PrideSource - front http://www.pridesource.com Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 30 Mar 2017 04:30 EST 30 Mar 2017 04:30 EST webmaster@pridesource.com webmaster@pridesource.com pridesource.com http://www.pridesource.com/img/logo.gif http://pridesource.com Gay Scholar Warns Against Reading Into U.S. Census Redaction of LGBT Categories http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80665 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2512/1 - GaryGates.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>A leading gay scholar of U.S. LGBT demographics is warning LGBT rights supporters against reading too much into the U.S. Census Bureau's removal of proposed LGBT categories, saying the media reports on the development are incorrect. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80665 AP: Anti-LGBT HB2 will cost North Carolina $3.76 billion http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80737 The anti-LGBT law in North Carolina barring transgender people from using certain restrooms consistent with their gender identity will cost the state $3.76 billion as a result of economic boycott over the course of a dozen years, an Associated Press analysis has found.North Carolina's House Bill 2, which has been on the books exactly one year as of Thursday, will the cost the state $3.76 billion after Gov. Pat McCrory signed it into law as result of the cancellation of business expansions, performers nixing events and visitors boycotting the state. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80737 Trump's U.S. Census Proposes, Immediately Cuts LGBT Survey Questions http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80664 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2512/1 - Census.png' style='width:250px'><br/>The inclusion of LGBT categories in the Planned Subjects for the 2020 Census Report unveiled on Tuesday must have been music to the ears of LGBT advocates seeking to include sexual orientation and gender identity in federal surveys. But the celebration was short-lived: The U.S. Census on the same day announced those categories were included in error. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80664 Trump's HHS Appoints Anti-trans Activist to Protect Trans Health http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80662 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2512/1S1N6_WB_Roger_Severino_2513.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Much to the consternation of LGBT rights supporters, the Trump administration has appointed to head the civil rights division of the Department of Health Human Services a former staffer with the anti-LGBT Heritage Foundation who wrote extensively against the civil rights of transgender people.A series of statements from LGBT advocates came out Thursday over the appointment of Roger Severino, who until this week was director of the DeVos Center for Religion Civil Society for the Heritage Foundation. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80662 Court Finds Anti-gay Workforce Bias Legal, Still Rules for Gay Plaintiff http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80663 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80663 Gorsuch Calls Same-Sex Marriage 'Settled Law' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80656 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2512/1_S1n_WB_Neil_Gorsuch_insert_c_Washington_Blade_by_Michael_Key.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Amid opposition from LGBT rights supporters to the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, President Trump&#39;s nominee referred to same-sex marriage as &quot;settled law,&quot; but was otherwise relatively tight-lipped about his views during his confirmation hearings.Grilled by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about his judicial philosophy, U.S. Circuit Judge Gorsuch on Tuesday maintained &quot;equal justice under the law&quot; -- words enshrined at the top of the Supreme Court building -- was a &quot;radical&quot; idea, but one he&#39;d uphold, when asked about application of the law to LGBT people.Pressed by Sen. Al Franken about marriage equality specifically, Gorsuch replied, &quot;It is absolutely settled law,&quot; but added, &quot;there&#39;s ongoing litigation about its impact and its application right now.&quot;&gt; http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80656 GOP Former Senator Calls on Trump to Reject 'Religious Freedom' Order http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80658 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2512/1_S1N_WB_RelFreedom_Alan_Simpson_insert_c_Washington_Blade_by_Michael_Key.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson has become the latest voice calling on President Trump to reject a "religious freedom" order that would undermine LGBT rights.In an op-ed published Wednesday in The New York Times, Simpson responds to what he says are "fringe-right groups and raging extremists" calling on Trump to sign an executive order enabling discrimination against LGBT people. Simpson's advice to Trump is simple: "Don't do it." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80658 Ky. Governor Signs 'Religious Freedom' Bill Against LGBT students http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80657 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2512/1_S1N_WB_KentuckyMatt_Bevin_insert_by_Gage_Skidmore_courtesy_Flickr.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>On the same day President Trump came to visit his state for a "Make America Great Again" rally, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin penned his name to a bill allowing student groups at high schools and public colleges to turn away LGBT people out of religious objections.Motivated in reaction to a school cutting a Bible verse from a student production of "A Charlie Brown Christmas," Senate Bill 17 was ostensibly intended to protect the religious expression of students. The measure permits them to express religious viewpoints, wear clothing with religious messages and use school media to announce student religious meetings free from discrimination. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80657 Rainbow Flag Stomped Outside Congressman's Office http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80655 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2512/1_S1N_WB_Flag_Alan_Lowenthal_insert_by_Thomas_Wasper_courtesy_Wikimedia_Commons.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>U.S. Capitol Police are investigating an incident on March 15, in which a visitor to a congressional office building in Washington removed a rainbow flag hanging from the wall beside the door to the office of Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) and repeatedly stepped on the flag. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80655 Justice Dept. to Give $8.5 million to Pulse Nightclub Victims http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80638 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2512/S1N_WB_Photos_2512the_Pulse.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Justice Department on March 7 announced it will give more than $8 million to the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80638 21 LGBT Groups Urge Senate to Rigorously Question Gorsuch http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80557 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2511/1S1N2_WB_Neil_Gorsuch.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>A total of 21 LGBT groups who oppose the confirmation of U.S. Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court are calling for rigorous questions for the nominee during his confirmation hearing.In an eight-page letter sent to Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) of the Senate Judiciary Committee, LGBT groups underscore the need to "demand complete answers" from Gorsuch because it's the only way to "reveal the extent to which his nomination jeopardizes rights and liberties that many Americans believe are secure." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80557 South Dakota Governor Signs First Anti-LGBT Law of 2017 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80542 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2511/S1N6_SDLaw_WB_2511_public_domain.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure allowing taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to deny services and child placement to LGBT families out of religious objections, making him the first governor in 2017 to sign an anti-LGBT law. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80542 Court Rules Anti-gay Workplace Bias Allowed Under Existing Law http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80540 A federal appeals court has ruled against a lesbian employee seeking relief after being harassed and forced out of her job, declining to accept arguments discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates existing laws against gender bias. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80540 Spicer Denounces Anti-LGBT Violence -- Sort Of http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80541 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2511/1S1N5_Sean_Spicer_insert_courtesy_C-Span.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer denounced the recent trend of vandalism at LGBT community centers, but qualified his remarks by suggesting free speech under the First Amendment is appropriate to use against them rather than violence. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80541 N.H. lawmakers table transgender rights bill http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80543 Members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives on Thursday voted 187-179 to table a bill that would have added gender identity to the state's nondiscrimination law. Lawmakers also rejected a motion to reconsider debate of House Bill 478 that gay state Rep. Ed Butler (D-Harts Location) introduced. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80543 3 LGBT Community Centers Vandalized in Disturbing New Trend http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80469 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2510/1Garden_State_Equaity_vandalism_insert_courtesy_Facebook.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>At least three LGBT community centers have been vandalized in recent attacks that could be part of a national trend of rising hate seen since President Trump's election.In the last few weeks, vandals smashed a window at the office of Equality Florida in Orlando, the city where last year a shooter took the lives of 49 people and wounded 53 others at a gay nightclub, and windows were smashed at the headquarters in Asbury Park of the New Jersey LGBT Garden State Equality.In Tulsa, Okla., 13 shots were fired from a pellet gun at the Equality Center on Monday just hours before a man came into the lobby yelling profanities and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric at front-desk staff. According to Tulsa World, the Equality Center had never been the target of vandalism in the 12 years since Oklahomans for Equality moved into the building. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80469 DeVos Meets with LGBT Groups Over Trans Student Protections http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80468 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2510/1Betsy_DeVos_insert_2_c_Washington_Blade_by_Michael_Key.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Representatives from a trio of LGBT organizations and families with transgender kids met Wednesday with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in the aftermath of the Justice and Education Departments revoking Obama-era guidance assuring transgender students access to the bathroom consistent with their gender identity.Mara Keisling, executive director of National Center for Transgender Equality, said the meeting came about as a result of the Trump administration rescinding the guidance, which informed discriminating against transgender students would violate Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972."They made an arbitrary, political, ideological decision to hurt trans youth, so we wanted to talk to them about enforcing the law that they're statutorily required to enforce," Keisling said. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80468 Justice Delayed in Gavin Grimm Case, But For How Long? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80378 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2509/1S1N2_WB_Gavin_Grimm_2511.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to scrap a case on bathroom access in schools has left transgender people waiting in the wings for a nationwide ruling affirming their rights and no clear path or timing for when the day will come.Two years after the Supreme Court affirmed the right of same-sex couples to marry, hopes are dashed for a similarly monumental ruling in favor transgender rights this year -- perhaps indefinitely.Gavin Grimm, the plaintiff transgender student seeking to use his high school boys' room consistent with his gender identity, said during a conference call Monday despite the high-profile nature of his lawsuit coming to an end, he's glad he could take part. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80378 Transgender Task Force Relaunched Amid Ongoing Anti-trans Attacks http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80451 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2510/S1N4_TransTaskForceJoe_Kennedy_III_insert_c_Washington_Blade_by_Michael_Key.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Amid the Trump administration's rollback of guidance protecting transgender students and increasing reports of anti-trans violence around the country, members of the U.S. House have relaunched the Transgender Task Force to draw attention to harms facing the transgender community.The new leader of the transgender caucus in the 115th Congress is Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.), who spoke at an event Thursday outside the U.S. Capitol to support trans people. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80451 Gay Trump Supporters Rally in D.C. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80450 At least four gay speakers who declared their strong support for President Donald Trump were cheered loudly while other speakers praised the group Gays for Trump during a March4Trump rally on Sunday, March 4, on the grounds of the Washington Monument in D.C.The gathering of several hundred Trump supporters at the Washington Monument, who later marched to the White House, was one of more than a dozen pro-Trump rallies and marches held on the same day in cities around the country. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80450 Jackson City Council Defers Action on Referendum Petition http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80661 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2512/1 - Jackson1MAIN.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Jackson City Council voted on Tuesday night to defer action until April 11 on a referendum petition deemed "legally incapable of certification" by Jackson Together. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80661 Transgender Women of Color Need Access to Public Resources, Better Allies http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80731 During various local LGBTQ community meetings over the last few months, someone always raises their hand to ask how they can be a better ally for the transgender community. Many people are looking for ways to help as the number of threats targeting transgender people increases - particularly for transgender women of color. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80731 Annual Spring Bash Raises Funds for Affirmations http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80732 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2513/12_RoomShot.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Affirmations' Annual Spring Bash themed Emerald City was "an incredible success" this year with over 450 people in attendance. The event on March 18 at the MGM Grand Detroit raised a total of $194,000 for the community center in Ferndale. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80732 Attendees at Wedding Expo Express 'Relief' to Find Welcoming LGBT-Friendly Businesses http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80728 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2513/S1M1_ExpoRecap_2513_Front.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80728 Pre-Expo Workshop Focuses on Status of LGBT Rights Post-Marriage Equality http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80729 DETROIT - The seventh annual Ultimate LGBT Wedding Anniversary Expo, which took place Sunday at the MotorCity Hotel Casino, kicked off this year with "LGBT Rights in the Trump Era - What Lies Ahead," a workshop that drew about 30 attendees. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80729 Pursuing Our Inner Mood http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80733 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2513/S1M9_Gallagher2_2513.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80733 Providers 'Link-Up' to Offer Better Access to HIV Care http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80734 The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released a report in January that shows improvements in HIV Prevention and Care in Michigan between 2006 and 2015. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80734 Royal Oak Therapist Offers Support for Transgender People http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80735 Meet Nick Zielke, a limited licensed clinical social worker and gender specialist. He completed his undergraduate studies at Oakland University and his graduate studies at Michigan State University. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80735 Assault on Marriage Equality Under Banner of 'Religious Liberty' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80652 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2512/1_S1N1_RFRAUpdatewashstate_AP_Reg.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>As right-wing conservatives plot to erode marriage equality progress, what issues are likely to arise in the next four years? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80652 The Motown Movement http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80635 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2512/S1M9_MotownMovement_2512.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>As Detroit recovers from a heavy setback, the strong do-it-yourself culture has inspired three architecture students from the Netherlands to come up with new ideas for sustainable building together with the community. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80635 Meet Steve Fano, Volunteer at Affirmations http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80636 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2512/S1M9_Volunteer_2512.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In the spotlight this week is Steve Fano, a volunteer at Affirmations since 2014. He is one of many volunteers the community center is incredibly fortunate to have the support of. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80636 Emerge Michigan Prepares Democratic Women for Public Office http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80533 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2511/S1M1_Emerge_Board_2511.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>One of the few good things to come out of the presidential election is the enormous uptick of women who want to influence positive change. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80533 Local Community Speaks Out on Gavin Grimm Transgender Case http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80534 They were supposed to take the case up March 28. But on March 6, the Supreme Court decided to URL remand the case of Gavin Grimm, the Virginia teenager who sued for the right to use the restroom that matched his gender identity at his high school, back to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80534 Expo Workshop Will Address LGBT Rights in the Trump Era http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80535 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2511/IglesiaLawAngieMartell.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Ultimate LGBT Wedding Anniversary Expo is a great opportunity to think about and finalize wedding plans, but many LGBT people are concerned about same-sex marriages and what they will look like under the Trump administration. While the president does not have the right to unilaterally scrap marriage equality, he used his power to appoint Supreme Court justices who can. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80535 Q&A with New EQMI Board Member Buzz Thomas http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80536 Former State Senator Buzz Thomas was added to Equality Michigan's board of directors in January to strengthen the work of the organization as the LGBT and allied communities of Michigan continue to build the path towards expanding statewide non-discrimination laws. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80536 Meet Becca Budde, Affirmations Education and Training Manager http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80537 In an effort to establish strong relationships and build trust, Affirmations gives members of the LGBTQ community an opportunity to get to know Becca Budde, the organization's education and training manager. She is responsible for programs such as the Relationship Skills Class, the LEAD Institute, and LGBTQ Learning Labs. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80537 Call for LGBTQ Artists http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80538 Hot Works, LLC is seeking artist submissions from local LGBTQ professional artists for the 15th Annual Orchard Lake Fine Art Show July 29-30 at West Bloomfield High School in West Bloomfield. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80538 Local Leaders Host Title IX Panel Discussion http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80445 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2510/S1M1_TitleIX_2510.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Local community leaders came together March 1 to discuss the ramifications of the Trump administration rescinding previous guidance from President Barack Obama on how to treat transgender kids in public schools. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80445 BTL Announces $5,000 Challenge Gift to ACLU of Michigan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80446 The ACLU of Michigan has been a champion for our equality for decades. Jay Kaplan, the organization's staff attorney of the LGBT Project, has for years provided us a thoughtful, serious and effective voice for LGBT equality. What gains the LGBT community has made would not have been possible without the ACLU of Michigan. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80446 Powering Progress Together at Michigan Summit http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80447 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2510/S1M_SummitStabenow2.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>LANSING - More than 700 progressives, both veteran organizers and newcomers to progressive activism, came together on March 4 at the Lansing Center for the Michigan Progressive Summit organized by Progress Michigan URL http:www.progressmichigan.org. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80447 Melissa Etheridge Talks Donald Trump ('I Will Not Fear This'), Inspiration for Upcoming Songs, the Word 'Woke' & Weed 101 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80660 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2512/MelissaMAIN.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"You keep doing what you're doing, you keep being out, you keep being beautiful," Melissa Etheridge tells me, as if to emphasize the present-day significance of simply being your queer self. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80660 Poetic Justice: Out Director on Cynthia Nixon's Awards-Caliber Role as Emily Dickinson http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80672 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2513/S2_DickinsonMovie1_2513.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>British director Terence Davies has long been praised for his poetic, lyrical filmmaking, including 1992's autobiographical "The Long Day Closes," 2000's Edith Wharton novel adaptation "The House Of Mirth," and last year's "Sunset Song," based on Lewis Grassic Gibbon's Scottish novel. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80672 The Frivolist: (Pa)roll Call: It's Important to Remember These 10 'Conservative Value' Perverts and Adulterers http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80673 I wrote a travel article recently for ITAL Out in San Antonio magazine about romantic LGBT-friendly andor -owned hotels, called "6 hotels you should bang in before you die." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80673 Kathy Griffin Talks Activism in Trump's America, Her 'Wet Dream' Kellyanne Conway & Who's Coming to Her 'Fire Island' Viewing Party http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80560 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2511/KGmain.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Of course Kathy Griffin's manager asks if our conversation is being recorded - have you heard her talk? Luckily, the celeb-skewering, gay-loving, Trump-hating comedienne's filterless mouth moves at a meteoric pace, which is good news for anyone who wants to know her thoughts on basically everything: the practicality of celebrity activism, her idea for a "My Life on the D-List" spinoff and the surprising number of people she meets who say they've never encountered a gay person. I caught up with Griffin, who discussed all the above just days after being honored with the Vanguard Award by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus on March 12 for her ardent and unwavering role as an ally in the LGBT rights movement. Read on for her insight into what the hell we do - and what she's doing - now that Donald Trump is running this country. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80560 Deep Inside Hollywood http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80566 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2512/S2_DH_2512.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Fire Island, Lost Girls, Hello Again, and that's still Raven http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80566 Q&A: LeAnn Rimes on HRC Ally Award, Avoiding Political Talk & the Closeted Country Stars Who Motivated Her Activism http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80467 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2510/LeAnnMAIN.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The moonlight can wait - LeAnn Rimes is busy fighting for our rights. On a recent afternoon, the country-prodigy-turned-genre-bender calls in after finishing her daily meditation (hey, times are tough), a practice she started a year ago. "Let me come back to life," the 34-year-old singer begins, then walking us through her devotion to LGBT activism just weeks before being honored with the Ally for Equality Award at the 2017 HRC Nashville Equality Dinner. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80467 Attendees at Wedding Expo Express 'Relief' to Find Welcoming LGBT-Friendly Businesses http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80728 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2513/S1M1_ExpoRecap_2513_Front.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80728 Pre-Expo Workshop Focuses on Status of LGBT Rights Post-Marriage Equality http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80729 DETROIT - The seventh annual Ultimate LGBT Wedding Anniversary Expo, which took place Sunday at the MotorCity Hotel Casino, kicked off this year with "LGBT Rights in the Trump Era - What Lies Ahead," a workshop that drew about 30 attendees. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80729 BTL Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo Returns http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80653 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2512/1_MainExpoStory_2512.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>This is an important time to celebrate local businesses in Michigan that vocally support equality for the LGBT community and its allies. The Expo workshop at MotorCity Casino Hotel features prominent LGBT attorneys to discuss what same-sex marriage looks like under the Trump administration. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80653 Expo Workshop Will Address LGBT Rights in the Trump Era http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80535 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2511/IglesiaLawAngieMartell.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Ultimate LGBT Wedding Anniversary Expo is a great opportunity to think about and finalize wedding plans, but many LGBT people are concerned about same-sex marriages and what they will look like under the Trump administration. While the president does not have the right to unilaterally scrap marriage equality, he used his power to appoint Supreme Court justices who can. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80535 The Chipping Away of Obergefell http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80649 While many of us do not believe that marriage equality will be overturned let no one be confused that on the horizon there will be concerted efforts to strip gay and lesbian couples and individuals of rights. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80649 A Message from the Publishers http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80648 This Sunday, hundreds of LGBT people will shop, dance, eat, drink and be merry at the 7th Annual Ultimate LGBT Wedding Anniversary Expo at MotorCity Casino Hotel. There will be over 100 equality-conscious vendors, all of whom want to help LGBT couples create a fantastic wedding experience. It will be joyous, it will be fun, it will be celebratory, it will be revolutionary and romantic. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80648 Friends Before Lovers: Building a Relationship to Last http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80613 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2512/S2_EXPO_HannahDiane6_2512.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Sometimes, the best love relationships are the ones that are based on friendship. As is the case with Hannah Hartley and Diane Schultz, two transgender women who met four years ago during an LGBT community meeting at Affirmations in Ferndale. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80613 Gentlemen's Consignment Offers Quality Menswear at Affordable Prices http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80610 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2512/S2_EXPO_ConsignmentShop_2512.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>ROYAL OAK - Kelly Pepper used to be a large man. 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Even with so many positions in the Trump Administration left unfilled, he's still stacking the deck with swamp monsters. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80742 Parting Glances: Blue-Eyed Winks at T http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80745 With all due respect (and a plethora of apologies) to my manifold, religiously eclectic, catholic -- as in universal -- PG readership, I spent my 2017 St. Patrick's Day observance in Mar-a-Lago, Fla. It was a first for me. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80745 View From the Bottom: Have Your Cake http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=80747 Cake is often the centerpiece of our celebrations. 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