PrideSource - front Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 01 May 2016 03:01 EST 01 May 2016 03:01 EST Davenport Files Sex Discrimination Lawsuit Against SVSU <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Charin Davenport, an adjunct English professor teaching at Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) and Delta College, had been dismissed from her job at SVSU as assistant to the Director of Academic Programs Support, Ann Coburn-Collins. State House Republicans Author Bill To Repeal the State Board of Education For the last two months, the state of Michigan has been debating LGBT youth guidelines for K-12 schools authored by the Board of Education. Ferndale Schools Board of Education Passes LGBT Inclusive Policy The Ferndale Schools Board of Education passed a resolution in support of the state board LGBT youth guidelines that would allow transgender and gender non-conforming students to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender. White House Meets with Michigan LGBT Advocates <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>White House and federal officials met with LGBT advocates from across the state in an LGBT focused summit April 21 to discuss LGBT school policies, access to healthcare for trans Michiganders and access to capital for LGBT-owned small businesses. Fun Run in Color for WADD Fundraiser <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>World AIDS Day Detroit and Color Me Rad are teaming up to host "Color Me Rad Detroit," a spring color run to help raise funds for World AIDS Day 2016. Royal Oak Mayor Announces Travel Ban to North Carolina The Royal Oak City Commission unanimously approved Mayor Jim Ellison's proposal April 11 that prohibits the city from using public resources to fund, sponsor or in anyway support nonessential travel to the state of North Carolina. Southeast Michigan School District Under Federal Investigation Bedford Public Schools, located 10 miles north of Toledo in Michigan's Monroe County, was placed under investigation in December by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights for allegedly discriminating against a trans youth. LGBT Detroit Hires Development Coordinator LGBT Detroit -- a Michigan based nonprofit focusing on youth development, cultural awareness and advocacy, as well as emotional and physical well-being of LGBT Detroiters -- has added a member to its executive team. Bay City Passes Controversial Anti-Discrimination Ordinance A Bay City ordinance is being voted on despite some concerns from prominent figures in the Bay City LGBT community. LGBT Event Planned in Lake Orion A local group that has formed to support LGBT people in the Lake Orion area has planned its first social event. Updates on Michigan LGBT Youth Guidance and State Bathroom Controversy Michigan has been the topic of much conversation over the past two months as residents discuss if a proposed set of guidelines for LGBT youth in K-12 schools is necessary to ensure all LGBT youth experience equality in the classroom. Now the conversation has gone national. Lawmaker Pushes Plan to Restrict Transgender Bathroom Use Trans Sistas of Color to Host One-Day Conference The Trans Sistas of Color Project will host a one-day conference this Saturday called the Gathering. Adodi Spring Retreat a 'Safe Space' for Black, Gay Men <img src=' Kick_2252.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Adodi is "important because you don't have that many black, gay organizations where you can lose all your inhibitions," said Tony Johnson, president of Adodi Detroit and chair of the sixth annual spring retreat that's scheduled to take place this weekend. Southeast Michigan School District Under Federal Investigation Bedford Public Schools, located 10 miles north of Toledo in Michigan's Monroe County, was placed under investigation in December by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights for allegedly discriminating against a trans youth. Equality Michigan Hosts White House Summit on LGBT Issues Equality Michigan will host a White House Summit on LGBT Issues April 21 at the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus. Affirmations to Host Art Gallery Spotlighting Trans Artists Affirmations and GNA (the Gender-Identity Network Alliance) will celebrate the work of local trans and gender non-conforming artists at the gallery opening of "Trans Visibility." Dignity Detroit to Celebrate 42 Years This May Dignity Detroit, the nonprofit 501(c)(3) serving LGBTS Catholics since 1974, celebrates its anniversary this year with a dinner dance under the theme "Companions in Faith." Michigan GOP Elects Rob Steele As New National Committeeman Trevor Project Trainings Come to Detroit The American Indian Health and Family Services of Southeastern Michigan will host Trevor Project Trainings April 28 and 29 for LGBTQ individuals and allies interested in learning about crisis intervention and prevention. Nick Jonas on Inspiring Drag Kings, His 'Very Welcoming' Gay Club Experience and How His Man Bod Changed His Life <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In our new interview, Jonas talked candidly about last year - his year of "growth." And although he was congested - yes, even the perfection that is Nick Jonas deals with allergies that are "terrible" this time of year - he was more than happy to dish on LGBT rights, the night he and brother Joe ended up at a West Hollywood gay bar, and touching his... face. Q&A: Jane Lynch on Singing Nicki Minaj, How She Thought Being Lesbian Was a 'Mental Disease' & Her Man Crush <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>You better believe Jane Lynch can sing, and even if you don't, "I think by the time you buy the ticket and come to the show, you hope I can sing! You've got your fingers crossed!" the "Glee" alum says of her touring act "See Jane Sing," cracking her signature booming laugh. Deep Inside Hollywood <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Billie Jean King, Jurrasic World, Elle Fanning and Jena Malone Cyndi Lauper on Fame, Going Country & Wanting to Star In 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?' with Madonna <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>To talk about her twangy transformation, Lauper called just as she was leaving Los Angeles, where she recently received her much-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Lauper was her usual chatty and chirpy self as she dished on longing to be the "unknown singer," shoe struggles and forever wanting to take on Joan Crawford and Bette Davis' infamous revenge relic "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" How exactly? By starring in a version of it alongside Madonna, of course. Tituss Burgess on Season 2 of 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,' How Tina Fey Pushes His Limits ('I'm in White Face, Man!') & His Viral Sensation 'Peeno Noir' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Internet loves a good penis pun. One of 2015's biggest breakout stars, Tituss Burgess, discovered this fact last year, when the "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" actor's already-escalating showbiz profile reached new heights thanks to a song he sang called "Peeno Noir: An Ode to Black Penis." So Burgess can retire now, right? Deep Inside Hollywood Cara Delevingne, 'I Am Jazz', Queen Latifah, Prison Break How Photographer Jess Dugan Is Transforming Minds with Portraits of Transgender Trailblazers <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>There's a photograph of Jess T. Dugan from 2005 with bandages over where her breasts used to be. She's standing nude beside her mother and the two are pillars. The photo is a powerful declaration of self - recognizing it, embracing it. "I have always used photography to understand myself and my place in the world," Dugan says. "At that time I used my work to come to terms with my body and my gender. Those earlier pictures were very much about, 'This is my body, this is my gender, this is my mother, this is my community.'" What's the Big Fuss About the Fourth Circuit Trans Decision? <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>It's an important legal victory, but the federal appeals panel ruling last week in favor of a transgender teen has not yet knocked down the hostility or hurdles blocking transgender people to access public restrooms. Presidential Candidates Speak Out on 'Bathroom Laws' Fourth Circuit Rules In Favor of Trans Student in Virginia Restroom Access Case <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A federal court of appeals April 19 ruled in favor of Gavin Grimm, a trans male student, in his challenge to Gloucester High School's discriminatory restroom policy that segregates transgender students from their peers by requiring them to use "alternative, private" facilities. Colorado Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case of Bakery Who Turned Away Gay Couple The Colorado State Supreme Court decided April 25 to let stand an appellate court ruling that Masterpiece Cakeshop violated Colorado's anti-discrimination law when it refused to sell a same-sex couple a cake for their wedding reception. Recap: New York Primary <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Ted Cruz suffered the consequences of deriding "New York values," John Kasich won a little support while speaking out against anti-gay laws, and Donald Trump raked in nearly all the chips from Tuesday's New York primary by keeping a mostly muddled middle ground on rights for LGBT people. NC Governor: More Dialogue Needed on Transgender Issues RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's governor called Sunday for more dialogue on the issue of transgender people and bathroom use while saying he stands by provisions of a bill regarding access to facilities. Laws Viewed as LGBT Discrimination Proposed Across Country Transgender Advocates Fear Bill's Fallout Even if it Dies COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Transgender people said April 14 they fear a South Carolina bill that would require them to use the public bathroom for their biological sex will stoke misguided fears and endorse restroom vigilantism, even if the bill ultimately dies as expected. Arkansas Asks Court to Overturn Birth Certificate Ruling LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas attorney general's office asked the state Supreme Court on Friday to overturn a lower court decision that was poised to clear the way for married same-sex couples to get the name of both spouses on their children's birth certificate without a court order. Chicago Meningitis Outbreak Continues in Gay, Bisexual Men CHICAGO (AP) - Health officials in Chicago say last summer's deadly outbreak of meningitis in gay and bisexual men is continuing with two new confirmed cases. Navy Secretary to Marines: Women in Combat is Irreversible CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) - Navy Secretary Ray Mabus had a simple message for 1,500 Marines and sailors: The decision to let women compete for all military combat positions is as irreversible as earlier edicts to integrate blacks and allow gays and lesbians to openly serve. The State of LGBT Voters in Wisconsin After the Primary <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Tuesday's hotly contested Wisconsin primary produced some unusual political background noise for both Democrats and Republicans. How to Change Attitudes Toward LGBT People <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A directed conversation as short as 10 minutes can change attitudes about transgender people and increase support for nondiscrimination legislation, according to a new study prominently published April 7 in the influential journal Science. Dems put LGBT Leader in Legislature After Transgender Law ABC Anchor on Mississippi Law: Equal Treatment for Everyone Iowa Board of Medicine to Study Conversion Therapy Ban Lesbian Spouses Challenge Indiana Birth Certificate Law CEOs, Governments Speak Against North Carolina Law Company CEOs and municipal officials are joining other government and business leaders opposing North Carolina's new law that prevents specific anti-discrimination rules for LGBT people for public accommodations and restroom use. Creep of the Week: Louie Gohmert Now Target is the target of the anti-trans right because Target did something pretty radical. Something few companies have dared to do because it's just so fringe, so wild, so unheard of. And no, it has nothing to do with Isaac Mizrahi. This time. Parting Glances: Time Flies! That's For Sure! One of the pleasures for a writer or an artist is to come across an early composition or art piece and experience finding it with a sense of reading or seeing it for the first time. Important Victory for Transgender Students Rights On April 19, 2016, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals became the first United States federal court to hold that the U.S. Department of Education's interpretation of Title IX (the federal civil rights law the prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex) and the issue of transgender students and restrooms must be followed by the federal courts. Ann Arbor Film Festival Ends with Awards, Including Best LGBT Film <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The 54th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival has officially come to a close. LGBTQ Culture in the Ann Arbor Area <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Ann Arbor and its surrounding areas are known as inclusive and celebratory when it comes to the LGBTQ community. With a long and storied history in regards to LGBTQ issues, the Ann Arbor area is full of great things to do for a day trip, weekend getaway or week-long vacation. Viewpoint: Does a Year Make a Difference? As we celebrate this year's same-sex marriage expo, never have the words, "what a difference a year makes!" rung so true. But we still must remain vigilant. Ann Arbor Gears Up For Film Festival With Featured Filmmaker <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>As part of AAFF 54, the Ann Arbor Film Festival's upcoming Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker series will feature filmmaker David OReilly. 2016 Michigan's Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo Celebrates Marriage Equality <img src=' 28.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> Pistons Pride Night Coming March 6 The Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Pistons to promote Motor City Sundays on March 6. Motor City Sundays give fans and the Pistons a chance to showcase their shared pride in celebration of all things Detroit and family. A Silent Crisis: LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in Detroit <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A silent crisis is growing among us. During a period of unprecedented advances in rights and acceptance for some LGBTQ folks across the United States, the silent crisis present in the lives of far too many LGBTQ youth in Detroit has deepened -- especially for LGBTQ youth of color experiencing homelessness. Ann Arbor's Historic LGBT Bar Celebrates 20th Anniversary The historic Kerrytown bar, autBar, will celebrate its 20th Anniversary Aug. 29 and has a whole day of events planned to commemorate a 20 year legacy serving the LGBT+A communities of Ann Arbor. JTCC To Host 2015 Washtenaw County Pride Picnic <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Jim Toy Community Center will host the 2015 Washtenaw County Pride Picnic from noon to 3 p.m. on Aug. 1 in Ann Arbor's Allmendinger Park. Pet Murderer <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> It's Only Skin-Deep <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Now Cracks a Noble Heart <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>