PrideSource - front Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 01 Jul 2015 03:01 EST 01 Jul 2015 03:01 EST Whose Liberty? Marriage Equality Decision Reinforces Divide <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 decision striking down state bans against same-sex marriage has been touted as "probably the strongest manifesto in favor of marriage" and pilloried as "a threat to American democracy." It has energized celebrations at LGBT Pride events and private living rooms across the country and prompted warnings of "an all out assault against the religious freedom rights of Christians who disagree with this decision." June 26: Marriage Equality Now Law Of The Land <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In a widely expected yet stunning victory for LGBT people nationally, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today (June 26) that state bans on marriage for same-sex couples are unconstitutional. The decision requires states to both issue marriage licenses to couples and to recognize marriage licenses obtained in other states by same-sex couples.The 5 to 4 decision, authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, strikes down bans that have been enforced in 13 states and is expected to secure the lower court decisions that struck down bans in nine other states. Kennedy wrote that "the right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty.""The Court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them. "President Obama, at an impromptu press conference outside the oval office, said the decision was "justice that arrives like a thunderbolt." Supreme Court Upholds Health Insurance Subsidies Critical To People With HIV International Perspectives On Marriage Equality Nearly two dozen countries from around the world currently have national laws allowing same-sex marriage, mostly in Europe and the Americas. History Of LGBT Cases Before U.S. Supreme Court Before the four cases on same-sex marriage face the U.S. Supreme Court, cases as far back as 1958 were bringing LGBT issues to SCOTUS. 1958: Gay Press Wins In SCOTUS' First-Ever Pro-Gay Ruling <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>ONE magazine filled a void during a harsh time for LGBT people. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Executive Order 10450 in April of that year barring gays and lesbians from federal employment with its "sexual perversion" clause. This followed a highly-publicized purge of more than 400 gays and lesbians from the civil service some three years earlier. Homosexuality was criminalized in every state and stigmatized as a mental illness by the psychiatric profession. The FBI launched a vicious crackdown on homosexuality across the U.S., with many gays and lesbians losing their jobs for merely receiving homophile publications in the mail. Fourth Of July Marks Anniversary Of Philadelphia Protest <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>July Fourth events to recall bold 1965 gay rights protest. Gay Mentor, Belief In Dignity At Roots Of Justice Kennedy's Views The Irish Catholic boy who came of age in Sacramento after World War II is an unlikely candidate to be the author of the Supreme Court's major gay rights rulings. But those who have known Justice Anthony Kennedy for decades and scholars who have studied his work say he has long stressed the importance of valuing people as individuals. And he seems likely also to have been influenced in this regard by a pillar of the Sacramento legal community, a closeted gay man who hired Kennedy as a law school instructor and testified on his behalf at his high court confirmation hearings in Washington. Same Sex Marriage, Healthcare Among Last 7 Supreme Court Cases Legal Activist Poised To Fight Back As Some States Face New Hurdles <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Supreme Court of the United States will rule any day now on whether it is a violation of the federal constitution for states to bar same-sex couples from marrying. But for weeks, in apparent anticipation that the court will strike down such bans, states that still have or want to keep their bans have been passing legislation aimed at trying to circumvent such a ruling. National LGBT Organizations Respond To Charleston Church Shooting A white man who joined a prayer meeting inside a historic black church and then fatally shot nine people was captured without resistance June 18 after an all-night manhunt, Charleston's police chief said. N. Carolina's Religious-Exemption Gay Marriage Bill Now Law RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A measure allowing some court officials to refuse to perform gay marriage responsibilities because of their religious beliefs became law in North Carolina on Thursday, but opponents said litigation challenging the new measure was likely to come soon. N. Carolina Gay-Marriage Law May Mean Long Courthouse Waits RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Under a law that took effect Thursday in North Carolina, employees who issue marriage licenses can refuse to complete paperwork for gay couples by invoking their religious beliefs -- a move that could mean longer waits at courthouses for all those who want to wed, especially in rural counties with small staffs. Thousands Converge On Indianapolis For Annual LGBT Parade INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tens of thousands of people converged Saturday on Indianapolis for an annual parade celebrating the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community only months after a stinging debate over Indiana's new religious objections law. Health Officials Work With LGBT Groups To Fight Outbreak CHICAGO (AP) - An outbreak of invasive meningococcal (mehn-ihn-joh-KAHK'-ul) disease has spread from Chicago to its suburbs. Gay Adoption Ban Stricken From Florida Laws After Four Decades TALLAHASSEE (AP) - The nearly four-decade-old law that prevents gays from adopting children will disappear from Florida's statutes on July 1. Police Investigate After Man Has Gay Slur Carved Into Arm SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Authorities are investigating the repeated harassment of a rural Utah man who they said was beaten and had a threatening homophobic slur carved into his arm. Poll: Most Americans Expect Supreme Court To OK Gay Marriage NEW YORK (AP) - Nearly two-thirds of Americans expect the Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide when it rules on the issue within the next few weeks, according to a new poll. Gay Adoption Ban Stricken From Florida Laws After 4 Decades <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Poll: Most Americans Expect Supreme Court To OK Gay Marriage <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Supreme Court: Why The Abercrombie Decision Matters <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Lambda's brief also argued that Title VII simply does not include any language that gives an employer a pass on accommodating an employee's religious practices by claiming the employee never told the employer about his or her religion... Lambda said it has seen a "disturbing tendency" by the lower courts to dismiss certain Title VII claims -- including many by LGBT workers -- by creating new "rules and prerequisites" that are not in the language of Title VII. In the 10th Circuit's case, the new rule was that an employee or applicant had to inform the employer of their religious practices and work out some potential accommodation in advance. June 26: Affirmations Of Love And Family In Braun Court <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>"We were an army. Private citizens and grassroots - good people trying to do the right thing. I am tremendously proud of the legal system today. I am so proud of Judge Friedman who ordered a trial. I am so proud of Judge Martha Daughtrey who wrote that valiant dissent (in the 6th Circuit decision). I am proud of the five justices that authored the majority opinion in this case, for resolving issues of enormous importance in our society." said Carole Stanyar, attorney for the DeBoer family 'You Can't Win A Case That You Never File' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In 2011, when April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse approached Dana Nessel for legal counsel they primarily sought to change Michigan's adoption code, one of the most restrictive in the country as it pertains to same-sex couples and their ability to adopt children. DeBoer-Rowse: The Journey To Equality Always About The Children <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse describe "actively stumbling" into their lawsuit against the state of Michigan. Signorile Speaks On Future Of LGTB Activism Gay rights activist, author and radio show host Michelangelo Signorile is not known for being a wallflower when it comes to LGBT equality issues. The End Of Michigan For Marriage? Gina Calcagno is in charge of the day to day advocacy for the Michigan For Marriage campaign, management of press statements, organizing community conversations and connecting with LGBT couples in the state. Michigan Politicians Quick To Respond To Supreme Court Marriage Ruling LANSING - Within hours of the release of a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriages across the country, Michigan politicians on both sides of the issue were commenting on it. "Same-sex marriage has been a divisive issue in Michigan and across our country. Recognizing that there are strong feelings on both sides, it is important for everyone to respect the judicial process and the decision today from the U.S. Supreme Court," Republican Gov. Rick Snyder said in a press statement released less than 30 minutes after the decision was announced. "Our state government will follow the law and our state agencies will make the necessary changes to ensure that we will fully comply." By 10:30 a.m., the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services - which oversees marriage licensing - had issued new, gender neutral marriage forms as well as guidance to all county clerks in Michigan, said Jennifer Smith, a spokesperson for the department. Obituary: Grace McClelland <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Grace McClelland, former executive director of the Ruth Ellis Center, suffered a fatal heart attack on June 16. McClelland, 57, was born in Camden, N.J. After graduating from St. Joseph's High School she studied law and criminal justice at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. and later did graduate work in psychology at California Coast University in Santa Ana, Calif. McClelland worked for over two decades in the non-profit arena often focusing on youth causes. Ingham Celebrates Marriage Equality Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum has been issuing multiple marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Decision Day Resource Center <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Michigan for Marriage has created a Michigan Decision Day Resource Center to help LGBT couples across the state navigate their marriage in upcoming months. Pushback: GOP Dominated Legislature, Marriage Equality And Mini-RFRAs <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Lawmakers expect an affirmative ruling from the Supreme Court bringing marriage equality across the country, but they also expect a fierce movement to "chip away" at those rights by the state's Republican majority. State Rep. Sponsors Bills To Aid Gender ID Changes On Michigan Driver's Licenses <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>State Rep. Brian Banks, D-Harper Woods, introduced legislation June 18 that would create a process for individuals who need to change the gender marker on a driver's or chauffeur's license and a state-issued identification card. Snyder Signs RFRA-Style Adoption Bills <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Gov. Rick Snyder has signed controversial legislation that would allow state funded adoption agencies to refuse services to potential adoptive families based on the agencies' "sincerely held religious or moral beliefs." Snyder, Legislature Pass Litany Of Intolerant, Regressive Bills <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Last week was especially bad for anyone in Michigan who cares about children, equality, justice, fairness and economic progress. Here is a litany of backwater, intolerant, anti-economic development bills passed in Michigan's legislature in just one week: Michigan Couples, Clerks Anticipate Hurdles To Same-Sex Marriage <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>How quickly county clerks will be able to implement a favorable ruling by the Supreme Court is unclear. State officials tell BTL that the necessary new forms and policies are stuck in a bureaucratic quagmire and in, some instances, a holding pattern. APM And HARC Merger Moves Forward <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Following a trend that is affecting AIDS Service Organizations around the country, AIDS Partnership Michigan and HIVAIDS Resource Center decided to work toward a formal merger of their organizations on Jan. 1. Gay Teacher: Gerry Crane's Story <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Nearly two decades after the events around Gerry Crane's life, LGBT teachers remain at risk in many Michigan school districts and beyond, which is largely why a Grand Rapids attorney is writing a book about Gerry Crane titled, "Gay Teacher, A Story About Love, Hate Lessons Yet to be Learned." Sexual Minority Young Adults At Higher Risk Of Suicide A recent analysis conducted by a Central Michigan University professor has indicated that prejudice and discrimination can lead to health issues for LGBT young adults. A Bad Day For Michigan's Families & Children The Michigan League for Public Policy a statement on the House vote to eliminate the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Senate's approval of a package of bills allowing agencies to deny adoptive and foster placements based on religious beliefs. New Documentary Tells Tragic Tale Of Murdered Transgender Teen A new documentary, "Treasure: From Tragedy To Transjustice, Mapping A Detroit Story," by filmmaker dream hampton, revisits the gruesome tale of Shelly Hilliard's demise and the transphobia that contributed to her death. Did Snyder Trade Signature On Anti-Gay Adoption Bills For Deal On Road Funding? <img src=' copy.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>A source with a large national LGBT organization, speaking to Between The Lines on background, says Gov. Rick Snyder traded his signature on anti-gay adoptions bills - dubbed RFRA-style bills by the ACLU and other opponents - in order to get a much needed roads funding bill through the conservative legislature. Snyder Signs Adoption Discrimination Bills <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a controversial three bill legislative package which would allow faith-based adoption and foster agencies paid public dollars to refuse service to adoptive or foster parents based on the agencies' sincerely held religious or moral beliefs. Hit Girl <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Why Gay Press (Still Matters) Deep Inside Hollywood Q&A: Matt Bomer Talks Channing Flattery ('I Blushed'), Explaining 'Magic Mike' To His Kids & Indecent Gyrations <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Matt Bomer is not buying all the buzz about Matt Bomer. Channeling his trademark charm, the actor calls it "sheer fallacy" that anyone - let alone heterosexual men - could possibly find his piercing baby-blue eyes swoon-worthy. And then there's his body. On display in all its near-nakedness in "Magic Mike XXL," Bomer is modest about his sculpted physique. You expect it, of course. The 37-year-old dreamboat - just ask Channing Tatum - was born in Missouri and raised in Texas, and he hasn't strayed from his humble Southern roots despite scorching screen after screen. Not just with a striptease, either. Adam Lambert Reveals He Dressed 'Outlandishly' Because He Was 'Overcompensating,' Talks Lack Of Gay Artists <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In our recent interview, the 2006 "Idol" alum comes clean about how a long period of "overcompensation" - yes, the outfits - led him to the latest chapter in his life. Deep Inside Hollywood Gamrat Gets Barred While Schuette Hurts Those Behind Bars State Rep. Cindy Gamrat gets barred from caucus indefinitely and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is failing to be "voice" of victims of rape in prison. Is GoFundMe The New Welfare For Anti-Gay Corporations? <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>From the community that gave us the delightful ignorance of Dave Agema, the former state representative and current GOP national committeeman from Michigan, now we have a mechanic who has announced he won't provide service to "openly gay people." Gary Glenn Apologizes For Agenda Alert Bristow, White Nationalist Defender Of 'Traditional Marriage,' Getting Divorce Schuette Shifts Legal Arguments In Marriage Case Glenn 'Agenda Alert' Slammed By Mt. Pleasant Newspaper Gov. Mike Pence Defends Against 'Avalanche' Of Criticisms Rep. Gary Glenn Issues 'Agenda Alert' Because News Editor Is Gay Planet Fitness Sued Over Transgender Support The folks at {URL Planet Fitness http:www.pridesource.comarticle.html?article=70569}, who have weathered a blistering national campaign to denigrate their pro-transgender rights stance in Midland, Michigan are now facing a lawsuit over that stance. BTL Op-Ed: A Huge Win Towards Full Equality One part of the history behind this remarkable moment goes back to 1958 when the very first gay rights case was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. In ONE Magazine v. The U.S. Post Office, SCOTUS ruled that a gay publication was not "inherently pornography" and could therefore be sent through the U.S. mail. From this seemingly small recognition giving voice to gay people and allowing us to communicate with one another, we have progressed to this historic day, where we celebrate our most intimate familial relationships in broad daylight under the full recognition of the law. Creep of the Week: National Organization for Marriage <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Oh, NOM. NOM, NOM, NOM. You are so freaked out right now. And if you weren't so hateful, I might actually feel some compassion for you. Though probably not. Because you are terrible in every way. Transmissions: A Papal Confrontation The pope needs to take a new look at transgender people if he expects to be as progressive as many claim him to be. The OutField: Fearless Jeff Sheng <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> From Glenn Burke To Billy Bean To Dave Pallone The MLB Is Evolving -- Slowly <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>On July 17, 2013, Major League Baseball held its 84th annual All Star Game at Citi Field in Queens, New York, the home park of the New York Mets. It was a day that would become special for the LGBT community. The OutField: Hoosier Hullabaloo <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Tigers Pride Night Sells Over 1,000 Tickets Just in time for Pride, the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce will host a Pride Night at an upcoming Tigers game in June. The OutField: The Fight For Rights For Female Coaches The story is current, but you can be forgiven for thinking it's from 10 years ago. Or 50. Shannon Miller was one of the most successful coaches in college athletics - any sport, both genders. LGBT Mud 5k Brings In Over 650 Runners <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The sporting event featured obstacles such as the "Cherry Picker," "Is that Mud in Your Pants?" and "Hello Sailor." 25 Perfect Summer Songs For Your Poolside Playlist The Frivolist: Summer Gadget Guide 2015 Summer Style Sheet: Beach-Ready Accessories That Make a Splash <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Just because summer is cause to shed the confines of clothing to celebrate the skin you're in, reality is, we can't go commando everywhere. For those times that you legally have to cover your bits, here are our picks for summer essentials to keep you looking fly and having fun. Positive Thoughts: Surviving With Pride The month of June is typically jam-packed with parades, events and festivities that bring many of us in the LGBTQ community together to revel in our uniqueness, pay tribute to our leaders and honor achievements in our ongoing fight for equality. The Frivolist: 6 Gay Places to Kick Off the Best. Summer. Ever. <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> The Frivolist: 10 Ways to Gayify Your Honey Bunny's Easter Basket <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Even if you're not religious, you can still celebrate a fluffy pagan Easter with someone you love. But instead of the tiny trinkets and cavity-inviting candy that monopolize kids' baskets this time of year, put together a wicker-handled surprise that's decidedly more adult with these 10 LGBT-minded finds. The Vexed Generation <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Parting Glances: Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow Reginald Rabbit wiggled his cottony tail, crinkled his pinky nose, and hummed softly, "I trust you, Barney. Barney, I do." Vanity Fair Lady <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Recruiters Pursuing Diversity <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Thirty-five corporate leaders of Michigan's top businesses, including the State Department, came together in the first LGBT Career Fair hosted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Hundreds of job seekers attended the LGBT Career Fair held March 5. Many of them were seeking accepting and progressive attitudes in future employers in a state known for its anti-LGBT measures. Michigan LGBTQA Career Fair Coming March 5 DEARBORN - Corporate leaders increasingly recognize that a diverse workforce provides them with a competitive edge. These leaders and their corporate recruiters want LGBT people to join their talent pool. Connecting corporate recruiters with Michigan's LGBT and ally job seekers is the primary goal of the LGBTQ Career Fair March 5 at the University of Michigan - Dearborn. Marriott Earns Perfect Ranking On Corporate Equality Index <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Marriott International, Inc. was recently named among America's top corporations for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, by earning a perfect 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). LGBT Inclusive Bed And Breakfast Receives Award <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>LGBT-supportive vacation spot, the Wickwood Inn, was recently named one of Food & Wine Magazine's 25 Best American bed and breakfasts. Bradlys: Home Decor & More <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Sometimes, it's just the threat of change that makes great ideas come to life. For Bradly Rakowski, owner of Bradly's Home and Garden in Lansing, the constant threat of a layoff made him take the leap into becoming his own boss. The Accidental Activists Of Ann Arbor's Homoplex <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>ANN ARBOR - "First you have to ask, what is the Braun Court Community?" Keith Orr says. Nearly thirty years ago, the area had an ethnic restaurant identity with Chinese, Middle Eastern, Mexican and Japanese cuisine filling the court with scents of curry and wasabi. Now, Braun Court, located directly across the street from Kerrytown and the Farmer's Market in Ann Arbor, is the center of what Orr describes as a "Gayborhood" and is home to the Jim Toy Community Center (JTCC), Trillium Real Estate, Shout, autBar and Common Language Bookstore. Farming A Following <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>We've heard just about every freaky thing the gay social app Grindr is used for, but volunteer recruitment takes the cake. Meet Tyson Gersh, president of the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative, who is slowly cultivating a farm boy "tribe" through his access to the local gay social network. Home Sweet Dorm <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>No matter what "home" means to you, you can transform your dorm space from institutional to inviting with a modicum of effort and a whole lot of flair. Or even a moderate amount of flair. The amount of flair is up to you. You're an adult now. The decisions about flair levels are on you. Taqo The Town <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In the ever developing Downtown Detroit area, Taqo Detroit adds its name to the list of businesses helping to enrich the area. The cantina boasts a few things that immediately place it above the typical Mexican offering, including an extensive list of tequila. Rebel Fleur <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>When it comes to shaping your summer garden, beauty begins with the architectural bones, says Phillip Morici of Fleurdetroit in Bloomfield Hills.