reprisals. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74519 Vietnam's Transgender Community Says New Law Paves Way For Surgeries http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74376 Gay and transgender activists in Vietnam say a new law recognizing their rights will pave the way for gender reassignment surgery in the communist country and reduce discrimination. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74376 Stalls for Change: We Need Safe Communities, Not Urinary Segregation http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75182 It is incredible that we as a society, here in 2016, are more concerned about where we pee than creating safe communities. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75182 Calling Out Insensitive, Anti-Semitic Protest http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75184 Many of us would gladly protest Israeli treatment of Palestinians -- I myself support a Palestinian state, the so-called "two-state solution" -- but that is different than supporting the Palestinian government that wants you put to death if you're LGBT and live on the Gaza Strip. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75184 Creep of the Week: Donald Trump http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75176 Well, Iowa is over and Donald Trump emerged victorious. That is, if what he was aiming for was second place. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75176 Parting Glances: Private Journal, 25 Years Away? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75179 I mind my own business. But something's going on, not only in this small town, but our capitol as well. Anyone with half a brain could see it coming. 2026: all same-sex marriages voided, constitutionally made illegal. 2027: gays, lesbians, trans must declare themselves, and register for one-year of mandatory churchstate sponsored reparative therapy. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75179 PARTING GLANCES: Who's Behind Our Gay Waiters? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75089 It almost goes without saying, but the second oldest profession in the world is that of the gay waiter. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75089 Parting Glances: A John by Any Other Name http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74998 Charles Alexander offers a satirical news article in followup to previous works on "saved" vs. "unsaved" bathrooms. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74998 Parting Glances: Our Forgotten Transgender Hero http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74914 Tamara A. Rees is 92. She leads a quiet, uneventful, grandmotherly life with her adopted children's children somewhere in Los Angeles, California. In 1954 -- two years after serving as a Bronze Star wounded and decorated World War II U.S. Army paratrooper -- then Robert Rees, age 30, transitioned in Holland from male to female. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74914 Parting Glances: You Name It, Mary! http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74812 I was in the Sunday habit a few years back of taking a SMART bus to Ferndale. Riding with me were regulars, most of whom were off to church, or gave that halo'd impression by their dress or demeanor.Motivated by whimsy from a half-hour drive of boredom and uneventful scenery, I dubbed these fellow travelers with romantic titles. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74812 Parting Glances: No Oz Is Good News, Toto! http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74714 A crossover tale of Biblical and "Wizard of Oz" proportions. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74714 Trouble is Brewing http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75186 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2405/S2CA_ACoupleOfGuys_2405.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75186 Easy to Remember http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75110 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2405/S2PZ_Puzzle_2405.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75110 In Mysterious Ways http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75187 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2405/S1OCA_EditorialCartoon_2405.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75187 Remembering the History of Michigan's LGBT Ballot Fights http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74900 In recent months, the group Fair Michigan launched an effort to guarantee protections for sexual orientation and gender identity within the Michigan constitution by means of a statewide initiative slated for the November 2016 ballot. A number of critics have asserted that whenever LGBT rights are put before voters, such measures always fail. This claim is not only false, it also masks a complicated, and perhaps promising, history of past referendum battles. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74900 Michigan Board Of Canvassers Approves LGBT Constitutional Amendment Language http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74723 In a 4-0 vote Tuesday, the state Board of Canvassers approved the form and language of a ballot initiative to amend the Michigan constitution to protect the LGBT community from discrimination...LGBT organizations have raised concerns about the initiative and the potential for success. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74723 Polling v. Modeling: Can A Ballot Initiative Win In 2016? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74531 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2350/1_Michigan Ballot Graphic.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Radically different polling and modeling numbers were reported at a LGBT community forum Dec. 7 on the topic of a ballot initiative for LGBT and women's civil rights. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74531 Contentious Meeting Reveals Conflicting Data http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74515 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2350/S1M1_FMCCGroupShot_2350.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Over 100 people from across the state, including activists, elected officials and political operatives gathered Monday night at an event organized by the Jim Toy Community Center, located in Ann Arbor. Billed as the "Proposed Ballot Initiative Community Conversation" the event was primarily a presentation by attorney Dana Nessel, co-chair of Fair Michigan - a bipartisan ballot committee that would add sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to the equal protection clause of the Michigan constitution. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74515 Commentary: Can And Should We Fight For LGBT Civil Rights At The Ballot Box? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74416 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2349/S1M_Susanbigstock-LGBT-Rights-Word-Cloud-95600639.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>An Oct. 30 announcement by a new ballot question committee, Fair Michigan - formed by attorney Dana Nessel, seeks to put LGBT civil rights to a popular vote in 2016. It has caused controversy and a fair amount of confusion and anger among the state's LGBT leaders, allies and the public. And on Monday, Dec. 7 a public conversation will take place to try and address some serious questions that deserve answers. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74416 An Open Letter To Dana Nessel, From The Transgender Community of Michigan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74197 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2347/S1O_VP_Houston-No-Men2348.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Make no mistake, the hate-filled, fear-mongering message used by our opposition is simple, cheap and incredibly effective. To counter it will require a massive campaign to educate Michigan's voters about the nuances of what it means to be transgender and then convince them to approve a change to our state's constitution. To believe that this massive undertaking can be accomplished within the time frame of your ballot campaign is naive at best. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74197 National And State LGBT Orgs Urge Caution On 2016 Ballot Initiative http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=73899 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2344/MichiganBallotLeaders_2345.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Signed by 17 LGBT rights organizations and three representatives in the state Legislature, the formal letter calls for collaboration in the movement to add sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to the list of protected classes in the state constitution. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=73899 Maybe We're Missing The Point http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74084 As long as the opposition use lies and fear-mongering to scare people out of doing the right thing, the solution has to be putting the humanity back into trans identities. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74084 My Point of View: It's Better To Be Pissed Off Than Pissed On http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=73898 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2344/HowardIsraelGraphic.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>So... why am I connecting what happened in Houston with the proposed ballot initiative in Michigan? Because Nessel's proposed ballot initiative is an invitation to poisonous, wicked anti-gay activiststerrorists - inside and outside of Michigan - who are salivating to stop any progress made by a successful LGBTQA movement. Given the political nature of Michigan today, would anti-gay activists respond to a ballot initiative by launching religious freedom legislation that would allow biased religious business owners to openly discriminate? Who knows? But why offer an invitation that would open ourselves up to the risk? Since losing their fight against marriage equality, anti-LGBT activiststerrorists have made the defeat of efforts to add sexual orientation and gender identity to non-discrimination policies a central aim of their fight against LGBT equality http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=73898 Don't Sign The Petition http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74410 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2349/S1O_HowardIsrael_2_2350.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Hey there! Please don't sign the petition that would allow the general voting public to decide whether or not Michigan's LGBT citizens deserve civil rights protections! Really. I mean it. Here's why... http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74410 Viewpoint: Is A Referendum The Answer? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74302 Being 71, I have lived through pretty much all phases of the battle to achieve equal protection for members of our community. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74302 Houston Delivers Tough Blow, Repeals Anti-Discrimination Ordinance http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=73900 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2344/AnniseParker_Houston_Std.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>opponents of the measure, the Campaign for Houston, portrayed the ordinance as "The Bathroom Bill" and pounded the airwaves with an ad showing a man following a young girl into a public bathroom stall. The voiceover warned that a vote for HERO would mean "any man at any time could enter a woman's bathroom by simply by claiming to be a woman that day." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=73900 Community Meeting Scheduled To Discuss Fair Michigan Initiative http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74310 Leaders in the LGBT community and co-chair of the ballott committee Fair Michigan will meet for the first community conversation at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 at Washtenaw Community College to discuss Fair Michigan, a ballot proposal for the 2016 election that, if passed by voters, would add sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to a list of protected classes in state law. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74310 DeBoer Attorney Launches LGBT Equal Protection Ballot Measure http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=73969 Dana Nessel, one of the lawyers for Michigan's same-sex marriage case DeBoer v. Snyder, is set to launch a new bipartisan ballot committee that would add sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to the equal protection clause of the Michigan constitution. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=73969 Scott Shuptrine Interiors Expands Again With New Furniture Gallery http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75008 Fine furniture and design will soon be more convenient to discriminating homeowners in Macomb County. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75008 Redefining Home: The Fur Baby Boom http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72188 A year before I was born in 1955, a television classic debuted. Lassie, a rough coat Collie, was a rural superhero. "Lassie," the television program, is pragmatically summed up by June Lockhart, who played Ruth Martin (1959-64), mother of young son Timmy and their family dog Lassie, as "...a fairy tale about people on a farm in which the dog solves all the problems in 22 minutes, in time for the last commercial." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72188 Recruiters Pursuing Diversity http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70567 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2311/S1M1_InsideCareerFairIMG_4432.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Thirty-five corporate leaders of Michigan's top businesses, including the State Department, came together in the first LGBT Career Fair hosted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Hundreds of job seekers attended the LGBT Career Fair held March 5. Many of them were seeking accepting and progressive attitudes in future employers in a state known for its anti-LGBT measures. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70567 Michigan LGBTQA 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 Marriott Earns Perfect Ranking On Corporate Equality Index http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69095 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2247/S1N_MarriotHRC.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Marriott International, Inc. was recently named among America's top corporations for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, by earning a perfect 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69095 LGBT Inclusive Bed And Breakfast Receives Award http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68884 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2245/unnamed(1).jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>LGBT-supportive vacation spot, the Wickwood Inn, was recently named one of Food & Wine Magazine's 25 Best American bed and breakfasts. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68884 Bradlys: Home Decor & More http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68288 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/S2_BRADLY_2240-main.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Sometimes, it's just the threat of change that makes great ideas come to life. For Bradly Rakowski, owner of Bradly's Home and Garden in Lansing, the constant threat of a layoff made him take the leap into becoming his own boss. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68288 The Accidental Activists Of Ann Arbor's Homoplex http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68309 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/S1M2_TrilliumAutBar_2240.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>ANN ARBOR - "First you have to ask, what is the Braun Court Community?" Keith Orr says. Nearly thirty years ago, the area had an ethnic restaurant identity with Chinese, Middle Eastern, Mexican and Japanese cuisine filling the court with scents of curry and wasabi. Now, Braun Court, located directly across the street from Kerrytown and the Farmer's Market in Ann Arbor, is the center of what Orr describes as a "Gayborhood" and is home to the Jim Toy Community Center (JTCC), Trillium Real Estate, Shout, autBar and Common Language Bookstore. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68309 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 Home Sweet Dorm http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68285 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/S2_DORM_2240-MAIN.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>No matter what "home" means to you, you can transform your dorm space from institutional to inviting with a modicum of effort and a whole lot of flair. Or even a moderate amount of flair. The amount of flair is up to you. You're an adult now. The decisions about flair levels are on you. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68285