PrideSource - front http://www.pridesource.com Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 23 Nov 2014 10:23 EST 23 Nov 2014 10:23 EST webmaster@pridesource.com webmaster@pridesource.com pridesource.com http://www.pridesource.com/img/logo.gif http://pridesource.com The Ultimate Guide To Gay Gift Giving http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69039 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2247/Gifts-cover.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>What do you get a gay who has everything? Take your pick from these ideas, perfect for LGBT foodies, techies, explorers and more. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69039 Screen Queen: The Gift Guide http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69040 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69040 Pay It Forward This Holiday Season http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69068 MICHIGAN - Though the holiday season is usually associated with hot chocolate, Santa and other festivities, many families in metro Detroit are unable to celebrate because of overwhelming medical bills, damages from the summer floods and job losses. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69068 Michigan-Made Gifts For The Holidays http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=63321 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2147/S1G2_BIKES_2147.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>With Black Friday and Cyber Monday approaching, nationwide retailers are dominating the shopping scene. But Michigan offers a variety of stellar gift options for every demographic imaginable http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=63321 Hear Me Out ... For The Holidays http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=63510 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2149/S2_HMO_2149-1.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=63510 Screen Queen: The Gift Guide http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=63760 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2151/S2_SQ_2151_Main.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=63760 Mikey Rox's Ultimate Guide To Gay Gift Giving http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=63322 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2147/S1G_3dPrinter_2147.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>What do you get a gay who has everything? Take your pick from these ideas, perfect for LGBT homebodies, adventurers, activists and more. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=63322 Honoring The Death Of Trans Sisters And Brothers http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69098 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2247/S1M6_TDoR_2248.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>On Nov. 28, 1998, transgender woman of color Rita Hester was murdered in Allston, Massachusetts. Sixteen years later the LGBT community continues to internationally honor Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) and memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69098 Trans In Michigan? The ACLU Wants To Hear From You http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68958 MICHIGAN - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan is seeking support for its advocacy in changing State policy regarding gender markers on State IDs. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68958 Schuette Wants State's 300 Same-Sex Marriages Voided http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69063 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2247/S1M2_Caspar_DeJongVSnyder_Clients-1.JPG' style='width:250px'><br/>LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a supplemental brief Nov. 14 in the Caspar v Snyder case, claiming that the Nov. 6 decision by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals renders the roughly 300 same-sex marriages performed in March of this year void. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69063 Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Expansion Precarious http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69064 LANSING -- The lame-duck machinations to amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) continue with two clear sides firming up in the fight. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69064 Renowned Gay Writers To Visit Ann Arbor http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69065 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2247/S1M4_FelicePicanoMain.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In 1980 and 1981, seven gay writers met in New York. They were as much a support group as a writing "school." They were attempting to write serious fiction, but no one was taking them seriously. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69065 New MI Group Aims To Pass Fully Inclusive Civil Rights Amendment http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69066 MICHIGAN - A broad, bipartisan coalition of organizations, businesses, lawmakers, grassroots activists, members of the LGBT community and concerned residents from across the state have joined together to launch a new statewide grassroots campaign with one clear goal. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69066 Facebook Community Reacts To 6th Circuit Ruling http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69067 The 6th Circuit ruling on Nov. 6 left Michigan LGBT and allied residents in a state of shock. With emotions ranging from despair to rage, same-sex marriage proponents took to BTL's Facebook to voice their opinions. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69067 Pay It Forward This Holiday Season http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69068 MICHIGAN - Though the holiday season is usually associated with hot chocolate, Santa and other festivities, many families in metro Detroit are unable to celebrate because of overwhelming medical bills, damages from the summer floods and job losses. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69068 Federal Court Rules 2011 Law Prohibiting Domestic Partner Benefits Unconstitutional http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68982 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2246/S1M_SNYDER_2223.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>A law signed in December 2011 to prohibit local units of government from providing health benefits for unmarried partners has been struck down by a federal court because it "unlawfully discriminates against same-sex couples." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68982 States In 6th Circuit Request SCOTUS Review http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68988 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2246/S1M2_6thCircuitPetitions_2247.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Petitions to The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) have been filed in all four states in the 6th Circuit, which recently issued its ruling on marriage equality for the Midwest states. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68988 AT&T National 'Will Only Support Fully Inclusive Bill' On Civil Rights http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68987 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68987 Michigan GOP Pushes Non-Inclusive Elliott-Larsen Amendment http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68980 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2246/GOPPushes.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Republicans in the state House announced Wednesday they would be pushing a non-inclusive amendment to Elliott-Larsen and legislation aimed at protecting religious freedom. Rep. Frank Foster (R-Petosky) will introduce legislation to amend the state's civil rights act to include sexual orientation, but not gender identity. House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) will introduce legislation to protect "religious freedom." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68980 Upcoming Community Michigan LGBT Marriage Conversations http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68985 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2246/S1M10_M4M_2247.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In the next few weeks, Michigan For Marriage will host two community conversations to talk about the current state of the DeBoer v Snyder trial as well as what we can expect for the upcoming months. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68985 Statewide Campaign For Gender Inclusive Civil Rights Amendment http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68977 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2246/S1M10_DroppingTheCall_2247.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> Community and LGBT organizations from across the state have come together to create a new campaign aimed at holding legislators accountable for passage of an all inclusive bill to amend the state's civil-rights amendment. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68977 The Long Shot Move To Pass Inclusive Civil Rights Amendment http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68889 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2245/S1M3_ElliottLarsenHaywood_2246.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"The latest indication is that they do not want to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity," Greimel said in a phone interview. He said he also believed the Republicans would include a broad religious exemption which would effectively gut the bill. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68889 Jeremy Moss: Next State House Rep. District 35 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68881 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2245/S1M4_MossElect2014_2246.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Jeremy Moss won a seat to serve in the Michigan State House for the 35th District Nov. 4, a district that includes Southfield. He joins Jon Hoadley of Kalamazoo as one of two openly gay candidates elected into state office. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68881 People Of Faith Invited To Community Conversation http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68957 Michigan Roundtable for Diversity Inclusion and the ACLU of Michigan will present a community conversation on the proposed amendment to the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights bill this month. The amendment aims to add protections in work, housing, etc. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68957 Obituary: Ernest B. Gutierrez 'Tito' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68954 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2246/OBIT_Gutierrez.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Tito Gutierrez, former Affirmations supporter and board member, died peacefully at his home in Arlington, Virginia of lymphoma on Nov. 3. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68954 Michigan's Marriage Ban Draws Strong Reaction http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68883 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2245/CoupleNessel123Web.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Adding months, perhaps years, for same-sex couples to receive recognition from the state of Michigan for their marriages, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals late Thursday afternoon ruled that Michigan's ban on same-sex marriages was legal. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68883 Jon Hoadley: Next State House Rep. District 60 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68790 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2244/S1M3HoadleyEdieTrent_2246.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Running in a seat that largely swings Democratic, candidate Jon Hoadley and CEO of Badlands Strategies, LLC, celebrated a victory on Nov. 4th as the next state elected official in the 60th District. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68790 Q&A: Wanda Sykes On Ruth Ellis, 'Pootie Tang' & The Republican Takeover http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68990 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2246/wandasykes.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Wanda Sykes isn't letting the recent Republican takeover get her down. In fact, considering all the funny fodder it will undoubtedly inspire over the next couple of years, she's all right with the right. "It's bad for the middle class and the poor," the comic says, "but it's great for comedy!" http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68990 Divine Intervention: Bette Midler Talks Early Gay Support, 'Diva' Degradation & Twerking ('Girls, Please!') http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68984 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2246/BetteWeb.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> Before the whole world knew her as "The Divine Miss M," Bette Milder was ours. In the early '70s, bawdy, belt-y Bette was performing for the NYC bathhouse boys, and don't think she's forgotten it, either. "I mean, if I had a nickel for everybody that said they saw me at the baths," says Midler in our recent interview, "I would be Joe Billionaire by now!" http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68984 A Prodigy Returns http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68897 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2246/S2_Anton_2246.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Anton Nel, the internationally acclaimed piano virtuoso and former head of the piano department at the University of Michigan, returns to Ann Arbor this weekend to perform the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Ann Arbor Symphony. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68897 Q&A: Andy Cohen On His (Almost) Tell-All Book, 'Nasty' Names Gays Call Him http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68885 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2245/andyweb.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> Andy Cohen isn't used to sitting in the hot seat. As host of Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live," and also executive producer of "The Real Housewives," Cohen spends his nights schmoozing with the likes of Oprah, Lady Gaga and Neil Patrick Harris. But today, ahead of his appearance at the 63rd Jewish Book Fair at 2 p.m. on Nov. 16, he's talking about himself and his new memoir, "The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68885 Q&A: Rising Pop Queen Kiesza On Her Big Gay Following: 'They Supported Me First' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68888 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2245/Kiesza1web.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Even before making the streets of New York City her own private dance floor for "Hideaway," Kiesza was courting the queers. The lead single off the 25-year-old's major-label debut, "Sound of a Woman," has certainly boosted her appeal within the community - who could resist the sports bra and suspenders look? - but the gays and this former sniper-in-training for the Canadian Army actually go way back. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68888 Q&A: Melissa Etheridge On Letting Go, Moving On & The Song 'I Didn't Wanna Do' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68784 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2244/melweb.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> It's been more than 20 years since Melissa Etheridge, after declaring herself a lesbian at an inaugural ball for President Clinton, came out on record. Released in 1993, the artist's benchmark album, "Yes I Am" would signify a giant leap forward for the LGBT community - and, also, Etheridge's career. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68784 Study Suggests Genetic Link For Male Homosexuality http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69070 CHICAGO (AP) -- A large study of gay brothers adds to evidence that genes influence men's chances of being homosexual, but the results aren't strong enough to prove it. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69070 Shelter in Kansas City Won't House Gay Couples http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69071 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The City Union Mission in Kansas City says it will not allow legally married same-sex couples who are homeless to stay at the shelter. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69071 Gay Marriage Issue Now Linked To Ohio Senator http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69072 LEBANON, Ohio (AP) -- For better or for worse, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman's political future has become tied to same-sex marriage. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69072 Another Top Ohio Republican Speaks On Gay Marriage http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69073 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Republican justice on the Ohio Supreme Court says the legal obstacles facing his lesbian daughter, her partner and their two children have made him view the state's protections for same-sex couples and their families as inadequate. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69073 Pope Reinforces Traditional Family Values http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69074 VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis said Monday that children have the right to grow up with a mother and a father, emphasizing traditional family values as he opened an interreligious conference on the "complementarity" of men and women in marriage. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69074 Election 2014: LGBT Candidates Make Some History Across U.S. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68787 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2246/S1N1_NationalLGBTMaura_Healey_insert_courtesy_Healey_Campaign.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68787 Republican Sweep Captures Senate And Some Pro-Gay Governors http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68786 Republican candidates won enough U.S. Senate seats Tuesday night to take over the majority in both chambers of Congress, but in an even more stunning victory, Republicans took over the governor's offices in three strongly Democratic states - Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts. The results in the U.S. Senate stall any chance for advancing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act for at least two years, maybe more. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68786 LGBT Veterans Still Denied Equal Federal Benefits http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68886 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2245/S1N10_VeteransDay_2246.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>On the eve of Veterans Day, the American Military Partner Association, called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to immediately begin granting full and equal benefits to legally married LGBT veterans and their spouses. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68886 GLSEN Releases New National School Climate Survey On America's Middle And High Schools http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68863 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2245/S1N_chool Climate Survey Full Report-1.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Benchmark Survey Reveals Some Improvements in Climate; Schools Nationwide Remain Hostile Environments for LGBT Youth http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68863 NCAVP 2013 Intimate Partner Violence Report http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68862 NATIONAL - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs released their 2013 report on intimate partner violence (IPV) and it shows a continuing increase in IPV towards LGBT people. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68862 Transgender Michigan Teen Shares Story On National Stage http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68783 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2244/tbt-600.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>People magazine recently featured the story of Michigan teen, Leo Sheng, who is publicly sharing his story of transition by using social media. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68783 CEO Of Apple Tim Cook: 'I'm Proud To Be Gay' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68777 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2242/TimCook.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In an op-ed In BloombergBusinessweek Thursday morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed rumors of his sexual orientation by announcing, "I'm proud to be gay." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68777 Guide To Elections Across the U.S. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68761 This year's election night is likely to be an important one for the LGBT history books: voters in Massachusetts are expected to elect the nation's first-ever openly gay state attorney general, and voters in Maine could very well elect the nation's first-ever openly gay governor. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68761 5th Circuit Court Sets Date To Hear SSM Cases http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68678 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1N10_5thCircuitSSMDateSet_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled oral arguments for same-sex marriages cases, Monday, for rulings from Texas and Louisiana. The hearings are set for the week of Jan. 5, 2015. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68678 Federal Gov. To Recognize Same-Sex Married Couples In Six More States http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68676 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1N10_HolderFedGovSSMRights.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In the latest development following the Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to decline to hear any pending cases regarding same-sex marriage, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Oct. 25 that the federal government will now recognize same-sex married couples in six new states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming, stretching the number of states where same-sex marriages are federally recognized to 32 and the District of Columbia. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68676 Hook-Up Related Homicide In Pennsylvania http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68677 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1N10_MSMHookUpHomicidePenn_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has recently learned of the hook-up related homicide of a man from Norristown, Pennsylvania. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68677 Bishops Scrap Welcome To Gays In Sign Of Split http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68651 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1N1_Catholic-bishops.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>VATICAN CITY (AP) - Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68651 Federal Judge Strikes Down Arizona Same-Sex Marriage Ban http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68565 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2242/S1N1_ArizonaFedJudgeLiftBan_2243.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>A federal judge has cleared the way for legally recognized gay marriages in Arizona by ruling that the state's ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional. The ruling Friday (Oct. 17) by U.S. District Judge John Sedwick bars state officials from enforcing a 1996 state law and a 2008 voter-approved constitutional amendment that outlawed gay marriage. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68565 October Surprise At The Supreme Court http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68545 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2242/OctoberSurprise.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>If state bans against same-sex marriages were a table, the striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act last year was like the loss of a leg. The announcement last week that the U.S. Supreme Court would not hear appeals to keep such bans on the books was like the loss of a second leg. The table has fallen. All that is left is for the Supreme Court to remove the final two legs - by declaring that such bans are unconstitutional and by ensuring that its declaration does not provide a way for any individual state to continue its ban. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68545 Alaska Will Issue Marriage Licenses To Gay Couples http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68542 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2242/S1N3_Alaska-plaintiffs-Hamby-450x304.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska will begin accepting marriage applications from same-sex couples Monday after a federal judge struck down the state's ban on gay marriage - one of the first such prohibitions approved by voters in the U.S. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68542 Home Field Advantage http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69089 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2247/S3_CA_2247.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69089 An Apple for Adam & Steve http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69003 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2247/S3_PUZ_2247-puz.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69003 Nyaa nyaaa http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68989 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2246/S1OCA_EditorialCartoon_2247.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68989 Una bella notte at MOT http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69006 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2247/CC1_2247.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69006 It All Starts With This Hat http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69007 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2247/S2_CCO1_2247.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69007 Comedy Explores The Broad Meaning Of Feminism http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69008 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2247/S2_CCO2_2247.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Matrix Theatre has invested in some magnificently comfortable seating. Although the company has gone with chairs rather than conventional theater seats (thus preserving the potential flexibility of the venue), they are wide and generously upholstered. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69008 The Real & Imagined Worlds Of Neil Simon http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69009 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2247/S2_CCO3_2247.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>My late aunt Joyce, who'd raised four active kids and came from a family of - I'll admit it - control freaks, once joked that she wished she could put everyone on puppet strings that she controlled. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69009 A Chekhov In The Win Column For The Ringwald http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69010 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2247/S2_CCO4_2247.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"Stupid Fucking Bird" is a play by Aaron Posner. Wait. Does that mean this vulgar title is attached to a work by the author of the beautifully crafted "My Name is Asher Lev"? In a word, yes, which goes to show first impressions shouldn't be lasting ones. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69010 Better Dry Plains Than Die Plain http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69011 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2247/S2_CCO5_2247.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Once upon a time, on an arid stretch of the American West, there was a girl who wasn't married. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69011 Traveling Exhibit Shares Transgender Stories http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69017 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2247/S2_BHAM_2247.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>A museum-quality traveling exhibit on transgender experiences dubbed "Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People" has found a temporary home at Congregational Church of Birmingham this month. Through first-person accounts, interviews and positive images, the stories and pictures of transgender people are shared to challenge damaging myths and stereotypes. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69017 Schauer Says LGBTs Valued, Needed In His Administration http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67856 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2236/S1M_Schauer_2236.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and running mate Lisa Brown sat down with BTL publishers Jan Stevenson and Susan Horowitz prior to the Michigan Democratic Convention for a wide-ranging conversation about their campaign, what a SchauerBrown administration would be like for the LGBT community and who would be included. They addressed LGBT civil rights, health issues, senior care, marriage equality and how both of them have come to be such vocal allies of the LGBT community. Here is a recap of Schauer's words on these concerns. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67856 Mark Totten Seeks Attorney General Seat, Speaks Out On Schuette http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68535 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2242/S1M2_MarkTotten_2242.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>For Democrat Mark Totten, 40, his bid to replace Republican Bill Schuette, 60, as Michigan's Attorney General is a mission. "I think Michigan families need an Attorney General who is going to keep them safe and not let politics get in the way," Totten told Between The Lines in a phone interview Oct. 8. He says Schuette, who is seeking re-election to be the people's lawyer, has failed on the core missions of the office - fighting consumer fraud, protecting the environment, assuring transparency in government and respecting the federal Constitution and equal protection for all. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68535 BTL 2014 Michigan Voter Guide http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68644 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M6_MIVoterGuide_2433.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>MICHIGAN - Between The Lines has created a Voter Guide available both in print and online, filled with detailed spreadsheets that will show Michigan voters which major endorsements each candidate has received up and down the ticket. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68644 New Businesses Keep Birmingham Booming http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68593 A variety of new businesses have popped up in Birmingham over the last few months, keeping the hip and upscale city thriving as various other institutions have closed up shop. One such "newbie" to the downtown Birmingham scene is DROUGHT, located at 555 S. Old Woodward. The shop offers raw juice made from 100-percent organic fruits and vegetables. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68593 The Good, The Bad And The Ugly For LGBT Michigan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67346 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2231/PrimaryResults.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>With the polls closed, and the votes counted, Michigan's general election ballot is a mishmash of the good, the bad and the truly ugly for November. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67346 The End Of An Era At Robert Kidd Gallery http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67255 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2231/S2_BirminghamCoolCitiesPhoto.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The renowned Robert Kidd Gallery will close its doors this summer. The Birmingham institution, founded by Ray Frost Fleming and Robert Louis Kidd, established "a vibrant institution that has long been a distinguished leader in the world of contemporary art." According to Benjamin Kiehl, director of the gallery for nearly a decade, the gallery's closing comes at the decision of the administrators of the Ray Fleming estate. "Fleming has been dead for two-and-a-half years," Kiehl notes. "The gallery closing is how the asset settled in his trust. He had no children, and the asset needed to be dealt with, and as a result, the business is closing." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67255 Woodward Wildflowers http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66391 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2223/S2_RO_2223.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>A thousand sunflowers will be planted on Woodward Avenue this summer in the park district between Six and Eight Mile Roads as part of the "Sunflowers on Woodward" project. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66391 The Untold Story Of Elaine Stritch: The Rock Hudson 'Affair,' A Family Confession & 'Golden Girls' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65232 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2212/Elaine1.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>A vase of lilies sits amidst medical paraphernalia used to keep Elaine Stritch's diabetes in check. Her caretaker has just arranged the flowers and set them in the middle of the kitchen table - flowers I brought her as a token of gratitude for inviting me into her Birmingham, Mich., home, and because it's almost Valentine's Day - and Stritch can see them just fine even without her oversized specs. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65232 State Rep. Zemke Introduces Bill To Prohibit Conversion Therapy In Michigan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67200 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2229/Zemke_2229.jpg' 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 http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/billintroduced/House/pdf/2014-HIB-5703.pdf} &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 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=56028}, {URL New Jersey http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=61797} and New York and {URL have been upheld by federal courts. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=63140} http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67200 All Or Nothing When It Comes To Civil Rights http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69085 Last week, a Republican-sponsored bill was introduced that would amend our state's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination against some members of the LGBT community. The proposed bill covers sexual orientation -- but leaves out gender identity and expression. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69085 Ask Lambda Legal: Veteran's Marriage Benefits http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69083 Having weathered the federal government's past, longstanding discrimination against them, lesbian and gay veterans should not be deprived of equal rights and earned benefits by the government they served and the nation for which they sacrificed. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69083 BTL EDITORIAL: Bolger And Murray On The Wrong Side Of History http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69084 Now Bolger and his allies in the GOP controlled House would like you to think opposition to the sexual orientation only Elliott-Larsen - the so-called "two word solution" - is because of bullying from the left. That's not the case. The fact is, without gender identity and expression covered in Michigan's Elliott-Larsen the entire LGBT community loses. And it is our trans brothers and sisters who will suffer the most with a "two word solution." That exclusion will kill people and cause irreparable harm. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69084 An Open Letter to Married People Who Oppose Marriage Equality http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69086 To Those Who Have Concerned Themselves with Other People's Right to Marry: I'm a fairly reasonable person. In fact, I would imagine that most of the people who are close to me would say that I might be one of the most diplomatic people they know. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69086 Post-Election Post Mortem http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69087 As many of you know, I am the chair of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies (LGBTA) Caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party, having been elected in February 2013. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69087 6th Circuit Reflection http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68968 Since DeBoer v Snyder was first filed on Jan. 23, 2012, the landscape of marriage equality in the United States has changed significantly. At that time, six states and the District of Columbia allowed same-sex marriage. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68968 BTL EDITORIAL: Bolger And Murray On The Wrong Side Of History http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69084 Now Bolger and his allies in the GOP controlled House would like you to think opposition to the sexual orientation only Elliott-Larsen - the so-called "two word solution" - is because of bullying from the left. That's not the case. The fact is, without gender identity and expression covered in Michigan's Elliott-Larsen the entire LGBT community loses. And it is our trans brothers and sisters who will suffer the most with a "two word solution." That exclusion will kill people and cause irreparable harm. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69084 Parting Glances Fundies! Go Fly Ben's Kite! http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69081 Tom Paine's second book "The Age of Reason" -- a well-crafted Bible sandblasting -- terrifies Christian fundamentalists who, in their misguided zeal, would have us believe America's founding fathers were gung-ho for making this a Christian Nation. And to hell with separation of church and state. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69081 Creep of the Week: Jase Bolger http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69078 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2247/S1O_CreeP_Bolger_headshot.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In Michigan, where I live, it is perfectly legal to fire someone for being gay. Or for being lesbian, bisexual or transgender, for that matter. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69078 Marriott Earns Perfect Ranking On Corporate Equality Index http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69095 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2247/S1N_MarriotHRC.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Marriott International, Inc. was recently named among America's top corporations for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, by earning a perfect 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69095 LGBT Inclusive Bed And Breakfast Receives Award http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68884 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2245/unnamed(1).jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>LGBT-supportive vacation spot, the Wickwood Inn, was recently named one of Food & Wine Magazine's 25 Best American bed and breakfasts. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68884 Bradlys: Home Decor & More http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68288 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/S2_BRADLY_2240-main.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Sometimes, it's just the threat of change that makes great ideas come to life. For Bradly Rakowski, owner of Bradly's Home and Garden in Lansing, the constant threat of a layoff made him take the leap into becoming his own boss. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68288 The Accidental Activists Of Ann Arbor's Homoplex http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68309 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/S1M2_TrilliumAutBar_2240.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>ANN ARBOR - "First you have to ask, what is the Braun Court Community?" Keith Orr says. Nearly thirty years ago, the area had an ethnic restaurant identity with Chinese, Middle Eastern, Mexican and Japanese cuisine filling the court with scents of curry and wasabi. Now, Braun Court, located directly across the street from Kerrytown and the Farmer's Market in Ann Arbor, is the center of what Orr describes as a "Gayborhood" and is home to the Jim Toy Community Center (JTCC), Trillium Real Estate, Shout, autBar and Common Language Bookstore. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68309 Farming A Following http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65792 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2217/TysonGersh-1.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>We've heard just about every freaky thing the gay social app Grindr is used for, but volunteer recruitment takes the cake. Meet Tyson Gersh, president of the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative, who is slowly cultivating a farm boy "tribe" through his access to the local gay social network. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65792 Home Sweet Dorm http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68285 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/S2_DORM_2240-MAIN.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>No matter what "home" means to you, you can transform your dorm space from institutional to inviting with a modicum of effort and a whole lot of flair. Or even a moderate amount of flair. The amount of flair is up to you. You're an adult now. The decisions about flair levels are on you. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68285 Taqo The Town http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67443 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2232/taqo-1-rev6.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In the ever developing Downtown Detroit area, Taqo Detroit adds its name to the list of businesses helping to enrich the area. The cantina boasts a few things that immediately place it above the typical Mexican offering, including an extensive list of tequila. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67443 Rebel Fleur http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65790 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2217/FleurDetroit-AP4.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>When it comes to shaping your summer garden, beauty begins with the architectural bones, says Phillip Morici of Fleurdetroit in Bloomfield Hills. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65790 The Mainstreaming Of Gayborhoods http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68286 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/S2_BOOK_2240-main.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In his new book, "There Goes the Gayborhood?," Amin Ghaziani explores whether queer-dominated neighborhoods are destined to disappear as LGBTs become more accepted into mainstream culture. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68286