PrideSource - front http://www.pridesource.com Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 18 Sep 2014 03:18 EST 18 Sep 2014 03:18 EST webmaster@pridesource.com webmaster@pridesource.com pridesource.com http://www.pridesource.com/img/logo.gif http://pridesource.com Nearing Agricultural Nirvana With Dolly The Llama http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68067 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S2_PET_FarmAngie_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>CHELSEA - Following a path that has taken her from working in civil rights in the big metropolis of New York City to owning dozens of sheep, chickens, pigs and other rowdy farm animals, Angie Martell seeks a full life of balance and tranquility. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68067 Pick Up A Furry Friend This Weekend http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68118 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S2_PET_DetroitZoo_2238-3.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68118 Memoir Chronicles Gay Writer's Journey With Dog http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68119 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S2_PET_DogBook_2238-front.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Openly gay author Benoit Denizet-Lewis brings his observational writing to the world of pets with his recently published memoir, "Travels With Casey." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68119 Heroic Hound Sparks MHS Support At Mega March For Animals http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68120 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S2_PET_MegaMarch_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Michigan Humane Society is celebrating its Ninth Annual Mega March for Animals this fall, raising funds to support homeless animals like "Hunter the Hero." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68120 Fall Festivities For Furry Friends http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68121 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68121 Powerful Documentary Focuses On Animal Rights http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64866 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2209/S1M_PET_GHOST_2209.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"The Ghosts in Our Machine" is a powerful 2013 feature documentary about animal rights, made accessible through the photos and personal journey of well-known international photographer Jo-Anne McArthur and lesbian filmmaker Liz Marshall. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64866 Why We Should Care (More) About Animals http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64867 Someone should do a survey to actually see how many queer vegetarianvegan women are out there. I suspect a very large percentage. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64867 International Victories For Animals In 2013 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64868 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2209/S1M_ADI_2209.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64868 WAGS Program In Need Of Support http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64869 Jihannh Jones knows the comfort that having a pet can bring. After a long day of work helping service clients at the Michigan AIDS Coalition, Jones goes home to his adorable Shih-Poo named Buddy. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64869 Yellow Means Doggies Need Space http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64870 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2209/S1PETS_YellowDog_2209.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Some dogs need their space. Whether it's because they are recovering from an injury, still in the stages of being trained, or simply not that social, some dogs are better left to themselves. That's why the Yellow Dog Project is promoting an idea worldwide to protect dogs and people from social misunderstandings. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64870 Critters In Couture http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=62136 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2137/PetFashion.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Our canine companions are taking over the world of fashion. Stylish clothes, creative costumes, functional travel gear and accessories are flying off retailer shelves helping pet owners to keep their furry friends in fashion throughout the year. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=62136 Local Non-Profit Wins Ellen Degeneres' "Purely for Pets" Holiday Contest http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64197 Tail Wagger's 1990, a non-profit organization that works for animal welfare, recently won one of ten $10,000 grants. The money comes from the "Purely for Pets Holiday Wishes Grant Campaign" sponsored by Ellen Degeneres, Halo, and the Petco Foundation. Over 4,500 applicants applied to the contest, which was created to award non-profits who saved animals and gave them homes by the holidays. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64197 Dog Parks in Michigan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=55250 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=55250 Michigan Animal Lover Making International Waves http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=58725 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2109/S2_PET_2rescue_2109.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Out in "the boonies" between Flint and Lansing, a new animal rights and shelter organization headed by a gay mid-Michigan man is attracting international attention. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=58725 Reasons to Get Your Poop Scoop On http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=58726 Bill Field has been poop scooping for 13 years. And while the ins and outs of the animal waste removal business may not make for a glamorous story, the reasons behind it are worth understanding. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=58726 Wag'n Tails Pet Resort Knows the Importance of Good Grooming http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=58727 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2109/S2_PET_4WagGrooming_2109.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Grooming one's four-legged companion is not a luxury, but a part of care that every pet owner should take seriously. Not only does it make the animal look good, it makes them feel good and helps them stay healthy. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=58727 A terrier's cautionary tale http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=51811 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2008/S2_ROADTRIPINJURY_2008.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>What can be more fun for a dog than a road trip up north with your family and the chance to run free in the woods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula? For 13-year-old Eva, the frolicking came to an abrupt end when the 40-pound terrier mix impaled herself on a sharp stick that happened to be jutting out of the ground. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=51811 Mich. Dems Push Elliott-Larsen Amendment In House And Senate http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68086 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S1M1_ELCRAAmendSingh_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>LANSING - Two bills were introduced into the Michigan House and Senate Sept. 10 that would amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68086 Pregnant Lesbian Fired From Catholic School http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68087 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S1M3_BarbWebbAndKristenLasecki.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>BLOOMFIELD HILLS - Two weeks after she was let go, Michigan residents held a second protest Sunday outside Marian High School for the termination of Chemistry teacher Barb Webb. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68087 Walking With HIV: Sponsoring Acceptance http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68088 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S1M2_AIDS_DeltaTeam.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>ROYAL OAK - Hundreds met for the 23rd Annual AIDS Walk Detroit this past weekend in downtown Royal Oak. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68088 Black LGBT Church Founder Celebrates In Detroit http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68089 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S1M4_FullTruth25thCelebration.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - She no longer lives here, but Rev. Dr. Renee McCoy came home this month to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the church she founded. She spoke at a Friday night revival service Sept. 5th - part of a three-day anniversary celebration the church hosted - and later spoke with Between The Lines about the church's early days and how far it has come. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68089 Gender Neutral Bathrooms May Come To Detroit http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68090 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S1M10_EQMIGenderNeutral_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68090 Inclusive Congregation Celebrates National Coming Out Day http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68091 Congregation T'chiyah will celebrate National Coming Out Day and Sukkot on Saturday, Oct. 11. The Reconstructionist Jewish, inclusive congregation will host the event which includes a service from 10 a.m. to noon, with a visit to the sukkah (weather permitting). It's recommended that attendees arrive about 15 minutes early to meet, greet and find seating. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68091 Hearing Voices: Ruth Ellis Center's 15th Anniversary Raises Awareness and Funds http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68117 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/GALLERY_S1M_VOICES-fr_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - A large, celebratory crowd gathered at the College for Creative Studies for Voices, the annual benefit for the Ruth Ellis Center. With an auction, donations and corporate sponsorships, the event raised over $100,000 for the LGBTQ homeless youth facility in Detroit. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68117 Detroit Leadership Class Welcomes Affirmations' Director Of Programs http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68014 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S1M10AffiramationsDetroitLeadershipCouncil_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"I'm inspired by the passion and commitment all the participants have towards Detroit and Southeast Michigan and I'm looking forward to working with this talented class of individuals to increase awareness of resources related to sexual orientation and gender identity at Affirmations," said Jenkins. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68014 EQMI & Connect2Protect Fundraise For Gender Neutral Bathrooms In Detroit http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68011 Equality Michigan and Connect2Protect - Detroit have launched an Indiegogo campaign called the Safer Sign Bathroom Initiative to increase the number of gender neutral bathrooms in Detroit. If successful in raising its $1500 goal, the organizations will reach out to local businesses with gender-segregated bathrooms, supplying them with free gender neutral signs. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68011 New AIDS Partnership Michigan Coordinator To Tackle HIV, MSM Stigma For Detroit Agency http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67982 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S1M2_APMAIDSCoordiantor_2237photo7.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - As a teen, Akilah Benton volunteered with the city of Detroit Health Department. The experience of what she witnessed in the early 2000s, she says, launched her on a trajectory to address HIV and the systematic obstacles which inform, feed and encourage it. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67982 Mich. Dems Push Elliott-Larsen Amendment In House And Senate http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68006 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S1M1_ELCRAAmendSingh_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"Today I once again introduced a bill to include sexual orientation, gender identity and expression in Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. Updating the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act is about protecting our citizens and their families from being fired from a job or being denied housing because of who they are or who they love," said Rebekah Warren in a statement following the release of her bill. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68006 Gays Against Gary Glenn http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67981 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S1M1_GAGGMI_2237.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - Sixty-eight days from now, registered Michigan voters will choose whom they would like to see as Michigan's next elected officials. In the 98th Michigan House district, which includes part of Midland and Bay County, the race for the open seat is hot, especially for LGBT voters. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67981 AIDS Walk Locations http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67983 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S1M2_B__AIDSWalkLocations_2237.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67983 MY Consent Day Empowers Michigan Youth, LGBT Survivors Of Assault http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67984 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S1M4_MyConsentDay_2237.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>MICHIGAN - The Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH) will celebrate the launch of Michigan Youth (MY) Consent Day, an awareness campaign seeking to promote positive sexual health practices among Michigan youth. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67984 Q&A: Bill Hader Talks Gay Kisses ('Paul Rudd Tastes Like Chicken') & Trans Sketch ('Sorry') http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68012 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/billhaderweb.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68012 Take Hope In Health http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68026 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S2_FERNDALE_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>After its URL earlier success this year http:www.pridesource.comarticle.html?article=64445, Affirmations will again host a series of relationship skills classes along with HAVEN and Turning Point. Themed around health and wellness, the classes will have a different topic each session. The skills class is based on a curriculum development by the Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse in Seattle. (Space is limited for each session, so advanced registration at www.goaffirmations.org is recommended.) http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68026 Q&A: Breakout Star Banks Talks 'Crazy' Calls She Gets From Prison, Newfound Fame http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67902 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2236/banksweb1.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Jillian Banks is a long way away from being a gay icon, but she's off to a good start. Like Madonna and Cher, the moody Los Angeles songstress is a one-name phenom: Banks. A touchstone of 2014, her debut, "Goddess," is an intoxicating hybrid of James Blake-esque electronica and old-school R&B. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67902 Lithgow Talks Gays In Film, His 'Defiance Of Prejudice' & Robin Williams http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67791 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2235/5.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>There's a beautiful moment in Ira Sachs' indie hit "Love Is Strange" involving two older men - a New York couple forced to live apart after one of them loses his job, tearfully embracing. Life-changing? No. But that's the point: Its simplicity is a revelation. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67791 NPR Fixture Comes To East Lansing http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67878 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2236/S2_LANSING_2236.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Michele Norris, the award-winning journalist famed for her work on National Public Radio, comes to East Lansing this month. She will be a part of the Wharton Center's "World View Lecture Series" presented in partnership with the MSU Office of the President. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67878 Deep Inside Hollywood http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67877 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2236/S3_DH_2236.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Anderson Cooper, Maria Bello, Queer Eye, and Natasha Lyonne http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67877 15 Orgos Ask Capitol For New LGBT State Dept. Position http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68015 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S1M10_OrgosAskCaptiolForNewLGBTStatePosition_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"As the scourge of state-sanctioned discrimination and violence against LGBT people spreads, it is imperative that the United States take a strong diplomatic stand in demanding the equal enforcement of human rights," said Ruth Messinger, president of AJWS, the leading Jewish international development and human rights organization. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68015 Ginsburg: 6th Circuit Likely To Determine SCOTUS Urgency http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68114 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S1N10_Ginsburg6thCircuitStatement_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Same-sex couples can legally wed in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Bans that have been overturned in some other states continue to make their way through the courts. "Having people close to us who say who they are - that made the attitude change in this country," Ginsburg said at the University of Minnesota Law School. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68114 The Scoop On Ben & Jerry's LGBT Support http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68013 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/bjinsert.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Ben & Jerry's joins the ranks of other retailers, food or otherwise, professing strong support for same-sex marriage. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68013 Detroit Leadership Class Welcomes Affirmations' Director Of Programs http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68014 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S1M10AffiramationsDetroitLeadershipCouncil_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"I'm inspired by the passion and commitment all the participants have towards Detroit and Southeast Michigan and I'm looking forward to working with this talented class of individuals to increase awareness of resources related to sexual orientation and gender identity at Affirmations," said Jenkins. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68014 Third Circuit Court Upholds Conversion Therapy Ban http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68009 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S1N10_3rdCircuitConversionTherapyBanUpheld_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Lower courts had defined ex-gay therapy as "conduct" instead of speech, even though the therapy practice primarily consists of talk therapy. The Appellate court ruled that speech is speech and not conduct and therefore not protected by the First Amendment. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68009 Women's Colleges Address Transgender Applicants http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68010 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S1N10_TransgendercollegeinclusionHolyoke_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"What it means to be a woman isn't static," said Mount Holyoke President Lynn Pasquerella, who the AP reports announced the admissions policy change at the college's convocation ceremony. "Early feminists argued that reducing women to their biological functions was a foundation of women's oppression. We don't want to fall back on that." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68010 Mich. Dems Push Elliott-Larsen Amendment In House And Senate http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68006 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S1M1_ELCRAAmendSingh_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"Today I once again introduced a bill to include sexual orientation, gender identity and expression in Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. Updating the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act is about protecting our citizens and their families from being fired from a job or being denied housing because of who they are or who they love," said Rebekah Warren in a statement following the release of her bill. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68006 Legislators Urge Re-Evaluation Of Donation Policies For MSM http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67900 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2236/S1N10_MSMBloodBan_2237.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The document requests a written update on the FDA's progress in reassessing the policy on blood donation before the end of 2014, as well as information about the related organ and tissue donation policies; an estimation of when recommendations for policy changes will be announced publicly and when these changes will take effect; and what steps are being considered to make the adjustment of the blood and tissue deferral policies possible. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67900 32 States Request SCOTUS To Settle Same-Sex Marriage http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67898 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2236/S1N1_AmiciBriefSCOTUS_2237.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Thirty-two states that either allow same-sex marriage or have banned it asked SCOTUS on Sept. 4 to settle the issue that is occupying many of the States&#39; courts. The signatories of the Amici Briefs filed with the Supreme Court represent different constituencies and interests, but they all agree that continuing injury and indignity inflicted on families by the deprivation of the constitutional guarantees of the freedom to marry and equal protection must end nationwide. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67898 Deface Book http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68113 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S1O_CA_Editorial_Cartoon_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68113 Creep Of The Week: Monte Neil Stewart http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68116 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S1O_Creep_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Ah, money. Or, as we like to call it in America, "Free Speech." Somehow there just never seems to be enough to go around. This is especially true if you're poor. Sure, "speech" is "free," but only if you can afford it. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68116 Creep of the Week: Martin Feldman http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67993 It's hard to be all alone. To find the courage to break away from the pack. To be a nonconformist. To be the cheese that stands alone. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67993 In Apology To Trans Community, HRC Pledges Push For Broad LGBT Bill http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68007 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S1N1_HRCTrans_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In a gracious and surprising move, the president of the nation's largest LGBT organization offered an apology to the transgender community at the same time he said the group would take a lead in advocating fully comprehensive federal LGBT civil-rights legislation."I want to cut right to the chase here today," said Human Rights Campaign (HRC) president Chad Griffin in Atlanta Sept. 5, addressing several hundred people at the annual Southern Comfort conference, a major gathering for transgender people. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68007 Couples, Firms Take Sides In Gay Marriage Debate http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68093 In the midst of a debate over whether businesses should be allowed to discriminate against gays and lesbians, more straight couples are inquiring about venues' same-sex wedding policies. The importance of the issue has gone beyond same-sex couples looking to tie the knot. Straight couples don't want to send a message to LGBT friends or family that they condone or support venues that discriminate. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68093 Transgender Girl Crowned Homecoming Princess http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68094 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A transgender girl was crowned homecoming princess at a Colorado Springs high school. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68094 Man Wins Fight To Get Same-Sex Union Recognized http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68095 PHOENIX (AP) - In a ruling that calls into question Arizona's gay marriage ban, a judge handed a victory Sept.12 to a gay man who lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because the state prohibits same-sex unions. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68095 Lawyer To Appeal To High Court On Gay Conversion http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68096 NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - An attorney for two associations and two licensed therapists suing to overturn New Jersey's ban on so-called gay conversion therapy said Sept. 10 he will petition the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68096 Florida Officials Appeal Gay Marriage Rulings http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68097 MIAMI (AP) - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed appeals late Sept. 12 on several rulings overturning the state's ban on gay marriage. The motion argues the sole legal issue is the constitutional validity of the state ban and any changes should come from voters, not the courts. Florida voters approved the ban in 2008. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68097 Indiana Agrees To Recognize 2nd Same-Sex Marriage http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68098 HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - Indiana has agreed to recognize a second same-sex marriage because one of the women is battling cancer. A federal judge on Thursday approved Veronica Romero and Mayra Yvette Rivera's agreement with the state and the Lake County clerk. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68098 Questions, Answers About Arizona Gay Marriage Case http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68099 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68099 Arkansas AG Asks Court To Uphold Gay Marriage Ban http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68100 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The attorney general's office is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold the state's gay marriage ban, arguing a county judge was wrong to say it violated the state and U.S. constitutions. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68100 Stay Issued In Indiana Gay Marriage Ban Case http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68101 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Same-sex couples hoping to get married in Indiana will have to wait until the U.S. Supreme Court addresses the question of whether gay marriage bans are constitutional. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68101 Attack On Gay Philadelphia Couple Leaves One Injured http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68102 PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia police are investigating a downtown attack on two gay men that left one with a broken facial bone. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68102 Ginsburg: 6th Circuit Likely To Determine SCOTUS Urgency http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68114 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S1N10_Ginsburg6thCircuitStatement_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Same-sex couples can legally wed in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Bans that have been overturned in some other states continue to make their way through the courts. "Having people close to us who say who they are - that made the attitude change in this country," Ginsburg said at the University of Minnesota Law School. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68114 15 Orgos Ask Capitol For New LGBT State Dept. Position http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68015 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S1M10_OrgosAskCaptiolForNewLGBTStatePosition_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"As the scourge of state-sanctioned discrimination and violence against LGBT people spreads, it is imperative that the United States take a strong diplomatic stand in demanding the equal enforcement of human rights," said Ruth Messinger, president of AJWS, the leading Jewish international development and human rights organization. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68015 Women's Colleges Address Transgender Applicants http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68010 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S1N10_TransgendercollegeinclusionHolyoke_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"What it means to be a woman isn't static," said Mount Holyoke President Lynn Pasquerella, who the AP reports announced the admissions policy change at the college's convocation ceremony. "Early feminists argued that reducing women to their biological functions was a foundation of women's oppression. We don't want to fall back on that." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68010 In Apology To Trans Community, HRC Pledges Push For Broad LGBT Bill http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68007 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S1N1_HRCTrans_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In a gracious and surprising move, the president of the nation's largest LGBT organization offered an apology to the transgender community at the same time he said the group would take a lead in advocating fully comprehensive federal LGBT civil-rights legislation."I want to cut right to the chase here today," said Human Rights Campaign (HRC) president Chad Griffin in Atlanta Sept. 5, addressing several hundred people at the annual Southern Comfort conference, a major gathering for transgender people. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68007 The Scoop On Ben & Jerry's LGBT Support http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68013 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/bjinsert.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Ben & Jerry's joins the ranks of other retailers, food or otherwise, professing strong support for same-sex marriage. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68013 Third Circuit Court Upholds Conversion Therapy Ban http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68009 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S1N10_3rdCircuitConversionTherapyBanUpheld_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Lower courts had defined ex-gay therapy as "conduct" instead of speech, even though the therapy practice primarily consists of talk therapy. The Appellate court ruled that speech is speech and not conduct and therefore not protected by the First Amendment. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68009 Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada Gay Marriage Laws In Court http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67988 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S1N_9thCircuit_2237.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Supporters of the bans in the three states before the 9th Circuit argue that state governments have an interest in promoting marriage between a man and a woman, which they say is optimal for childrearing. Opponents say there is no data supporting the childrearing contention, and they argue that the marriage prohibitions are unconstitutional violations of equal protection rights. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67988 7th Circuit Court Of Appeals Strikes Down Marriage Bans http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67989 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S1N_7thCircuitCourt_2237.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>CHICAGO - The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down same-sex marriage bans on Sept. 4 for Wisconsin and Indiana, upholding lower court decisions that the ban on marriage is a violation of the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67989 32 States Request SCOTUS To Settle Same-Sex Marriage http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67898 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2236/S1N1_AmiciBriefSCOTUS_2237.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Thirty-two states that either allow same-sex marriage or have banned it asked SCOTUS on Sept. 4 to settle the issue that is occupying many of the States&#39; courts. The signatories of the Amici Briefs filed with the Supreme Court represent different constituencies and interests, but they all agree that continuing injury and indignity inflicted on families by the deprivation of the constitutional guarantees of the freedom to marry and equal protection must end nationwide. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67898 Top Musical With Seven Bottoms http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68031 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S3_PUZ_2238-puz.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68031 Love Stinks http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68115 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S3CA_ACoupleOfGuys_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68115 Stuck on You http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67916 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S3_PUZ_2237-puz.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67916 6 Don't-Miss Flicks To Get In Bed With http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68028 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S2_SQ_flat.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, Y Tu Mama Tambien, The Birdcage http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68028 Award-Winning Documentary Considers Mormon Trans Woman's Tale Of Transition http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67339 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67339 Why 'Boyhood' Is Everybody's Story http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67325 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2231/boyhood.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>I remember the uncomfortable walks to the bus stop. Cradling my baby brother for the first time. How my mom would lick her hand to fix my hair. I can still feel the tightness in my chest if I think hard enough to recall the details of the day my dad tried to overdose on pain killers (I don't like to recall this). And I won't forget the times I pretended to "study" only because I was the "fag" without any real friends. I had one, though, who was always smiling. Those smiles made me happier than she probably knows. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67325 Harry Potter Helps Reduce Prejudice http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67327 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2231/S2N_HarryPotterReducesPrejudice_2232.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"Harry Potter empathizes with characters from stigmatized categories, tries to understand their sufferings and to act towards social equality," the study's leader, psychologist told The Huffington Post in an email. "So, I and my colleagues think that empathic feelings are the key factor driving prejudice reduction." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67327 Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart Don Drag In Jenny Lewis' 'Just One of the Guys' Music Video http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66994 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2228/S2_LEWIS_2229' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66994 Shauna MacDonald Comes To Royal Oak http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66845 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2226/ShaunaMacDonaldPic4.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66845 'Angels' We Have Heard On High http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68034 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S2_CC1_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"Putting the cart before the horse" is a familiar old saw. It describes reversing "the accepted or logical order of things." The Critic finds himself reviewing The Ringwald Theatre's production of "Angels in America, Part One" after reviewing Part Two last weekend. So have I emerged "bewitched, bothered and bewildered?" That would be a "no" on all three counts - "entranced" is a better description of my experience than "bewitched." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68034 'Grey Gardens' Presents Complex Moments http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68035 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S2_CCO1_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Great Escape Stage Company is taking on a complicated musical with "Grey Gardens." "Grey Gardens" centers around two real people, though the autobiographical elements are ever servants to the plot and theme. Edith Bouvier Beale and Edie Bouvier Beale are the aunt and cousin respectively of Jackie Kennedy. They were eccentric characters who went from society paragons to reclusive women who lived with 52 cats in squalor in what was once the 28-room gorgeous mansion. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68035 Coming Sept. 22: The 2014 Wilde Awards http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68036 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S2_WILDE_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>It will indeed be one "Wilde" night when Michigan's professional theater community comes together Sept. 22 for The 13th Annual Wilde Awards. "Although the number 13 may be considered by many to be unlucky, it will prove to be anything but for more than a couple dozen thespians who are competing against their peers from across the state for honors at this year's ceremony," said Donald V. Calamia, co-creator and host of The Wilde Awards. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68036 Ringwald Completes Epic Tale http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67920 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/CC1_2237.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The complete title of Tony Kushner's monumental opus is "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes." Did I write "monumental?" It is so big it's split into two plays, each of which runs over three hours. Is it self-indulgent? Yes. Is it bombastic? Yes. Is it utterly compelling drama? You better believe it. "Angels" received the Tony Award for Best Play of 1993 and 1994, plus the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67920 How The Other Half Drinks http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67921 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S2_CCO1_2237.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Gather enough evidence surrounding a thing, and you'll get an idea of the thing itself. Playwright James McLure conducts just such a contextual experiment with "Laundry Bourbon" and "Lone Star," adjoining one-act plays that, when taken together, attempt to flesh out the complexities of a marriage by inference alone. But in The Snug Theatre's broadly comic double-bill production, under the direction of Nancy Arnfield, easy small-town Southern humor takes top billing over melancholy swipes at lost romance and a relationship in crisis. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67921 The Tall Tale Of The 'Come-back' Kid http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67922 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S2_CCO2_2237.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>You have to feel for Lily Small. She's caring for her delusional father who, in his less lucid moments, thinks he's Queen Victoria. She's hoping to raise the household income by training as a sommelier and still pay the bills. But her biggest burden is her husband, Lazarus. While laid off from work, Lazarus, by chance, played the glassy-eyed "satisfied client" in a local legal-eagle's TV ad. The experience has gone to his head; he's spending money the family doesn't have readying himself for Hollywood, fame and fortune. Then Lazarus drops dead. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67922 Parting Glances: 'Tricky Dick' Tapes Gay http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68107 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S1O_PG_2203.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>I was working at a discount records shop in downtown Detroit in 1959, the year two ill-fated contenders - Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Vice President Richard Milhous Nixon - campaigned for the 1960 presidency. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68107 Parting Glances: Color Coding For Jesus! http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67996 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S1O_PG_2203.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>A group called Noah's Angels is spending big bucks to provide dolphins with bodysuits to stop gay activity among this frisky, highly sexually active species. (Dolphins are one of 450 animal groping, er, groupings known to enjoy same-sex cavorting.) The bodysuits, costing $250 each, emit electric shocks when touching occurs between similarly outfitted dolphins. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67996 Parting Glances: 13 Years Next Week http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67871 Among five digit numbers in high demand for Spain's $1.2 - Madre de Dios! - billion dollar Christmas lottery was 11901, the standard European dating for the World Trade Center devastation. The year of Spain's yuletide game was 2001. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67871 Parting Glances: No Onan! Oh, No! http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67769 Years ago there was a physique magazine, Tomorrow's Man, that for 50 cents newsstand purchase could be discreetly hidden in a hip pocket for private enjoyment. (Considered pornographic it was a federal offense to send copies through the mail.) http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67769 Parting Glances: White House S/henanigans http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67661 Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1965 historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., for Negro voter rights changed the South forever. (Or, did it?) http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67661 Parting Glances: Band Tunes Remembered http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67523 Mort Crowley's "Boys In the Band" opened Off-Broadway almost 50 years ago. I bought a copy of the play in Chicago in 1968 and read dialog aloud while driving back to Detroit with my then partner Larry Stetson. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67523 Snyder And GOP Abandon LGBT Equality - Again http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68110 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S1M_HorsDoeuvres_Snyder_2237.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Governor Rick Snyder and the GOP legislative leadership abandoned the LGBT community last week when they could not muster even one co-sponsor of an amendment to the state's civil rights bill. All of the House (50 out of 50, plus one Independent) Democrats co-sponsored a bill to amend the state's civil rights law to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Eleven of the 12 Senate Democrats voted to support the Senate version of the bill (with Tupac Hunter not voting for it.) Not one Republican has signed on, and Snyder did not come out and support the bill or encourage any of his party's members to reach across the aisle last week when he could have. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68110 Ask Lambda Legal: Transgender Health Care http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68109 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S1N10_TransgendercollegeinclusionHolyoke_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68109 As Heard On Facebook http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68111 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/FB-f-Logo__blue_512-wide.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Now that the governor's race is heating up, people are making their voices heard on Facebook. Governor Synder has been the direct target for angry Michiganders, while Mark Schauer (running for Governor) and Lisa Brown (running for Lieutenant Governor) are stirring up hope. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68111 School Days http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67998 Summer is quickly turning to autumn, and the only proof of this beyond the local coffee shop pulling out their pumpkin spice is the doors of all the local schools being opened. In California, this means the start of the first full year under AB 1266. The bill, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in August of 2013, went into effect at the first of this year. Far right groups like the Pacific Justice Institute have tried to stop it with an unsuccessful repeal effort and - to date - no effective legal challenges. They even attempted to fabricate stories of harassment in order to scare people into supporting their efforts, which have failed. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67998 BTL Endorses Schauer For Governor http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67874 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2236/S1O_BTLEditorial_2236.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>With Labor Day behind us, we can expect to be bombarded with political ads, emails and robo-calls. It's so easy to become numb, to tune out - to feel like it is all way too invasive and obnoxious. It might be, but don't let it stop you from caring about this election cycle. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67874 Transmissions: Where We Cross http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67771 A few months back I found myself speaking at a Transgender Day of Remembrance event in Northern California. As the event was breaking up and folks started to head for their cars, a member of the local Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence came up to me. He - as he was male identified - was nearly my height, with a mustache and goatee, wearing the traditional makeup, habit, and wimple one might expect from a sister. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67771