PrideSource - front http://www.pridesource.com Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 28 May 2015 09:28 EST 28 May 2015 09:28 EST webmaster@pridesource.com webmaster@pridesource.com pridesource.com http://www.pridesource.com/img/logo.gif http://pridesource.com Interfaith Discussion Focuses On Anti-Gay Marriage Myths http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71676 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2322/S1M9_InterfaithDiscussion_SCP.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>An Interfaith Marriage Discussion was hosted by the church in cooperation with Michigan for Marriage and moderated by Kevin Hogan of the Michigan Roundtable. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71676 Pre-Pride Event: Running Through Color http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71672 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2322/S1M1_ColorRun_2322_In_SectionC_SCP.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Ferndale Chamber of Commerce will host their 2015 Rainbow Run the morning of Ferndale Pride for runners and walkers of all ages. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71672 Come As You Are To Rainbow Pride Prom http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71673 The 2015 Pride Prom at Affirmations is set up so LGBT and ally youth can enjoy an evening of inclusivity while being young, fearless and fabulous. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71673 Local Trans Activist Awarded Ferndale 2015 Good Neighbors Award http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71674 Rachel Crandall, co-chair of Transgender Michigan, has been awarded a Good Neighbor Award for her work in the trans community and for being a voice and an ear to anyone in the LGBTA community. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71674 Forever Faithful Project Designed To Build Welcoming Congregations In Detroit Area Churches http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71675 Marriage equality might become the law of the land in a matter of weeks. But many Metro Detroit churches still strongly oppose this and refuse to offer a welcoming environment for gays and lesbians. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71675 Calling All LGBT Couples http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71677 FCA US and FIAT Brand invite all interested LGBT couples to "walk down the Pride Parade aisle" at Motor City Pride. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71677 Motown Invitational Classic Hosts Annual Detroit River Boat Cruise http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71678 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2322/S1M9_MICBrief_SCP.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The three-hour riverboat cruise accommodates up to 250 guests and includes two cash bars, dancing on the sun deck with music provided by DJ Steve Parsons, light refreshments, a 5050 raffle and special performances by Miss MIC 2015 Jacqueline Frost. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71678 Anti-Gay Midland Minister Caught On Grindr, Quickly Resigns http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71679 A minister known to have made anti-gay remarks was outed last week after being caught on gay hookup app Grindr. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71679 Motorball Drives Back Into Motown http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71680 The LGBT Community's "IT Party" is back and will benefit the Michigan AIDS Coalition. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71680 Ferndale Author To Launch Second Lesbian Romance Novel http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71681 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2322/S1M_Popovich_2322.JPG' style='width:250px'><br/>Michigan author Carol Popovich is releasing her second novel, "The Courage to Try." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71681 Being The Authentic 'You' At Trans Day Of Empowerment http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71682 The Gender-Identity Network Alliance (GNA, pronounced "Gina") will hold its annual Transgender Day of Empowerment on May 31. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71682 Wayland, Michigan Adopts Non-Discrimination Ordinance http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71683 The city of Wayland, located between Plainwell and Grand Rapids in west Michigan, became Michigan's 39th city to adopt a non-discrimination ordinance protecting LGBT individuals. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71683 Annual Planting Event Comes To Woodward http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71684 BIRMINGHAM - The Woodward Avenue Action Association will host their Fourth Annual Sunflower Gardens on Woodward event in hopes of beautifying the area. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71684 From Glenn Burke To Billy Bean To Dave Pallone The MLB Is Evolving -- Slowly http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71553 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2321/S1M1_MLBCover_AP654730553082.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71553 38 Local Non-Discrimination Ordinances Saved http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71552 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2321/S1M2_House_Reps__4_of_6_.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>LGBT activists breathed a sigh of relief when a provision that could have invalidated all 38 LGBT inclusive anti-discrimination ordinances in Michigan was removed from the final version of a bill passed 11-7 by the House Commerce and Trade committee May 19. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71552 State House Committee Passes HB4052 With Amendments http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71554 The House Committee on Commerce and Trade has voted to approve House Bill 4052, the "Local Government Employer Mandate Prohibition Act," that seeks to limit the units of local government to adopt, enforce or administer certain local mandates for employers. But the bill was passed with ordinance amendments. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71554 LGBT Detroit Leadership Academy Presents Seventh Graduating Class http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71555 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2321/S1M4_LGBTDetroitLeadershipAcademygraduates.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The LGBT Detroit Leadership Academy presented its seventh class of graduates at a ceremony Saturday that took place in the LGBT Detroit offices in Midtown. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71555 2015 Motor City Pride Preview http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71556 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2321/S1M10_PridePreviewPrideFest2012-AP8.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Motor City Pride is expected to draw over 35,000 attendees who will spend the weekend enjoying a pride parade, family fun area, youth activities, senior activities, five stages of entertainment, delicious food from four food trucks and visit with over 100 national and regional non-profit, sponsor and sales booths. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71556 Understanding The 'Invisible' Aging LGBT Community http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71557 The Older Adult Services Program of the Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County will hold a conversation on June 17. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71557 Jewish Gay Network Hosts Talk On Transgender Issues In Michigan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71558 A special session of the Jewish Gay Network's Annual Meeting will be held at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71558 Into The Pride Groove http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71607 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2322/S2_DJDav_2322.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71607 LGBTQ Prom Invites Youth To 'Come As They Are' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71608 In honor of Ferndale Pride, the Carl Rippberger Youth Empowerment Program at Affirmations invites youth ages 13-20 to be young, fearless and fabulous at its free Youth Prom from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 30 at Affirmations, located at 290 W. Nine Mile Road in Ferndale. This rainbow-themed event will be held as an afterglow to Ferndale Pride and will feature food, raffle prizes, photo booth and music by DJ Tone. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71608 The Bitch Is Back: Detroiter Says Pride Is A Celebration Of 'Self-Love' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71609 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2322/S2_BITCH_2322.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71609 Pride Events http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71610 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2322/S1M10_PridePreviewPrideFest2012-AP8.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71610 Q&A: Rose Byrne Speaks Out On Hollywood Sexism ('It's Discrimination'), Talks Drag Inspirations & Playing Gay http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71592 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2321/RoseByrne1CC.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> Rose Byrne is up to no good again. After driving Kristen Wiig further into cupcake-consuming meltdown mode during 2011's "Bridesmaids," the Australian actress goes full-on diva in "Spy" (out June 5), which reunites her with director Paul Feig and co-star Melissa McCarthy. As McCarthy's dead-serious, fashion-challenged "Spy" foe, Byrne - also known for roles in "Neighbors," "Damages" and the "X-Men" movies - stars as the wickedly divine Raina Boyanov. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71592 Positive Thoughts: Crossing The Viral Divide http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71497 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2321/1_PostiveThoughts.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>It was little surprise when HBO's "Looking" - a critically acclaimed but poorly rated TV series about gay men in San Francisco - introduced an HIV-positive character in season two. After all, the city was once the epicenter of the AIDS crisis and now has one of the nation's highest rates of HIV-positive gay and bi men. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71497 Gays Wake Up To Changed Ireland, Let 'New Normal' Sink In http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71667 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2322/S1I_IrelandAfterVote_2322.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71667 Cannes Steps Into Trouble With High Heels Dress Code http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71665 The Cannes Film Festival is coming under scrutiny for its strict dress code after women not wearing high heels were turned away from a premiere. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71665 Catholic Soul-Searching In Ireland Over Vote On Gay Marriage http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71666 The campaign ahead of Friday's constitutional referendum has featured searing testimonies designed to make the voters of this predominantly Roman Catholic nation look in the mirror. Members of many of Ireland's most prominent families have come out of the closet in hopes of challenging their neighbors' attitudes to homosexuality. The contest has pit the waning power of the Catholic Church against the secular-minded government of Prime Minister Enda Kenny..." A yes vote costs the rest of us nothing. A no vote costs our gay children everything," former President Mary McAleese said at a gay rights event in Dublin this week after her only son, a 30-year-old airline executive, revealed he is gay. McAleese, a canon scholar and former legal adviser to the church, spoke of her son's experience of bullying and isolation as a teenager, and of friends who learned that their own sons were gay only when they tried to kill themselves. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71666 Belfast Baker Guilty Of Discrimination Over 'Gay Cake' Snub http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71668 A Northern Ireland bakery was found guilty Tuesday of discrimination for refusing to make a cake bearing the slogan "Support Gay Marriage," a verdict welcomed by human rights activists but denounced by Christian conservatives in the British territory. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71668 Vienna's Gay-Themed Traffic Signals To Stay Permanently http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71669 Vienna's gay-themed pedestrian traffic lights are here to stay. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71669 Jamaica Woman Brings Attention To Rapes Targeting Lesbians http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71296 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2318/S1I_Jamaica_2319.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>When Angeline Jackson and a friend were ambushed at gunpoint and sexually assaulted on a wooded trail outside the Jamaican capital, police initially seemed less concerned about the attack than the fact she is a lesbian. "The first policewoman I spoke to told me I should leave this lifestyle and go back to church," Jackson recalled of the 2009 attack, shaking her head in frustration. It is an attitude all too common on the island, where gay rights activists say homosexuals suffer pervasive discrimination and occasional attacks. Activists say some LGBT people have even been the victims of brutal sexual assaults intended to force them into becoming heterosexual or punish them for not fitting societal norms. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71296 Judge: Gay Couples Across Alabama Have Right To Marry http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71686 MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to marry in all Alabama counties, but placed her decision on hold until the U.S Supreme Court weighs in on same-sex marriage this summer. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71686 Blanchett, Mara On Crafting The Lesbian Romance Of 'Carol' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71687 CANNES, France (AP) - Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are sitting in a bright room, with the Mediterranean all around, atop the Palais des Festival, the hub of the Cannes Film Festival. As the stars of Todd Haynes' '50s lesbian romance "Carol," they've been at the very center of Cannes both because "Carol" epitomizes the positive female focus of this year's festival and because few films have been more lauded here. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71687 Montreal Alouettes Sign Openly Gay Defensive End Michael Sam http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71688 MONTREAL (AP) - Michael Sam has found a pro football job. In Canada. Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, signed a two-year contract Friday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football league. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71688 Jindal Issues Order After Religious Objections Bill Rejected http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71690 Louisiana lawmakers on Tuesday shelved a divisive religious objections bill pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal that has thrust the state into the national debate about where religious freedoms end and the rights of same-sex couples begin. But the Republican governor, who is courting Christian conservatives for a likely presidential bid, quickly fought back against the defeat, seeking to enact the bill's provisions without legislative support. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71690 Alabama Minister Arrested Over Gay Wedding Pleads Guilty http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71691 A minister who tried to perform a gay wedding in an Alabama courthouse pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct Monday but will avoid serving time in jail. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71691 LGBT Films Broadcast For Pride Month http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71692 As part of WORLD Channel's diverse, independent documentary series, "America Reframed," two LGBT films will be aired during Tuesday nights in June. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71692 Girl Scouts To Discuss Transgender Policy http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71693 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The leader of the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana says the group will discuss its policy on welcoming transgender children next week following criticism from conservative groups at the national level. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71693 Gay Conversion Therapy Ban Passes Illinois House http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71694 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois House has approved a ban on therapy supporters say can change the sexual orientation of young gays. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71694 Nevada Senate OKs Ban On Sexual Conversion Therapy http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71695 CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Senate has approved a bill that would ban therapies aimed at turning gay young people straight. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71695 Oregon Gov. Signs Bill Banning 'Gay Conversion Therapy' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71696 Oregon is now the third state in the country to ban so-called "gay conversion therapy" after Gov. Kate Brown signed legislation outlawing the practice. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71696 Pence Passes Up Presidential Bid http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71697 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has decided not to run for president in 2016, but seeking re-election doesn't clear up questions about his future. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71697 Same-Sex Marriages Boost Total Marriage Numbers in 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71698 MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A state report shows the legalization of gay marriage last year boosted the number of couples tying the knot to the highest rate Wisconsin has reported since 2007. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71698 Jury Recommends Decades In Prison In Missouri HIV Sex Case http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71564 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71564 Gillibrand Bill Would Prevent Anti-LGBT Adoption Bias http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71565 NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is announcing legislation to remove legal barriers to adoption by lesbian, gay and transgender parents. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71565 Kasich Says Possible 2016 Run Won't Dwell On Social Issues http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71566 LOS ANGELES (AP) - Republican John Kasich, who is pondering a 2016 presidential run, said Friday he's a man of faith who is reading a book on prayer but doesn't plan to dwell on social issues in a potential White House campaign. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71566 State To Spend $750K In Developing Ad Campaign To Undo Harm http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71567 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana is going to pay a New York public relations firm up to $750,000 to come up with a plan to try to rebuild the state's damaged image after widespread criticism over a religious objections law. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71567 DHS Publishes Draft Guidance On Blood Ban For Gay And Bisexual Men http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71568 On May 12 the Department of Health and Human Services published draft guidance on their proposal to move from a lifetime blood donation ban for all gay and bisexual men to a one-year deferral period. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71568 Georgia GOP Delegates Back Passage Of Religious Liberty Bill http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71569 ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Republican delegates want a state law preventing government infringement on religious beliefs, while opponents say such measures are a shield for discriminating against gay or transgender people. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71569 More Indiana Cities Offer Transgender Health Benefits http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71570 BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - An initiative by the city of Bloomington has led to municipal employees in more than 30 Indiana cities and towns gaining access to transgender-inclusive health care benefits. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71570 Contentious Louisiana Religious Objections Bill Hearing Held http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71571 HEADLINE Contentious Louisiana Religious Objections Bill Hearing Held http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71571 Pride On Our Terms http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71708 Although the causes change over time, the marches continue, bound by a common determination to walk proudly into a future that includes our full participation. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71708 Creep of the Week: Josh Duggar http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71703 By now you've probably heard about the scandalous revelation that Josh Duggar, the oldest child of the Duggar clan, has admitted to molesting five underage girls when he was a teenager. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71703 Parting Glances: Looking Bassackwards (Pt.3) http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71706 When I was 19, if I slept with a guy twice, I was "in love," and T.D., the lanky stud I met outside of the downtown Hub Grill gay teenager hangout, soon became my first summer-of-coming-out romance. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71706 '10 Naked Men' Lets It (Almost) All Hang Out http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71618 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2322/S2_10NakedTHEATER_2322.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71618 The Pop Musical, Aida, Takes To The Royal Oak Stage http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71319 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2319/S2_CC_Aida.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71319 Ferndale's Ringwald Theatre Seeks Troupes For Gay Play Series http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71223 The Sixth Annual GPS (Gay Play Series) seeks troupes for their musicalmovie mash-up event. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71223 Michigan Theater Presents New Wine & Film Series http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71120 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71120 Things Get Hairy In East Lansing http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71021 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/S2_LANSINGCC_2316.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71021 Prize-Winning Musical Packs Emotional Punch http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70915 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/S2_CC_Normal.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>ROYAL OAK - Set to a thrilling pop-rock score, Pulitzer Prize-winning "Next to Normal" offers an intimate portrait of a family dealing with bipolar disorder that is at once devastating, honest, heartbreaking - and unexpectedly humorous. The musical runs April 17 through May 3 on the 2nd Stage at the Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette, in downtown Royal Oak. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70915 Summer Style Sheet: Beach-Ready Accessories That Make a Splash http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71602 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2322/S2_FRIVOLIST_2322.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71602 Positive Thoughts: Surviving With Pride http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71601 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71601 The Frivolist: 6 Gay Places to Kick Off the Best. Summer. Ever. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71210 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2318/S2_Frivolist_2318.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71210 The Frivolist: 10 Ways to Gayify Your Honey Bunny's Easter Basket http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70594 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2312/S2_Frivolist_2312-BathFizz.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70594 The Frivolist: Be Mine On A Dime: 10 Ways To Show Your Love Without Spending A Fortune http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70003 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2306/S2_Frivolist_2306.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In this age of fleeting swipe-right relationships, consider yourself lucky if you've got someone to call your own this Valentine's Day. To show him or her how much you care, ditch the big production and get back to basics with these ideas to help you express your affection without a whole lot of expense. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70003 The Frivolist: The Gay Year in Review: 7 Hot Topics That Had Us Talking in 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69518 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2252/S2_FRIVOLIST_2252.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>This year the LGBT community laughed together, cried together, and celebrated together as news broke on issues important to us all. To refresh your memory, here are my picks for the top headlines that had us talking in 2014. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69518 America's First Gay President? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71615 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2322/S2_PUZ_2322-puz.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71615 Irish Ayes http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71700 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2322/S1O_EditorialCartoon_2322.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71700 Strange Bedfellows http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71605 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2322/S3_CA_2322.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71605 Come As You Are To Rainbow Pride Prom http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71673 The 2015 Pride Prom at Affirmations is set up so LGBT and ally youth can enjoy an evening of inclusivity while being young, fearless and fabulous. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71673 Pride Events http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71610 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2322/S1M10_PridePreviewPrideFest2012-AP8.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71610 Pre-Pride Event: Running Through Color http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71672 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2322/S1M1_ColorRun_2322_In_SectionC_SCP.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Ferndale Chamber of Commerce will host their 2015 Rainbow Run the morning of Ferndale Pride for runners and walkers of all ages. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71672 Ferndale Pride Guide http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71464 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2320/S1M2_FerndalePride-AP_21.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Ferndale Pride will kickoff the Pride season May 30 with more than 90 vendors, 13 bands, disc jockeys and other performers. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71464 Dine Out In Ferndale To Save Michigan Lives http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71290 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2318/S2_FerndaleCC_2318.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Dining Out for Life, the international fundraiser that raises money for AIDS service organizations, takes place April 30 and will benefit the Michigan AIDS Coalition. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71290 An 'Enchanted' Evening Presents Affirmations' New Prince Charming http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71010 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/S1M3_EnchantedAffirmations_2316.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In a sold out Spring Bash fundraising event on April 11, Affirmations presented their new "Prince Charming" and executive director, Darrious Hilmon, to the local LGBT community. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71010 Looming Dilemma For Upcoming Historic Marriage Case http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70262 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2308/S1M_KeenStory_2308.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Just beyond the Feb. 27 deadline for filing their briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court to lay out their arguments against state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, the 36 attorneys signed onto those briefs have another looming task. They must choose who will go before the nine justices in April to deliver the arguments orally. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70262 LGBT Successes Provide One Bright Spot For Democrats http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70263 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2308/S1M4_LGBTCaucus.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - In November, two openly gay men were elected to Michigan's State House of Representatives and LGBT leaders now hold prominent positions at the highest levels of the Party. As a result, the morning meeting of the LGBT Caucus was far more upbeat than the overall mood at the Michigan Democratic Party convention Feb. 14 at Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70263 Ferndale Gets Furry This February http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70021 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2306/S2_FERNDALE_2306.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Ferndale plays host to a "cause for some paws" this weekend with a special Valentine's Day-themed event. Pug Rescue Network (PRN) and Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue (MWBTR) will host the event from 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7 at Renaissance Vineyard Church, 1841 Pinecrest Drive, in Ferndale. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70021 Beat The Winter 'Blues' In Ferndale http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69626 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2302/S2_CC_Ferndale_2302.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In protest of the ever-bitter Michigan cold, The Magic Bag hosts the "Anti-Freeze Blues Festival" this month in Ferndale. The two-day long festival features a variety of local and national blues talent, including yet-to-be-named "special guests." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69626 Pride Events http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71610 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2322/S1M10_PridePreviewPrideFest2012-AP8.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71610 Into The Pride Groove http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71607 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2322/S2_DJDav_2322.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71607 LGBTQ Prom Invites Youth To 'Come As They Are' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71608 In honor of Ferndale Pride, the Carl Rippberger Youth Empowerment Program at Affirmations invites youth ages 13-20 to be young, fearless and fabulous at its free Youth Prom from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 30 at Affirmations, located at 290 W. Nine Mile Road in Ferndale. This rainbow-themed event will be held as an afterglow to Ferndale Pride and will feature food, raffle prizes, photo booth and music by DJ Tone. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71608 The Bitch Is Back: Detroiter Says Pride Is A Celebration Of 'Self-Love' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71609 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2322/S2_BITCH_2322.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71609 Come As You Are To Rainbow Pride Prom http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71673 The 2015 Pride Prom at Affirmations is set up so LGBT and ally youth can enjoy an evening of inclusivity while being young, fearless and fabulous. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71673 Pre-Pride Event: Running Through Color http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71672 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2322/S1M1_ColorRun_2322_In_SectionC_SCP.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Ferndale Chamber of Commerce will host their 2015 Rainbow Run the morning of Ferndale Pride for runners and walkers of all ages. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71672 Divas Galore: Latrice Royale To Bring Pride To Chene Park http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71595 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2321/latriceWEB.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>She is large and in charge, chunky yet funky. Yes, the one and only Latrice "Mother Fucking" Royale is coming to town. The drag diva - and "RuPaul's Drag Race" favorite - will be hosting the King & Queens Ball at Chene Park on June 6. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71595 2015 Motor City Pride Preview http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71556 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2321/S1M10_PridePreviewPrideFest2012-AP8.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Motor City Pride is expected to draw over 35,000 attendees who will spend the weekend enjoying a pride parade, family fun area, youth activities, senior activities, five stages of entertainment, delicious food from four food trucks and visit with over 100 national and regional non-profit, sponsor and sales booths. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71556 Michigan: A Brief Timeline of LGBT Milestones In the Capital City http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67653 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67653 Michigan Pride To Feature Floats, Comedy & Drag http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67398 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67398 Hotter Than July Conference Focuses On Past, Future Of Detroit's African American LGBT Community http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67218 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2230/HTJ-Gathering-Awards-01.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>{BOLD DETROIT -} Nearly 60 people attended Hotter Than July&#39;s annual Gathering on LGBT Issues Friday. The conference took place at the Michigan State University Detroit Center in Midtown. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67218 HTJ Snaps http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67340 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67340 Hotter Than July Film Festival In Midtown http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67211 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2230/Film-Festival-01.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67211 Gallery: Hotter Than July Boat Ride Makes A Splash http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67205 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67205 HTJ Opening Ceremony Draws Large Crowd http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67204 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2229/S1M_HTJ_2231-Candelight.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67204 HTJ Schedule: Warming Up Detroit http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67185 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2230/5 HTJ-2011-AP 23.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67185 HTJ Pride Picnic Preview http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67182 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2230/Cierra.jpg' 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). http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67182 Hotter Than July Preview http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67076 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2229/HTJConferencePhoto.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67076 Pride Calendar http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66275 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2222/S2_dykesonbikes_2222.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Check here for our comprehensive Michigan pride calendar for the month of June and beyond! http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66275 Apple Releases Gay Pride Video http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66979 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2228/gayapple' style='width:250px'><br/>See thousands of Apple employees brandish rainbow-themed Apple icons as they march during San Francisco Pride http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66979