PrideSource - front Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 18 Jan 2017 22:18 EST 18 Jan 2017 22:18 EST Protests Planned to Usher in Trump Era <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>As Donald Trump raises his right hand to swear the presidential oath of office on Friday, hundreds of thousands of protesters opposed to his policy positions will be traveling to D.C. for planned protests the following day. 'Suited' Pushes the Fashion Boundaries of Gender ID <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Fashion has no gender. To validate that, Oakland University's Women and Gender Studies program will spotlight the HBO documentary "Suited" at the 33rd annual film festival "Style Beyond the Binary, Transgender Visibility and Recognition" on Jan. 21 from 12-3 p.m. Openly Gay Members of Congress Raise Serious Concerns About Betsy DeVos' Record on LGBT Equality "It is unfathomable that the next Secretary of Education would oppose basic protections for LGBT students and roll back the progress we have made to ensure all students feel safe and supported in our schools," said Rep. Pocan. Women of Flint Featured in FIA Exhibit <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Local Theaters Join in Solidarity for Ghostlight Project <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In each time zone across the country on Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. members of the theater community will come together to launch The Ghostlight Project. Detroit Native Announces Plans to Run for Detroit City Mayor Detroit native, Myya D. Jones, has announced that she will be running for mayor of the city of Detroit in 2017. She wants to be a voice for women of color and millennials in the U.S. government sector. Between The Lines Debuts New Wedding Expo Website <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>With a fresh look and a new intuitive design, is designed with same-sex couples and their allies in mind to make wedding planning accessible, easier and more fun. Comedy Shows to Raise Funds for Local LGBT Community Center TRAVERSE CITY - Traverse City comedy group Falling Down Stairs Productions will donate proceeds from its February, March and April shows to help the Polestar LGBT+ Community Center, which serves Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Kalkaska, and Antrim Counties, and beyond. Thousands Gather at Michigan Rally to Tell Congress: 'Save Our Healthcare' WARREN - This was more than a great turnout. The response to the "Save Our Healthcare" rally in Warren on Sunday was so overwhelming the event had to be moved to a larger venue than the one originally announced. Watch Gov. Snyder's State of the State Address <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Michigan's Democratic leaders called on Governor Rick Snyder to use his State of the State address on Jan. 17 to join them in taking on a rigged system that strengthens the hand of lobbyists and special interests in Lansing at the expense of Michigan families. Thousands Gather at Michigan Rally to Tell Congress: 'Save Our Healthcare' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>This was one of 70 rallies across the country Sunday -- and the first of many actions to come to protect and improve the Affordable Care Act. Betsy DeVos: Stand with LGBTQ Students <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Equality Michigan is asking for the community's help to call upon Betsy DeVos to clarify her position on LGBTQ issues, including the inhumane practice of so-called conversion therapy. Gospel Singer Gay Bashes, Gets Dropped from 'The Ellen Show' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Kim Burrell and Pharrell "Happy" Williams were scheduled to perform the song "I See a Victory" on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Thursday, Jan. 5. But that was before video of Burrell recently preaching a blatantly anti-gay message surfaced on the web. Women's March On Lansing <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Speak up against hate and intolerance on Jan. 21 during the URL Women's March on Lansing, the sister event to the Women's March on Washington. KGLRC Mentorship Program Provides Positive Role Models for LGBTQ Youth <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>As the executive director of the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center, Jay Maddock said he frequently hears from LGBTQ youth that "they don't have positive role models or they don't know adults who can relate to their experiences as an LGBTQ adolescent." It Will be Raining Men (and Women) for a Great Cause Jan. 16 <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>This year's Detroit Concert for a Cure - happening on Monday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at Ferndale's The Loving Touch - could also be called "Phantom, After Hours." Former State Senator Buzz Thomas Joins EQMI Board As the LGBT and allied communities of Michigan continue to build the path towards expanding statewide nondiscrimination laws, Equality Michigan and Equality Michigan Action Network announced Friday the addition of three new members to the board of directors who will strengthen that work. Join LGBT Detroit for HTJ Community Meeting LGBT Detroit announced it will open up the Hotter Than July planning process to the community on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. This year's HTJ theme is "I Am Because We Are." Detroit Minister to Give Benediction at Trump Inauguration When reality TV star Donald Trump is sworn in Jan. 20 as the nation's 45th president, a high-profile Detroit minister will share the dais with him. Meet Kyle Taylor, Affirmations Development Coordinator <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Kyle Taylor assists with fundraising opportunities, event planning, manages social media and keeps the Affirmations website up-to-date with relevant content, among other duties. Q&A: Indigo Girls Talk 'Fearful' Coming Out, Why Artists Should 'Be Brave' & How Art Will Change Us During Trump <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>I caught up with Saliers, 53, and Ray, 52, at the beginning of 2017, just days before Donald Trump would become our 45th president. The trailblazers talked about how music will unify despite the divisiveness of his administration, why "this is a really good time for artists to come to the forefront and stand up and be brave," and their initial grade-school encounter that led to a devoted musical career and dear friendship spanning three decades. The Frivolist: 8 Pieces of Ridiculous Relationship Advice You Should Disavow Q&A: Lisa Lampanelli on Performing at Trump's Inauguration Under One Condition, Unamused Lesbians and Why She's Angry at Oprah <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>If you know her racy sense of humor, you practically expect Lisa Lampanelli to hurl a slur at you when she calls. Once, she wanted to know "if this was the same cornholer I talked to the last time," and because she's Lisa Lampanelli, I took that as a compliment. Showtime's 'Billions' Will Feature Non-Binary Gender Identifying Character <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>While Asia Kate Dillon - who uses the singular pronoun "they" for identification - is as private as one can be about their personal life as a famous actor, they recognizes the importance of sharing with the public that they identify as non-binary (as a gender other than exclusively male or female.) Deep Inside Hollywood A Year in Review: What the Celebs Said <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> 18 Things You Can Do Right Now to Protect LGBTQ Rights Under Donald Trump <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Here are 18 ways you can get involved in your own community and take a stand to protect LGBTQ rights after Trump's election, provided by some of our generation's leading LGBTQ activists and organizations Resist the Trump Agenda with 'Indivisible: A Practical Guide' Do you want to do your part to beat back the Trump agenda? If so, that will require more than calls and petitions according to a group of former progressive congressional staffers who saw the Tea Party beat back President Obama's agenda. Connecticut Drops Mississippi Charity from Campaign HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Mississippi-based charity has been disqualified from receiving donations through the Connecticut state employee annual charitable giving campaign. Activist Launches 'We Won't Go Back' National Equality Movement LOS ANGELES - Jared Milrad, an award-winning actor, writer, filmmaker, lawyer and activist, has launched We Won't Go Back, a people's movement for Americans of all backgrounds fighting to protect the country's highest ideals of inclusivity, equality, justice and opportunity. GLSEN Celebrates No Name-Calling Week The popular young adult novel "The Misfits" by author James Howe has inspired No Name-Calling Week Jan. 16-20. Trump's First 100 Days: How Bad Could It Get? <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The most pro-gay Republican presidential candidate in history will take office as President of the United States on January 20, and yet the LGBT community has much to be anxious about. While Donald Trump used his campaign pulpit to urge the American people to stand in "solidarity" with the LGBT community following the Orlando nightclub massacre, his picks for key administration roles have been people with a history of standing solidly against that community. No matter what Trump might do as president to signal his unique level of comfort with LGBT people compared to his Republican conservative base, the departure of President Obama, indisputably the most pro-gay president in history, will stand in stark contrast to what many LGBT people fear will become an inevitable string of disappointing inactions (at best) and hostile attacks (at worst). John Kerry Apologizes for State Department's LGBT Discrimination <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>On behalf of the U.S. State Department, John Kerry has issued a formal apology for the department's pattern of discrimination against LGBT employees during a period beginning in the 1940s and stretching for decades. 2016: Year in Review <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>2016 will go down in the LGBT history books as a year of sobering pushback against the many gains won in the years prior. Progress and Struggles Reflect in Top Race Headlines of 2016 Of the many events marking the closing year of Barack Obama's time as the nation's first black president, none had deeper resonance than his opening of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture on the National Mall. A Lawmaker's Solution for Marriage Debate: Remove the State JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri Republican saw last year's debate over a proposed constitutional amendment that would have protected businesses that deny services to same-sex couples bring lawmakers to tears and grind legislative work to a halt. In Red States, Businesses Gearing Up to Fight Bathroom Bills NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Sean Henry, the president of Tennessee's NHL team, is stunned he even has to explain why he hopes state legislators will snub bills similar to North Carolina's transgender bathroom law, which has consumed that state for months and scared off businesses and sporting events. Republican Success Opens Door to Amending US Constitution JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The November election put Republicans in full control of a record number of state legislatures around the country, a level of power that gives the party an unprecedented opportunity: change the U.S. Constitution. Pop Superstar George Michael Dies Of Heart Failure At 53 <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>LONDON (AP) - George Michael's moment of liberation followed what seemed at first to be a time of deep humiliation. Time to Close the Immigration Loophole: End Illegal Profiling At critical moment, as Obama Administration dismantles Muslim special registry, guidelines to end profiling in immigration enforcement gains urgency and momentum. Gays with Guns? <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>An LGBT advocacy group called the Pink Pistols thinks that rather than place restrictions on gun sales, members of the gay community should arm themselves for protection against hate crimes. Franklin Graham, Other Anti-LGBT Clergy Booked for Trump Inauguration <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A host of anti-LGBT clergy members will participate in Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, including Rev. Franklin Graham and Archbishop Timothy Dolan. McCormick and Francis: LGBT Youth Should Be a Top Priority in CPS Overhaul <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Gov. Greg Abbott's recent directive to officials at the Department of Family and Protective Services to ramp up their efforts to protect endangered children in the foster care system has placed the spotlight on some of the systemic flaws that impact our state's most vulnerable youth. 'Merry Christmas Everybody': Obamas Share Final Holiday Address <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>President Barack Obama and the first lady shared a bittersweet goodbye -- and a few laughs -- in their final Christmas video message to the country released Saturday. Salvation Army Works to Uphold Non-Discriminatory Values <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Around 28,000 people slept in a bed last night provided by the Salvation Army. More than likely, some of those people are LGBT. And according to the organization, they are welcome to take advantage of the organization's services regardless of their gender identity and sexual orientation. Pulse Owner Decides not to Sell Club to City of Orlando ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The owner of the Florida nightclub where the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place said Monday that she is no longer interested in selling the property to the city of Orlando. Between The Lines Debuts New Wedding Expo Website <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>With a fresh look and a new intuitive design, is designed with same-sex couples and their allies in mind to make wedding planning accessible, easier and more fun. Assault on Marriage Equality Under Banner of 'Religious Liberty' It took the work of an entire community across the U.S. and the dedication and time of legal teams in many states, to make history and move the country forward in June 2015 when the Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. What Marriage Equality Looks Like in 2016 Listless to Blissful: The Non-Traditional Bride(s) <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Amanda Lehman-Faber said she was never "that girl" -- the girl who dreamed and imagined every little detail of her wedding day. Busted at the Seams In Detroit <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>"I have a commitment to humans. They come in all different shapes or sizes or whatever and if you want to wear a bra, who am I to say you can't wear a bra?" says Lee Padgett, owner of LGBT-friendly Busted Bra Shop. LGBT Friendly Dessert Bar to Open in Downtown Farmington <img src=' Creamery.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>LGBT-friendly dessert shop set to expand into downtown Farmington. Same-sex Wedding Expo Partners With Inclusive Vendors <img src=' 2 copy.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage in June 2015, some of the world's most valuable brands and businesses took over social media with marriage equality posts. Conversation Sparked Couple's Relationship, Communication Keeps It Strong <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Antonio Johnson-Seals used to say he never wanted to get married. In fact, even though he had to pursue his now-husband, Rev. Jeffrey Seals, before he would agree to go out with him, he still told him he wasn't interested in getting married.But once the couple fell in love, all that changed. Advising Same-Sex Clients After Obergefell Unmarried couples may ask, "Should we marry now that we can?" Married couples may inquire, "What difference does it make that Michigan now must recognize our marriage?" Presidential Debates Highlight the Need to Celebrate Inclusive Wedding Vendors <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>You've heard them countless times: The stories of bakers refusing to bake cakes for same-sex couples, photographers canceling a booking when they find out its for a gay couple you name it. Opponents of marriage equality often use a religious liberty argument to defend their bigoted refusals of service, but the fact is that no religion forbids anyone to bake a cake, make a floral arrangement or provide any other service in the public sphere. When the topic of gay cupcakes came up during a Republican Presidential Debate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (who is definitely not a moderate, despite his claims) briefly defended the right of LGBT people to be treated equally by companies that serve the public. However, he went on to urge same-sex couples to just go somewhere else if a vendor refuses to work with them. Couple's Marriage Proves That True Love Transcends Gender Identity <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Amy and Cindy Hunter of Kalamazoo have one of the greatest love stories of all time. The New Normal: Couple Rejoices Over Marriage Legalization <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Deb and Ann Cox met 25 years ago and have been a committed couple for almost as long. 'Gay Wedding Cakes': More Than Just a Dessert The "gay wedding cake" has practically become a symbol in the climb to same-sex marriage. Host with the Most to Emcee 2016 LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo If you're going to put on a really big show, you want an emcee who can pull it all together with style. See: Jason Bowen. New Book Documents Life Of First Gay Couple To Get Married In America A book published this year, "The Wedding Heard 'Round The World: America's First Gay Marriage," tells the story of Jack Baker and Michael McConnell, America's first legally married same-sex couple, who exchanged vows on Sept. 3, 1971 before a Methodist minister in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 2016 Michigan's Ultimate LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo Celebrates Marriage Equality <img src=' 28.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> Couple's Great Love Makes History, In More Ways Than One <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Ken Siver and Zack Ismail's eyes met across a crowded dance floor 18 years ago. And the rest, as they say, is history. The Fairy Godmother Of Weddings <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>PLYMOUTH - Fifteen models will walk down the Ultimate LGBT Wedding Anniversary Expo runway March 21 donning elegant dresses paired with creative hair and make up, all thanks to longtime vendor B. Ella Bridal. Planning, Catering And More: Inclusive Vendor Jeff Zak <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>PLYMOUTH - Jeff Zak has been in the food industry his whole life and spent many years working up the "food chain" before opening up his very own catering business called Jeff Zak Catering 16 years ago. You're Cordially Invited! <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Mazel tov! Two kindred gays have decided to make it official and get married (as married as they can get in the state of Michigan), and you've been invited to see their love's freak flag fly. Stir Your Senses <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Once again, vodka enthusiasts are invited to sample their old standbys or discover new favorites at the annual Vodka Vodka event on Jan. 21 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Detroit's sexiest vodka-tasting event includes an exciting hair and fashion element and the sweet musical stylings of DJ Godfather and DJ Chrome. Broadway Musical 'In the Heights' Comes to Royal Oak Stagecrafters proudly presents "In the Heights," from the creator of Broadway's hit musical, "Hamilton," Lin-Manuel Miranda. Drag Queen Bingo Moves to a New Square <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Five15 cafe on Washington Avenue, known for its entertaining and popular Drag Queen Bingo nights, is getting ready to move. The new location will be a vacant corner store attached to Pronto restaurant and operate under the restaurant's liquor license, according to The Daily Tribune. Paula Poundstone Offers Night of Healing Laughter at ROMT Royal Oak - Comedian and author Paula Poundstone said she wishes her new book, "Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness," was out now instead of on May 9. Royal Oak Schools Seek to Restore Non-Homestead Millage Rate Via Voter Approval ROYAL OAK - Royal Oak residents will decide this election whether to approve a small increase on the non-homestead property tax to bring the millage up to the approved 19 mills. Inn Season Cafe Celebrates 35th Birthday <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>ROYAL OAK -October is Vegetarian Awareness Month, the perfect time to take part in a month-long celebration at Royal Oak's renowned Inn Season Cafe. Marking 35 years, metro Detroit's longest-running vegetarian and vegan restaurant will offer a month of specials, giveaways and events for customers. Five Michiganders among Most Amazing HIV Positive People of 2016 Five Michiganders are among HIV Plus Magazine's "Most Amazing People Living with HIV in 2016." Among the honorees are Brian KillsCrow of the Grand Rapids area, Patricia Clark of the Kalamazoo area, Bre' Ann Campbell and Ari Hampton of the Detroit area and Todd Heywood of the Lansing area. Viewpoint: Does a Year Make a Difference? As we celebrate this year's same-sex marriage expo, never have the words, "what a difference a year makes!" rung so true. But we still must remain vigilant. Stagecrafters Takes Audience Through Sensitive Subject <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>"The purpose of drama is to project ourselves into everything we fear and everything we resist and everything we are revolted by," says "How I Learned to Drive" author Paula Vogel. Her Pulitzer-winning drama not only makes the audience feel slightly uncomfortable but allows them to question familial impact, and reflect on the process of healing and survival. The play is presented in Stagecrafters' black-box studio theatre, 2nd Stage through Feb. 21 at the Baldwin Theatre in downtown Royal Oak. The Winter of our Discontent <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Now, or Preferably Sooner <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Justice's New Look <img src='' style='width:250px'