PrideSource - front Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 20 Feb 2017 19:20 EST 20 Feb 2017 19:20 EST Equality Michigan's New Strategy is Bold Risk in This Political Season <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In a politically unfriendly environment for LGBTQ citizens, Equality Michigan says the one-size-fits-all approach will not be effective in helping achieve full equality. Funding Steady at Equality Michigan <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Despite lots of changes in personnel and management, especially at the executive director position, an analysis of the financial reports for Equality Michigan from 2013 through 2015 show that the organization has enjoyed fairly steady funding, and going forward it should continue to garner enough funding to continue operations at least at its current level of activity for two to three years. Ruth Ellis Center Builds Diverse and Inclusive Board A strong non-profit organization recognizes that a diverse and inclusive board is essential to its success. It's with that in mind the Ruth Ellis Center in Highland Park added five new board members in January - Gary Astrein, Laura Champagne, Sabin Blake, James Coleman, and Jerrell Harris - to join four others who were appointed towards the end of 2016 - Jim Luckey, Roland Leggett, Asad Muhammad, and Sabrina Gujral. New EQMI Board Chair Talks Strategy Equality Michigan will continue the political charge for LGBTQ rights in the state of Michigan with Jim Murray as the new chairman of the EQMI board. Raucus LGBT Caucus at MDP <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - The LGBT Allies Caucus gathering at the bi-annual Michigan Democratic Party Convention is usually a fairly uneventful, lightly attended affair. But at the Feb. 11 MDP state convention about 200 people crammed into a standing-room only space, and for the first time in anyone's memory the proposed leadership slate was challenged in sometimes contentious voting. Campus Chat: Local LGBT University Student Reacts to Trump Presidency <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The conversations had within the LGBT community following one of the most polarizing elections in U.S. history revolve around uncertainty about how the next four years will play out. Local Transgender Teen Published in National Geographic Magazine <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>When Hunter Keith was finally able to skateboard in the neighborhood skate park with his shirt off for the first time, he said it was "freeing." Keith of Farmington Hills was 10 days postoperative female-to-male chest reconstruction surgery - also known as "top surgery" - in the summer of 2016 when he said, "It hit me. I could do that now. I was always watching videos of guys skating with no shirts on. Now I can do it." Affirmations Welcomes New Volunteer <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>FERNDALE - Affirmations has been incredibly fortunate to receive the support of volunteers since their founding in 1989. Volunteers work throughout the community center performing a variety of tasks. In a brief QA, Affirmations' volunteer Jeffrey Oliver talks about his deep commitment to volunteering. Holistic Health Fair to Look at the Needs of Youth of Color Ages 13-29 DETROIT - The Horizons Project will present a holistic health conference for youth of color ages 13-29 on Feb. 25. The fair, "Healthy Me, Stigma Free," aims to pair youth up with the health services they may need at the University of Michigan Center, 3663 Woodward in Detroit. National LGBT Radio Program Finds Home at MSU <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>If you ask Marc Sophos what his favorite episode of OutCasting is, he'll have trouble picking just one. "There are a couple," Sophos said, OutCasting's executive producer. HOPE Fund Provides New Grant to Equality Michigan Equality Michigan is proud to announce the award of a new grant from the HOPE Fund of the Community Foundation of southeast Michigan to invest in the diversity and strength of the movement for LGBT equality in the state. Detroit LGBT Chamber Mature Business Academy Enrollment Opens Jackson Passes Non-discrimination Ordinance <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>After nearly five hours of public testimony Tuesday night, the Jackson City Council voted 5-2 in favor of adopting a new non-discrimination ordinance, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination Roster Climbs to Nearly 200 in 43 States In advance of Friday's inauguration, 175 mayors across the country announced "Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination," a broad-based, nonpartisan coalition comprised of local officials who support equal protections and fair treatment of all LGBT people. Help Restore Freedom House Detroit Funding DETROIT - As the nation reels from President Trump's recent immigration ban, a decades-old Detroit organization providing critical services to refugees risks closing its doors after the loss of funding from the federal government. City of Jackson Approves Non-discrimination Ordinance 5-2 <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Jackson City Council voted Tuesday night to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of housing, employment, and public accommodations. Charges Filed in Murder of 69-year-old Holt Man Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wrigglesworth announced that charges have been filed against Thomas Wayne Densmore Jr. of Holt in the murder of David Fluke, 69. Help Restore Freedom House Detroit Funding <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>As the nation reels from President Trump's recent immigration ban, a decades-old Detroit organization providing critical services to refugees risks closing its doors after the loss of funding from the federal government. Motor City Pride Spins Off From EQMI <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Motor City Pride is going it alone. After operating for the past 15 years under the auspices of first the Triangle Foundation and then its successor organization, Equality Michigan, MCP is now its own organization, complete with its own board of directors, budget and committees. LGBT Detroit Appoints new HTJ Project Coordinator <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>At their regular monthly planning meeting, on Jan. 25, LGBT Detroit Executive Director Curtis Lipscomb introduced Charlie Dickerson as the new project coordinator for Hotter Than July. EXCLUSIVE: Susan Sarandon on 'Up For Grabs' Sexuality, Ryan Murphy's 'Feud' & Her Response to Those Who 'Blame Me' For the Election <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Free from "Feud" and any canned-answer pretense, Sarandon refreshingly freewheeled through revelatory discussions about her "up for grabs" sexual orientation, the gay actor she once romanced, and her impassioned response to critics ("to blame me is not productive") who challenge her political convictions. The Frivolist: 6 Reasons the LGBT Community Needs to Stop Being A-Holes to One Another If you're gay - a gay man, specifically (because that's all the experience I have) - you know how catty we can be to one another. Going the Distance: Vanessa Carlton Wants to Remind You (and President Trump) That She's a 'Proud Bisexual' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Vanessa Carlton can't say she's "good," even though, initially, she does. The singer-songwriter is going through the motions, as you do, replying to the usual "How are you?" greeting, and she knows it. So, she backpedals: "Actually, I'm not great." Despite a healthy daughter and dog, and the fact that she can confirm her husband was "alive" on a plane at the time of our interview, Carlton is, like any anti-Trumpist, on edge. Q&A: Rachel Griffiths Talks Portraying a Lesbian HIV-Care Nurse in 'When We Rise' & Breaking the Mold with 'Six Feet Under' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Now, Griffiths is taking her longtime queer advocacy to the next level with "When We Rise," Dustin Lance Black's moving and timely portrayal of the progressive post-Stonewall movement. The seven-part miniseries seeks to connect with the heart - not the politics - of Americans through real family stories, something Griffiths' gay-affirming resume certainly reflects. Making America Hopeful Again: Dustin Lance Black Talks 'When We Rise,' the Power of Collective Protesting & Why He 'Calls Bulls***' on Trans-Evading Hollywood <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>During this intimate conversation with Black, the filmmaker gets candid about the beginning of his activism at age 7, the importance of "we" in any resistance movement, and how sharing a story is the first step in changing a mind. The Dirty Show Pays Homage to Gay Leather Bars of the '70s The leather scene once occupied a very visible part of gay culture, which has been missing from the Dirty Show. In an effort to celebrate leathery goodness and include more gay attributes to the venerable Motor City alt-art event, the Dirty Show invites the leather community to the new Daddyhole, a leather bar to open for four nights only. Heritage Foundation Panelists Criticize Pro-trans Bathroom Policies <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Members of a Heritage Foundation panel on Thursday sharply criticized efforts to allow transgender people to use bathrooms and other facilities based on their gender identity.Ryan Anderson, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, moderated the panel that was titled, "Biology Isn't Bigotry: Why Sex Matters in the Age of Gender Identity.""As gender identity ordinances and bathroom battles sweep the nation, ordinary Americans have had to confront the question of whether their long-standing beliefs about the sexes are based on biology or bigotry," reads a description of the panel the Heritage Foundation posted on its website. Washington State Supreme Court Rules Flower Shop Discriminated Against Gay Couple <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>"Religious freedom is a fundamental part of America. But religious beliefs do not give any of us a right to ignore the law or to harm others because of who they are. When people experience acts of discrimination, they feel that they are not full and equal members of our society, and we're delighted that the Washington Supreme Court has recognized this," said Elizabeth Gill, staff attorney with the ACLU's LGBT Project. Resistance to Trump Finds Plenty of LGBT Help <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>If poll numbers are any indication, the demonstrations are working and likely won't let up soon. A Gallup poll released on Sunday found just 40 percent of Americans approve of Trump compared to 55 percent who disapprove of him. That low popularity is atypical for a new president. Last week, a Public Policy Polling poll found Americans are now evenly split 47-47 on support for impeaching Trump and support for removing him from office continues. Bill Maher Defends Booking Milo Yiannopoulos for 'Real Time' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Bill Maher is defending his decision to book controversial Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos as a guest on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" on Friday.Journalist Jeremy Scahill, who founded The Intercept, was scheduled as one of the guests for the show on Friday but pulled out because of Yiannopoulos' appearance. In a statement posted on Twitter, Scahill explained having Yiannopoulos on the show is "many bridges too far." In Emotional Speech, Streep Renews Harsh Criticism of Trump NEW YORK (AP) - In an emotional speech by turns tearful, defiant and humorous, Meryl Streep doubled down on her harsh criticism of President Donald Trump, and spoke of having become a target since she first took him on in her Golden Globes speech in January. DNC Chair Hopeful Wants to Lead Party to Victory in Heartland The mayor of a small city in Indiana has emerged from the pack of candidates seeking to become Democratic National Committee chair with a promise to make the party viable in America's heartland, following the party's 2016 election losses. Price Confirmation to HHS Dismays LGBT Advocates <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Advocacy groups concerned with LGBT health have raised the alarm about repealing the Obama-era law. The Affordable Care Act contains a provision barring discrimination on the basis of sex, which the Obama administration interpreted to bar discrimination in health care on the basis of sex stereotyping and transgender status. The law also expanded Medicaid, which is the primary source of care for people living with HIV/AIDS. DOJ Nixes Request to Halt Order Against Trans Student Protections On the day after Jeff Sessions was sworn in as U.S. attorney general, the U.S. Justice Department has withdrawn its request to halt partially an order against Obama administration guidance protecting transgender students from school discrimination and assuring them to the restroom consistent with their gender identity. Criticized for Anti-LGBT, Racist Views, Sessions Confirmed as AG <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Texas 'Bathroom Bill' May Pose Big Test for Sports Leagues AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas knows how to throw a party, and for the Super Bowl in Houston, a new 29-story luxury hotel with a rooftop pool shaped like a meandering "lazy river" is the kind of glitzy welcome mat that keeps big events coming back. But that status may soon be put to the test. Trump Vows to Repeal Political Limits on Churches WASHINGTON (AP) - Declaring that religious freedom is "under threat," President Donald Trump vowed Feb. 2 to repeal a rarely enforced IRS rule that says pastors who endorse candidates from the pulpit risk losing their tax-exempt status. DeVos Confirmed Despite Concerns Over Anti-LGBT Donations <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Despite efforts from Senate Democrats and LGBT advocates to block the confirmation of Betsy Devos as education secretary, the U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed on Tuesday President Trump's pick to the head the Department of Education with no margin for dissent. Pence Dodges on Anti-LGBT 'Religious Freedom' Executive Order <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday began an exchange on ABC's "This Week" with an effort to affirm support for LGBT people, but subsequently dodged on whether he thinks a religious freedom executive order is needed that could undermine LGBT rights.Pence said the Trump administration would reject discrimination under questioning from George Stephanopoulos about a White House statement affirming the president would leave intact an Obama-era executive order barring federal contractors from engaging in anti-LGBT workplace bias. Ryan Cites Obama's LGBT Refugee Priority to Justify Trump Policy <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) justified the portion of President Trump's refugee policy that institutes a priority for religious minorities by asserting the Obama administration prioritized refugees facing anti-LGBT persecution -- an assertion one LGBT advocate says is totally wrong.Ryan made the comments Thursday during his weekly news briefing when defending Trump's controversial executive order, which has been criticized as a Muslim ban because it prohibits people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Pro-LGBT Adviser Already Axed from Trump's White House <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Anthony Scaramucci, an investment firm founder who supported Trump during the presidential campaign, was tapped to take on the outreach role at the Office of Public Engagement &amp; Intergovernmental Affairs. Initially, the role was reported as being similar to that of Valerie Jarrett, who handled LGBT issues for the Obama administration, although Scaramucci said the role would be different. Plan for Trump State Visit Sparks Increased Opposition GLAAD: Films Dip, Comic Books Up in Award-worthy Gay Content Stuart Timmons, Author and LGBT Historian, Dies at 60 Lawmakers Won't Publicly Commit to 'Bathroom Bill' Repeal RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -North Carolina's governor insists there are enough votes to kill the state's "bathroom bill." But a survey by The Associated Press and eight North Carolina newspapers shows less than a third of lawmakers are willing to publicly commit to that stance. Rights Groups Want Halt to Utah School Laws Involving Gays SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A pair of gay rights advocacy groups said Jan. 26 a judge should halt Utah state laws that discriminate against LGBT students by restricting talk about homosexuality in schools. Conservatives Feel Happy About Trump's Supreme Court Options WASHINGTON (AP) -Conservatives' wishes for the next Supreme Court justice boil down to a few words: no more Souters. Gayborhood racism is long-standing, Philadelphia report says PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Women, minorities and transgender people have felt unwelcome and unsafe in Philadelphia's gay neighborhood for decades, according to a city report issued Monday. Hackers target chair of California Legislature's LGBT caucus SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -Hackers have targeted the California Legislature's LGBT caucus chairman by interfering with his campaign website. Idaho Tax Bill Advances Despite Gay Marriage Objections BOISE, Idaho (AP) -The Idaho House Revenue and Taxation Committee voted Jan. 24 to bring the state's tax code in line with federal rules, despite facing objections from two lawmakers who argued the state should not be recognizing same-sex marriages. Trump's Supreme Court Pick Would Leave All of Us Vulnerable One of the primary purposes of the U.S. Constitution is to establish justice. It's right there in the opening words: "We the people, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice..." Parting Glances: A Drag In Time In the sixty-some years I've been out, I've seen more female impersonators than you can shake a rhinestone tiara at. Some great. Some talented. Some gone bonkers. Some now gone bingo. Creep of the Week: Peter LaBarbera Hair is a very charged and political thing. It has been since, well, forever. For example, a colleague of mine once called the mullet "the hair cut of the oppressed," pointing out that it was a style most commonly worn by Native Americans, lesbians, and lower socioeconomic whites. It helped me to understand why mullets are so easily ridiculed and the joke suddenly became much less funny. Viewpoint: Rebuilding A Life In One's True Gender In the spring of 1949, a doctor examined a newborn baby and proclaimed "it's a boy". That simple statement defined the games and toys I ought to play with, the friends I ought to have, the way I ought to talk, dress, walk, the jobs I ought to have and who I ought to marry. Viewpoint: The Next Four Years It has only been 10 days as I write this, but from the scrubbing of LGBT issues from the White House website to nominated cabinet members with a clear record of antipathy towards LGBT rights, the Trump Administration has now taken hold. There are numerous laws, public policy issues and policy players to be concerned about over the next four years. They include: Women's March Unleashes Unstoppable Movement <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>It was amazing, unexpected in size, thrilling and inspiring. Susan and I dragged ourselves out of bed at 4:30 a.m. Friday - Inauguration Day - to catch a bus for the Women's March on Washington. Royal Oak Market: Spring Art Fair Guns & Hoses Hockey Game to Benefit Local Woman Battling Cancer Royal Oak police and firefighters are raising funds and getting ready to face off in a benefit Guns Hoses hockey game to help a longtime Clawson volunteer battling cancer: ROMT Welcomes Christoper Titus Christopher Titus' new show, according to his URL website http:www.christophertitus.comtour, takes the audience on a wild ride through his personal life, and proves why he isn't qualified to be a father, and why childless couples win. Royal Oak Baker Earns Top Spot In Public Online Vote <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Owner of the Love and Buttercream bakery in Royal Oak, Brooke Wilson Vitale, is "creative, thoughtful, has an incredible business sense and is precisely the kind of young leader we want to keep in Oakland County," said Oakland County executive L. Brooks Patterson during his State of the County address on Feb. 8, according to a Feb. 9 Patch report by Mera McKenna. 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. Lowering the Bar <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Sookie Spice <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Loathing the Clothing <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>