PrideSource - front http://www.pridesource.com 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 webmaster@pridesource.com webmaster@pridesource.com pridesource.com http://www.pridesource.com/img/logo.gif http://pridesource.com LGBT Wedding Expo Embodies Hope http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70743 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2313/S1ME_Gallery_01-front.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70743 VIDEO: Fox 2 covers Wedding Expo http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70693 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2312/Fox2Image.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70693 Say 'I Do' And Support Equality At This Year's LGBT Wedding Expo http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70636 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2312/S2_SAYIDO_2312.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70636 The Fairy Godmother Of Weddings http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70637 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2312/S2W2_BEllaBridal_2312.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70637 Planning, Catering And More: Inclusive Vendor Jeff Zak http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70638 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2312/S2W2_JeffZakFeature_2312.JPG' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70638 You're Cordially Invited! http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70639 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2312/S2W4_WeddingGuest_2312.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70639 Here Come The Books http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70640 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70640 Wedding Expo Returns During Pivotal Year For Marriage Equality http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70007 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2306/S2_EXPO_2306.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70007 LGBT Jewelry Collection Comes To Tapper's http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68461 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/rony4-471x330main.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68461 Couple Wins Wedding Venue Dispute http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67684 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2234/S1N10_RiceCreekdiscrim_NYSKAug27_2236.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67684 Duggan Signs On In Support Of Marriage Equality http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66708 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2225/S1M3_DugganSigns_2225.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66708 Couples Celebrate Love And Acceptance at LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65697 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S1M3_CoupleExpoAJStory_2216_JamiilRobert.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65697 Michigan House Passes Adoption Discrimination Bills http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70763 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2313/S1M3_AdoptionBill_EditedSCP.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70763 Ally In Focus: More Than A Pharmacist http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70764 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2313/S1M3_DarnellJonesDistinguishedAwardForTransActivism_2313_EditedSCP.JPG' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70764 Transgender Questions Lead To CATA Policy Change http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70765 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70765 Same-Sex Couples Married In Michigan Celebrate Anniversaries http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70767 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70767 Michigan Civil Rights Panel Endorses Model Non-Discrimination Ordinance http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70768 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70768 Bringing Pride To Hockeytown http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70769 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2313/Detroit-Red-Wings-Logo.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70769 REC Announces New Program Director http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70770 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70770 AIDS Partnership Michigan And HIV/AIDS Resource Center Announce Merger http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70695 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2312/S1M10_HARCAPMMerger_2314.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70695 Michigan Dems Introduce Legislation Seeking Marriage Equality http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70691 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2312/S1M2_MarriageEqualityStateHouseBill_2313.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70691 National Progress On Marriage Equality http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70668 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70668 Affirmations' Black Tie Gala Debuts New Executive Director http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70669 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." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70669 Live Music And Limber Legs For An LGBT Cause http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70670 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70670 Defining the Post-Marriage LGBT Equality Movement http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70671 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70671 Recruiters Pursuing Diversity http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70567 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2311/S1M1_InsideCareerFairIMG_4432.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70567 Same-Sex Marriages: One Year Later http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70587 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2311/MarriageEquality-AP7square.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70587 Sixth Annual Transgender Day Of Visibility http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70568 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2311/S1M3_TDOV2015_2311.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70568 Planet Fitness Defends Trans Rights http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70569 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70569 Obituary: Malcolm Boyd http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70570 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70570 SCOTUS Sets Date For Same-Sex Marriage Hearing http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70495 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2310/S1M10_SCOTUSDateSet_2311.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70495 BREAKING: State House Committee Tells Kids Awaiting Placement Their Needs Don't Matter http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70391 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2309/S1M2_FosterCareAdoptionBillOutOfCommittee_2311.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70391 Q&A: Scott Eastwood Endorses Father's Gay Marriage Mantra, Talks Sex Scenes ('I Was Turned On') & Mel Gibson's Advice http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70803 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2313/ScottWEBMAIN2.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70803 Josh Groban Q&A: His Queer Bear Fans, Failing The Ryan Gosling 'Gay Test' & Why He Worships RuPaul http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70694 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2312/JoshGrobanWEB.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70694 Deep Inside Hollywood http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70703 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2313/S3_DIH_2313.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>HBO's "Battle of the Sexes," Meryl Carey and Helena go to Suffragette City, Chuck Palahniuk and Daniel Franzese http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70703 Q&A: Mo'Nique Talks Recent Media Slams, Race In Hollywood, Isaiah Washington ('He Never Had A Problem With Gays') & LGBT Integration http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70589 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2311/MoNique1WEB.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70589 Q&A: Olly Murs Talks Handsy Fans, Gay-Baiting & Sharing A Sweater With Sam Smith ('It Was A Beautiful Thing') http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70497 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2310/ollyweb.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70497 Q&A: Kelly Clarkson Talks Lesbian Groupies ('Kezbos'!), Gay Bars & Her Problem With 'Risqu&eacute;' Pop Peers http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70389 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2309/kellyCWEB2.jpg' 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." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70389 Deep Inside Hollywood http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70400 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2310/S3_DH_2310.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Michael Sam on Dancing with the Stars, Peter Dinklage, Thomas Roberts, and movie updates http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70400 Rep. Gary Glenn Issues 'Agenda Alert' Because News Editor Is Gay http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70796 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70796 Planet Fitness Sued Over Transgender Support http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70766 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70766 Miller Won't Seek Re-Election http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70560 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70560 'I Can't Treat That, 'Cause Religious Freedom' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70561 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70561 Hull's Voice http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70562 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70562 Bill Schuette: On Duty For His Future? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70563 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70563 Government Small Enough To Insert In Your Vagina http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70459 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70459 While State GOP Tries To Stop Abortions, They Are Also Trying to Stop Gay Adoptions http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70460 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70460 Glenn Proposes Extending State Right To Work Law To Cops And Firefighters http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70461 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70461 Road Funding Ballot Language Approved http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70462 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70462 Pence Signs Indiana Religious Freedom Act http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70801 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2313/S1N1_IndianaRFRA_2314.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70801 HIV Outbreak In Indiana To Be Declared Public Emergency http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70800 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2313/bigstock-Drug-Abuse-With-People-Sharing-67106875Banner.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70800 Presbyterians Approve Gay Marriage In Church Constitution http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70772 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2313/S1N2_AP_Presbyterians_2313.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70772 Puerto Rico Seeks To Recognize, Allow Gay Marriages http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70773 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70773 Hard-right Sen. Cruz 1st To Announce Presidential Candidacy http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70774 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70774 Alabama Probate Judge Asks Court To Amend Gay Marriage Order http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70775 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70775 Protesters Rally Against Ga. 'Religious Freedom' Bill http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70776 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70776 Idaho House Panel Backs Federal Judge Impeachment Resolution http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70777 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70777 Gay Therapy Ban Passed Illinois House Committee http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70778 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gay conversion therapy opponents say the treatment causes harm to teenagers struggling with their sexuality and should be banned in Illinois. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70778 Indiana House Passes Religious Freedom Bill http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70779 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70779 Kansas Senate Passes Bill Protecting Campus Religious Groups http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70780 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70780 Marriage Lawyers At Odds Over Who Will Argue Cases http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70781 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70781 Transgender Students At School Can Choose Cap, Gown Color http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70782 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70782 Texas Attorney General Sues Over Same-sex Benefits http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70783 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70783 Utah OKs Bill For Officials To Refuse To Officiate Marriages http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70784 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70784 Marriage Lawyers At Odds Over Who Will Argue Cases http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70785 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70785 Text Of Obama's Remark At Selma Anniversary Commemoration http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70572 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2311/1_OBAMA_shutterstock_106142786.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70572 32 Gay Rights Activists Arrested In Idaho House And Senate http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70476 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2310/S1N_IdahoArrest_2310.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70476 Federal Judge Blocks Nebraska's Same-Sex Marriage Ban http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70472 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70472 Creep of the Week: Mat Staver http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70789 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." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70789 Parting Glances: Save A Dolphin For Jesus http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70792 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70792 Scenes from a Mall http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70797 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2313/S1OCA_EditorialCartoon_2313.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70797 Performance Network To Host Ann Arbor Film Festival For Two Nights http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70712 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2313/S2_AACC_2313_PerfNetwork.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70712 Ann Arbor Theater Performs Classic Children's Tale http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70713 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2313/S2_AACC_WildSwan.jpg' 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." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70713 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 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 Women's Rights Explored In Slipstream Theatre Production http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70408 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2310/S2_FerndaleCC-SlipStream-2310.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70408 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 The OutField: The Fight For Rights For Female Coaches http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70710 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70710 LGBT Mud 5k Brings In Over 650 Runners http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66976 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2228/S2_Mudrun_2229.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The sporting event featured obstacles such as the "Cherry Picker," "Is that Mud in Your Pants?" and "Hello Sailor." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66976 The OutField: Gay Games Come To Cleveland - And Akron Too http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67918 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S3_OF_2237.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67918 The OutField: Gay Games 9 builds on the past http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65861 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2218/S3_OF_2218.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65861 Friends & Field Goals http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65074 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2211/S2_HealthFlagFootball_2211.jpg' 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." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65074 The OutField: The Ultimate Game http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64944 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2210/S2_OT_2210.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64944 Not So Uplifting http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70795 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2313/S3_CA_2313.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70795 Scenes from a Mall http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70797 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2313/S1OCA_EditorialCartoon_2313.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70797 The Gospel Of Jon http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70708 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2313/S3_PUZ_2313-PUZ.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70708