PrideSource - front http://www.pridesource.com Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 30 Aug 2015 07:30 EST 30 Aug 2015 07:30 EST webmaster@pridesource.com webmaster@pridesource.com pridesource.com http://www.pridesource.com/img/logo.gif http://pridesource.com DeBoer-Rowse Children Share Vows At Wedding http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72879 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2335/S1M2_DeBoerRowseWedding_2335_SCP.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>After 15 years of devoted love, changing diapers, balancing two overnight shifts and challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse have finally tied the knot. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72879 Exclusive Interview: Judge Friedman Discusses DeBoer v. Snyder Trial http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72878 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2335/S1M1_FriedmanExclusive_2335_SCP.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>On the eve of the April DeBoer-Jayne Rowse wedding which he officiated, Federal Judge Bernard Friedman sat down with BTL to discuss his historic role on the path to marriage equality in the U.S. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72878 Ann Arbor's Historic LGBT Bar Celebrates 20th Anniversary http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72880 The historic Kerrytown bar, autBar, will celebrate its 20th Anniversary Aug. 29 and has a whole day of events planned to commemorate a 20 year legacy serving the LGBT+A communities of Ann Arbor. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72880 An Accidental Ally: Barb Byrum http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72881 The 37-year-old clerk hadn't even finished reading the ruling, but she was game to marry them. That move put her in the history books as the first elected official to marry a couple after the ruling. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72881 State House Business Office Probe Finds Wrongdoing By Gamrat, Courser http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72882 Tea party darlings and self-admitted adulterers Reps. Todd Courser, R-Lapeer, and Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell, have been cited for "misconduct" and "misuse of taxpayer resources," in draft report from the House Business Office handed over to Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt Pleasant. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72882 Space For Grace Offering 'Agnostic Approach' To Exploring Spiritual Sexual Selves http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72883 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2335/S1M3_Todd_Spiral_SCP.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Spiral, the normally booming dance club located in Lansing's Old Town, is bringing more than drag shows and drink specials to LGBT people. It's Kick Back Sunday, sponsored by Space for Grace, a new nondenominational spiritual movement in Lansing. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72883 State Dems Introduce Bills To Overturn Adoption Discrimination http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72884 Legislative Democrats introduced legislation Aug. 20 that would modify the adoption discrimination bills signed into law earlier this year. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72884 Planet Fitness Seeks To Dismiss Trans Locker Room Policy Lawsuit http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72885 Planet Fitness is asking for a dismissal of a lawsuit involving the company's trans-friendly locker room policy, claiming it promotes discrimination against transgender people. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72885 Ruth Ellis Center, FCA US Organize 5K Run/Walk http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72886 The Ruth Ellis Center and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance at FCA US have partnered together to organize a 5K walkrun Aug. 29 to raise funds that will be donated to the Ruth Ellis Center's operations, mental health services and the Family Preservation and Acceptance program. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72886 Congrats to April and Jayne! http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72887 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72887 DPD Promises Change, LGBT Community To Hold DPD Accountable http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72786 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2334/S1M_DPD_ChiefCraig.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Over a hundred people gathered in Palmer Park Aug. 12 for an LGBT community conversation with the Detroit Police Department, leaders from Detroit based LGBT organizations and the U.S. Attorney's Office. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72786 Is Violence Increasing Towards Local Trans Women Of Color? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72785 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2334/S1M10_EQMILearnsOfOHara_2334.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Three of Detroit's own trans women of color have been reported murdered or significantly harmed in the past week. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72785 ACLU Renews Call For Trans Legal Protections Following Recent Attacks http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72787 In the wake of two recent attacks against transgender women in Detroit, the ACLU of Michigan is again calling on legislators to update state civil-rights protections and hate-crime laws to include safeguards for gender identity and sexual orientation. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72787 Fortunate Families Protest Program For Gay Catholics http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72788 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2334/S1M_FortunateFamiles_MainIMAG0013.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Fortunate Families Detroit, a group of Roman Catholic parents and allies of LGBTQ people, gathered Aug. 11 at the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth to protest the messages of Catholic leaders as they addressed LGBT Catholics. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72788 Detroit LGBT Chamber Hosts Pride Day At Upcoming Lions Game http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72789 The Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce will host an LGBT Pride Day at Ford Field on Oct. 25. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72789 Political Hors D'oeuvres: Gamrat And Courser Scandal Continues To Run Its Course http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72790 The Unholy Trinity -- freshmen Reps. Todd Courser, R-Lapeer; Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell; and Gary Glenn, R-Midland -- is breaking up. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72790 Ruth Ellis Center Seeks Backpack Donations http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72791 The Ruth Ellis Center currently needs 80 backpacks with school supplies for youth in need. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72791 Confederate Flag Flap http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72792 The debate over the Confederate flag makes a local appearance after a recent altercation in East Lansing. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72792 First Comes Law, Then Comes Marriage http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72695 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2333/S1M_MarriageDeBoers_SAM_2055.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Famed couple April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse will marry Aug. 22 in a private ceremony. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72695 Local Trans Person Of Color Found Murdered http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72718 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2333/S1M10_EQMILearnsOfOHara_2334.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Equality Michigan has learned that the body of a 25-year-old trans person was found brutally murdered in a field in Detroit on July 14. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72718 Batty Bwoy' Author To Appear At Common Language http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72818 In Jamaica, being gay is a death sentence. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72818 Steve Grand Headlines Michigan Pride White Party http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72820 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2335/S2_SteveGrand_SCP.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Gay popcountry star Steve Grand will kick off Michigan Pride's White Party Aug. 28 with a special concert. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72820 Deep Inside Hollywood http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72819 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2335/S3_DIH_2335.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72819 Q&A: Carly Rae Jepsen On How Justin Bieber Made 'My Dreams Come True,' The Sly Gayness Of 'Call Me Maybe' & Becoming An LGBT Activist http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72810 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2334/carlyMAINnew.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> Carly Rae Jepsen is calling - and no, not maybe. This is a real-life phone date (pegged, of course, to the release of her latest synth-pop concoction, "E*MO*TION") wherein the 29-year-old is bubbly over, well, just about everything: Her career. The gays. Marriage equality. Being "the little mermaid." And that time Justin Bieber changed her life. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72810 Q&A: Zachary Quinto Calls Upon LGBT Actors to 'Be Who They Are,' Says The World Is Ready For a Gay James Bond http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72719 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2333/ZQmain.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"Oh, Jesus." Zachary Quinto is aptly responding to the fact that, yes, despite establishing himself as an Emmy-nominated actor with versatility, out-of-this-world talent and some of the best eyebrows in the biz, he once starred on an episode of "Touched by An Angel." He isn't reacting to being {ITAL on} the show, per se - he just can't believe it's been nearly 15 years. Since then, Quinto has made major shifts beyond his transformation to leading man. After matter-of-factly coming out to the masses in 2011, he became an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community and has notably taken on issues such as PReP and gay teen suicide. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72719 Q&A: The Bird and The Bee On How They're 'Amazed' By The Gays, Casual Sex, Their Secret Tribute LP & Not Being Lovers http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72626 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2332/birdbeeweb3.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Greg Kurstin and Inara George, collectively known as the Bird and the Bee, are standing at the doorway of Webster Hall in New York City, where they're about to take the stage. Kurstin, 46, raves about the free chocolates he's about to take full advantage of, and George, 41, will probably have a glass of wine. "I'm the booze bag of the group," she readily admits. Best known for their 2006 dance hit "Fucking Boyfriend," Los Angeles-based Bird and the Bee is on tour to promote their first album in five years, "Recreational Love," yet another synthpop pleasure from the duo that will have you wishing you were sipping a summer cocktail in the sun. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72626 Islamic State Claims 30 Killed For Sodomy, UN Meeting Told http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72889 The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for executing at least 30 people for sodomy, the head of an international gay rights organization said Aug. 25 at the first-ever U.N. Security Council meeting spotlighting what organizers called the "barbaric treatment." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72889 Illinois Enacts Gay Conversion Therapy Ban For Young People http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72890 Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Aug. 20 banning therapists from trying to change a young person's sexuality. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72890 Thousands Rally For Clerks Denying Gay Marriage Licenses http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72891 Three Kentucky county clerks who are refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples drew thunderous cheers from a crowd gathered at the state capitol Aug. 22. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72891 Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade Attacker Charged With Murder http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72892 An ultra-Orthodox Israeli who fatally stabbed a teenage girl at a Jerusalem gay pride parade has been indicted on a murder charge. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72892 NCTE Policy Advisor Becomes First Openly Trans White House Official http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72893 National Center for Transgender Equality staff member Raffi Freedman-Gurspan has been appointed as an outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72893 Williams Institute, Target Partner To Conduct Research On LGBT Law And Public Policy http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72894 The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law announced Aug. 19 that Target has signed on as the institute's newest premier corporate partner. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72894 Reluctant Kentucky Clerk Gets Time For Gay Marriage Appeal http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72794 MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky county clerk who objects to same-sex marriage will not have to issue marriage licenses while she takes her case to a federal appeals court. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is being sued by two gay couples, and U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered her last week to issue them licenses despite her objections. But on Monday, he granted her request to stay his decision while she pursues her case before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72794 Couples sue to overturn Mississippi ban on gay adoptions http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72795 JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Susan Hrostowski remembers when Mississippi passed its law in 2000 banning same-sex couples from adopting children. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72795 First GOP Debates: 17 Candidates, One 'Humane' Response On LGBT Issues http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72703 In short: There were no surprises on LGBT issues from the 17 Republican presidential hopefuls who took part in one of two debates sponsored and broadcast by Fox News last Thursday (Aug. 6). http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72703 Cake: The New Favorite Mode For American Political Debate? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72704 Somehow, this mix of flour, butter, eggs and sugar with frosting on top has become yet another delivery system for American political debate, raising questions about where the customer's free speech ends and the baker's begins. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72704 Republican Presidential Debate Preview http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72608 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2332/GOP.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Studies have shown that only about one-third of LGBT Americans vote Republican, but there's realistic chance a Republican will win the White House in 2016, so LGBT people need to pay attention to who might take the GOP nomination. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72608 After Caitlyn Jenner, A New World For Transgender Students -- And A New Civil Rights Battleground http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72609 This is one in a series of articles surveying the complexities of gender identity, the evolving political debate surrounding the transgender rights of today's youth, and the ways in which these issues intersect with the policies and practices of K-12 schools across the country. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72609 Boy Scouts Of America End Total Ban On Gay Adults http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72515 The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72515 New Research Reveals How Body Size Influences Romance In Same-Sex Relationships http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72516 Bad eating habits? A thinner partner might be a problem in a same-sex relationship, says new research at Rutgers University-Camden. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72516 New Poll Finds Majority Of Voters Prefer Candidates Who Support Non-Discrimination Protections http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72517 A recent polling by Democracy Corps has found that 59 percent of voters are less likely to support candidates who oppose non-discrimination protections. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72517 The Equality Act Is The LGBT Rights Bill We Want And Need http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72439 The Equality Act will be introduced Thursday, July 23 by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-OR, in the U.S. Senate and Rep. Cicilline, D-RI, in the U.S. House of Representatives, along with many co-sponsors: Sens. Tammy Baldwin and Cory Booker, and Reps. Nancy Pelosi and John Lewis. They will be joined by a large number of co-sponsors. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72439 Largest Trans Survey Calls For Participants http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72418 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2330/S1N10_TransSurveyNeedApplicants_2330.png' style='width:250px'><br/>The U.S. Trans Survey will be the largest most comprehensive survey in the history of U.S. trans history, seeking a goal of 20,000 completed surveys by trans, gender queer or non-binary identified people from around the country. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72418 EEOC Rules Sexual Orientation Is Protected By Federal Civil Rights Law http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72419 The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission July 15 issued a decision that employment discrimination based on sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination that is outlawed by existing federal law. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72419 Pentagon Announces Plan To Lift Transgender Military Ban http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72320 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2329/S1N_PentagonDefense-Secretary-Ash-Carter.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military are outdated, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday, ordering a six-month study aimed at formally ending one of the last gender or sexuality-based barriers to military service. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72320 Fox To Develop Film On SCOTUS' Same-Sex Marriage Ruling http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72321 A film about the U.S. Supreme Court case that made same-sex marriage a nationwide right is being developed by 20th Century Fox. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72321 Love Answers The Question Of Marriage Equality http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72904 I must admit when the fight for marriage equality first took form, I took up arms on the opposing side. As a former Pentecostal, I was born (again) into a Christian denomination that is fervently fundamentalist and wholeheartedly homophobic. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72904 Creep of the Week: Campaign for Houston http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72898 While marriage equality is now the law of the land in the U.S., there are still plenty of places where it is still perfectly legal to discriminate against LGBT people in all kinds of fun ways. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72898 Parting Glances: Billboards For Caitlyn J http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72901 In contrast to the Vanity Fair and People fanfare for Caitlyn as come-lately transgender hero (or, more correctly, heroine), not all media commentary or activists for the transgender community have been so straight forward in the PR support and applause. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72901 'I Will Love You Forever' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72903 The DeBoer-Rowse wedding Saturday night was simply magical. The excitement and energy was contagious as each guest arrived, grinning and enthusiastically supportive of the remarkable family that was about to be legally joined. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72903 The OutField: Tracking Anna Aagenes' Activism http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72827 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72827 The OutField: Extreme Sports Seek LGBT Acceptance http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72357 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2330/S2_OF_2330.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72357 The OutField: Fearless Jeff Sheng http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72062 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2326/S2_FearlessJeffSheng_Outfield_2326.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72062 From Glenn Burke To Billy Bean To Dave Pallone The MLB Is Evolving -- Slowly http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71553 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2321/S1M1_MLBCover_AP654730553082.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>On July 17, 2013, Major League Baseball held its 84th annual All Star Game at Citi Field in Queens, New York, the home park of the New York Mets. It was a day that would become special for the LGBT community. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71553 The OutField: Hoosier Hullabaloo http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71022 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/S2_OF_2316.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71022 Tigers Pride Night Sells Over 1,000 Tickets http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71562 Just in time for Pride, the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce will host a Pride Night at an upcoming Tigers game in June. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71562 The Mourning After http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72906 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2335/S2CA_ACoupleOfGuys_2335.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72906 Free the Bacon! http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72825 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2335/S2PZ_puzzle_2335.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72825 America's GOP Chef http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72907 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2335/S1OCA_EditorialCartoon_2335.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72907 Steve Grand Headlines Michigan Pride White Party http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72820 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2335/S2_SteveGrand_SCP.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Gay popcountry star Steve Grand will kick off Michigan Pride's White Party Aug. 28 with a special concert. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72820 An Accidental Ally: Barb Byrum http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72881 The 37-year-old clerk hadn't even finished reading the ruling, but she was game to marry them. That move put her in the history books as the first elected official to marry a couple after the ruling. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72881 Wharton Center Brings The Magic Of 'Cinderella' To Lansing http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72550 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2332/S2_CC_WhartonCenter_2332.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72550 Make A Move With East Lansing's 'Chess - A Staged Concert' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70606 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2312/S2_LANSING_2312.jpeg' style='width:250px'><br/>East Lansing's Wharton Center will host the inaugural "imaGen project" production this month: "Chess - A Staged Concert." Jen Werner, the associate director of "The Book of Mormon," has been hired to direct the work. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70606 Closet, Hollywood Gossip Collide In Riverwalk Theatre Production http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70222 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2308/S2_LANSING_2308-2.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70222 Looming Dilemma For Upcoming Historic Marriage Case http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70262 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2308/S1M_KeenStory_2308.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Just beyond the Feb. 27 deadline for filing their briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court to lay out their arguments against state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, the 36 attorneys signed onto those briefs have another looming task. They must choose who will go before the nine justices in April to deliver the arguments orally. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70262 LGBT Successes Provide One Bright Spot For Democrats http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70263 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2308/S1M4_LGBTCaucus.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - In November, two openly gay men were elected to Michigan's State House of Representatives and LGBT leaders now hold prominent positions at the highest levels of the Party. As a result, the morning meeting of the LGBT Caucus was far more upbeat than the overall mood at the Michigan Democratic Party convention Feb. 14 at Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70263 Riverwalk Theatre Awarded Two MCACA Grants http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70223 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2308/S2_LANSINGRiverwalkTheater_2308.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70223 Don We Now Our Gay Apparel http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69133 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2248/S2_Lansing_2248.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The LanSINGout Gay Men's Chorus will perform its winter concert, "Wishing You Peace and Joy: A Christmas Concert," on Dec. 6 and 7. Under artistic director Peter R. Morse and accompanied by David Wiseman, the concert will be performed in conjunction with the Lansing First Presbyterian Bell Choir and Organist as well as the Michigan State University student brass quintet. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69133 Ford Arts, Beats & Eats Will Satisfy All Tastes http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72829 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2335/S2_CC_ROABE.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The official line ups for food, entertainment and more are here for next weekend's annual Ford Arts, Beats Eats festival. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72829 Annual Shakespeare Festival In Royal Oak Announces Auditions http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70514 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2311/S2_ROCC_2311.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>ROYAL OAK -- Water Works Theatre Company announces that auditions for its 15th season of Shakespeare Royal Oak in Starr Jaycee Park will take place March 23 and 24. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70514 Looming Dilemma For Upcoming Historic Marriage Case http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70262 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2308/S1M_KeenStory_2308.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Just beyond the Feb. 27 deadline for filing their briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court to lay out their arguments against state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, the 36 attorneys signed onto those briefs have another looming task. They must choose who will go before the nine justices in April to deliver the arguments orally. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70262 LGBT Successes Provide One Bright Spot For Democrats http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70263 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2308/S1M4_LGBTCaucus.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - In November, two openly gay men were elected to Michigan's State House of Representatives and LGBT leaders now hold prominent positions at the highest levels of the Party. As a result, the morning meeting of the LGBT Caucus was far more upbeat than the overall mood at the Michigan Democratic Party convention Feb. 14 at Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70263 Teen Angst Comes To Royal Oak Stage http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70115 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2307/S2_RO_2307.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"Spring Awakening," the edgy, poprock musical that took Broadway by storm and captured the 2007 Tony Award for Best Musical, sizzles with immediacy today thanks to the raw and electrifying pop score. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70115 Fend Off Winter Freeze With Sing Out Detroit http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69442 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2251/S2_RO_2251.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>LGBT concerts aren't over for the season just yet! Sing Out Detroit, southeast Michigan's LGBT and allied chorus, will perform their holiday show, "FA-LA-LA FROZEN," in Royal Oak this weekend. The winter celebration has "a little something for every member of the family." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69442 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