PrideSource - front http://www.pridesource.com Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 20 Apr 2014 06:20 EST 20 Apr 2014 06:20 EST webmaster@pridesource.com webmaster@pridesource.com pridesource.com http://www.pridesource.com/img/logo.gif http://pridesource.com 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 Same Sex Couples Demand Respect And Equal Treatment http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65695 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S1M1_CouplesACLU_2216-1.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - The discriminatory consequences of Gov. Rick Snyder's actions were recounted through the lives of eight Michigan same-sex couples during an emotional press conference Monday. The ACLU of Michigan filed a lawsuit, Caspar v Snyder, on behalf of the couples, who where legally married on March 22, after U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman ruled the ban prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying was unconstitutional. The opportunity to marry was short-lived and took place in just four Michigan counties that opened on a Saturday, before a stay pursued by Attorney General Bill Schuette was issued preventing more same sex couples from marrying. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65695 Judge Takes Up Ban On MI Domestic Partner Benefits http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65728 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65728 Ultimate LGBT Wedding Expo A Smashing Success http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65696 SOUTHFIELD - It was a nice day for a white wedding at the fourth annual Ultimate LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo. More than 600 people attended the Expo, which took place Saturday at the Southfield Civic Pavilion. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65696 Graduating Gay: LGBT Spring Events at Local Universities http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65698 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/1OnlineListOnly_PrideCollege_2215.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65698 Gay-Owned Espresso & Gelato Shop Finds Niche in Detroit http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65699 Gay-owned business, Melt Espresso Gelato, has opened in Midtown, adding to the continuing growth of Detroit as a center for LGBT prosperity and culture. Aaron Haithcock, originally from Texas, opened the business in October after a long journey of love. "It took three and a half years to open; I had to apply for a loan three different times," he says, "I had to keep resubmitting for it. It took lots of time... time was definitely an issue." Negotiating for a spot in the area took over a year alone. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65699 Dine Out For Life April 24 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65700 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S1M_MichiganNews_Generic.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65700 2014 Good Neighbors = Strong Community Award Recipients Announced http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65701 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S1M_MichiganNews_Generic.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65701 LGBT Caucus Seating Available At Upcoming MDP Dinner, Bill Clinton To Keynote http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65702 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S1M_MichiganNews_Generic.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65702 ACLU Files Lawsuit: State Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriages http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65608 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2215/1A_S1_BREAKING_MarriageEquality-AP5.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a lawsuit today to ensure that the marriages of the more than 300 same-sex couples that took place last month are recognized by the state. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65608 GALLERY: The Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo Runway Show http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65618 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65618 BREAKING: ACLU To File Lawsuit: State Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriages http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65606 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2215/1A_S1_BREAKING_MarriageEquality-AP5.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65606 Albion Students Demand Schuette Resign From College Board http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65572 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2215/S1M2_AlbionSchuette_2215.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>ALBION - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette was targeted Apr. 4 by student protesters demanding his resignation from the board of Albion College. Albion College students say they want Schuette to resign from the Board of Trustees of the small liberal arts college in Calhoun county. They say Schuette's decision to appeal last month's federal court ruling striking down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage violates the college's non-discrimination policy and mission statement. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65572 Equality Michigan Remembers Dr. Henry Messer, April 13 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65599 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2215/Henry Messer(1).jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Longtime community activist, Triangle Foundation co-founder and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Dr. Henry Messer passed away peacefully the around 5am on February 18, 2014 at the age of 86 in his Dearborn Heights, Michigan home. His partner of 63 years, Carl House, as well as close friends were with him at the time of his passing. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65599 Affirmations Celebrates 25 Years Of Service At Silver Jubilee http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65571 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2215/S1M1_AffComericaGroup-front.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - For 25 years, Affirmations has provided a home for the LGBT community of southeast Michigan. That history was celebrated by more than 500 people at the Silver Jubilee dinner April 5 at Cobo Hall's newly renovated Riverfront Ballroom. The evening raised well over $100,000 for the community center in Ferndale. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65571 Saginaw City To Vote On Ordinance http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65573 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2215/S1M_MichiganNews_Generic.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>SAGINAW - Saginaw City is posed to become the next municipality in Michigan to pass a non-discrimination ordinance that protects LGBT people in employment and public accommodation. The push for passage of a non-discrimination ordinance is being led by Councilwoman Annie Boensch. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65573 VIDEO: Affirmations Silver Jubilee Presentation http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65484 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2214/silverjubileevideo.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65484 Suspect Sketch Released In Ypsi Anti-Gay Attack http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65479 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2213/1_A_HateCrime_2215.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Three men beat a woman after saying they recognized her from news coverage as one of the people who got married on March 22 while the Washtenaw County Clerk was issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples...The Ann Arbor-based Jim Toy Community Center serves Washtenaw's LGBT community.The Center echoes the call by police for anyone with information to call the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office's confidential tip line at 734-973-7711. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65479 Prominent Detroit Minister 'Comes Out' As Ally http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65449 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2214/S1M_Nabors_2214.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT- Dr. Michael C. R. Nabors has come out. The highly respected African American pastor and scholar was so appalled by a group of black pastors' recent demonstration against same-sex marriage in Detroit that he could not stay silent any more. "I am coming out of the closet as a heterosexual, male pastor, with all the privileges this has afforded me in more than 30 years of ministry, to say that I do believe in gay rights. I also believe that if gays love each other in the way I love my wife, in the way that any man-husband loves his woman-wife, it is perfectly fine for them to be married," Nabors wrote in an open letter Mar. 4. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65449 'Traditional Marriage' Not The Black Family Reality http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65450 "For African Americans to demand that the ideal model is the only way, and we're going to take this to court to defend it - that simply has not been our reality," said Stringfellow. "Single mothers, two women, two men - the point is how have these children fared? It would be insulting to try to criticize the many single mothers who have done a spectacular job raising boys. Is it easy? No. It is not always easy. But in terms of family configuration it has always been varied for African Americans." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65450 LETTER: One Pastor Comes Out For Marriage Equality http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65451 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2214/S1M3_Nabors_2214.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Is it any wonder that such a virulent group of clergy today is using their interpretation of scripture to justify their opposition to same-sex marriage and homosexuality? They are standing up to claim a sort of spiritual mandate from God that gives them permission to speak for people of faith. Many African American pastors and clergy are absolutely repulsed by those who argue that the issue of gay rights is the modern civil rights struggle of our day. As a matter of fact, many African Americans refuse to stand up and defend the LGBT community because their clergy has taught them that to do so is sinful. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65451 Daily Speed Read: News You Should Know April 18, 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65732 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65732 Daily Speed Read: News You Should Know April 17, 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65719 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65719 Daily Speed Read: News You Should Know April 16, 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65733 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65733 Daily Speed Read: News You Should Know April 15, 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65612 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65612 Daily Speed Read: News You Should Know April 14, 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65613 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65613 Daily Speed Read: News You Should Know April 11, 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65601 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65601 Daily Speed Read: News You Should Know April 10, 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65600 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65600 Daily Speed Read: News You Should Know April 8, 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65482 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65482 Daily Speed Read: News You Should Know April 7, 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65483 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65483 Daily Speed Read: News You Should Know April 4, 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65480 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65480 Daily Speed Read: News You Should Know April 3, 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65478 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65478 April 2 Speed Read: Virginia Marriage, Religious Bias Bill Passes... http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65380 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65380 April 1: Rewriting Windsor?... http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65379 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65379 EXCLUSIVE: Cameron Diaz Q&A On Being Called 'Bisexual,' Hollywood 'Fakeness' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65620 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2215/Cameronweb.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Cameron Diaz is all about breaking the rules ... especially when someone else is breaking them too. Strutting into a room at the Four Seasons at Beverly Hills, the actress surveys the space and lugs an oversized sofa chair to the opposite corner where she gets comfortable, her slender legs curled behind her, heels still on. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65620 The DATC Presents 'The Laramie Project' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65636 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S2_LaramieProject_MS_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>FERNDALE - On Oct. 7, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young student attending the University of Wyoming, was abducted by two men, tied to a fence, tortured and left for dead in a remote location on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. This horrific event spurred one of the most covered news stories involving hate crimes in American History. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65636 Lansing Loads Calendar With Spring Events http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65635 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S1CC_Lansing_2216.png' style='width:250px'><br/>From volunteer work to themed parties, downtown Lansing is hosting a variety of events this spring. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65635 'Twelfth Night' Gender Bends For Shakespeare's Birthday http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65637 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S2_TwelfthNight_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Shakespeare's plays often lend themselves to modern treatments with some suggesting current themes more than others. When it comes to plays about gender identity as a social construct, it's hard not to think of "Twelfth Night," Shakespeare's comedy in which male actors play women pretending to be men, and both male and female characters fall in love with the same mixed gender character. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65637 Queen Of Hearts: 'Kinky Boots' Star Billy Porter On Inspiring Gay Kids, Finding Forgiveness http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65494 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2214/billyedit.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> For his first solo album since becoming "Tony and Grammy award winner Billy Porter," Broadway's kinkiest drag queen is taking off the corset and stepping out of those iconic heels. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65494 Deep Inside Hollywood http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65638 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S3_DH_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65638 Judge Stays Most Of Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65722 Ohio officials must immediately recognize the same-sex marriages of four couples who sued over the state's gay marriage ban, a federal judge said Wednesday, while staying the broader effects of his ruling to avoid "premature celebration and confusion" in case it's overturned on appeal.Judge Timothy Black stayed his ruling ordering Ohio to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in other states pending appeal in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The appeals process likely will take months. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65722 House Kills Bill To Remove La.'s Anti-sodomy Law http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65726 The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law April 15.Rep. Patricia Smith, D-Baton Rouge, sought to remove consensual sex between people of the same sex from Louisiana's crimes against nature law. The U.S. Supreme Court threw out a similar Texas law a decade ago in Lawrence v. Texas.Smith brought the bill after Baton Rouge-area police arrested gay men using the law but couldn't charge them because the district attorney said the law was unenforceable. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65726 Doctor And Clinic Sued For Denying Medical Care To Transgender Woman http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65623 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2215/1A_A_S1N2_TransgenderLawsuitnaya-1098.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>'Doctors receiving federal funds cannot discriminate in providing patient care just because a person is transgender.' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65623 Preview: Utah Same Sex Marriage Case Before U.S. Court of Appeals This Week http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65575 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2215/S1N_NationalNews_Generic.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals this week will become the second federal appeals court to tackle the question of whether statewide laws banning same-sex couples from marrying violate the U.S. Constitution. The Denver-based court will hear oral arguments Thursday, April 10, at 10 a.m. MDT in the Utah same-sex marriage case Herbert v. Kitchen. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65575 Kansas Gay-Rights Group Opposes Tenure Proposal http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65577 TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The leading gay-rights group in Kansas also is lobbying against a proposal in a school funding bill to end tenure for teachers. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65577 New Mexico: Supreme Rejection http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65487 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65487 Gay Men DIvided Over Use Of HIV Prevention Drug http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65486 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65486 Supreme Court Seems To Lean Toward Religious Exemptions http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65458 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2214/S1N_NationalNews_Generic.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Nobody spoke about recent efforts to circumvent laws protecting LGBT from discrimination by claiming religious motivations; nobody pointed out that people with religious objections to contraception often have religious objections to alternative insemination for lesbians and condom distribution for safe sex education.But the implications of two U.S. Supreme Court cases argued Tuesday for LGBT people and for laws that seek to prevent discrimination against LGBT people were a big part of the political discourse Tuesday afternoon. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65458 New Poll Shows Support For LGBT Equality Growing http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65459 But the most important findings in this survey are some of the assumptions voters draw about what the country would look like if gay marriage were legal in 50 states. Nearly 8 in 10 voters believe there would be less discrimination, it would be easier to grow up gay, and same-sex families would have more protection. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65459 Report Urges 50-State Survey Of LGB Health Issues http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65460 the new policy brief from Fenway found that the LGB community has a higher rate of tobacco use than the general public, that lesbians have an increased risk of being overweight, and that LGB elders have an increased risk of disability. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65460 New Poll Shows Support For LGBT Equality Growing http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65370 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2213/1_A_S1N3_PollHrcshutterstock_170957126.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>But the most important findings in this survey are some of the assumptions voters draw about what the country would look like if gay marriage were legal in 50 states. Nearly 8 in 10 voters believe there would be less discrimination, it would be easier to grow up gay, and same-sex families would have more protection. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65370 Panel Urges End To U.S. Ban On Transgender Troops http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65242 The United States should join the dozen other nations that allow transgender people to serve in the armed forces, a commission led by a former U.S. surgeon general said in a report released Thursday that concludes there is no medical reason for the decades-old ban and calls on President Barack Obama to lift it.The five-member panel, convened by a think tank at San Francisco State University, said Department of Defense regulations designed to keep transgender people out of the military are based on outdated beliefs that require thousands of current service members either to leave the service or to forego the medical procedures and other changes that could align their bodies and gender identities. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65242 U.S. Supreme Court: Lambda, Others To Weigh In On 'Religious Employers' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65216 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2212/S1N_NationalNews_Generic.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Conestoga Wood company is represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, which has been involved in pressing a number of lawsuits opposing equal treatment of same-sex couples with marriage licenses. In its brief, the Alliance argues that the ACA is "requiring private citizens to buy contraceptive insurance coverage for other citizens." Their arguments often echo those used to defend recent efforts to pass bills in various states to allow citizens to discriminate based on various categories (including race, sexual orientation, and gender identity). http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65216 Tennesse Judge's Ruling Orders State To Recognize Marriages Of Three Couples http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65215 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2212/S1N_NationalNews_Generic.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>NCLR's Minter pointed out that the lawsuit which just concluded a two-week trial in Detroit, for instance, could be appealed to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals relatively soon and potentially deciding the law for other Sixth Circuit states, such as Tennessee. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65215 Republican Group Shows Support For Gay Marriage http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65106 A group of Republicans has come out in support of legalizing gay marriage in Utah and Oklahoma, arguing that allowing same-sex unions is consistent with the Western conservative values of freedom and liberty once championed by Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater. Led by former Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming and former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas, 20 Republicans signed a friend of the court brief submitted Tuesday to a federal appeals court in Denver that is reviewing same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65106 Oregon AG Will Not Defend Ban On Same Sex Marriage http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64896 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2209/S1N_NationalNews_Generic.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced Feb. 20 that she will not defend the state's ban of marriage between dedicated same-sex couples. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64896 Fight Over Gay Marriage Moving To Federal Courts http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64805 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2208/S1N_NationalNews_Generic.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64805 Federal Judge In Texas Strikes Down Marriage Ban http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64909 A federal judge in San Antonio, Texas, ruled Wednesday that Texas' ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution and demeans the dignity of gay couples "for no legitimate reason." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64909 HRC Raps White House On Discrimination Order http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65576 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65576 Creep of the Week: Kevin Swanson http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65707 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S1O_Creep_kevin-swanson-.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>On the April 11 episode of his Generations Radio show, Swanson ranted and raved about Nabisco's recent advertisement for Honey Maid graham crackers, which included a gay couple and their baby along with various other families. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65707 Creep of the Week: Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65581 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2215/S1O_Creep_2215.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Granted it's already legal to say, "Gay? No way!" in Mississippi if you don't want to bake cakes or take photos or officiate or do any other kind of wedding thing someone might want to hire you to do. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65581 Creep of the Week: Hobby Lobby http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65464 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2214/S1O_Creep_2214.png' style='width:250px'><br/>But the anti-gay movement has always been an anti-sex movement. And to those of us who have followed it closely it wasn't hard to see that the anti-gay right wouldn't be satisfied until they were able to legislate all sex, gay or straight, and that heterosexual women were especially high value targets. Granting corporations freedom of religion would give corporations even more power based on whatever the fuck they claim to believe so long as they claim they believe it for God. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65464 Creep of the Week: Bill Schuette http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65345 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2213/S1O_CREEP_2213.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In 2004 when voters passed the so-called Michigan Marriage Amendment I had been "married" for a little over a year. My wife and I had a wedding on the eve of our 6 year anniversary. We both wore white dresses. Each of our six bridesmaids wore a dress corresponding to the colors of the rainbow. Because, you know, gay. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65345 Creep of the Week: Franklin Graham http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65219 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2212/S1O_CreepGraham_2212.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In the March 2014 issue of Decision magazine, the official magazine of the Graham family fan club, Franklin himself penned an article titled, "Does Russia's Putin have it Right?" To which any thinking person would reply, "Fuck, no." Graham, on the other hand, replies, "Heavens, yes." Putin, on the other hand... "In my opinion, Putin is right on these issues," Graham fawns. "Obviously, he may be wrong about many things, but he has taken a stand to protect his nation's children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda." That's right. Big, strong, shirtless Putin is protecting kids from the evil gays. Swoon. Somebody get Graham's fainting chair. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65219 Creep of the Week: Gov. Rick Snyder http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65111 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2211/S1O_Creep_RickSnyder2.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Michigan marriage trial, officially known as DeBoer v. Snyder for plaintiff April DeBoer and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, has wrapped up in the courtroom and we're all waiting for U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman to issue his ruling on whether or not Michigan's lesbian and gay couples will remain second-class citizens. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65111 Legal Briefs http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65716 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S1O_EditorialCartoon_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65716 New use for old trash http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65589 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2215/S1OCA_EditorialCartoon_2215.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65589 Ugandan/Nigerian Health Departments http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65471 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2214/S1OCA_EditorialCartoon_2214.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65471 Regnerus the Grouch http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65356 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2213/S1O_EDITORIALCARTOON_2213.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65356 Phelps' Red Carpet Welcome http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65227 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2212/S1OCA_EditorialCartoon_2212.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65227 Tanks, Putin! http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65130 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2211/S1CA_EditorialCartoon_2211.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65130 Carolina On My Record http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65713 This coalition, led by the North Carolina NAACP, hatched the plan for the "Moral Monday" movement. The forces of regression had us outgunned and out funded; but we had warm bodies and public opinion on our side. Moral Mondays was a focused and brilliant tactical assault on the special interest agenda of the new Raleigh regime. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65713 Quotes from the ACLU press conference http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65712 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65712 Passover 2014: Conquering Hate Together http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65621 The lives lost due to the act of one hateful man in Kansas City are felt in our community, as the Oak Creek, Wisconsin massacre was felt among our local Sikh community several years ago, or the daily acts of hate are felt by those who follow the other great world religions represented here in Michigan. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65621 The Winds Of Change For Marriage http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65586 As a family prepares for a wedding it's common to say, ITAL "You are not losing a daughter. You are gaining a son-in-law". Yet, when that new family member is of the same gender as the one getting married, then some families feel as if they are in effect losing their son or daughter for good. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65586 Michigan's NorthRidge Church: When 'Non-Denominational' Really Means 'Homophobic' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65378 Because I didn't know how to tell her, my mother was one of the last people I came out to, but it's funny - she's always been the first to have my back. She'd never let anyone shame her son - even her own church. Not now, not ever. That unwavering support was demonstrated yet again last week when she approached me, looking more angry, disappointed and letdown than I'd seen her in a while. Her longtime church isn't as accepting, welcoming or progressive as she, and a lot of other parishioners, thought. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65378 Musings on Michigan's Marriage Ruling http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65353 When I choked up trying to explain the reaction of a group of students and community members to Judge Bernard Friedman's ruling to my editor, I was actually shocked. Friedman had just released a scathing 31-page ruling not just striking Michigan's marriage ban down as Unconstitutional, but had completely revealed the state's arguments for the hallowed out, painted up straw men of hate they were - and smacked the state and its witnesses around the court to boot. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65353 A Spring Breeze Of Comedy Blows Through Chelsea http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65645 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S2_CC1_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65645 'Steel Magnolias' Wilts With Unprepared Actors http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65646 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S2_CCO2_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Great Escape Stage Company works hard to provide a good experience for its audience. The volunteers are friendly, ushers are introduced by name, the environment is convivial both before the show and during intermission. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65646 A 'Foreigner' Finds A New Home http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65647 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S2_CCO3_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>For some, going to a place completely new would be exciting. They could check out the local attractions, absorb the culture, and mingle with different people. For "The Foreigner"'s Charlie Baker (Adrian Diffey), being around new people in a new place isn't a thrilling thought; it's a panic-inducing one. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65647 'Breaking Legs' Brings An End To Broadway Onstage http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65648 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S2_CCO4_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Chaucer once said, "All good things must come to an end." So is the case with Broadway Onstage, making its most recent show, "Breaking Legs," the last for not only the theater, but Dennis Wickline Productions as well, which produced 33 seasons of local professional theater. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65648 'Twelfth Night' Gender Bends For Shakespeare's Birthday http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65637 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S2_TwelfthNight_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Shakespeare's plays often lend themselves to modern treatments with some suggesting current themes more than others. When it comes to plays about gender identity as a social construct, it's hard not to think of "Twelfth Night," Shakespeare's comedy in which male actors play women pretending to be men, and both male and female characters fall in love with the same mixed gender character. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65637 The DATC Presents 'The Laramie Project' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65636 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S2_LaramieProject_MS_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>FERNDALE - On Oct. 7, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young student attending the University of Wyoming, was abducted by two men, tied to a fence, tortured and left for dead in a remote location on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. This horrific event spurred one of the most covered news stories involving hate crimes in American History. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65636 Aging Gracefully http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65715 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S3_CA_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65715 Wooden You? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65588 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2215/S3_CA_2215.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65588 Nose of the Weird http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65470 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2214/S3_CA_2214.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65470 His Aching Pause http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65355 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2213/S3_CA_2213.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65355 School of Hard Knocks http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65226 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2212/S3_CA_2212.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65226 Getting Oriented http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65117 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2211/S2CA_ACoupleOfGuys_2211.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65117 Lansing Loads Calendar With Spring Events http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65635 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S1CC_Lansing_2216.png' style='width:250px'><br/>From volunteer work to themed parties, downtown Lansing is hosting a variety of events this spring. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65635 Lansing Ladies Raise Funds For Jazz Festival http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65147 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2212/S2_LANSING_2212.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Avenue Cafe in downtown Lansing will host a fundraiser this Friday, "Nightingales: An Intimate Evening with Lansing's Ladies of Jazz," for the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival. Accompanied by the Reggie Thomas Trio, Lansing's "purest female jazz voices" will hit the stage. The jazz stylings will be from multiple women, including Betty Baxter. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65147 Spiral Into Lansing Dance Bar http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64710 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2208/S2_LANSING_2208.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Spiral Dance Bar of Lansing is heating up February with an array of events every week including themed parties and drag extravaganzas. Recently, renowned Michigan Drag Queen Sabin made an electrifying return to the bar. A Valentine's Day-themed event, "Queen of Hearts," dominated Feb. 14. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64710 Five Ways To Gay Your Wedding Cake http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65014 Jody Valley Debuts LGBT Novel Set in Michigan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64195 Michigan-based author, Jody Valley, has just released her debut novel, A Venomous Cocktail, the story of a lesbian war veteran named Kera who returns to a fictional west Michigan town. Kera is then faced with the turmoil of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), unrequited love, a right-wing identical twin sister, and a town who wants to take away her rights. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64195 East Lansing Organization Combines Spartan And LGBT Pride http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=63755 With Michigan State University heading to the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day, all eyes are turning to East Lansing. Former GLBT Spartans can take the chance to see what else the school has to offer them beyond football. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=63755 Michigan's Cool Cities: LANSING/EAST LANSING http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=19012 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=19012 'Twelfth Night' Gender Bends For Shakespeare's Birthday http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65637 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S2_TwelfthNight_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Shakespeare's plays often lend themselves to modern treatments with some suggesting current themes more than others. When it comes to plays about gender identity as a social construct, it's hard not to think of "Twelfth Night," Shakespeare's comedy in which male actors play women pretending to be men, and both male and female characters fall in love with the same mixed gender character. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65637 The DATC Presents 'The Laramie Project' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65636 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S2_LaramieProject_MS_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>FERNDALE - On Oct. 7, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young student attending the University of Wyoming, was abducted by two men, tied to a fence, tortured and left for dead in a remote location on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. This horrific event spurred one of the most covered news stories involving hate crimes in American History. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65636 Affirmations Recognizes Outstanding LGBTs, Allies at Silver Jubilee http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65391 When Affirmations Community Center celebrates its 25th anniversary with the "Silver Jubilee" on April 5 at Cobo Hall, three awards will be presented at the black-tie event honoring outstanding members of the LGBT and allied community. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65391 More Money, Less Problems http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64936 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2210/S2_Ferndale_2210.png' style='width:250px'><br/>The Ferndale Downtown Development Authority recently released 2013 statistics based on their quarterly findings, and all signs point toward economic growth. The city, long known for its openness to the LGBT community, is mirroring the United States' upward trend. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64936 This Saturday: The Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo Arrives April 12 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64226 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2203/2014_PromoWeddingGroupShot-AP4.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo April 12, 2014 will be bigger and better than ever! Now at the expansive Southfield Civic Pavilion, unique feature presentations, workshops and speakers are all sure to draw LGBT couples from all over SE Michigan - all of whom will be shopping for their big wedding day! <a href="http://www.btlweddingexpo.com">Visit the Expo Website</a> for more details, <a href="http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=c4ocrycab&oeidk=a07e8rqsb2655fd7619">buy tickets,</a> <a href="http://www.btlweddingexpo.com/vendor.html">become a vendor</a>, or <a href="http://www.btlweddingexpo.com/photos.html">browse pictures of past events!</a> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64226 Womyn's Film Night Screens LGBT Movies In Ferndale http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=63155 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2146/S2_Ferndale_2146.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The holiday season is coming, and with jingle bells and huge displays of red and green comes movie season. However, until December rolls around, metro Detroiters might find themselves pining for quality film. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=63155 Five Ways To Gay Your Wedding Cake http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65014 VIDEO: DNC Chair, Michigan Dems Rally For LGBT Equality http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=63744 As Republicans continue to condone the hateful, anti-gay comments of their Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema, Democrats brought out the big guns for a community forum at Affirmations featuring Democratic National Committee Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=63744 Ferndale Pride Changes Leadership: Covey Steps Down and Music Steps In http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=63350 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2147/S1M6_FerndalePride_2147.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Ferndale Pride is now under new leadership. Craig Covey has stepped down as Chairperson of the event, and Julia Music has taken over the role. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=63350 Michigan's Cool Cities: FERNDALE http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=19011 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=19011