PrideSource - front Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 01 Jul 2016 21:01 EST 01 Jul 2016 21:01 EST Getting Hitched In The Hall of Justice <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>LANSING - Just before 11 a.m. on June 26, 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision on Obergefell v. Hodges and extended marriage equality to the entire country. Since that moment thousands of LGBT couples across the country have upgraded their domestic partnership and or commitment ceremony plans to wedding cakes and marriage licenses. A Year After Marriage Equality, LGBT Community Poised For More Activism <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Obergefell: Marriage Ruling Plaintiff from Ohio Dedicated to Activism CINCINNATI (AP) - Three years ago Sunday, Jim Obergefell asked his longtime partner to marry him, beginning a whirlwind of events that led to his name being at the top of the U.S. Supreme Court case that resulted exactly two years later in legalization of same-sex marriage across America. LGBT Couples' Wedding Spending Soars Over the past year since marriage equality became the law of the land, LGBT couples are spending a lot more on weddings, and family acceptance of same-sex marriages is up dramatically, according to a recent study. Local Company Helps Preserve Wedding For Eternity <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>FARMINGTON HILLS - A local company near Detroit is helping couples make their wedding day a little more Do-It-Yourself while also adding in a professional feel with the help of top grade HD cameras. The Queering of Tegan and Sara: Duo Talks Rising Above the Underground, Defying Labels and Being Anti-Marriage <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>&quot;The world has changed a lot,&quot; Tegan Quin says, knowingly speaking to the queer choir. And who can argue? In the last five years alone, the LGBT community has made considerable strides in being seen as equals. But the effect doesn&#39;t just mean more same-sex weddings and the prospect of mixed-gender bathrooms. The world changing means Tegan and Sara can change too. &quot;We love the support of the queer community,&quot; says Sara, &quot;but we also needed to set our heights to be included in other places too. We shouldn&#39;t just be the &#39;gay band&#39; - that&#39;s not who we are.&quot; Tegan and Sara, then, let the sound of their collective youth - the flamboyancy of David Bowie, the heartfelt resonance of Annie Lennox - guide them beyond the indie-rock fringe they&#39;d inhabited since they formed out of Calgary, their birthplace, in the mid-&#39;90s. Because they could. Because why not? Q&A: Alexander Skarsgard on Gay Sex Scenes & How Playing Tarzan Was 'Nothing Compared to That Night in Drag' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Alexander Skarsgard sure knows how to offset the uproar over his missing loincloth in "The Legend of Tarzan." "I'm actually wearing it right now," teases Skarsgard, joking about the brouhaha regarding this Tarzan's more civilized article of clothing as he portrays the jungle warrior in Warner Bros.' new take on a classic tale. "I do all my phoners in a loincloth." Bookmarks: LGBT Wordsmiths Pre-Orlando, Post Orlando <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Briggs Detroit for the Win <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Motor City's only LGBT sports bar finds fans and a following in downtown Motor City. 'Spin' Into A Seat For Play On LGBT Homelessness and Brown Boy Love <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>ANN ARBOR - Emilio Rodriguez is a a playwright, actor, director and teaching artist who moved to Detroit after receiving his Drama degree from UC Irvine in southern California. Deep Inside Hollywood <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> To Transgender Movement Leaders, Activism Is an Antidote to Violence <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Two Michigan Cities Pass Nondiscrimination Ordinances In the last week two cities in the state have added LGBT protections to the city's nondiscrimination ordinance. Howell and Portage become the 39th and 40th city to step up and protect their LGBT residents and visitors by adding full protections for LGBT individuals. Analysis: Election 2016 Could Deliver 5 Openly Gay State Reps to Lansing HOPE Fund Awards $60k to Three Orgs Working to Improve LGBT Lives DETROIT - The HOPE Fund, housed at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM), recently approved $60,000 to be divided into three grants supporting programs that help LGBT individuals. Job Training For Older LGBTs Coming Up DETROIT - SAGE Metro Detroit will host its first job training program, SAGEWorks Employment Boot Camp, to help 10 LGBT older adults obtain the skills needed for today's workplace. 6th Annual LGBT Older Adult Summit Highlights What's Next For LGBT Elders <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> 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. Large Gathering at Affirmations Honors Lives Lost in Orlando FERNDALE - On June 12 the LGBT community experienced what President Obama has called an "act of hate" and what many are calling a direct attack on the LGBT community. Charles Pugh Arrested in New York <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Between The Lines has learned that the man in the new case, who is now 27, first met Pugh when as a member of the Mosaic Youth Theatre he appeared on the weekend news program Pugh was anchoring. Sources say the young man initially inquired about becoming an intern. Though that never came to happen, the boy would go on to build a relationship with Pugh that included visits to Pugh's downtown Detroit town house where authorities are alleging the inappropriate relationship developed.Now, Pugh is to be charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and three in the third. While criminal sexual conduct in the third degree in punishable by up to 15 years in prison, the maximum sentence for a first degree conviction is life. In Wake of Orlando Massacre, LGBT Venues Ramp Up Security In the aftermath of the Orlando massacre, the staff at Spiral Nightclub in Lansing have begun talking about guns. Not banning them, but rather getting them. Goal: 100 for HIV Testing Day The CDC estimates that the lifetime risk that a black man who has sex with men will contract HIV is 1 in 2. Latino men who have sex with men have a lifetime risk of 1 in 4. And recently, a study from Emory University found the men who have sex with men have a rate of HIV infection 57.5 percent higher than other men in the US. Transwomen are 49 times more likely than any other group of women in the world to be infected with HIV. Unity, Defiance In The Face of Terror, Hate <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>As news of the horror in Orlando filtered out Sunday, activists across the state and the country organized impromptu vigils to mourn and to stand in defiance of an attack which President Barack Obama labeled "an act of terrorism and of hate." Motor City Pride Feels For Orlando DETROIT - Saturday was hot. Blistering hot with strong winds. All week weather reports recommended Michiganders plan their weekend with caution for impending thunderstorms - maybe a severe thunderstorm they said. Despite intense winds there were only a few clouds. It never rained. Affirmations Hosts Vigil for Pulse Victims Over 700 people gathered at Affirmations June 14 to honor the LGBT men and women who were murdered in a horrific act of terror against the LGBT community at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Take the Test, Take Control <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>National HIV Testing Day on June 27 draws attention to the estimated 1.2 million people in the U.S. living with HIV...Several Michigan health departments and community-based organizations will provide HIV testing opportunities through mobile clinics, outreach bars, parks, churches and community-wide events now through the end of the month. Below is a list of sites throughout Michigan where you and your loved ones can get tested for HIV. For more information, call 800-872-AIDS or visit www.michigan.govhivstd. Scarab Club Unveils Marketing Campaign: 'We Know Detroit by Art' DETROIT - It's an organization rich in history and poor on public relations. The Scarab Club, which turns 110 next year, has not always done a good job of promoting itself. But thanks to a powerful new marketing campaign done gratis by the Mars Agency and promoted by Marx Layne Public Relations, the Club is hoping for a rebirth. ACLU, Secretary of State Johnson, Discuss Trans Identities LANSING -LGBT Special Projects Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan, Jay Kaplan, met with Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson June 10 in a deposition over a recent revision to the state's policy on changing one's gender on state identification. Equality Michigan Gets New Brand As part of LGBTQ Pride Month, Equality Michigan is rolling out its new logo and materials to the public, including an updated brochure, a victim services infolinkage card and new websites for both the Equality Michigan (c3) and Equality Michigan Action Network (c4) websites. Uncommon Coffee Roasters Becomes Certified LGBT Business Uncommon Coffee Roasters, a certified LGBT business (LGBTBE) in Saugatuck, Michigan, has launched three new Cold Brew Coffee products with the help of Guernsey Farms Dairy, including one that they call Straight. Bigotry Puts a Heavy Burden on Transgender Youth <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>It's hard enough being in high school, no matter who you are. Figuring yourself out is part of the experience of growing up, and it's not easy for anyone. Why Affirmations? Erspamer Discusses The Future of Michigan's Largest LGBT Center <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Seven months ago, Affirmations -- Michigan's largest LGBT community center -- announced the appointment of Susan Erspamer as the new executive director and leader of the organization. At the time of the announcement, Frank Aiello, Affirmations board president, said Erspamer "has the breadth and depth of experience that Affirmations needs in its next leader." But many within the community were unsure about Erspamer's leadership as she faced criticism for not having strong ties to the local LGBT community. So, who is she? And why did she choose Affirmations? Remembering the Orlando Victims Rainbow Flags, Images of Shooting Victims at Pride Parades <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>NEW YORK (AP) - Rainbow flags were held high along with portraits of the dead as thousands of people marched Sunday in gay pride parades tempered by this month's massacre at Pulse, a Florida gay nightclub. Obama Names Stonewall National Monument; 1st for Gay Rights <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama created the first national monument to gay rights on Friday, designating the site of the Stonewall riots in Manhattan where the modern gay rights movement took root nearly five decades ago. Officials: No Evidence Orlando Gunman Was Gay WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI investigators so far have not turned up persuasive evidence that Orlando gunman Omar Mateen was gay or pursuing gay relationships, according to two government officials familiar with the investigation. Reports: Authorities Feared Terrorism, Explosives at Pulse MIAMI (AP) - Law enforcement officials immediately suspected terrorism and adjusted their staging areas due to fears about an explosive device as they responded to reports of shots fired at a gay nightclub in Orlando, according to sheriff's office incident reports released Saturday. After Orlando, Some Businesses Stress LGBT Inclusivity Moves NEW YORK (AP) - Some small business owners already working to make their companies more welcoming to LGBT employees say the massacre at a gay dance club in Orlando gives them an impetus to make more changes. Lewis Drama in Congress Taken from Civil Rights Playbook WASHINGTON (AP) - Bernard Lafayette was all smiles as he watched his civil rights comrade John Lewis commandeer the floor of the U.S. House for an old-fashioned, marathon sit-in over gun legislation. After Orlando, Slight Cracks in Gun-rights' Grip on Congress WASHINGTON (AP) - Even after the Orlando shooting slaughter, no one expects Congress to dramatically tighten firearms curbs. Yet a few modest election-year cracks have shown in the iron grip that Republicans and the National Rifle Association have long enjoyed on the issue. Judge: Woman Has no Rights to Child in Same-Sex Divorce Case KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee judge on June 24 ruled that a woman in a same-sex divorce case does not have the legal rights to a child she and her wife have raised because of a 1977 state law on artificial insemination. North Carolina Governor, Challenger Clash over LGBT Law CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's law limiting protections for LGBT people took center stage June 24 in the state's first gubernatorial debate between the incumbent who signed the law and his challenger who wants to repeal it. Pope: Gays and Others Marginalized Deserve an Apology ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) - Pope Francis says gays - and other people marginalized by the church like the poor and the exploited - deserve an apology. Pat Summitt, Legendary Tennessee Lady Vols Coach, Dies At 64 <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>KNOXVILLE - Legendary Lady Vols Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt died early Tuesday morning from complications of Alzheimers disease. Summitt, an inspirational leader and mentor to hundreds of young women athletes, is credited with greatly advancing women's sports and female athletic visibility. President Obama Designates Stonewall National Monument <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>President Obama will designate a new national monument June 24 at the historic site of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City to honor the broad movement for LGBT equality. The new Stonewall National Monument will protect the area where, on June 28, 1969, a community's uprising in response to a police raid sparked the modern LGBT civil rights movement in the United States. Presidential Proclamation for the Establishment of the Stonewall Monument <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>President Obama will designate a new national monument June 24 at the historic site of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City to honor the broad movement for LGBT equality. The new Stonewall National Monument will protect the area where, on June 28, 1969, a community's uprising in response to a police raid sparked the modern LGBT civil rights movement in the United States. 7 Hard Truths the LGBT Community Must Address in the Wake of the Orlando Massacre <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Mississippi Attorneys: LGBT Law Protects Religious Rights U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves scheduled hearings on the lawsuits Monday and they will continue on Thursday.The law would provide protection for people with three religious beliefs: that marriage is only between a man and a woman, that sexual relations should only take place inside such a marriage and that a person's "immutable biological sex" is determined by anatomy and genetics at birth. 2015 Hate Crime Report Shows Significant Disparities The 2015 Hate Crime Report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects reports significantly higher victimization of youth, people of color, and particularly transgender individuals. Advocacy Groups Call for Unity in Wake of Orlando Mass Shooting WASHINGTON, DC, June 13, 2016--The National LGBTQ Task Force along with 52 other groups today called for unity in the wake of the mass shooting that took place in Orlando last weekend. Aftershocks of Orlando: Is GOP in 'Solidarity' with LGBT Community or Squirming Over Trump's Embrace? The aftershocks of a mass shooting at an LGBT nightclub June 12 continued to rattle through the 2016 presidential campaign during the past week.Almost every day, Donald Trump claimed that LGBT voters would support him because he wants to ban Muslims who, he says, "murder gays." LGBTQ and Gun Violence-Prevention Groups Call for Hate and Terror to be Disarmed Following Orlando Shooting After Orlando, The Fight For Equality Goes On But as we come to the end of this year's Pride Month, the events in Orlando serve as a stark reminder that the fight for equality in this nation for LGBT Americans must not end with marriage equality. We still live in a nation where Americans face discrimination - and can be bullied, fired, evicted, denied credit or services and even killed - simply because of their sexuality or gender identity. Orlando, Marriage Equality Anniversary and Papal call for Forgiveness: Renewed Pain, Fears and Hope Throughout our 75 year history, the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion has stood with those being mistreated because of race, religion, gender, diverse ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or ethnicity. Creep of the Week: James Dobson I went to go see Finding Dory with my son and I feel compelled to report that there is no transgender stingray featured in the film. I repeat: there is no trans-ray featured in the film. At least not that I saw. I mean, one scene features hundreds of them swimming by and there's just no way I could clock them all. Back to the Grind <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Orange Alert <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Friend Game <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> LGBT-Friendly Businesses Anticipate Wedding Expo <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Michigan Businesses Are Excited to Celebrate with the LGBT Community at the Ultimate LGBT Wedding Anniversary Expo on March 20 in Detroit.With every vendor space filled one month in advance, the event will feature over 100 vendors who look forward to helping couples and families plan their life celebrations. The 2016 Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo Celebrates Progress And Looks To The Future Of Equality <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> 2016 Michigan's Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo Celebrates Marriage Equality <img src=' 28.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> Scott Shuptrine Interiors Expands Again With New Furniture Gallery Fine furniture and design will soon be more convenient to discriminating homeowners in Macomb County. Redefining Home: The Fur Baby Boom A year before I was born in 1955, a television classic debuted. Lassie, a rough coat Collie, was a rural superhero. "Lassie," the television program, is pragmatically summed up by June Lockhart, who played Ruth Martin (1959-64), mother of young son Timmy and their family dog Lassie, as "...a fairy tale about people on a farm in which the dog solves all the problems in 22 minutes, in time for the last commercial." 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. Marriott Earns Perfect Ranking On Corporate Equality Index <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Marriott International, Inc. was recently named among America's top corporations for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, by earning a perfect 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). LGBT Inclusive Bed And Breakfast Receives Award <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>LGBT-supportive vacation spot, the Wickwood Inn, was recently named one of Food & Wine Magazine's 25 Best American bed and breakfasts. Bradlys: Home Decor & More <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Sometimes, it's just the threat of change that makes great ideas come to life. For Bradly Rakowski, owner of Bradly's Home and Garden in Lansing, the constant threat of a layoff made him take the leap into becoming his own boss. Yoga Studio Serves as LGBTQ Safe Space in Lansing <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Tucked in the shadow of Lansing's coal fired power plant, and across the street from that plant's replacement natural gas electricity generation station, is a small yoga studio. Michigan LGBTQA Career Fair Coming March 5 DEARBORN - Corporate leaders increasingly recognize that a diverse workforce provides them with a competitive edge. These leaders and their corporate recruiters want LGBT people to join their talent pool. Connecting corporate recruiters with Michigan's LGBT and ally job seekers is the primary goal of the LGBTQ Career Fair March 5 at the University of Michigan - Dearborn.