PrideSource - front Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 29 Jul 2014 02:29 EST 29 Jul 2014 02:29 EST Q&A: Sin&eacute;ad O'Connor On How Gays Changed Her Life & Getting Her 'D*ck Hard' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In 1992, Sin&eacute;ad O'Connor was at the height of her career following the success of "Nothing Compares 2 U" when, during a one-woman protest against sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, she tore up a pic of Pope John Paul II on "Saturday Night Live." Causing an uproar, and eventually thwarting her pop-culture presence (not that she cared), that defiance would come to define the Irish singer's life and career. Breaking Through The Bro Code <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Stronger than a "man crush," and somewhere between a love affair and fist bump, is a "bromance," explains author Michael DeAngelis. The term is meant to describe a bond between two men that transcends the usual boundaries of friendship to become an almost romantic infatuation. And from his findings, DeAngelis feels the straight bros kind of like it. MAC Hosts Annual Pub Crawl <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Ready to party? Michigan AIDS Coalition hosts its much anticipated 18th Annual Ferndale Pub Crawl on Friday, July 25. The "Original Crawl" or "the BIG ONE," as MAC refers to it, is the signature summer event for the Ferndale area, hosting hundreds of participants visiting Downtown Ferndale. Biking For Equal Rights <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>FERNDALE - Affirmations, Michigan's community center for LGBTs and their allies, are biking from Detroit to Ann Arbor on Saturday, Aug. 23, beginning at 10 a.m., to educate and encourage others to take action in their support for equal rights throughout the state. Elaine Stritch In One Of Her Last Interviews: 'I Had A Ball In My Life!' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>"Oh, I had moments," Stritch said. "I had moments that were knockouts, great, successful and 'yay.' Lots of those moments, absolutely. And accomplishments. God, I thought I accomplished a great deal. I've got a lot of wonderful memories, I really do." George Takei's Hopeful Words For Detroit: 'More Power To You!' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> George Takei isn't foreign to the alien kind. As Sulu on the original "Star Trek," he fended them off. Now, Takei's taking on a different kind of outsider - the Motor City - and he's glad to see a new generation of human inhabitants safeguarding it. Lesbian Couple In Kalamazoo See Home Ruined <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Equality Michigan Starts Petition To Change Michfest Trans Exclusion Policy <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Gallery: Hotter Than July Boat Ride Makes A Splash About 50 people came out Wednesday night for the fifth annual Hotter Than July Boat Ride. The three-hour cruise on the Detroit River was aboard the Diamond Queen. The event was catered by Dee's Catering and DJ Tone kept the dance floor full. HTJ Opening Ceremony Draws Large Crowd <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>{BOLD DETROIT -} Nearly 100 people came out for the 19th annual Hotter Than July candlelight vigil Tuesday evening in Palmer Park. The event serves as the kickoff of a week's worth of events under the HTJ umbrella. State Rep. Zemke Introduces Bill To Prohibit Conversion Therapy In Michigan <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>{BOLD LANSING --} State Representative Adam F. Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) sponsored legislation on July 16 that would outlaw the practice of conversion therapy in Michigan. {URL House Bill 5703 prohibits} &quot;any practice by a mental health professional that seeks to change a minor&#39;s sexual orientation.&quot; Similar laws are in place in {URL California}, {URL New Jersey} and New York and {URL have been upheld by federal courts.} Good News For LGBT Students At Michigan Universities <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Michigan State University has received a large, anonymous donation to its LGBT Resource Center. The University of Michigan-Dearborn will be offering a specific LGBT studies course this fall. HTJ Pride Picnic Preview <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>It's the centerpiece of Detroit's weeklong black gay pride celebration. The pride picnic, which takes place Saturday in Palmer Park, has been a crowd favorite since Hotter Than July began in 1996. It's attracted tens of thousands of people throughout the years, including everybody from famous authors (James Earl Hardy, Keith Boykin, Stanley Bennett Clay), performers (The Lady Chablis, Cyon Flare, April Summers), politicians (Kwame Kilpatrick, Benny Napoleon, Maryann Mahaffey) and porn stars (Bobby Blake, Flex Dion, Ty Lattimore). HTJ Schedule: Warming Up Detroit <img src=' HTJ-2011-AP 23.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> Progressive Detroit Talks On The National Level: Netroots Closeup <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - Last week, Netroots Nation brought thousands of liberals and progressives to downtown Detroit. They took to the city at night, protested the water shutoff Friday afternoon, watched Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speak on equality and bettering the future for upcoming generations and attended caucuses and panels surrounding LGBT concerns. National issues were also in focus, such as the student debt levels, voting rights, environmental concerns, sexuality and public school reform. LGBTs Connect At Netroots Nation More than 120 LGBT activists, bloggers, organizations, funders and journalists from across the U.S., Canada and Mexico gathered in Detroit this past week for a day-long discussion about the future of the LGBT movement and ways to effect progressive social change within it and beyond. Michigan Healthcare Providers Discuss LGBT Focus Initiatives FERNDALE - Over 30 healthcare and LGBT professionals from around Metro Detroit met on July 15 at Affirmations to discuss how the healthcare industry can better improve itself, specifically on being more accessible and accommodating to the care of trans identified individuals and the LGB community. Mark Schauer Comes To Braun Court <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>{BOLD ANN ARBOR -} Mark Schauer, Democratic candidate for the Michigan Governor's race, takes his campaign to /aut/BAR in a fundraising and awareness event this Thursday. Hotter Than July Preview <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Immigration: Out Of The Shadows <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Choice: Closely Aligned <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Environment: Only Way To Win Is By Working Together <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Housing: 'We Are All In This Together' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Labor: A Decades Long Partnership Two More Openly LGBT Candidates Announce MI Campaigns <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>MICHIGAN - Two more candidates have come out of the political closet. Susan Grettenberger, running for the 8th Congressional District, and Nathan Morrish, running for 34th State House Representative seat, both spoke with BTL about their pre-primary vote campaigns. Hotter Than July Film Festival In Midtown <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Hotter Than July Film Festival took place Thursday night at Cinema Detroit in Midtown. Film Festival committee co-chairs Darius Baty and Alvina Bursey took time out to pose for a photo between screenings. Diverse Support For Same-Sex Couples In Michigan's Marriage Ban Challenge U.S. 4th Circuit Court Of Appeals Overturns Va. Same-Sex Marriage Ban <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Second Florida Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A Florida judge on Friday July 25 overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week. Still, no marriage licenses will be issued for gay couples in either county any time soon to allow for appeals. Colorado Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down, Put On Hold <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>"This ruling has made us thrilled and we are grieving a little. The grief comes from John Suthers' insistence on clogging up the courts with unnecessary lawsuits," plaintiff said. Michael Sam Responds To Tony Dungy's Offensive Comments <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Openly gay NFL player, Michael Sam, has responded to offensive comments made by Tony Dungy. Dungy, a former NFL coach and current NBC sports commentator told the Tampa Tribune: "I wouldn't have taken him. Not because I don't believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn't want to deal with all of it." Study: PrEP, Taken Regularly, 100 Percent Effective <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Scientists at the International AIDS Conference in Sydney, Australia, released the results of an open label study of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis this week, which found that regular dosing of the drug Truvada is 100 percent effective in preventing HIV-negative people from becoming infected with the virus. News You Should Know July 23, 2014 Feds Call On States To Revamp HIV Criminal Laws <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The laws have also been criticized for criminalizing behavior which does not transmit HIV - such as spitting or biting - or prosecutions wherein the behavior did not pose a significant risk of transmission... "The HIV-positive monster in many people&#39;s minds is a product of stigma and has no basis in reality," said Trevor Hoppe, who graduated this spring with a PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan. His dissertation evaluated criminal prosecutions under Michigan's law in the past two decades. Obama Signs LGBT Workplace Non-Discrimination Executive Order <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In a brief ceremony in the East Room of the White House, with a scattering of "Amens" from the 300 or so LGBT activists gathered, President Obama this morning (July 21) signed an executive order prohibiting contractors who do business with the federal government from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and adding to existing protection (which includes sexual orientation) for federal employees a prohibition of discrimination based on gender identity. Ruling Allows Same-Sex Marriages for Florida Keys <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>{BOLD MIAMI (AP) -} A judge in the Florida Keys overturned the state&#39;s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on Thursday after a legal challenge by gay couples said it effectively made them second-class citizens. Mississippi Mayor Becomes First To Announce Support Of Marriage Equality <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>David Garcia, mayor of Waveland, Miss., has announced his support of same-sex marriage. "Because I believe in fairness for all American families," said Garcia in a statement, "I support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples willing to take on that commitment. New Report Exposes Deceptive Religious Right Strategy Targeting LGBT Equality <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Within in a few short years, legal same-sex marriage has arrived in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The armed forces' "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and federal law, which barred openly gay military service, has been repealed. And for all the Religious Right and social conservatives' efforts to block such progress, equal rights for LGBTs, it would appear, are advancing in significant ways. Utah Will Appeal Gay Marriage Ruling To High Court <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah has decided to go straight to the U.S. Supreme Court to argue against gay marriage, meaning the nation's highest court will have at least one same-sex marriage case on its plate when it returns in October. Comic Legend Archie Andrews Takes Bullet For Gay Best Friend <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>LOS ANGELES - Famous freckle-face comic book icon, Archie Andrews, will see his final moments in this week's issue. Readers will see the beloved and inspirational redhead die as he takes a bullet for the attempted assassination of his best friend, Kevin Keller, the series' openly gay character. 'Fox & Friends' Fails To Showcase American's Horror At Gender-Neutral Bathrooms <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Doocy, perhaps hoping to lead the sample group, said as he presented the sign "Both genders - or {ITAL transgender?}" The next man in Doocy's lineup responded with a smile, "that's right." Michigan Openly Gay Candidates Could Move Forward After Aug. 5 Primary <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Two More Openly LGBT Candidates Announce MI Campaigns <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>MICHIGAN - Two more candidates have come out of the political closet. Susan Grettenberger, running for the 8th Congressional District, and Nathan Morrish, running for 34th State House Representative seat, both spoke with BTL about their pre-primary vote campaigns. Mark Schauer Comes To Braun Court <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>{BOLD ANN ARBOR -} Mark Schauer, Democratic candidate for the Michigan Governor's race, takes his campaign to /aut/BAR in a fundraising and awareness event this Thursday. Jeremy Moss, State Rep 35th District <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>As the youngest of the Southfield City Council Members, Moss, 28, is ready to serve Michigan even further by being elected as the 35th District House Representative. During his time at Michigan State University, Moss studied abroad in South Africa. While there, he learned about the political and social history of the nation that grew from apartheid towards democracy and worked with a pioneer group of students to establish a Children's Center to assist at-risk children orphaned by HIVAIDS. Rudy Serra, State Rep 27th District <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Serra is a double major graduate from Central Michigan University with a Doctorate from Wayne State. Serra's father was a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger in Special Forces in World War 2, Korea and Vietnam. Jon Hoadley, State Rep 60th District <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>As the President of Badlands Strategies, a public affairs strategy firm specializing in coalition management, Hoadley is no stranger to making plans and implementing them. He comes from a family of teachers and wants to see education support grow in Michigan. He has worked with labor and women's rights groups and was the Executive Director of National Stonewall Democrats. Garnet Lewis, 32nd Senate District <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Over the course of her career Lewis served on the Saginaw Commission on Aging's meals on Wheels, was a Founding organizer of the Saginaw Area Democratic Club, Chaired the Saginaw County Democratic Party, was the Vice-Chair of the 4th Congressional District Democrats, Director for the Joint Legislative Campaign in the Michigan Democratic Party from 2011-2012 and served on the Board of Michigan Equality. Gay Marriage Defines Schuette's Reelection Campaign Bill Schuette launched his campaign for another four-year term as Michigan's Attorney General March 22 at press conferences in several locations across the state. Although he gamely tried to stay focused on his campaign, reporters questions were almost exclusively about gay marriage and Schuette's opposition to it. Equality Michigan Circulating Petition to Drop Appeal Why Are Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette Wasting Michigan Taxpayer Dollars On A Costly Appeal? Claiming Human Rights One City At A Time: Unity Michigan <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The numbers keep growing as Michiganders step up and claim equal rights - city by city, township by township. In 2013, ten more municipalities passed local human rights ordinances to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. These local ordinances currently provide a patchwork of protection covering 1,901,597 people in 31 municipalities. And while amending the Elliott-Larsen Act at the state level would bring equality to everyone and is the ultimate goal - the work accomplished across the state at the local level in 2013 is historic. Zero To Five In 2014 Currently there are no openly gay legislators in Michigan. But if all goes well in the 2014 elections there could be as many as five - four in the State House and one in the State Senate. VIDEO: DNC Chair, Michigan Dems Rally For LGBT Equality 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. Peters Energizes LGBT Donors <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Over 100 LGBT donors and their allies gathered to pledge their support for Gary Peters' U.S. Senate campaign. State Rep. Candidate Jeremy Moss <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Jeremy Moss is the youngest official in the City of Southfield, having been elected to council at age 25. The Michigan GOP Gay Conundrum <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Why is there such a distance between Snyder's weak response to Agema's bigotry and Devos' hardline comments?The answer may lie in a pitch battle for the Lt. Gov's post for the upcoming gubernatorial election. Snyder is widely seen as safe in his seat, but current Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has become the scapegoat for Snyder's support of issues anathema to the hardline right wing of the Tea Party in Michigan. 6th Circuit To Hear Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky And Tennessee Cases Aug. 6 <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has set Aug. 6 at 1 p.m. as the single day to hear arguments in the four marriage equality cases pending before the court, setting up a historic day for each of the four states in the circuit which includes Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. A court filing June 16 says that arguments are planned before a three-judge panel at the Cincinnati-based court at 1 p.m. The filing notes, however, that the arguments could be canceled if the judges decide briefs and the court records are enough for a decision. Kent County Clerk Makes Deal With Gay Couple To Avoid Suit <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Diverse Support For Same-Sex Couples In Michigan's Marriage Ban Challenge The Stay Delayed Allows 315 Couples To Wed In State <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Michigan Same Sex Couples Demand Respect And Equal Treatment <img src='' 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. ACLU Of Michigan Asks Court To Order State to Recognize LGBT Marriages DETROIT - On May 22 the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a motion for preliminary injunction asking the federal district court to require the State of Michigan to recognize the 300 LGBT marriages performed March 22. The couples were legally married after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in DeBoer V. Snyder declaring the Michigan Marriage Amendment was unconstitutional. Duggan Signs On In Support Of Marriage Equality <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Mayor Mike Duggan joins with many other Michigan and national mayors in support of Marriage Equality, becoming the 19th Michigan mayor to sign up with Mayors for the Freedom To Marry. Joined by over 419 mayors from 38 states across the country, Duggan signs on as a Mayor for the Freedom to Marry, an initiative by Freedom to Marry, a national organization founded in 2003 with the goal of getting equal marriage nationwide. Michigan For Marriage Launches Public Education Effort <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Michigan Leaders React To Feds Recognition Of Marriages <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>"We applaud U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement that the United States government will recognize the marriages that were performed on Saturday," said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. "Rather than trying to play both sides of the fence, Gov. Snyder should have stood on the side of equality and we hope this announcement will push him to follow the federal government's lead on the issue. Gov. Snyder should not be wasting taxpayer money by continuing to deny equal rights to loving families." MI Marriage: Schuette Asks For Full Appeals Court Review Gay Marriage Defines Schuette's Reelection Campaign Bill Schuette launched his campaign for another four-year term as Michigan's Attorney General March 22 at press conferences in several locations across the state. Although he gamely tried to stay focused on his campaign, reporters questions were almost exclusively about gay marriage and Schuette's opposition to it. Snyder Says Schuette Going Against Trend Politico reported today that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said he will follow however a federal judge rules on the legality of same-sex marriages in his state. Snyder made the comments at a Bloomberg View forum with reporters in Manhattan, as same-sex couples who married March 22 await clarity after a federal judge put a temporary hold on a ruling overturning Michigan's ban on gay marriage."If a federal judge changes the law...then I'm going to follow what's been redefined as the law," Snyder said. "So I am not spending time on the issue itself...hopefully the Court of Appeals and their stay or something can clarify the status of weddings that took place in the interim. Those couples are in a tough spot. So I want to get some clarity," Snyder told Politico. Sixth Circuit Continues Stay Michigan Marriage Ban Struck Down <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman's ruling was unequivocal. In the strongest possible terms, he struck down Michigan's marriage ban as unconstitutional just before 5 p.m. on March 21, writing that the state's objections to marriage equality did not reach even the bare minimum legal threshold - they weren't even rational. The opinion repudiated each of the state's key witnesses, describing some of them as "entirely unbelievable and not worthy of serious consideration," and described all the plaintiffs' witnesses as "highly credible." Michigan Makes History With First Marriages As soon as U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman declared the ban on same sex marriage in Michigan unconstitutional at 4:50 p.m. Friday and it was clear no stay was attached to his sweeping decision, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette immediately requested an emergency stay. The stay would come, but not before 4 counties in the state married 315 same sex couples Saturday morning. Elected Officials, Advocates Petition Schuette To Drop Marriage Aappeal A group of marriage-equality advocates and elected officials today delivered 14,000 signatures and an album of wedding photos from Saturday urging Attorney General Bill Schuette to drop his appeal of a federal court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in Michigan."We need to remember this isn't about any one of us, it's about all of us and that we need to see the faces of the happy couples that were so excited to get married on Saturday," Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer said today at a press conference at the Capitol. Pictures from Ingham County - Getting Married Pictures from Oakland County Clerk's Office - Part 1 Pictures from the Oakland County Clerk's office - Part 2 Pictures from the Oakland County Clerk's Office - Part 3 Pictures from Washtenaw County White Nationalist Group Files Brief Supporting AG's Appeal In Marriage Ruling The Traditionalist Youth Network - a group listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group - has filed an amicus curiae brief with the 6th District Court of Appeals supporting Attorney General Bill Schuette's appeal of a federal district court decision that found the state's marriage ban unconstitutional. "It is simply unfathomable to postulate that the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prevents states from banning same-sex marriages when the totality of the history of the Western and American legal traditions demonstrates quite clearly that same-sex conduct can be penalized. Lawrence is radically wrong, but legalizing same-sex marriage through judicial opinion is offensively absurd," the group's attorneys write in the conclusion of their brief. "It is high time for the mockery of our ancient and traditional European institutions and customs to end."The 28-page friend of the court brief spends several pages highlighting laws from ancient European cultures that enacted severe punishments - most often execution - for homosexual conduct. Discredited Witness Part Of Right-Wing Cabal DETROIT - U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman found the testimony of the state's key witness sociologist Mark Regnerus "entirely unbelievable and not worthy of serious consideration," and that it was contrived by a cabal of right-wing ideologues who created the "research" to shore up their objections to marriage equality. Schauer Celebrates Overturn Of Michigan Marriage Ban <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>LANSING - Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer was excited Friday evening. In a phone call conversation with BTL minutes after the ruling was issued, he hailed U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman's ruling that strikes down Michigan's marriage amendment. "I think this is a major victory," Schauer said. "Loving, committed couples across the state can now be married. They can finally be a family like any other Michigan family. " Schauer said he has been an advocate for LGBT equality for many years. Equality Michigan Circulating Petition to Drop Appeal Why Are Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette Wasting Michigan Taxpayer Dollars On A Costly Appeal? Michigan Marriage Ban Co-Author Goes 'Moral' the electorate cannot order a violation of the Due Process or Equal Protection Clauses by referendum or otherwise, just as the state may not avoid their application by deferring to the wishes or objections of its citizens.' - U.S. Federal District Court Judge Bernard Friedman in his ruling striking down the Michigan Marriage Amendment declaring it unconstitutional BTL's Wedding Expo: Like Pride in April <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Snyder Says Marriages Not Recognized <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend before a court halted a decision that opened the door to gay nuptials, Gov. Rick Snyder just announced. Elected Officials, Advocates Petition Schuette To Drop Marriage Appeal <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A group of marriage-equality advocates and elected officials today delivered 14,000 signatures and an album of wedding photos from Saturday urging Attorney General Bill Schuette to drop his appeal of a federal court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in Michigan."We need to remember this isn't about any one of us, it's about all of us and that we need to see the faces of the happy couples that were so excited to get married on Saturday," Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer said today at a press conference at the Capitol. Request To Remove Stay Based On Process And Substance <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Schuette Lies To Satisfy Political Base AG Schuette can at least be honest as he throws more precious taxpayer dollars at this ridiculous appeal and admit he is pursuing it because it is his own personal faith perspective. MI Marriage DOCUMENTS: The decision, the stay, and more BREAKING: Holder Asked To Recognize Michigan Marriages <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum and East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett sent a joint letter today to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking the federal government to recognize all the same-sex marriages performed in Michigan March 22. "Many of the couples that were married on March 22 waited decades for that opportunity," wrote Byrum and Triplett. "Their marriages complied with Judge Friedman's order and all relevant provisions of Michigan law and should be recognized as such by state and federal authorities without delay." Michigan Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled in favor of the Hazel Park couple who sued the State of Michigan and Oakland County for the right to marry and to adopt each others' children. The Judge did not issue a stay, and on Saturday morning 315 couples in four counties were able to marry before Attorney General Bill Schutte got a temporary stay issued which will be reviewed and ruled on by Wednesday. BREAKING: Sixth Circuit Court Of Appeals Issues Temporary Stay On Michigan Case <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, after first signaling it would not intervene in Michigan's gay marriage case until Tuesday, posted a new order late Saturday imposing a stay in the case until Wednesday. GALLERY: Same-Sex Couples Across Michigan Get Hitched Same-sex couples in Washtenaw, Oakland, Ingham and Muskegon counties are getting married Saturday morning after Judge Friedman's decision on March 22 ruled Michigan's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. Judge Friedman Declares Michigan's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/><b>BREAKING: Wastenaw County Clerk will open up at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 22nd. to begin marrying people.</b> Judge Could Rule Late Today In Mich. Marriage Ban <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Michigan Marriage Trial: Now We Wait <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - The trial is now over. After nine days of emotional testimony, U. S. District Judge Bernard Friedman has all the evidence and thousands of exhibits and documents to consider in crafting his decisions in the federal case, DeBoer V. Snyder. Friedman told a packed courtroom Mar. 7 he will issue his decisions within the next two weeks. Editor's Viewpoint: Our Long Journey To Justice <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Recently so many have said that the progress on LGBT rights feels breathtakingly fast. I do not see it that way. We learned mostly about who Regnerus feared, not who we are. And now it is in a court record for history to recount and judge for all time.Recently so many have said that the progress on LGBT rights feels breathtakingly fast. I do not see it that way. I marched in my first gay pride parade in New York City in 1972, and heard those terrible things shouted at me back then - that I was going to hell, that I was disgusting, that I was a threat to children. Federal Marriage Case Decisions Outside Michigan In Circuit Court of Appeals Peers Distance Themselves As Regnerus Takes The Stand Marriage Supporters, Protestors Brave Cold At Courthouse <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - News spread quickly Mar. 2 that over 100 Detroit-based pastors would be convening at the federal courthouse Mar. 3 to protest marriage equality. Rumors put expected turnout as high as 600. The Detroit Police stood ready with extra officers in the area and an elevated observation platform. The media turned out in force. And about 50 pro-equality folks with rainbow-decorated signs and flags bundled up in bitter cold temperatures ready to counter the crowds. VIDEO: Highlights From Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Hearing Brown Says Schuette Instructed Clerks To Defy Court Michigan Marriage Equality Trial Begins Second Week <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Marriage Equality Trial Opens: Science v. Fear <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT -The mood was serious as Judge Bernard Friedman, dozens of lawyers and law clerks and stenographers began the trial that will decide two legal issues; whether LGBT people should be permitted to jointly adopt, and whether marriage equality should be permitted in Michigan. The courtroom was packed to overflow to hear opening statements and initial testimony in the DeBoer v. Snyder federal court case Feb. 25. Michigan Marriage Center Prepares State For The Possibility! With the potential for same sex marriages to be permitted in Michigan, couples who want to tie the knot should be ready. But what clerks and clergy are ready for them? Equality Michigan has launched their Marriage Center section of their website to help connect couples with the resources they need to efficiently tie the knot should there be a small window of opportunity to do so once Judge Friedman rules in late February. Michigan Marriage Case Begins <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>"What's very unique about the Michigan case is this is only the second time in terms of any marriage litigation that there's actually been a hearing where there will be examination of scientific studies and factual information to support these presumptions. Other than in California, with all these other Federal court decisions, the judges have just been relying on the documents they read, they've never taken testimony before. So this is A Trial Full of Experts: Incredible and Not So Credible, In Hazel Park Case <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Judge Bernard Friedman is going to hear a lot of expert testimony as he faces the decision of whether a Hazel Park lesbian couple should be allowed to get married and allowed to jointly adopt each other's children. Blame It On The Gays <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Do What I Say, Not As I Do <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Lawfully Wedded Spouse <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Schweitzr <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Brokeback Perry <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> The Cat Came Back <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Creep of the Week: D.J. Dolce <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Did you hear the news? Just over two percent told the CDC that they're gay, lesbian or bisexual. And people are freaking out. Some people are arguing that the number is too low. After all, if we want to get technical about it, the survey really found that 2.3 percent of the people they surveyed were cool with coming out to a stranger doing a survey. Other people might argue that the number is too high because gays could just pray the gay away if they loved Jesus enough. Creep of the Week: Bob Frey <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Bob Frey, a Republican candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives, was recently in the news for saying some really unhinged, not to mention scientifically inaccurate, things about how AIDS is transmitted. When it comes to homos, Bob told the Creep of the Week: So-Called Religious Freedom <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In America "religious freedom" is code for Christian dominance. Under this guise we've seen policy enacted and court decisions handed down that make it easier to discriminate and against gays and lesbians. But it doesn't stop there: women, Muslims, even the poor are fair game. Matt Barber On Hobby Lobby <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Meanwhile, the religious right is super excited about the ruling, and leading the circle jerk is Liberty Council's Matt Barber. You see, the hope is that this ruling will help pave the way for businesses to get out of having to abide by pesky discrimination laws that cover LGBT people. "HobbyLobby may help protect businesses from those pushing counter-biblical LGBT lifestyle anti-Christian agenda," Barber tweeted soon after the ruling was announced on June 30. National Organization for Marriage <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>My wife's birthday was June 19, and on that same day a handful of people assembled in front of the Capitol in Washington D.C. to celebrate. Coincidence? Well, yes. But also, no. Creep of the Week: Scott Esk Says Stoning Gays OK <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>When I was a little kid I really wanted a rock tumbler. I remember looking through the JC Penney catalog and telling my mom that I hoped Santa would bring me one for Christmas. My mom said something about the tumbler using too much electricity and Santa never came through. Parting Glances: Bavel's Rolero Redux At my age, I fidget after five minutes exposure to certain quoteunquote cultural happenings. Harpsichord recitals. Accordion extravaganzas. Art song evenings. "Gilligan's Island" reruns. Lower body piercing demos. Televised Irish flaming feet of anything dancing. Parting Glances: Twinkling of the inner eye ... I'm sitting on my front porch during the twilight 9 o'clock hour. These early July evenings are both warm and occasionally, as now, delightfully cool. The temperature is 70-something or other. Caressingly mild. Motor City quiet and contentment. For a change. Street traffic's light. No loud music from rushing car windows menacingly rolled down for all to hear the bombast of boom and bass. Like it or not. My mood's nostalgic. Slightly hypnotic with a sense of briefly eternal timelessness. Flashes of my seven-decades life recalled. Parting Glances: Dropping In For Won Ton I'm sitting in a popular Somerset Mall Chinese restaurant where I'm distracted by two improbabilities: an astounding free fall record I'm reading about and a waitress named Susie who persists in calling me Honey. Parting Glances: Ex-Gay Fairy Tale This is the story of Dorian Lavender who has vanished from the party scene of music, stimulants, sex and is now ironically beyond the saving grace of suddenly discarded friends of which there were many. (Perhaps you knew him too.) Parting Glances S-S Kissing AD 1300 As for same-sex marriages, Rosen comments, 'Through the thirteenth century, ceremonies that can only be called homosexual marriages - so called spiritual brotherhoods that were sanctioned by priests, using the same prayers as 'traditional' marriage, including the joining of right hands at the altar, followed by the ceremonial kiss - were being performed in churches throughout the Mediterranean." Parting Glances: Lost Language of S/he As a post-pubescent teenager growing up on Detroit's Peterboro Street - just down the block from still-standing Burton Elementary School, recently turned movie and music theater venue - I spoke a made-up language called Quinish. Viewpoint:Why Trans Exclusion at Michfest Must Finally End <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>If you view Michfest as your safe space, remember that transwomen are the least protected from violence among us and are needing, desperately, a safe and validating place to rest... URL Sign our petition http:eqmi.usmwmf14 Viewpoint: Boycott MichFest Till Trans Inclusion A Reality <img src=' Donaldson, Camp Trans organizers, and Yellow Armbands, 2006.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>I'd love to simply ignore the largest women's gathering in the world, and not be reminded of my second-class status, or listen to misconceptions about my socialization or some projected "male energy." But as a queer, feminist, Michigander woman, it's here in my backyard, and I have to witness my friends speaking with reverence of a place that rejects me. Transmissions: The Long, Hot Summer That's five transgender deaths in just a bit more than a month. Four of them have been declared homicides, and it sounds like the fifth is as well. All are transgender women of color...We need to consider that what someone calls us is irrelevant in the face of death. We need to worry less about how one should be a transgender advocate and more about doing the work. We need to educate our allies and help them help us - not automatically slap their hands away. BTL Editorial: The Real Detroit Reflects Vision For A New America <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Facebook Reacts to Return Of HIV In Formerly "Cured" Child "Well I don't know why this is a big deal. They taught us in health class once you have it you have it. I know it can get to a degree that's undetectable...but it can always come back up." Same-Sex Couples And The Marriage Penalty The marriage penalty refers to the fact that the income tax liability of married couples in certain situations is greater than it would be if they filed separate single returns. The penalty is usually greatest when both spouses have good incomes. The Yin Yang Of PRIDE: Much Is Given, Much Required Even though we are winning in the courts, the sobering reality is that our rights are still under assault from a well-funded, politically savvy enemy with a powerful secret weapon in their arsenal - Us! Facebook Reacts to Return Of HIV In Formerly 'Cured' Child <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A Mississippi girl famously {URL "cured"} of HIV last year has been found with {URL detectable levels of the virus again.} The unfortunate news left many on Facebook reacting with emotions ranging from anger to sadness to hope. Rue De Fleurus <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Words to Live Bi <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> So Sophia <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Housekeeper & Family Therapist <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Mayan Culture <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Feat Of Clay <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> A Tiny Musical Miracle <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>To bring in top tourist dollars, Broadway producers need something that must be seen to be believed. But how does such a show even get to the stage, when investors must believe, but there's nothing to see? Quirky Musical Pleases Eye, Ear <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Here's to the exciting life of the drama critic. This one drove five hours, round trip, to see a 90-minute musical. Driving into the sunset along I-94 to Kalamazoo (in my usual, white-knuckled fashion), I muttered through gritted teeth, "This better be good!" Well, the closing production of Farmers Alley Theatre's sixth season was worth the trip. The musical in question is titled Robert Weiner, show director and one of the founders of Farmers Alley Theatre, tentatively describes it as a "musical documentary," an appealing explanation for this unique work. 'Matchmaker' Ends Hope Season With Laughs <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>"The Matchmaker," the final show of Hope Summer Repertory Theatre's season, is a great match for the directing talents of HSRT founder John Tammi. 'Mr. Looong Gone' Returns - In Spirit - To Tiger Town <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>I had the pleasure of reviewing the premiere of Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom's homage to broadcasting legend Ernie Harwell in 2011. I wrote then that "Perhaps we can look forward to its return in future springs." And so it did. Summertime, And The Spoofing Is Easy Not content to go dormant between mainstage seasons, The Ringwald has made an annual practice of throwing a bonus comedy production just as these lazy, hazy, crazy days reach their peak. Fittingly, the theater refers to this tradition as "summer camp." This year's selection, penned by Dyan Bailey and Brandy Joe Plambeck and directed by the latter, lovingly lampoons a cult classic diva horror film just dripping with satiric potential. Dust off the matronly Joan Crawford fright wig and slather on the Bette Davis pancake stage makeup - it's time for "Whatever, Baby Jane!" to storm the stage. Dreams On The Line In Tibbits Musical <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>"A Chorus Line" may not be as gritty and shocking as it was when it first came out in 1975, but it is still an extravaganza of dance and a moving look at those who are trying to make their living as dancers on Broadway. Seventeen dancers have made the final cut of an audition for the chorus line of an upcoming musical. Only eight are needed for the show. As they audition and are interviewed, they reveal pieces of their soul and why dancing is so important to their lives. LGBT-run Bakery Brings Organic Goodies to Detroit <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Honoring the recent health trend of organic and vegan foods, Good Cakes and Bakes, LLC brings a variety of animal-free, locally sourced products to the "Avenue of Fashion" in Detroit. Michelle and April M. Anderson, recently married in New York, opened the bakery to bring joy and organic goods to the city. Eat Steak, Burgers And More To Support Affirmations Logan's Roadhouse will be supporting the LBGTQ community of metro Detroit every first Thursday for the rest of the year in their "Raising the Steaks" effort. In support of Ferndale's LGBT community and resource center, Affirmations, all seven Metro-Detroit locations will donate 20 of every dine-in and carry out purchase from 4 p.m. until close on the specified Thursdays to the center and the LGBTQ community. The percent of these purchases, pre-tax, includes beverages. Home ... It's Where The Office Is <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>For almost anyone who doesn't work on a Google campus, office life can cause a host of maladies. Memo-itis, endless meeting disease and cubicle madness all afflict office workers at an alarming rate. For those seeking relief, a world of endless fresh coffee and pants-less conference calls might help. Ask your boss if working from home might be right for you. The Carriage Couple <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The founding pioneers of Detroit's historical Indian Village assembled an architectural community rich in antiquity. Over a century later, not much has changed about the people who live there. New Restaurant To Offer Comfort Food Favorites With Vegan Twist <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Soul food lovers who have turned to vegetarianism or veganism can reunite with their mac and cheese or fried "catfish" soon. Great Wall Grows Beyond <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>It was almost 10 years ago that Josh Young and Andi Kubacki stood at the edge of the proverbial cliff. Kubacki's job at a big printing company was going nowhere and Young was faced with the impending closure of the Internet marketing firm where he worked. "We had this idea for a while that we wanted to start this business and when it looked like things were going under at our jobs, we jumped off the cliff," says Young, 35. Birmingham Store Opening To Feature 'House Coach' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Urban Danish design company BoConcept hosts its grand opening in Birmingham at 2 p.m. Oct. 5 with special guest "house coach" Kirsten Steno.