PrideSource - front Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 31 Mar 2015 11:31 EST 31 Mar 2015 11:31 EST LGBT Wedding Expo Embodies Hope <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>SOUTHFIELD - This year the BTL Ultimate LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo was held on the anniversary weekend of Judge Friedman's decision in DeBoer v. Snyder. That decision struck down Michigan's same-sex marriage ban, for less than 24 hours, allowing 323 couples to become legally married in the state. VIDEO: Fox 2 covers Wedding Expo <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Say 'I Do' And Support Equality At This Year's LGBT Wedding Expo <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The 2015 Ultimate LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo March 21 at the Southfield Civic Pavilion comes at a historic crossroad. As we celebrate momentous progress for marriage equality, here in Michigan we watch and wait for a decision from the highest court that could grant full marriage rights to same-sex couples nationwide. The Fairy Godmother Of Weddings <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>PLYMOUTH - Fifteen models will walk down the Ultimate LGBT Wedding Anniversary Expo runway March 21 donning elegant dresses paired with creative hair and make up, all thanks to longtime vendor B. Ella Bridal. Planning, Catering And More: Inclusive Vendor Jeff Zak <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>PLYMOUTH - Jeff Zak has been in the food industry his whole life and spent many years working up the "food chain" before opening up his very own catering business called Jeff Zak Catering 16 years ago. You're Cordially Invited! <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Mazel tov! Two kindred gays have decided to make it official and get married (as married as they can get in the state of Michigan), and you've been invited to see their love's freak flag fly. Here Come The Books In the not-too-distant past, all that spring weddings signified for the LGBT community were jobs: musicians, florists, bakers, caterers. But now, in 37 states, we're finally getting married. To plan for the occassion, or just to learn more about how we got this far, here are a few reads worth checking out. Wedding Expo Returns During Pivotal Year For Marriage Equality <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Dancing, music, delicious food and a party atmosphere will greet the hundreds of people coming out to the 2015 Ultimate LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo March 21. LGBT Jewelry Collection Comes To Tapper's <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A new wedding jewelry collection from LGBT designer, Rony Tennenbaum, is being featured by Tapper's Diamonds and Fine Jewelry in honor of its 37th Anniversary. Couple Wins Wedding Venue Dispute <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Duggan Signs On In Support Of Marriage Equality <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Mayor Mike Duggan joins with many other Michigan and national mayors in support of Marriage Equality, becoming the 19th Michigan mayor to sign up with Mayors for the Freedom To Marry. Joined by over 419 mayors from 38 states across the country, Duggan signs on as a Mayor for the Freedom to Marry, an initiative by Freedom to Marry, a national organization founded in 2003 with the goal of getting equal marriage nationwide. Couples Celebrate Love And Acceptance at LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Southfield got glammed up and fancy this past Saturday, celebrating an LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo held at the Southfield Civic Pavilion. There was a big turnout ranging from newly married couples, long standing couples, to partners browsing the booths together getting ideas for how they want their celebration to look. The center was filled with balloons and smiling faces. Cake samples and copious amounts of coupons for local businesses, all there to show support for the LGBT community, were handed out to desiring attendees. The joy and celebration of romance was truly in the air Saturday as couples, holding hands, came together with the Metro Detroit community to showcase love in all its forms. Michigan House Passes Adoption Discrimination Bills <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>LANSING -- In a series of 65 to 44 votes, the Michigan House has approved a three bill package to allow discrimination by adoption agencies which receive state funding. The bills are part of a growing "religious liberty" movement found both here in Michigan and across the U.S. Ally In Focus: More Than A Pharmacist <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>REDFORD - Darnell Jones, a pharmacist from Redford, was honored as the Community Pharmacist of the Year at the Michigan Pharmacists Association Annual Convention Exposition held last month. Transgender Questions Lead To CATA Policy Change Diane was returning from window shopping at the Meridian Mall on Feb. 27. As she settled into her seat on the CATA bus to downtown Lansing, she realized in horror the unthinkable had happened. Same-Sex Couples Married In Michigan Celebrate Anniversaries DETROIT - Families and friends gathered Sunday in four Michigan counties to celebrate the anniversary of over 300 same-sex couples who wed last year during a brief legal window as a result of a challenge to Michigan's 2004 constitutional ban on gay marriages. Michigan Civil Rights Panel Endorses Model Non-Discrimination Ordinance FARMINGTON HILLS - The Michigan Civil Rights Commission endorsed a model local non-discrimination ordinance model that will add sexual orientation and gender identity to protected classes under municipality law. Bringing Pride To Hockeytown <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings are teaming up with the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce (DRLGBTCC) to offer a night out to support the local LGBT community. REC Announces New Program Director HIGHLAND PARK - The Ruth Ellis Center, a youth social services agency that serves the needs of runaway, homeless and at-risk youth, announced March 17 the nomination of the new program director. AIDS Partnership Michigan And HIV/AIDS Resource Center Announce Merger <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In order to strengthen the response to HIV in Southeast Michigan, AIDS Partnership Michigan and the HIV/AIDS Resource Center have merged their organizations. Building on a history of collaboration and excellence, the merger of APM and HARC will ensure the sustainability of comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention and care in their now 10-county area. Michigan Dems Introduce Legislation Seeking Marriage Equality <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A group of Democratic lawmakers from the state House and Senate introduced a package of bills March 19 that would recognize same-sex marriages in Michigan. National Progress On Marriage Equality In the past year the United States has seen a large shift in marriage equality and the momentum isn't letting up - it's only getting stronger. This time last year 17 states had legalized same-sex marriage compared with 37 states today. Affirmations' Black Tie Gala Debuts New Executive Director Now in its 16th running, Affirmations will hosts its annual spring bash this year under the theme "Enchanted -- a celebration of new beginnings and the promise of wonderful things to come." Live Music And Limber Legs For An LGBT Cause In order to support the National Marriage Challenge, Ann Arbor's Necto will be hosting a variety show and fundraising event, "S.C.O.T.U.S or BUST!" presented by the Jim Toy Community Center and other community members. Defining the Post-Marriage LGBT Equality Movement With the U.S. Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments on four marriage cases in April and issue a decision by the end of June, LGBT activists are beginning to forge a new agenda for the post marriage world. Recruiters Pursuing Diversity <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Thirty-five corporate leaders of Michigan's top businesses, including the State Department, came together in the first LGBT Career Fair hosted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Hundreds of job seekers attended the LGBT Career Fair held March 5. Many of them were seeking accepting and progressive attitudes in future employers in a state known for its anti-LGBT measures. Same-Sex Marriages: One Year Later <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In honor of the one year anniversary of Judge Bernard Friedman's overturning of the Michigan same-sex marriage ban, various venues throughout the state will host gatherings. Sixth Annual Transgender Day Of Visibility <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Executive Director of Transgender Michigan, Rachel Crandall, started the International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV) in 2009 when she noticed that the major holidays honoring trans identities were all centered around remembrance and calling out injustice. Planet Fitness Defends Trans Rights MIDLAND - Planet Fitness has made top headlines this past week after a woman from Midland vehemently spoke up about her issues with a trans woman using the locker facility Feb. 28. After days of complaining, the corporate offices of Planet Fitness called to discuss the atmosphere she was creating at the Midland location. Obituary: Malcolm Boyd Rev. Malcolm Boyd was many things. He was a freedom rider who marched with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in the Deep South. He was the author of over two dozen books and collections of poetry and prayers, including the 1965 bestseller, "Are You Running With Me Jesus?" And, eventually, he was an openly gay Episcopal priest at the time when such a thing was virtually unheard of. Boyd died in Los Angeles on Feb. 27 from complications of pneumonia. He was 91. SCOTUS Sets Date For Same-Sex Marriage Hearing <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Supreme Court of the United States has scheduled oral arguments to determine the constitutionality of marriage equality. Legal teams from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee will present their arguments before the high court on April 28. This landmark decision will determine if thousands of families will be recognized by state law and granted further equality compared to their heterosexual counterparts. BREAKING: State House Committee Tells Kids Awaiting Placement Their Needs Don't Matter <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In a series of party line votes Wednesday morning, Republicans on the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee, five Republican members of the committee passed House Bills 4188, 4189 and 4190 over the objections of the committee's three Democrats. The bills are now on their way to the House floor for action. Q&A: Scott Eastwood Endorses Father's Gay Marriage Mantra, Talks Sex Scenes ('I Was Turned On') & Mel Gibson's Advice <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Scott Eastwood has already provided a generous hunk of swoon-worthy shirtlessness, but the model-turned-actor is just getting started. In his first lead role as Luke Collins in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' "The Longest Ride," out April 10, Clint's sexy son makes you feel all the feels as a bull rider pursuing a hard-won girl (and, for good measure, flashing his now-famous abs). During our recent interview, the 29-year-old talked about winning over the gay world as a full-time hunk, identifying with his father's Libertarian beliefs on LGBT equality, his Martin Luther King man crush, and keeping his thoughts (and other stuff) in check during sex scenes. Josh Groban Q&A: His Queer Bear Fans, Failing The Ryan Gosling 'Gay Test' & Why He Worships RuPaul <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>It all began with the bears. "I'm like, 'Are you a baseball team?'" says Josh Groban, recalling an early-career encounter with a man who informed the crooner about his growing number of gay bear fans. Deep Inside Hollywood <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>HBO's "Battle of the Sexes," Meryl Carey and Helena go to Suffragette City, Chuck Palahniuk and Daniel Franzese Q&A: Mo'Nique Talks Recent Media Slams, Race In Hollywood, Isaiah Washington ('He Never Had A Problem With Gays') & LGBT Integration <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Mo'Nique isn't one to hold back. Take her ongoing clash with Lee Daniels, who directed her Oscar-winning performance in 2009's "Precious." Daniels said the 47-year-old's behavior got her "blackballed"; she, on the other hand, says Hollywood isn't "playing fairly." As the actress' latest film "Blackbird" hits theaters, Mo'Nique discussed how the back-and-forth feud wouldn't stop her from working with Daniels again; her belief that if she doesn't have to come out as straight, nor should LGBT people; and the childhood mantra that brings her comfort when the media is on her back. Q&A: Olly Murs Talks Handsy Fans, Gay-Baiting & Sharing A Sweater With Sam Smith ('It Was A Beautiful Thing') <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> A veteran of nakedness, Olly Murs was fueling our straight-boy fantasies long before Nick Jonas. Stripping at London's prestigious G-A-Y club, frequent underwear-only selfies, a leather jacket-clad cover photo in December's Attitude magazine - we're as addicted to Murs' sex appeal as we are his pop confections. Q&A: Kelly Clarkson Talks Lesbian Groupies ('Kezbos'!), Gay Bars & Her Problem With 'Risqu&eacute;' Pop Peers <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Before catapulting to pop stardom, Kelly Clarkson was one of us. In many ways, she still is. The original "American Idol," who memorably erupted into waterworks when she championed the first season of the reality show in 2002, wasn't always able to muster the willpower she's instilled in the gay community through her uncompromising persona and liberating pop anthems, including those on her latest album, "Piece by Piece." Deep Inside Hollywood <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Michael Sam on Dancing with the Stars, Peter Dinklage, Thomas Roberts, and movie updates Rep. Gary Glenn Issues 'Agenda Alert' Because News Editor Is Gay Planet Fitness Sued Over Transgender Support The folks at {URL Planet Fitness http:www.pridesource.comarticle.html?article=70569}, who have weathered a blistering national campaign to denigrate their pro-transgender rights stance in Midland, Michigan are now facing a lawsuit over that stance. Miller Won't Seek Re-Election 'I Can't Treat That, 'Cause Religious Freedom' Hull's Voice Bill Schuette: On Duty For His Future? Government Small Enough To Insert In Your Vagina While State GOP Tries To Stop Abortions, They Are Also Trying to Stop Gay Adoptions Glenn Proposes Extending State Right To Work Law To Cops And Firefighters Road Funding Ballot Language Approved Pence Signs Indiana Religious Freedom Act <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed SB101 March 26, which was authored with the intent of ensuring that the government cannot force a citizen to violate their religious beliefs. In spite of overwhelming opposition from corporations, civil rights advocates and major convention organizers, Pence signed in to law a sweeping bill that will allow individuals to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against the LGBT community and minorities. HIV Outbreak In Indiana To Be Declared Public Emergency <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Faced with a growing HIV outbreak tied to intravenous drug use, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday he's considering a needle-exchange program as part of a public health emergency he's preparing to declare in a county that's at the epicenter of the cases. Presbyterians Approve Gay Marriage In Church Constitution <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>NEW YORK (AP) - The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has expanded its definition of marriage to include a "commitment between two people," recognizing gay marriage as Christian in the church constitution after decades of debate over same-sex relationships. Puerto Rico Seeks To Recognize, Allow Gay Marriages SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Puerto Rico's Justice Department announced March 20 that it will not defend the U.S. territory's laws banning gay marriage in a major turnaround for the socially conservative island that surprised many. Hard-right Sen. Cruz 1st To Announce Presidential Candidacy WASHINGTON (AP) - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, one of the Republican Party's most conservative members, announced on Monday he is running for the party's 2016 presidential nomination, making him the first among what is expected to be a crowded field of White House hopefuls to officially enter the race. Alabama Probate Judge Asks Court To Amend Gay Marriage Order MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A probate judge is asking the Alabama Supreme Court to concede that gay couples can marry in Alabama if the U.S. Supreme Court rules same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional later this year. Protesters Rally Against Ga. 'Religious Freedom' Bill ATLANTA (AP) - Demonstrators gathered at the Georgia Capitol building to rally against a bill critics say could lead to discrimination of gays, lesbians and others. Idaho House Panel Backs Federal Judge Impeachment Resolution BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho Republican lawmakers upset with federal judges overturning same-sex marriage bans across the country are pushing Congress to impeach judges who fail to uphold the U.S. Constitution. Gay Therapy Ban Passed Illinois House Committee SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gay conversion therapy opponents say the treatment causes harm to teenagers struggling with their sexuality and should be banned in Illinois. Indiana House Passes Religious Freedom Bill INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana House Republicans passed a sweeping religious freedom bill, in a 63-31 vote, that allows private parties -- including businesses open to the public -- to invoke a religious defense in legal cases. Kansas Senate Passes Bill Protecting Campus Religious Groups TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Senate approved a bill March 19 designed to protect religious groups on public college campuses that want to restrict their memberships to people who share their beliefs. Marriage Lawyers At Odds Over Who Will Argue Cases WASHINGTON D.C. -- Just six weeks before April 28 arguments, the chief lawyers for gay and lesbian couples who are challenging marriage bans in four states asked the high court for divided argument time. Transgender Students At School Can Choose Cap, Gown Color NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) - Students at a New Hampshire high school will now be able to choose between black and white for their graduation gowns, after a group representing transgender students asked the school board to allow that. Texas Attorney General Sues Over Same-sex Benefits AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas attorney general is suing the federal labor department over a plan that would extend family and medical leave benefits to married same-sex couples. Utah OKs Bill For Officials To Refuse To Officiate Marriages SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah's Republican governor has signed a bill allowing government officials to refuse to marry couples, including same-sex couples, for religious reasons. Marriage Lawyers At Odds Over Who Will Argue Cases WASHINGTON D.C. -- Just six weeks before April 28 arguments, the chief lawyers for gay and lesbian couples who are challenging marriage bans in four states asked the high court for divided argument time. Text Of Obama's Remark At Selma Anniversary Commemoration <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>It is a rare honor in this life to follow one of your heroes. And John Lewis is one of my heroes. Now, I have to imagine that when a younger John Lewis woke up that morning 50 years ago and made his way to Brown Chapel, heroics were not on his mind. 32 Gay Rights Activists Arrested In Idaho House And Senate <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>BOISE, Idaho (AP) - More than 30 gay rights activists have been arrested after protesting in the Idaho House and Senate chambers in an attempt to pressure lawmakers into passing anti-discrimination protections. Federal Judge Blocks Nebraska's Same-Sex Marriage Ban OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A federal judge blocked Nebraska's gay marriage ban on Monday, and the attorney general's office immediately appealed the decision to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Creep of the Week: Mat Staver Like many a homo, I am anxiously awaiting the Supreme Court's ruling on whether or not my marriage is allowed by law or a Satan-spawn union of evil. Obviously, I am hoping for the former so I can do things like be on my wife's health insurance and be a legal parent to my own son. Or what right-wingers call "Destroying America." Parting Glances: Save A Dolphin For Jesus An overly zealous biblically based consortium called Noah's Ark Angels is spending big tax-free bucks providing dolphins with bodysuits to stop that species' penchant for gay activity. Scenes from a Mall <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Performance Network To Host Ann Arbor Film Festival For Two Nights <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Ann Arbor Film Festival will present two nights of its Cinema and Music Performance series at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26 and Saturday, March 28 at the Performance Network Theatre. Performances on March 26 are "A Home Inside," a live presentation with three 16mm projectors by Berlinbased artists OJOBOCA (Anja Dornieden and Juan David Gonzalez Monroy) and a performance by Warsawbased artist and musician Wojciech Bakowski. Ann Arbor Theater Performs Classic Children's Tale <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>ANN ARBOR -- Award-winning Wild Swan Theater continues its 35th season of bringing the finest professional theater to families with "The Ugly Duckling." Make A Move With East Lansing's 'Chess - A Staged Concert' <img src='' 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. Annual Shakespeare Festival In Royal Oak Announces Auditions <img src='' 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. Women's Rights Explored In Slipstream Theatre Production <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Closet, Hollywood Gossip Collide In Riverwalk Theatre Production <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> The OutField: The Fight For Rights For Female Coaches The story is current, but you can be forgiven for thinking it's from 10 years ago. Or 50. Shannon Miller was one of the most successful coaches in college athletics - any sport, both genders. LGBT Mud 5k Brings In Over 650 Runners <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The sporting event featured obstacles such as the "Cherry Picker," "Is that Mud in Your Pants?" and "Hello Sailor." The OutField: Gay Games Come To Cleveland - And Akron Too <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Gay Games 9 took Cleveland by storm this month. Oh, and Akron too. Hold your snickers. Cleveland (and Akron) may not be San Francisco, Vancouver, New York, Amsterdam, Sydney, Chicago or Cologne - previous hosts of what would have been called the "Gay Olympics" had the Straight Olympics not gotten their panties in a bunch three decades ago. So "Gay Olympics" was out, even though the Straight Olympics folks had no problem with other Olympics names, like the Rat Olympics. The OutField: Gay Games 9 builds on the past <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The past year marked a watershed for LGBT sports. Athletes at every level - professional, college, high school and amateur - at first ventured, then flooded out of the closet. Media attention no longer treats gay athletes as exotic creatures, all but unheard of in the real world; stories now focus on more nuanced aspects of their lives. Homophobes are increasingly marginalized, banished from the sidelines to the back row of the bleachers. In some ways (though we're still waiting for that first huge-name pro male team-sport athlete to come out), LGBT athletics has reached the point we've long waited for: normalcy. Friends & Field Goals <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>From the sidelines, the Michigan Panthers flag football players appear to be an identical group, indistinguishable in their fluorescent orange jerseys. But out on the turf, in the thick of game, the athletes are anchored to the sport by a shared competitive spirit and love for their teammates, as each of them, for varying reasons, call the league "home." For Otiz Porter, 37, a psychology professor at Wayne County Community College, it's also "being a part of something larger than yourself, where there are vast types of gay men represented. Gay, straight, transsexual - whatever box you like to put yourself in, it's represented (in the Metro Detroit Flag Football League). And you are considered an athlete." The OutField: The Ultimate Game <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>So how gay is frisbee? Pretty gay. It's a sport - which is actually called "Ultimate" and played with a "disc," because "Frisbee" is a registered trademark - that has traditionally attracted "outsiders." Some are good athletes who have been turned off by the rigid rules and militaristic manner of mainstream sports. Others are people who always considered themselves non-athletes, but finally realized the joy that can be found running, throwing and catching. Not So Uplifting <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Scenes from a Mall <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> The Gospel Of Jon <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>