PrideSource - front Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 08 Dec 2016 06:08 EST 08 Dec 2016 06:08 EST World AIDS Day Detroit Engages Youth <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>More than 400 Detroit-area students attended the World AIDS Day Detroit Youth Symposium on Dec. 1 at the Garden Theater in Detroit. EQMI Political Mixer Raises Concerns <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>It's been two years since Equality Michigan has hosted a major fundraising event, and while the organization's Fall reception - a political mixer - on Dec. 2 offered up a number of reasons to celebrate, a cloud loomed over DTE Energy's Headquarters in Detroit where the event was held. The Road Ahead Stephanie White addresses controversial Equality Michigan award for Greg McNeilly and more. Civil rights commission to discuss Flint water crisis report New Steps for Beulah Church They're the church's first co-rectors, and Jodi Baron, is its first female ordained priest."People don't always know how to address me," Jodi said Worship Guide: Holiday Services Calendar Check out this list to find an inclusive place to commemorate the holidays this season. Calling Metro Detroit Artists for Kresge Artist Fellowship Metro Detroit artists are invited to apply for a 2017 Kresge Artist Fellowship. Fellowships are funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by Kresge Arts in Detroit at the College for Creative Studies. Faith Leaders Work Toward Healing a Divided Community Faith-based coalition Inclusive Justice has been reaching out to congregations statewide to provide encouragement, hope and a reminder of the community's potential through and beyond these hard times. Top 35 LGBTQ Christian Books of 2016 Named Lesbian Christian author Kittredge Cherry announced a diverse list of LGBTQ Christian books. Harmful Voter ID Bill Clears House Committee A harmful voter ID bill, HB 6066, cleared the Michigan House Elections Committee on a 5-3 party-line vote Dec. 1. Trumping HIV <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Despite extraordinary achievements in addressing the 35-year-old HIV crisis in the United States, the future of billions of dollars in federal support funds for people living with and at risk for the virus could be in jeopardy when a Republican Congress and president are sworn-in this January. Ferndale Pride Donates $11,000 to Local Charities <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Ferndale's annual celebration of love and diversity for the LGBTQ community - Ferndale Pride - is not just an event that brings people together. It's an event that raises money for local charities. And this year $11,000 was given to groups that make a difference in the community. Save the Date: EQMI 2016 Fall Reception DETROIT -There are so many amazing people in the community to celebrate: allies, activists, change agents, and the next generation of leaders. On Dec. 2 Equality Michigan will be honoring them all and celebrating the wide diversity of the full LGBTQ movement during their 2016 Fall Reception - A Political Mixer. Lansing Sends Message to Vulnerable Communities in Wake of Election In response to recent incidents of hate speech, bullying and violence related to the presidential election, various leaders in the Lansing area came together to create the Lansing Takes Action movement. World AIDS Day Detroit Revitalizes Awareness Launched by Phillip Kucab in 2011, WADD -- acknowledged on Dec. 1 -- is a grassroots campaign to provide a day of reflection, awareness and education. Participate In LGBT and Caregiving Survey In an effort to better understand caregiving with LGBT older adults, members of the community are invited to participate in the LGBT and Caregiving Survey. Affirmations Community Conversation Inspires Action <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>During the community conversation at Affirmations in Ferndale on Nov. 14, the one question people in attendance kept asking is "What do we do now?" OU Ranks as One of Michigan's Top LGBTQ-inclusive Campuses <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Campus Pride Index recently ranked Oakland University in Rochester Hills as one of the top LGBTQ-friendly campuses in the state of Michigan. Obituary: David Walter Adamany (Sept. 23, 1936-Nov. 10, 2016) Former Wayne State University President David Adamany died Nov. 10 following a brief illness. He was 80 years old. 'Fun Home' Star Discusses 'Important Piece of Theater' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>During this interview with Kate Shindle, she shared the breaking news that off Broadway theaters had just agreed to higher salaries for actors and stage managers - while also getting comfortable in "Fun Home." Megan Mullally on the 'Very Good Chance' a 10-Episode Revival of 'Will & Grace' Is Happening, James Franco's Gayness & Lesbian Advances <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Tip one back for Megan Mullally, who's making a move to the big screen in "Why Him?" after a drove of indie roles, including gay-affirming mom Mrs. Van Camp in 2013's "G.B.F." , and a variety of TV stints. But when it comes to the small screen, it's the 58-year-old actresses' eight-year role on the groundbreaking late '90 NBC sitcom "Will & Grace," as quippy, martini-swigging socialite Karen Walker, that changed Mullally's life as much as it changed ours. So, honey, sit back and catch up on all things Mullally. She has a lot to say about that time a female coworker attempted to seduce her, crushing on "the gayest person in the world," witnessing "100 percent" of James Franco's butt crack and the likelihood of a "Will & Grace" reboot (spoiler alert: it's very, very likely). Q&A: Alison Bechdel on Why She's Revisiting 'Dykes to Watch Out For' Eight Years Later & Her Doubts About Making 'Fun Home' a Musical <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Recently, the 56-year-old artist talked about getting back to the lesbian characters that first endeared her to LGBT audiences decades ago. Moreover, she discussed her doubts about "Fun Home" becoming a Broadway musical ("I'll take your option money, but good luck!"), the next-level catharsis she experienced when it did, and the pressures of critical and commercial success. Deep Inside Hollywood <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Q&A: Joe Jonas on Fans Who Send Him Naked Selfies, 'Fun' Gay Rumors & Exploring S&M <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Why is Joe Jonas talking about whips and leather? Apart from recalling his experience with both, the answer is simply because he can. Because the former baby-faced JoBro is all man now, from his 5 o'clock shadow to his steel physique, which he's not been shy about showing off. While making the promotional rounds for his debut as lead singer of Los Angeles-formed collective DNCE, the newly liberated 27-year-old hasn't merely shifted away from the much-publicized "purity ring" of his youth, taking on a kinky array of topics including porn, boners and penis size - he's erased its very existence. The Frivolist: 5 Things You Should Be Thankful For as a Modern LGBT Person Listless to Blissful: The Non-Traditional Bride(s) <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Amanda Lehman-Faber said she was never "that girl" -- the girl who dreamed and imagined every little detail of her wedding day. 305 Claims Approved for Pulse Victims' Fund ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Officials with a fund created from donations for victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting say they will distribute $29.5 million on 305 claims when the process is completed. Walmart Cites Settlement Agreement in Same-Sex Benefits Case Trump's Inauguration Set to Test Nation's Readiness to Heal WASHINGTON (AP) - One thing you can count on during inauguration season in Washington: People of all stripes will find a reason to show up whether it's to celebrate or commiserate.There are parties and protests to attend, stars to gawk at, receptions to be worked, deals to be done, drinks to be consumed. Trump Appointments: A Troubling Trend <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Bono Recruits Julia Roberts, Channing Tatum for AIDS Fight <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>NEW YORK (AP) -Donate at least $10 to Bono's charity (RED) and the singer is giving donors a chance to drink tea with him and Julia Roberts, enjoy a private concert from U2 or party in Las Vegas with "Magic Mike" star Channing Tatum. Major HIV Vaccine Trial in South Africa Stokes Hope VERULAM, SOUTH AFRICA -An article by The Washington Post on Nov. 25 reports after decades of shadowboxing with the human immunodeficiency virus, researchers were encouraged four years ago when a test of a vaccine on 16,000 people in Thailand turned up a previously unknown vulnerability in the resilient pathogen. Trump Disavowal of White Supremacists Doesn't Quiet Concerns ATLANTA (AP) - Donald Trump's disavowal this week of white supremacists who have cheered his election as president hasn't quieted concerns about the movement's impact on his White House or whether more acts of hate will be carried out in his name. LGBT Activists Denounce Sessions Nomination One LGBT legal activist called it "chilling." Others called it "alarming" and "extreme." Even outside the LGBT community, the reaction was unusually harsh. How LGBT Candidates Across the Country Faired Election Day <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Sixty-one percent of 188 openly LGBT candidates this year won their races. STUNNER: Defying polls, Trump wins election <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>To the shock of political observers and LGBT rights supporters who expected his defeat, Donald Trump claimed a surprise victory Nov. 8 against Hillary Clinton in his bid for the White House. Baldwin Advances Up Democratic Leadership The U.S. Senate's only openly LGBT member earned a leadership spot Wednesday, as Senate Democrats re-organize following the Nov. 8 election. LGBT characters at all time high on U.S. television <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Q & A with Hillary Clinton <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Hillary Clinton pledged to build a "hopeful, inclusive America where everyone counts" as she continues to draw a contrast between herself and Donald Trump over their views on LGBT issues. Clinton answered 13 questions on issues important to the LGBT community in a written interview with the Washington Blade on Nov. 2 with less than one week remaining before Election Day. US Supreme Court Takes Up Transgender Student Case In a development that could worry LGBT legal activists, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday announced that it would hear an appeal that challenges a lower court decision in favor of a transgender student who was denied access to a school bathroom consistent with his gender identity. Is This a 'Cure' for HIV? Monkeys infected with SIV, the primate equivalent of HIV, were given a nine-month course of a monoclonal antibody while on antiretroviral therapy (ART), then all treatment was stopped. Two of the treated monkeys showed no rebound of the virus. Federal Appeal Seeks to Halt North Carolina Restroom Law RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's law limiting LGBT protections suffered a blow weeks ago when a judge ruled that three transgender residents must be allowed to use restrooms matching their gender identity at the campuses where they work and study. Now those plaintiffs want an appeals court to expand that preliminary ruling to cover all transgender people, across the state. UN LGBT Expert Vows Broad Investigations into Abuses <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>BANGKOK (AP) - The first-ever U.N. independent expert selected to examine violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people has vowed to forge ahead with wide-ranging investigations despite formidable opposition to his appointment in a U.N. vote. Fidel Castro Leaves Legacy of Oppression, Say Many LGBT Cubans <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro's death has many LGBT activists reflecting on a history of repression under his regime. New Delhi Pride Parade Marchers Call for End to Anti-LGBT Laws <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>LGBT rights activists marched in New Delhi's Pride parade Nov. 27, calling for the repeal of a law that criminalizes gay sex and for an end to other instances of discrimination in India. Australia turns down national vote on same-sex marriage Gay Rights Groups Build Alliances to Counter Climate of Fear NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - Gay rights activists are joining with refugees, ethnic minorities and other groups to beat back forces that are exploiting a climate of fear created by terror concerns, an official with an international gay rights advocacy group said Oct. 20. Belfast Bakery Loses Appeal Over Refusal of Gay-rights Cake BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) - A Belfast bakery on Monday lost its appeal of a ruling that it discriminated against a gay customer by refusing to bake a cake decorated with a message supporting same-sex marriage. Why We Need Safe Spaces Suddenly the idea of a safe space doesn't seem so quaint. Going High: Hard Work, Frank Talk & Not Backing Down We can't all pack up our toys and move to Canada or stay in our beds with our heads covered hoping it was all just a bad dream. Transmissions: Doing It for Ourselves It is likely that the vice president-elect is the power behind this throne. Positive Thoughts: A Sense of Community Community is a word I often hear bandied about at various HIV meetings, conferences, and gatherings, but it's sometimes a loaded word that often means different things to different people, and its definition depends on the setting or context in which it's used. Student Questions UM's Support of Homophobic FDA Blood Donor Policy Daniel Anthony wrote the following letter to University of Michigan Vice President for Student Life E. Royster Harper after she distributed a letter to the student body on Nov. 9 reminding them to donate blood to the American Red Cross for the 35th annual Blood Battle with Ohio State University. Mombian: Picking Up the Shards I made a cake on Nov. 8 to celebrate what I thought would be Hillary Clinton's election. Worship Guide: Holiday Services Calendar Check out this list to find an inclusive place to commemorate the holidays this season. Faith Leaders Work Toward Healing a Divided Community Faith-based coalition Inclusive Justice has been reaching out to congregations statewide to provide encouragement, hope and a reminder of the community's potential through and beyond these hard times. Top 35 LGBTQ Christian Books of 2016 Named Lesbian Christian author Kittredge Cherry announced a diverse list of LGBTQ Christian books. Lesbian Sues Catholic School Over Firing HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - A woman is suing a Roman Catholic school in New Jersey, alleging the school violated the state's discrimination law when she was fired because she's married to a woman. Former LDS Church Lobbyist Joins Board Of LGBT Mormon Group SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A former lobbyist for the Mormon church has joined the board of a support group for LGBT Mormons. Decision Day: When The Supreme Court Rules Michigan for Marriage is currently planning events across the state to be held on URL Decision Day http:action.marriagemi.orgpagesSCOTUSDday this month. The day the Supreme Court rules on marriage will be historic. A Different Kind Of Catholic Church <img src=' the GoodShepherd photo.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>FERNDALE -- The Catholic church is not exactly known for tolerance. But Community of Christ the Good Shepherd is not the typical Catholic church. LGBT-Inclusive Spring Worship Events Rev. Ric Beattie Takes The Helm Of Unity Royal Oak <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Rev. Ric Beattie takes over Unity Royal Oak this Good Friday. First-Of-Its-Kind LGBT Jewish Curriculum <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>{BOLD WASHINGTON D.C. -} The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Institute for Welcoming Resources, Keshet, COLAGE and Family Equity Council released a curriculum designed to help Jewish congregations support and embrace LGBT members of their families. Worship Songwriter Vicky Beeching Comes Out As Gay <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>London - British star of the American Christian rock scene, Vicky Beeching came out as gay Aug. 13 in an interview with the U.K. newspaper, the Independent. She is a popular writer and singer of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) worship songs and has been performing for 12 years but has been writing them for much longer. 100-year-old Ohio Church Installs Gay Pastor Award-Winning Documentary Considers Mormon Trans Woman's Tale Of Transition A new documentary from OHO Media titled "Transmormon" highlights a young trans woman's self-realization while intimately introducing viewers to her family, her faith and her journey. New Report Exposes Deceptive Religious Right Strategy Targeting LGBT Equality <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Within in a few short years, legal same-sex marriage has arrived in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The armed forces' "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and federal law, which barred openly gay military service, has been repealed. And for all the Religious Right and social conservatives' efforts to block such progress, equal rights for LGBTs, it would appear, are advancing in significant ways. Lutherans Embrace LGBT Community With 'Reconciling In Christ' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>"When you walk into an R.I.C. Lutheran Church you are embraced by the congregation and all who are present will welcome you if they recognize that you are new, especially if you are gay, lesbian or transgender." - Wendy Wellman, chair of the Southeast Michigan Synod Diversity Task Force on Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression Clergy Come Out In Support Of Michigan Same Sex Couples In the wake of the ruling in favor of marriage equality by Judge Bernard Friedman in the DeBoer v. Snyder case March 21, a number faith-based expressions of inclusion were released by local clergy. This is reaffirming to the LGBT community, and even though the 6th U.S. Court of Appeals has issued a stay on Friedman's ruling for the moment, it's still good news just in time for the Ultimate 2014 LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo sponsored by Between The Lines and slated for April 12. Leaping Over The Boundaries Of Traditional Marriage TRENTON - In a world where "traditional marriage" dominates the expected norms, along with all the legal challenges of same-sex marriage facing LGBT couples in Michigan, two individuals have crossed societal boundaries in more ways than one. Pastor Mike Meyer and husband Carson Anderson are not only a legally married couple, but with Meyer an ordained Lutheran Minister and Anderson an African American, the lines of racial, religious and traditional marriage have all been blown away by this happily married couple, who've been together for the past 15 years. New LGBT-Affirming Congregation comes to Southeast Michigan A new LGBT-affirming church, Affirming Love Ministries, is coming to the Metro-Detroit and YpsilantiAnn Arbor areas. The diverse congregation is a non-denominational Christian ministry that believes in "the radical inclusivity of Jesus Christ." Abrams Lost Her Church, But Has Found Her Calling Her story made national headlines. Bishop Allyson Abrams stepped down from her church, Zion Progress Baptist Church in downtown Detroit, in October after announcing that she had married a woman. A well respected member of Detroit's faith community, Abrams also resigned her positions as secretary of the powerful Detroit Council of Baptist Pastors and co-editor of the magazine of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. Three Gay Holocaust Survivors Remember Between 1933 and 1945 when the Nazis came to power in Germany an estimated 100,000 homosexual men were arrested, of whom 50,000 were sentenced under criminal law Paragraph 175. Most served prison sentences. An estimated 5,000 to 15,000 were sent to concentration camps. The OutField: A Show of Gratitude The OutField: Out Off the Field <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In nearly 10 years of covering sports, "The OutField" has reported on dozens of LGBT athletes and coaches. We've interviewed gay fan groups and referees. We've talked about the Gay Games, and the (largely) straight Olympics. The OutField: Changing the Game <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>As a high school student, Shane Wickes' life was good. The Reno, Nevada native was an all-state football player (offensive guard) and a state champion discus thrower. The OutField: Jeremy Brener's Inspirational High School Journey <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Growing up in Houston as the son of a multi-sport athlete, it felt natural for Jeremy Brener to play sports. He enjoyed them all, especially soccer and basketball. He coached younger kids in a recreational league. The OutField: Cheering on #EveryFan Separated by only 11 miles - and both proudly sporting the color blue - Duke University and the University of North Carolina enjoy perhaps the most intense college athletic rivalry in the country. The OutField: Cheering on #EveryFan Separated by only 11 miles - and both proudly sporting the color blue - Duke University and the University of North Carolina enjoy perhaps the most intense college athletic rivalry in the country. Creep of the Week: Donald Trump Some LGBTQ people, and people who love LGBTQ people, voted for Trump. Creep of the Week: Betsy DeVos Betsy DeVos claims she wants all kids to have a good education. Unfortunately, what she's unleashed in Michigan is absolutely not accomplishing that. Creep of the Week: Jeff Sessions A long, long time ago, in 1986, Jeff Sessions was nominated to be a federal judge in Alabama. But the Senate Judiciary Committee was all, "Uh, no, you're way too racist." Creep of the Week: Donald Trump America essentially told Hillary Clinton to go make Donald Trump a sandwich. Creep of the Week:Tony Perkins It's interesting that Tony Perkins said that Trump is going to give Christians "space." Isn't that what your girlfriend gives you right before she breaks up with you? Creep of the Week: Gordon Klingenschmitt Hiding Pence <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Craft Dodger <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> I Voted <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>