PrideSource - front Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 24 Jul 2014 09:24 EST 24 Jul 2014 09:24 EST State Rep. Zemke Introduces Bill To Prohibit Conversion Therapy In Michigan <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>{BOLD LANSING --} State Representative Adam F. Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) sponsored legislation on July 16 that would outlaw the practice of conversion therapy in Michigan. {URL House Bill 5703 prohibits} &quot;any practice by a mental health professional that seeks to change a minor&#39;s sexual orientation.&quot; Similar laws are in place in {URL California}, {URL New Jersey} and New York and {URL have been upheld by federal courts.} Good News For LGBT Students At Michigan Universities <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Michigan State University has received a large, anonymous donation to its LGBT Resource Center. The University of Michigan-Dearborn will be offering a specific LGBT studies course this fall. HTJ Pride Picnic Preview <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>It's the centerpiece of Detroit's weeklong black gay pride celebration. The pride picnic, which takes place Saturday in Palmer Park, has been a crowd favorite since Hotter Than July began in 1996. It's attracted tens of thousands of people throughout the years, including everybody from famous authors (James Earl Hardy, Keith Boykin, Stanley Bennett Clay), performers (The Lady Chablis, Cyon Flare, April Summers), politicians (Kwame Kilpatrick, Benny Napoleon, Maryann Mahaffey) and porn stars (Bobby Blake, Flex Dion, Ty Lattimore). HTJ Schedule: Warming Up Detroit <img src=' HTJ-2011-AP 23.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> Progressive Detroit Talks On The National Level: Netroots Closeup <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - Last week, Netroots Nation brought thousands of liberals and progressives to downtown Detroit. They took to the city at night, protested the water shutoff Friday afternoon, watched Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speak on equality and bettering the future for upcoming generations and attended caucuses and panels surrounding LGBT concerns. National issues were also in focus, such as the student debt levels, voting rights, environmental concerns, sexuality and public school reform. LGBTs Connect At Netroots Nation More than 120 LGBT activists, bloggers, organizations, funders and journalists from across the U.S., Canada and Mexico gathered in Detroit this past week for a day-long discussion about the future of the LGBT movement and ways to effect progressive social change within it and beyond. Michigan Healthcare Providers Discuss LGBT Focus Initiatives FERNDALE - Over 30 healthcare and LGBT professionals from around Metro Detroit met on July 15 at Affirmations to discuss how the healthcare industry can better improve itself, specifically on being more accessible and accommodating to the care of trans identified individuals and the LGB community. Mark Schauer Comes To Braun Court <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>{BOLD ANN ARBOR -} Mark Schauer, Democratic candidate for the Michigan Governor's race, takes his campaign to /aut/BAR in a fundraising and awareness event this Thursday. Hotter Than July Preview <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Immigration: Out Of The Shadows <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Choice: Closely Aligned <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Environment: Only Way To Win Is By Working Together <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Housing: 'We Are All In This Together' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Labor: A Decades Long Partnership Two More Openly LGBT Candidates Announce MI Campaigns <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>MICHIGAN - Two more candidates have come out of the political closet. Susan Grettenberger, running for the 8th Congressional District, and Nathan Morrish, running for 34th State House Representative seat, both spoke with BTL about their pre-primary vote campaigns. Q&A: Sin&eacute;ad O'Connor On How Gays Changed Her Life & Getting Her 'D*ck Hard' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In 1992, Sin&eacute;ad O'Connor was at the height of her career following the success of "Nothing Compares 2 U" when, during a one-woman protest against sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, she tore up a pic of Pope John Paul II on "Saturday Night Live." Causing an uproar, and eventually thwarting her pop-culture presence (not that she cared), that defiance would come to define the Irish singer's life and career. Breaking Through The Bro Code <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Stronger than a "man crush," and somewhere between a love affair and fist bump, is a "bromance," explains author Michael DeAngelis. The term is meant to describe a bond between two men that transcends the usual boundaries of friendship to become an almost romantic infatuation. And from his findings, DeAngelis feels the straight bros kind of like it. MAC Hosts Annual Pub Crawl <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Ready to party? Michigan AIDS Coalition hosts its much anticipated 18th Annual Ferndale Pub Crawl on Friday, July 25. The "Original Crawl" or "the BIG ONE," as MAC refers to it, is the signature summer event for the Ferndale area, hosting hundreds of participants visiting Downtown Ferndale. Biking For Equal Rights <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>FERNDALE - Affirmations, Michigan's community center for LGBTs and their allies, are biking from Detroit to Ann Arbor on Saturday, Aug. 23, beginning at 10 a.m., to educate and encourage others to take action in their support for equal rights throughout the state. Elaine Stritch In One Of Her Last Interviews: 'I Had A Ball In My Life!' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>"Oh, I had moments," Stritch said. "I had moments that were knockouts, great, successful and 'yay.' Lots of those moments, absolutely. And accomplishments. God, I thought I accomplished a great deal. I've got a lot of wonderful memories, I really do." George Takei's Hopeful Words For Detroit: 'More Power To You!' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> George Takei isn't foreign to the alien kind. As Sulu on the original "Star Trek," he fended them off. Now, Takei's taking on a different kind of outsider - the Motor City - and he's glad to see a new generation of human inhabitants safeguarding it. Study: PrEP, Taken Regularly, 100 Percent Effective <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Scientists at the International AIDS Conference in Sydney, Australia, released the results of an open label study of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis this week, which found that regular dosing of the drug Truvada is 100 percent effective in preventing HIV-negative people from becoming infected with the virus. News You Should Know July 23, 2014 Feds Call On States To Revamp HIV Criminal Laws <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The laws have also been criticized for criminalizing behavior which does not transmit HIV - such as spitting or biting - or prosecutions wherein the behavior did not pose a significant risk of transmission... "The HIV-positive monster in many people&#39;s minds is a product of stigma and has no basis in reality," said Trevor Hoppe, who graduated this spring with a PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan. His dissertation evaluated criminal prosecutions under Michigan's law in the past two decades. Obama Signs LGBT Workplace Non-Discrimination Executive Order <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In a brief ceremony in the East Room of the White House, with a scattering of "Amens" from the 300 or so LGBT activists gathered, President Obama this morning (July 21) signed an executive order prohibiting contractors who do business with the federal government from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and adding to existing protection (which includes sexual orientation) for federal employees a prohibition of discrimination based on gender identity. News You Should Know July 21, 2014 Ruling Allows Same-Sex Marriages for Florida Keys <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>{BOLD MIAMI (AP) -} A judge in the Florida Keys overturned the state&#39;s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on Thursday after a legal challenge by gay couples said it effectively made them second-class citizens. Mississippi Mayor Becomes First To Announce Support Of Marriage Equality <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>David Garcia, mayor of Waveland, Miss., has announced his support of same-sex marriage. "Because I believe in fairness for all American families," said Garcia in a statement, "I support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples willing to take on that commitment. News You Should Know July 17 New Report Exposes Deceptive Religious Right Strategy Targeting LGBT Equality <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Within in a few short years, legal same-sex marriage has arrived in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The armed forces' "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and federal law, which barred openly gay military service, has been repealed. And for all the Religious Right and social conservatives' efforts to block such progress, equal rights for LGBTs, it would appear, are advancing in significant ways. Utah Will Appeal Gay Marriage Ruling To High Court <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah has decided to go straight to the U.S. Supreme Court to argue against gay marriage, meaning the nation's highest court will have at least one same-sex marriage case on its plate when it returns in October. Comic Legend Archie Andrews Takes Bullet For Gay Best Friend <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>LOS ANGELES - Famous freckle-face comic book icon, Archie Andrews, will see his final moments in this week's issue. Readers will see the beloved and inspirational redhead die as he takes a bullet for the attempted assassination of his best friend, Kevin Keller, the series' openly gay character. 'Fox & Friends' Fails To Showcase American's Horror At Gender-Neutral Bathrooms <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Doocy, perhaps hoping to lead the sample group, said as he presented the sign "Both genders - or {ITAL transgender?}" The next man in Doocy's lineup responded with a smile, "that's right." Transgender Actress Laverne Cox Makes History <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Laverne Cox becomes the first openly transgender woman to be nominated for an Emmy. She's been nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Sophia Burset in the Netflix show, "Orange Is the New Black." HIV Infection Returns To 'Cured' Child <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Blame It On The Gays <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Do What I Say, Not As I Do <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Lawfully Wedded Spouse <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Schweitzr <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Brokeback Perry <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> The Cat Came Back <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Creep of the Week: D.J. Dolce <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Did you hear the news? Just over two percent told the CDC that they're gay, lesbian or bisexual. And people are freaking out. Some people are arguing that the number is too low. After all, if we want to get technical about it, the survey really found that 2.3 percent of the people they surveyed were cool with coming out to a stranger doing a survey. Other people might argue that the number is too high because gays could just pray the gay away if they loved Jesus enough. Creep of the Week: Bob Frey <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Bob Frey, a Republican candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives, was recently in the news for saying some really unhinged, not to mention scientifically inaccurate, things about how AIDS is transmitted. When it comes to homos, Bob told the Creep of the Week: So-Called Religious Freedom <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In America "religious freedom" is code for Christian dominance. Under this guise we've seen policy enacted and court decisions handed down that make it easier to discriminate and against gays and lesbians. But it doesn't stop there: women, Muslims, even the poor are fair game. Matt Barber On Hobby Lobby <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Meanwhile, the religious right is super excited about the ruling, and leading the circle jerk is Liberty Council's Matt Barber. You see, the hope is that this ruling will help pave the way for businesses to get out of having to abide by pesky discrimination laws that cover LGBT people. "HobbyLobby may help protect businesses from those pushing counter-biblical LGBT lifestyle anti-Christian agenda," Barber tweeted soon after the ruling was announced on June 30. National Organization for Marriage <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>My wife's birthday was June 19, and on that same day a handful of people assembled in front of the Capitol in Washington D.C. to celebrate. Coincidence? Well, yes. But also, no. Creep of the Week: Scott Esk Says Stoning Gays OK <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>When I was a little kid I really wanted a rock tumbler. I remember looking through the JC Penney catalog and telling my mom that I hoped Santa would bring me one for Christmas. My mom said something about the tumbler using too much electricity and Santa never came through. Parting Glances: Bavel's Rolero Redux At my age, I fidget after five minutes exposure to certain quoteunquote cultural happenings. Harpsichord recitals. Accordion extravaganzas. Art song evenings. "Gilligan's Island" reruns. Lower body piercing demos. Televised Irish flaming feet of anything dancing. Parting Glances: Twinkling of the inner eye ... I'm sitting on my front porch during the twilight 9 o'clock hour. These early July evenings are both warm and occasionally, as now, delightfully cool. The temperature is 70-something or other. Caressingly mild. Motor City quiet and contentment. For a change. Street traffic's light. No loud music from rushing car windows menacingly rolled down for all to hear the bombast of boom and bass. Like it or not. My mood's nostalgic. Slightly hypnotic with a sense of briefly eternal timelessness. Flashes of my seven-decades life recalled. Parting Glances: Dropping In For Won Ton I'm sitting in a popular Somerset Mall Chinese restaurant where I'm distracted by two improbabilities: an astounding free fall record I'm reading about and a waitress named Susie who persists in calling me Honey. Parting Glances: Ex-Gay Fairy Tale This is the story of Dorian Lavender who has vanished from the party scene of music, stimulants, sex and is now ironically beyond the saving grace of suddenly discarded friends of which there were many. (Perhaps you knew him too.) Parting Glances S-S Kissing AD 1300 As for same-sex marriages, Rosen comments, 'Through the thirteenth century, ceremonies that can only be called homosexual marriages - so called spiritual brotherhoods that were sanctioned by priests, using the same prayers as 'traditional' marriage, including the joining of right hands at the altar, followed by the ceremonial kiss - were being performed in churches throughout the Mediterranean." Parting Glances: Lost Language of S/he As a post-pubescent teenager growing up on Detroit's Peterboro Street - just down the block from still-standing Burton Elementary School, recently turned movie and music theater venue - I spoke a made-up language called Quinish. Transmissions: The Long, Hot Summer That's five transgender deaths in just a bit more than a month. Four of them have been declared homicides, and it sounds like the fifth is as well. All are transgender women of color...We need to consider that what someone calls us is irrelevant in the face of death. We need to worry less about how one should be a transgender advocate and more about doing the work. We need to educate our allies and help them help us - not automatically slap their hands away. BTL Editorial: The Real Detroit Reflects Vision For A New America <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Facebook Reacts to Return Of HIV In Formerly "Cured" Child "Well I don't know why this is a big deal. They taught us in health class once you have it you have it. I know it can get to a degree that's undetectable...but it can always come back up." Same-Sex Couples And The Marriage Penalty The marriage penalty refers to the fact that the income tax liability of married couples in certain situations is greater than it would be if they filed separate single returns. The penalty is usually greatest when both spouses have good incomes. The Yin Yang Of PRIDE: Much Is Given, Much Required Even though we are winning in the courts, the sobering reality is that our rights are still under assault from a well-funded, politically savvy enemy with a powerful secret weapon in their arsenal - Us! Facebook Reacts to Return Of HIV In Formerly 'Cured' Child <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A Mississippi girl famously {URL "cured"} of HIV last year has been found with {URL detectable levels of the virus again.} The unfortunate news left many on Facebook reacting with emotions ranging from anger to sadness to hope. Rue De Fleurus <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Words to Live Bi <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> So Sophia <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Housekeeper & Family Therapist <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Mayan Culture <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Feat Of Clay <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> A Tiny Musical Miracle <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>To bring in top tourist dollars, Broadway producers need something that must be seen to be believed. But how does such a show even get to the stage, when investors must believe, but there's nothing to see? Quirky Musical Pleases Eye, Ear <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Here's to the exciting life of the drama critic. This one drove five hours, round trip, to see a 90-minute musical. Driving into the sunset along I-94 to Kalamazoo (in my usual, white-knuckled fashion), I muttered through gritted teeth, "This better be good!" Well, the closing production of Farmers Alley Theatre's sixth season was worth the trip. The musical in question is titled Robert Weiner, show director and one of the founders of Farmers Alley Theatre, tentatively describes it as a "musical documentary," an appealing explanation for this unique work. 'Matchmaker' Ends Hope Season With Laughs <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>"The Matchmaker," the final show of Hope Summer Repertory Theatre's season, is a great match for the directing talents of HSRT founder John Tammi. 'Mr. Looong Gone' Returns - In Spirit - To Tiger Town <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>I had the pleasure of reviewing the premiere of Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom's homage to broadcasting legend Ernie Harwell in 2011. I wrote then that "Perhaps we can look forward to its return in future springs." And so it did. Summertime, And The Spoofing Is Easy Not content to go dormant between mainstage seasons, The Ringwald has made an annual practice of throwing a bonus comedy production just as these lazy, hazy, crazy days reach their peak. Fittingly, the theater refers to this tradition as "summer camp." This year's selection, penned by Dyan Bailey and Brandy Joe Plambeck and directed by the latter, lovingly lampoons a cult classic diva horror film just dripping with satiric potential. Dust off the matronly Joan Crawford fright wig and slather on the Bette Davis pancake stage makeup - it's time for "Whatever, Baby Jane!" to storm the stage. Dreams On The Line In Tibbits Musical <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>"A Chorus Line" may not be as gritty and shocking as it was when it first came out in 1975, but it is still an extravaganza of dance and a moving look at those who are trying to make their living as dancers on Broadway. Seventeen dancers have made the final cut of an audition for the chorus line of an upcoming musical. Only eight are needed for the show. As they audition and are interviewed, they reveal pieces of their soul and why dancing is so important to their lives.