PrideSource - front Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 26 Oct 2016 14:26 EST 26 Oct 2016 14:26 EST Freedom House Seeks Help for LGBT Refugees <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The political climate in the U.S. poses some difficulties for refugees who hear xenophobic and downright hateful comments from people in all areas of society, especially within the media. John Allen Paves Way for Brighter Future for LGBTQ Youth <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Award winning LGBTQ activist talks about LGBTQ youth, including why they need to get out from behind their keyboards to make change. Detroit Police Officer Dani Woods Recipient of Equality Michigan Award <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Detroit Police Officer Dani Woods is this year's MacAllister Award winner, presented by Equality Michigan. Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown Celebrates Same-Sex Marriages <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>On Oct. 27, Lisa Brown will introduce the community to the five long-time couples who married on that momentous day while celebrating her experience officiating them. State Board: Lawyer with Anti-Gay Rants Committed Misconduct DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan Attorney Discipline Board says a former state lawyer committed misconduct when he hounded a gay student leader at the University of Michigan. Holly Lanes Hosting LGBT and Friends Night to Connect Around Equality Holly Lanes at 2430 Grange Hall Rd. invites businesses and residents on Oct. 19 to discuss the Village of Holly Council's decision not to pass a human rights ordinance to protect LGBT citizens. Community Demands Justice for LGBTQ Prisoners Around 30 Michiganders protested Oct. 12 outside the state's Department of Corrections Headquarters on Michigan Avenue in Lansing. The rally, "Can't Cage Our Humanity," was organized to demand justice for LGBTQ prisoners. Village of Holly Votes 6-1 Against Human Rights Ordinance With no one speaking in favor of human rights protection in the Village of Holly, and only Village Council President Ryan Bladzik voting for it, the ordinance failed 6-1. Attorney Faces LGBTQ Discrimination <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>If we expect to influence change, we need to stand up against discrimination and make our voices heard. That's why criminal defense attorney Erica Moise is turning her publicly "humiliating" experience into an opportunity to set a good example for the LGBTQ community. Progressive Groups Join Forces to Win Big in Election 2016 <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Federal Law Protects Transgender People at Homeless Shelters The 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey reveals that 29 percent of transgender people who sought emergency shelter at some point in their lives were turned away, while 42 percent were forced to stay in shelters for the gender they were assigned at birth. LGBTQ Youth Need Inclusive Sex Education A new online sex ed resource, AMAZE, addresses topics like puberty and healthy relationships, but also explores gender expression in an age-appropriate way, and features a range of body types, racialethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities. Urge Michigan Attorney General to Withdraw from Federal Lawsuit <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Transgender rights are being litigated in several states and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette joined one of two multi-state lawsuits with attorneys general challenging the federal government..."Attorney General Schuette needs to know that his involvement in a case like this is about so much more than signing his name to a piece of paper. It's about wasting Michigan's taxpayer dollars to dehumanize transgender people across our country." Anti-LGBTQ Smear Campaign Targets Eaton County Commissioner <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Earlier this year, a Democratic Eaton County Commissioner was the victim of what experts call a "probable" anti-gay bias motivated crime. However, his constituents are learning about it from an anonymous website that political experts have called a "vile political smear." Between The Lines has discovered these smears may be tied to an GOP opponent. Last Presidential Debate Raises LGBT Issues <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Observers see 'threat to democracy' in Trump's 'rigged election' comments in the third and final presidential debate of 2016. Hillary Clinton's Commitment to LGBT Equality Stronger Than Ever <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>We need to act on the federal level to take on discrimination in all its forms. That's what I'll do as President, with your help. But first, we have to win this election. LGBT Issues In Presidential Election NEW YORK (AP) - Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land, but there are other battlegrounds related to civil rights and nondiscrimination protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. McCrory, Cooper Blast Each other on LGBT Law in Debate RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic challenger Roy Cooper blamed each other at every turn in their gubernatorial debate Oct. 10, in particular regarding a state law McCrory signed limiting nondiscrimination rules for LGBT people that has received national criticism. Firefighter Union, Gay Rights Group Join Suit Against DEA SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah firefighters union and a gay-rights group can face off against the Drug Enforcement Administration in a court fight over warrantless searches of a prescription drug database similar to those kept by most U.S. states, a federal judge decided Oct. 13. Church Elects Lesbian Pastor with a Message of Inclusion AVONDALE, Ala. (AP) - The Rev. Jennifer Sanders, an openly lesbian community minister, has been elected as the new pastor of Beloved Community Church in Avondale. Beloved is affiliated with the United Church of Christ, one of the more liberal mainline denominations. Ivy Tech Adopts Transgender Inclusive Policy INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Freedom Indiana advocacy group says Ivy Tech Community College has adopted a transgender-inclusive policy that will protect transgender and gender-nonconforming students and faculty from discrimination. Jim Obergefell, Same-sex Marriage Plaintiff, to be Honored CINCINNATI (AP) - The lead plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that led to the legalization of same-sex marriage across the county is being honored with an award given to those that better their communities. Pulse Victims' and Gunman's Family Can Testify on 911 Calls ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Relatives of the Orlando gay nightclub shooting victims, as well as the parents of the gunman, will be given the chance to speak at a hearing on whether all the 911 calls from the massacre can be made public. Catholic School Seeks Dismissal of Gay Marriage Bias Suit HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - A judge will likely rule this coming week on a Roman Catholic school's request to reconsider dismissing a lawsuit filed by a former employee who says she was fired because she's married to a woman. Court Vacates Sexual-Orientation Bias Ruling; to Rehear Case CHICAGO (AP) - A federal appeals court Oct. 11 vacated a decision by three of its own judges who recently ruled in an Indiana case that existing federal workplace-discrimination law does not cover sexual-orientation bias and said the full Chicago-based court will rehear the issue. Hypocrisy: Anti-LGBT Activists Stick with Trump Despite Video After months of stoking fears about sexual assault in the bathrooms as a result of transgender non-discrimination protections, social conservatives are sticking with Donald Trump despite a recent unearthed recording in which he brags about making aggressive sexual advances on women. Hillary Clinton's Commitment to LGBT Equality Stronger Than Ever <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>We need to act on the federal level to take on discrimination in all its forms. That's what I'll do as President, with your help. But first, we have to win this election. Chelsea Clinton Speaks with Gay News <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Chelsea Clinton took a break from addressing female and Millennial voters Oct. 14 in Pittsburgh for a phone call with Philadelphia Gay News. National Gay Media Association Member Papers Endorse Clinton for President In an unprecedented move, all 12 of the country's longest-serving and most award-winning LGBT newspapers are each separately endorsing Democrat Hillary Clinton for president of the United States. U.S. Senate: 57 Percent Chance of New Majority The Black Panthers and the Gay Liberation Front: Did Black Lives Matter then, too? Few instances in the modern movement for gay and lesbian equality (what we now call the LGBT movement) produced as much controversy -- and turmoil -- as the New York Gay Liberation Front's relationship with the Black Panthers. Former Chrysler Executive Talks Workplace Inclusivity <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>As an openly gay man, Fred Hoffman said, "I really didn't know if there would be an issue." And while he wasn't waving rainbow flags when he was recruited by Chrysler in 1988, he was told being gay wasn't a problem. Racecar Driver Comes Out on Road to Indy 500 <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Freddy Niblack is the first openly gay driver in the IndyCar Series, but that's not all that defines him. Ford Chairman Met with Trump Over 'Infuriating' Mexico Comments Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. said on Oct. 5 he has met with Donald Trump to talk about the Republican presidential candidate's extensive criticism of the automaker's investments in Mexico. Cars & Camaraderie <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Your Lamborghini, Or Mine? It wasn't too long ago that the right-wing American Family Association -- known for getting its membership to boycott groups, organizations and products -- targeted Ford Motor Company for running 2005 Land Rover and Jaguar sales ads in The Advocate. Chrysler's Grand Gesture In Support Of LGBT Employees <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>AUBURN HILLS - In a decade where not all employees receive domestic partner benefits let alone healthcare for themselves, Chrysler has been taking the lead in appreciating the diversity of its LGBT employees and their loved ones. Baby, I Can Drive Your Car <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>"Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet" goes the old ad jingle. I therefore felt rather all-American on a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest to test drive the Chevy Volt as part of the iconic brand's outreach to the LGBT community. Out Of The Closet, Into The Boardroom <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Times were different for the LGBT community in the 1990s, especially for those who worked the line in manufacturing jobs. Gay-Friendly Automakers Chelsea Clinton Speaks with Gay News <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Chelsea Clinton took a break from addressing female and Millennial voters Oct. 14 in Pittsburgh for a phone call with Philadelphia Gay News. Progressive Groups Join Forces to Win Big in Election 2016 <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Creep Of The Week: Donald Trump, Again I've been closely watching this shit show for over a decade and I assure you that everything that's happened in GOP Land has been leading up to this.We're talking about a party who has made it a priority to attack women, whether it be punitive reproductive rights laws, giving the middle finger to pay equality, or a collective shrug about rape culture. And now these clowns are all of a sudden upset that their nominee said, "Grab them by the pussy?" Fuck that noise. Hillary Clinton's Commitment to LGBT Equality Stronger Than Ever <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>We need to act on the federal level to take on discrimination in all its forms. That's what I'll do as President, with your help. But first, we have to win this election. National Gay Media Association Member Papers Endorse Clinton for President <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Make America Great Again? Ain't Nobody Got Time for That Rhetoric! We are stronger not just in our communities, our country and our world when we work to attain not just the American dream, but a global dream of equality, social, environmental and economic justice for all instead of kicking the can down the road on the backs of those less fortunate or different from the status quo. Democrats Ratify Most Pro-LGBT Platform Ever <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Democrats ratified a party platform late Monday called the most LGBT-inclusive in history and a unifying document after a bitter primary.As convention chair Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) presided, delegates at the Democratic National Convention approved the platform by voice vote. Although loud "nays" were heard, the overwhelming "yays" in favor of the platform carried the day. The LGBTA Caucus Changes The Political Landscapes <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>MICHIGAN - Mark LaChey, chair of the LGBTA Caucus, recently spoke about the positive change the caucus is making within the Democratic Party and Michigan. LaChey, an attorney from Saugatuck, has an extensive political background consisting of 14 years as a City Commissioner for Pleasant Ridge, work with Triangle (now Equality Michigan), continual volunteering, service as policy director in 2010 and work as a precinct delegate of the Oakland City Democratic Party. He took over the caucus in February 2013 after the previous chair decided not to run for re-election. Log Cabin Republican President Denounces Most Anti-LGBT GOP Platform In History Log Cabin Republican President Denounces Most Anti-LGBT GOP Platform In History Dem VEEP Candidate Tim Kaine Has Strong LGBT Record <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Many political observers have described U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine as a moderate, but his record on equal rights for LGBT citizens could hardly make that case.After signaling her intent through a Twitter post Friday night, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Saturday afternoon, formally announced Kaine as her vice presidential running mate. Unleashing Garrett Clayton: Actor on Studying Porn, Keeping His Sexuality Private & How His Latest Movie's Greatest Critic Brent Corrigan 'Let the Movie Get Made' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>After his role in "Teen Beach Movie," the 2013 Disney Channel Movie that saw Clayton's squeaky-clean Tanner frolicking beachside while singing "surf, sun, sand; it's a bikini wonderland," Clayton laughs at his radical career shift like even he can't believe it. "It's been kind of like a slingshot!" he says. Read on for the ex-Mouseketeer's thoughts on Corrigan's criticism of "King Cobra" ("He opened Pandora's box and he let the movie get made") and the vision Clayton had for his contractually agreed-upon butt shot. Deep Inside Hollywood <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Bella Thorne, Dee Rees, Salma Hayek, and more Will and Grace? Tyler Glenn Opens Up About Mormon-Provoked Suicide Struggle ('It Freaked Me Out'), Being 'Unapologetically' Gay & Lady Gaga's Validation <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>"To be honest..." Tyler Glenn begins, following a telling deep breath. Glenn's lead-in could serve as the prologue to his new no-holds-barred solo debut album, "Excommunication." Here, however, it precedes the heavy moment when Glenn, the lead singer of Neon Trees, reveals he's considered suicide twice this year. Perhaps that comes as a surprise. The singer seemed vibrant and hopeful when he came out in 2014. At the time, Glenn was looking to reconcile his Mormon faith with being gay, and during our talk that same year he said, "I think that there's a time and a place to come out, and I don't know if waiting till I was 30 was the best thing, but it definitely has turned out fine, and I'm a happy person." 4 Signs Your Friends Are Failing You - And How to Dump Them <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Deep Inside Hollywood <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Q&A: Cam Talks Gay Following, Miley Cyrus' 'F*cking Awesome' Pansexuality & Why It's Important For Country Artists to Be Allies <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Recently, an untamed Cam freewheeled through a variety of queer topics: her quest to find the gays in Nashville, why it feels "totally natural" to embrace her LGBT fans and how Miley Cyrus' openness about her pansexuality is "fucking awesome." Op Ed: Voting Out Anti-LGBT Candidates in Oakland County It was Sheriff Bouchard who ordered his Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) to raid Oakland County's first gay nightclub back in the 1990s, known as Cobalt. Parting Glances: Hare Today, Gonads Tomorrow Reginald Rabbit wiggled his cottony tail, crinkled his pinky nose, and hummed softly, "I trust you, Barney. Barney, I do." Creep of the Week: Donald Trump, Yes Again As part of the liberal media I have been working night and day to rig this election for Hillary Clinton and I am exhausted. And I know what you're thinking: "D'Anne (as we are on a first name basis), you're not supposed to admit that! It's all supposed to be done in secret." But Donald Trump has exposed the plan, so the pussy is out of the bag. Australian Opposition Decides to Sink Gay Marriage Vote CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - The Australian opposition on Oct. 11 decided to block government plans for a public but non-binding vote on recognizing gay marriage, arguing it would better if the issue was decided in Parliament. Tens of Thousands March in Paris Against Same-Sex Marriage PARIS (AP) - Tens of thousands of people have marched in Paris to call for the repeal of a law allowing gay marriage, six months before France's next presidential election. Australian prime minister urges public vote on gay marriage 'I Am Arrested by Ugandan Police' -@FrankMugisha <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Last Thursday, Aug. 4, in the midst of the "Mr. and Ms. Pride" event of Pride Uganda 2016, police raided Venom nightclub and arrested at least 15 attendees, including two prominent international Ugandan LGBTI rights activists: Frank Mugisha, executive director, and Pepe Julian Onziema, program and advocacy director, of Sexual Minorities Uganda. Uganda's Government Vows to 'Suppress' Gay Pride Activities Ugandan police last week arrested about 20 people attending a gay pride event at a nightclub in the capital, Kampala. They were questioned and released hours later, although some said they had been assaulted by police officers. UN Creates Envoy Position Dedicated to Worldwide LGBTQ Safety and Equality The United Nations Human Rights Council announced the creation of the first-ever UN position dedicated to combating violence and discrimination against LGBTQ people worldwide today. The effort to establish the independent expert post was led by the council's Latin American member countries, and supported by more than 620 non-governmental organizations from 151 countries around the world. 'Campfire' Opens at The Ringwald Theatre FERNDALE -- Prolific Michigan playwright Joseph Zettelmaier's newest play, Campfire, has opened at The Ringwald Theatre for it's tenth season. This horrifying play tells the story of Marcus Carver who has brought his niece and nephew back home, one year after the death of his brother, their father. Landmark LGBT-Friendly Restaurant to Clean Up Its Act <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Although Como's restaurant in downtown Ferndale was temporarily closed on Sept. 21 by the Oakland County Health Division, they will be working hard to make changes before reopening in three to five weeks. 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. Slipstream's 'Midsummer,' Set in a Gay Bar, Re-Thinks and Re-Tools after Orlando <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>At a Slipstream Theatre Company rehearsal for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" earlier last week - following emotional conversations about Sunday morning's massacre inside an Orlando gay nightclub - a cast member pointed out that seeing actors lying on the floor with their eyes closed might be too resonant and disturbing. 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. GUTS Training Center Opens To Serve Special Needs Children, Adults <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In Oakland County alone there are an estimated 20,000 families with a special needs family member, according to government statistics. Consequently, the need for fitness options for the special needs community is much needed. All Girls, All Zeppelin! <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Lez Zeppelin, the New York City-based all-girl band, has gained worldwide critical acclaim for the musicianship, passion and gender-bending audacity they bring to the music of Led Zeppelin. Taylor Davis Dazzles Ferndale Fans With 'Nerdy' Violin Renditions <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Internet sensation, Taylor Davis, brought her viral violin songs and videos to Ferndale last week. The YouTuber is most known for her "nerdy" covers of video game, anime and movie music, as well as for her original compositions off of her 2015 self-titled album. Card Snark <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Albee Seeing You <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Gays for Trump Explain Themselves <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>