PrideSource - front http://www.pridesource.com Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 25 Oct 2014 08:25 EST 25 Oct 2014 08:25 EST webmaster@pridesource.com webmaster@pridesource.com pridesource.com http://www.pridesource.com/img/logo.gif http://pridesource.com Revealing Bigotry: Taking On Gary Glenn http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68670 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M2_JoanGary_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In a Sept. 27 op-ed in the Detroit News, conservative Republican columnist Nolan Finley raised serious concerns about three Republican candidates running for the state house Nov. 4. Todd Courser of Lapeer, Cindy Gamrat of Plainwell and Gary Glenn of Midland -- all correctly identified by Finley as a "trio (who) seeks tea party tyranny." Nolan describes Glenn and Courser as "extremely anti-gay (who) would turn the Republican Party into a fundamentalist denomination of the Christian Church if given the chance." Finley warned that the trio's narrow views on the Legislature could cripple the government and its ability to work across the aisle to move the state forward. Their agenda also includes killing any expansion of the Elliot-Larsen act to include LGBT protections. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68670 Richard Bernstein: The Face Of Blind Justice Seeks Seat On Supreme Court http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68640 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M3_Bernstein_2243.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>MICHIGAN - Candidate for the open seat on the Michigan Supreme Court, Richard Bernstein, recently sat down with BTL. The pro bono lawyer is known for his work with disability cases. He set up the Public Service Division of his family's law firm and handles cases that "no one else will take." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68640 Ally vs. Extremist: McKenzie Seeks 11th District Win http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68641 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M2_BobbyMcKenzie_2243.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Bobby McKenzie, 39, a new face on Michigan's political stage, would be the first Democrat in 40 years to represent the 11th Congressional District if he can prevail over Republican David Trott, a conservative attorney best know as the principle in a law firm responsible for the vast majority of home foreclosures in Michigan. Some polls show the two almost tied in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, the Tea Party reindeer farmer who lost to Trott in the August primary. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68641 There's Still Time To Receive Absentee Ballots http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68669 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/absenteeballot.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>One of the Democratic Party's main objectives in this election season is to get more people out to vote. In 2010, nearly 1 million fewer Democrats went to the polls than voted in 2008. Party chairman Lon Johnson said last month that if at least 200,000 of those people turn out in 2014, Democrats will win. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68669 Your BTL 2014 Michigan Voter Guide http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68644 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M6_MIVoterGuide_2433.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>MICHIGAN - Between The Lines has created a Voter Guide available both in print and online, filled with detailed spreadsheets that will show Michigan voters which major endorsements each candidate has received up and down the ticket. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68644 Don't Forget To Vote The Whole Ballot http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68659 While voting, don't forget the names at the bottom of the ballot. While at your local polling location, do vote for the top spots of Governor, Attorney General, U.S. Senate, Michigan Supreme Court... and then vote the ENTIRE ballot, all the way down to your local school board candidates. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68659 Schauer Says LGBTs Valued, Needed In His Administration http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67856 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2236/S1M_Schauer_2236.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and running mate Lisa Brown sat down with BTL publishers Jan Stevenson and Susan Horowitz prior to the Michigan Democratic Convention for a wide-ranging conversation about their campaign, what a SchauerBrown administration would be like for the LGBT community and who would be included. They addressed LGBT civil rights, health issues, senior care, marriage equality and how both of them have come to be such vocal allies of the LGBT community. Here is a recap of Schauer's words on these concerns. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67856 A Solid LGBT Ally In Peters http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68425 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2241/S1M_GARYPETERS_2241.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>FARMINGTON HILLS - U.S. Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI 14) is ahead in most polls to win the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Carl Levin, a Democratic powerhouse who has held that U.S. Senate seat for 35 years. Peters is running against Republican Terri Lynn Land. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68425 Celebrities, LGBT Figures 'Turn Out For What' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68344 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/Rock_the_Vote_logomain.png' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68344 The LGBTA Caucus Changes The Political Landscapes http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68204 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2239/S1M1_LGBTACaucus_2239.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>MICHIGAN - Mark LaChey, chair of the LGBTA Caucus, recently spoke about the positive change the caucus is making within the Democratic Party and Michigan. LaChey, an attorney from Saugatuck, has an extensive political background consisting of 14 years as a City Commissioner for Pleasant Ridge, work with Triangle (now Equality Michigan), continual volunteering, service as policy director in 2010 and work as a precinct delegate of the Oakland City Democratic Party. He took over the caucus in February 2013 after the previous chair decided not to run for re-election. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68204 Gays Against Gary Glenn http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67981 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S1M1_GAGGMI_2237.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - Sixty-eight days from now, registered Michigan voters will choose whom they would like to see as Michigan's next elected officials. In the 98th Michigan House district, which includes part of Midland and Bay County, the race for the open seat is hot, especially for LGBT voters. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67981 Brown Blasts Snyder On Marriage Ban http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67857 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2236/S1M1_2_BrownBlastsSnyder_2235.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown, Mark Schauer's running mate for Lieutenant Governor, accused Gov. Snyder of trying to hide behind his attorney general and challenged him to step out in support of fairness and equality. In a July 24 interview, she said that Gov. Snyder could have refused to support the marriage ban even if the attorney general insisted on appealing the case. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67857 Schauer Leaves His Mark On Michigan Pride http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67759 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2235/S1M_MICHIGANRALLY_2235-2.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>LANSING - There were hundreds of people who gathered at the Capitol Steps Aug. 23rd for a rally celebrating the 25th Annual Michigan Pride in Lansing. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67759 The Good, The Bad And The Ugly For LGBT Michigan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67346 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2231/PrimaryResults.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>With the polls closed, and the votes counted, Michigan's general election ballot is a mishmash of the good, the bad and the truly ugly for November. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67346 Equality Debate Used As Campaign Fodder By Far Right http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67305 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2231/S1_FARRIGHT_2231.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"You can help to send a powerful message to Lansing about Republicans who embrace the radical homosexual agenda, one with which the House Speaker, the Senate Leader and the Governor are all currently flirting. Any financial help you could give to Lee would be vitally important to the outcome of this race." - The Institute for Conservative Enlightenment PAC http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67305 Jeremy Moss, State Rep 35th District http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66949 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2228/S1M_Elections_JeremyMoss_2228.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66949 Jon Hoadley, State Rep 60th District http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66950 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2228/S1M_Elections_JonHoadley_2228.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66950 Gay Marriage Defines Schuette's Reelection Campaign http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65336 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65336 Why Are Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette Wasting Michigan Taxpayer Dollars On A Costly Appeal? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65338 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65338 Washtenaw County Candidates Rated On LGBT Issues http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67303 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67303 Equality Michigan Circulating Petition to Drop Appeal http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65337 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65337 Michigan For Marriage Meets In Ferndale http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68674 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M10_M4MMeetingFerndale_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>This upcoming tuesday, Michigan For Marriage will gather at Affirmations in downtown Ferndale to discuss the current state of the Michigan marriage equality trial and what is next for equality in the state. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68674 Dave Agema: Arab Fighter Pilots Are 'Camel Jockeys' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68671 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M8_AgemaCamelJocky_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Oh there goes that Dave Agema again. The erstwhile National GOP Committeemen from West Michigan posted on his private Facebook page on Oct. 18 a screed against Arabs and their abilities to fly modern fighter jets. In the screed, he refers to them as "camel jockeys." Republican political activist Joe Munem released the private post and condemns Agema's actions. In an exclusive statement to Between The Lines, Munem went much further. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68671 Richard Bernstein: The Face Of Blind Justice Seeks Seat On Supreme Court http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68640 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M3_Bernstein_2243.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>MICHIGAN - Candidate for the open seat on the Michigan Supreme Court, Richard Bernstein, recently sat down with BTL. The pro bono lawyer is known for his work with disability cases. He set up the Public Service Division of his family's law firm and handles cases that "no one else will take." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68640 MOASH Awarded Federal Funding To Improve Outcomes For LGBT Youth In Michigan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68672 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M10_MOASHfedfunding_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH), the statewide leader on adolescent sexual health, has been awarded a three-year federal grant for their project called Building a Movement for Michigan Gay Straight Alliances (BAMM GSAs). This project will bring together otherwise isolated stakeholders across Michigan, all of which are experienced in improving health outcomes of LGBT youth, to improve the social and health outcomes of LGBT youth by increasing the number, and improving the capacity, of GSAs in our state. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68672 Ally vs. Extremist: McKenzie Seeks 11th District Win http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68641 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M2_BobbyMcKenzie_2243.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Bobby McKenzie, 39, a new face on Michigan's political stage, would be the first Democrat in 40 years to represent the 11th Congressional District if he can prevail over Republican David Trott, a conservative attorney best know as the principle in a law firm responsible for the vast majority of home foreclosures in Michigan. Some polls show the two almost tied in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, the Tea Party reindeer farmer who lost to Trott in the August primary. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68641 WMU To Award LGBT Alumna At Homecoming Event http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68643 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M5_1stEverWMULGBTAlumniAward_2243.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>KALAMAZOO - In an upcoming Homecoming event, Western Michigan University's (WMU) Pride Alumni Association will honor the work and dedication of local LGBT advocates. LGBT and ally alumni of WMU are invited to join together for the Oct. 24 event that will include the presentation of the first ever Community Impact Alumni Award to Kalamazoo resident, River Artz-Iffland. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68643 Marriage Equality: 'It's Coming' Say LGBT Advocates http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68642 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M3_TownHall_2243.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>EAST LANSING - As Michigan residents continue to wait for the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to issue its ruling in the appeal of DeBoer v Snyder - Michigan's same-sex marriage case - LGBT advocates had a message: it's coming. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68642 Your BTL 2014 Michigan Voter Guide http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68644 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M6_MIVoterGuide_2433.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>MICHIGAN - Between The Lines has created a Voter Guide available both in print and online, filled with detailed spreadsheets that will show Michigan voters which major endorsements each candidate has received up and down the ticket. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68644 Ann Arbor Adopts Updated Non-Discrimination Ordinance http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68645 ANN ARBOR - The Ann Arbor non-discrimination ordinance was one of the first of its kind in Michigan to add sexual orientation to the list of protections in 1978 and added gender identity a few years later. This week the city adopted a revamped ordinance adding in protections against discrimination for housing, employment and public accommodations for victims of domestic violence and stalking. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68645 Upcoming Mental Health Training Is Joined By Sex Therapist http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68646 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M9_AffirmationsMentalHealthWorkshop_2243.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>FERNDALE - Clinical educators will come together to conduct a two-day intensive training on clinical issues related to sexual orientation Nov. 7 and 8. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68646 Co-Founder Awards Substantial Gift To Equality Michigan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68647 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M9_EQMIMesserMoney_2243.jpeg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - Equality Michigan, the only statewide anti-violence and political advocacy organization that serves Michigan's LGBT and HIV affected communities, has been named the beneficiary of two gifts from the estate of Dr. Henry Messer. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68647 Michigan Roundtable To Honor Michigan Social Justice Advocates http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68648 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M9_MichiganRoundtableBrief.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Michigan Roundtable, a humanitarian group dedicated to diversity and inclusion, will host its 67th Annual Humanitarian Tribute on Nov. 5 in Detroit. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68648 LGBT Jewelry Collection Comes To Tapper's http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68461 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/rony4-471x330main.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>A new wedding jewelry collection from LGBT designer, Rony Tennenbaum, is being featured by Tapper's Diamonds and Fine Jewelry in honor of its 37th Anniversary. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68461 Pastors Declare Challenge To Civil Rights For Michigan LGBT Community http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68665 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2242/S1M2_SwimpPastors_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Pastors and Christian leaders gathered on the steps of the state Capitol Wednesday morning to demand the state legislature refuse to amend Michigan's civil rights act to include the LGBT community. "The homosexual movement is an anti-freedom movement," declared Stacy Swimp, a right wing advocate and minister in Flint and Jackson. Swimp is also a convicted felon. He spent time in Michigan's prison system after being convicted in 1994 of assault with intent to murder. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68665 Mark Totten Seeks Attorney General Seat, Speaks Out On Schuette http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68535 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2242/S1M2_MarkTotten_2242.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>For Democrat Mark Totten, 40, his bid to replace Republican Bill Schuette, 60, as Michigan's Attorney General is a mission. "I think Michigan families need an Attorney General who is going to keep them safe and not let politics get in the way," Totten told Between The Lines in a phone interview Oct. 8. He says Schuette, who is seeking re-election to be the people's lawyer, has failed on the core missions of the office - fighting consumer fraud, protecting the environment, assuring transparency in government and respecting the federal Constitution and equal protection for all. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68535 MSHDA Under Investigation, Snyder Fundraiser Raises Questions http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68566 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2242/S1M3_SnyderAdminInvestigation_2243.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>You thought YOU had a bad Monday. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's day started with revelations that the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) is under federal investigation. Then the Michigan Democratic Party released documents showing a company that hosted a lavish fundraiser for Snyder, received a massive boost in their state contract the next day. Their no-bid state contract, incidentally. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68566 ACLU Dinner Honors Local Heroes http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68537 The ACLU of Michigan will host its Annual Dinner on Nov. 7, playing host to special guest, Ta-Nehisi Coates. Coates is an Atlantic senior editor and writer, known for his original and perceptive take on pop culture, politics and history. Coates hails from Baltimore, which he details in his memoir, "The Beautiful Struggle." Previously a Martin Luther King Visiting Associate Professor at MIT, Coates will teach at CUNY's School of Journalism this fall. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68537 Masquerave At ARTLABJ And Saginaw http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68540 DETROIT - A Masquerave Ball is being hosted in two locations this upcoming weekend for the LGBT community and its allies. Created as an alternative homecoming for all those who feel "outside of the crowd," the dance will have tunes from Minneapolis' DJ Stormy Weather and will have a "Masque Competition" with prizes for the best Masquerave Ball outfit and best mask. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68540 Coming Out With Self And With Michigan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68455 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2241/S1O_VJeremyMoss_2242.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Those racing thoughts from the gay teenage character contemplating coming out to his parents in Michael Thomas Ford's novel Suicide Notes still stick with me after first reading them nearly six years ago when I was struggling with my own sexual orientation. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68455 Michigan For Marriage Community Conversation http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68457 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2241/S1M10_M4MTalkOct14_2242.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The 6th Circuit Court could rule at any moment and determine whether same-sex couples in Michigan can be legally married in the state. Michigan for Marriage, the campaign dedicated to changing the hearts and minds to move marriage forward in Michigan, is hosting a community meeting to discuss same-sex marriage status here in Michigan. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68457 A Solid LGBT Ally In Peters http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68425 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2241/S1M_GARYPETERS_2241.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>FARMINGTON HILLS - U.S. Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI 14) is ahead in most polls to win the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Carl Levin, a Democratic powerhouse who has held that U.S. Senate seat for 35 years. Peters is running against Republican Terri Lynn Land. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68425 Gary Peters Releases Statement On SCOTUS Decision http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68345 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/S1M_Harrisville_Gary_Peters.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>U.S. Representative Gary Peters (MI-14) has released a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court's announcement that it would not review the rulings of lower courts in same-sex marriage cases in five states, effectively authorizing same-sex marriages in Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Indiana and Wisconsin. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68345 Marriage 'Decision Day' Gatherings To Be Held Throughout State http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68350 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/S1MOnlineDecisionMarriageEquality-AP16.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68350 Q&A: Lisa Kudrow On Judging 'Drag Race' (As Valerie Cherish!) & Gays Being Biologically 'Superhuman' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68569 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2242/LKweb.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Ten years without our favorite cupcake-wearing gonzo, Valerie Cherish, is 10 years too long. But the wait's over. You were heard. A decade after "The Comeback" first premiered, the hilariously cringe-y HBO trailblazer that lasted just one season in 2005 - and starred Lisa Kudrow as Val, a D-lister reaching for (everything underneath) the stars - returns to the network with the "Friends" actress back as our beloved hot mess. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68569 Q&A: Andrew Scott Gets Candid About 'Unnecessary' Gay Questions, (Almost) Kissing Benedict Cumberbatch http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68564 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2242/S2_AndrewScott2_2243.JPG' style='width:250px'><br/>It's hard to ignore the fact that Andrew Scott came out publicly just last year while watching him in "Pride." A British dramedy based on the alliance between striking miners and gay activists in the mid-'80s, the inspiring romp finds the 37-year-old Irishman putting those puppy eyes on full display. Playing Gethin, a fella dealing with the aftermath of coming out, the actor's sincerity makes you forget the shade he throws Benedict Cumberbatch as Moriarty on the BBC's "Sherlock." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68564 Q&A: Jenny McCarthy Talks Feminism, Feeling Trans 'Inside' & Sticking To Her Truth http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68460 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2241/jennymccarthy.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> Jenny McCarthy knows what it's like to be singled out. In our recent interview, and before she emcees the "Dirty, Sexy, Funny" show at 8 p.m. on Oct. 17 at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, the former MTV game show host revealed why she almost wasn't one after she posed for Playboy. The 41-year-old shared her unique perspective on other wide-ranging topics: identifying as non-feminist, relating to trans people, how she deals with haters and the potential advantages of having a gay son ("We can shop! Do my hair!"). http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68460 Q&A: Laurie Metcalf Talks 'The McCarthys,' Kissing Betty Buckley & How 'Roseanne' Changed TV For LGBTs http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68459 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2241/S2_LAURIE_2242.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> There's no question that "Roseanne," a show centered on the Conners, was one of the most influential TV shows of all time. Just look: Gay marriage is now as trendy as Jackie Harris' hipster-desired mom couture. Over two decades later, meet "The McCarthys," CBS's primetime comedy, premiering Oct. 30, about a zany sports-crazed family. One of the sons, Ronny, is gay, and the clan's matriarch is - because of course - Laurie Metcalf, who played Jackie on "Roseanne" (and, in case you forgot, was outed during the show's finale in 1997). http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68459 Q&A: Getting To The Core Of Nick Jonas: Abs, Album & That Gay Striptease 'They Made Me Do' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68234 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2239/nickjonasweb.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>When you think of Nick Jonas - and let's face it, you've been thinking a lot about him lately - a few things come to mind: the straight-edged Jonas Brothers. Former flames Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez. His abs. Per his handlers, two of those topics were off-limits during my chat with Nick, but so what. Ever since he posted a salacious Instagram pic of his fit, V-cut torso in 2013, it's been ab this, ab that. The 22-year-old BFF to the gay community is also releasing a self-titled, post-Jonas Brothers album (out Nov. 11), which he chatted about during our interview. You know, in addition to his abs. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68234 Q&A: Annie Lennox On Her Legacy, Why Beyonce Is 'Feminist Lite' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68228 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2239/Annie.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> They don't make hearts bigger than the one beating inside of Annie Lennox. Despite the icon's legendary recording career, dating back to the late '70s, music has taken a backseat to another passion: people. While still dedicated to philanthropic work focused on causes like HIV/AIDS and global peace, the singer-songwriter returns with her first disc in four years, a covers album called "Nostalgia." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68228 Creep of the Week: Gina Loudon http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68654 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1O_Creep7676_2243.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Have you ever read something so stupid that you could feel your brain cells committing suicide as you read it? That's how I feel after reading Gina Loudon's Oct. 19 World Net Daily piece titled "8 Reasons Why Democrats Hate Traditional Marriage." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68654 Parting Glances: Life Ended June 1964 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68657 For over 50 years. Life magazine informed Americans about what was happening here and abroad. Photos and content were dramatic. Mostly conservative. Occasionally controversial. Once in awhile downright shocking. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68657 Don't Forget To Vote The Whole Ballot http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68659 While voting, don't forget the names at the bottom of the ballot. While at your local polling location, do vote for the top spots of Governor, Attorney General, U.S. Senate, Michigan Supreme Court... and then vote the ENTIRE ballot, all the way down to your local school board candidates. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68659 NCLR Committee To Attend UN Meeting Against Torture http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68673 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1N10_NCLRatUN_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>NCLR's #BornPerfect campaign is a national effort aimed at ending conversion therapy in the next five years by passing laws across the country to protect LGBT youth, fighting in courtrooms to ensure their safety, and raising awareness about the serious harms caused by these dangerous practices. The campaign is managed by Samantha Ames, an attorney at NCLR who focuses on conversion therapy and youth issues. The committee, led by Ames, is co-chaired by Samuel Brinton and James Guay, MFT, both of whom are survivors of conversion therapy. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68673 Michigan For Marriage Meets In Ferndale http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68674 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M10_M4MMeetingFerndale_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>This upcoming tuesday, Michigan For Marriage will gather at Affirmations in downtown Ferndale to discuss the current state of the Michigan marriage equality trial and what is next for equality in the state. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68674 MOASH Awarded Federal Funding To Improve Outcomes For LGBT Youth In Michigan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68672 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M10_MOASHfedfunding_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH), the statewide leader on adolescent sexual health, has been awarded a three-year federal grant for their project called Building a Movement for Michigan Gay Straight Alliances (BAMM GSAs). This project will bring together otherwise isolated stakeholders across Michigan, all of which are experienced in improving health outcomes of LGBT youth, to improve the social and health outcomes of LGBT youth by increasing the number, and improving the capacity, of GSAs in our state. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68672 Spirit Day Observed Oct. 16 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68562 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2242/PurpleSpiritDayMain.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Oct. 16 is this year's Spirit Day, an event created by GLAAD to show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth who have been bullied. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68562 Federal Judge Strikes Down Arizona Same-Sex Marriage Ban http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68565 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2242/S1N1_ArizonaFedJudgeLiftBan_2243.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>A federal judge has cleared the way for legally recognized gay marriages in Arizona by ruling that the state's ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional. The ruling Friday (Oct. 17) by U.S. District Judge John Sedwick bars state officials from enforcing a 1996 state law and a 2008 voter-approved constitutional amendment that outlawed gay marriage. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68565 LGBT Jewelry Collection Comes To Tapper's http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68461 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/rony4-471x330main.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>A new wedding jewelry collection from LGBT designer, Rony Tennenbaum, is being featured by Tapper's Diamonds and Fine Jewelry in honor of its 37th Anniversary. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68461 Michigan For Marriage Community Conversation http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68457 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2241/S1M10_M4MTalkOct14_2242.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The 6th Circuit Court could rule at any moment and determine whether same-sex couples in Michigan can be legally married in the state. Michigan for Marriage, the campaign dedicated to changing the hearts and minds to move marriage forward in Michigan, is hosting a community meeting to discuss same-sex marriage status here in Michigan. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68457 National Coming Out Day 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68456 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2241/S1N1_NCOD_2242.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>National Coming Out Day is Oct. 11. Throughout the country this week, LGBT people and their allies have celebrated the addition of 16 states to the number of states that offer legal same-sex marriage. It is a monumentous and historic week in American history. But so is National Coming Out Day. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68456 New York To Change Gender Options On Birth Certificates http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68448 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2241/S1N1_NYBirthCert_2242.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"Having such a critical document that correctly reflects your gender identity is a basic human right that too many transgender people have been denied for far too long," said Council Member Corey Johnson who spearheaded the work and introduction of the policy. "Practically speaking, these measures will transform the lives of transgender individuals in so many ways that other people take for granted - from accessing government benefits and health coverage, to getting a job and using appropriate facilities." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68448 LGBTQ Youth Development Challenge Offers Trip To Denver http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68335 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/unity-logo.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>UNITY Michigan will be offering an opportunity for LGBTQ youth across Michigan to reduce discrimination and improve legal protections for youth while potentially winning a trip to Colorado. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68335 9th Circuit Strikes Down Bans, Adds Five More States http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68347 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/S1N2_9thCircuit_2242.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>A unanimous three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday (Oct. 7) struck down state bans against marriage for same-sex couples in Nevada and Idaho, but the ruling will - if not appealed - affect bans in 9th Circuit states with similar bans: Alaska, Arizona and Montana. That means the total count on marriage equality states could well reach 35 this week. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68347 Pride Night At The Palace http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68230 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2239/S1M10_PistonPrideNight_2240.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"We do so many of these nights [themed nights]," Abe Alcodray, account executive at Palace Sports and Entertainment said. "The sports world is coming around and society as a whole, too. San Francisco hosts a Pride Night, so does LA. Why not bring it to Detroit, which has a vibrant LGBT community?" http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68230 Michigan For Marriage Announces New Co-Chairs http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68336 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/S1M10_Mich4MarriageCoChairs.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Any day now, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals will release their decision that will determine marriage equality for four U.S. states. In the midst of the anticipation, a bipartisan group of respected state leaders has stepped forward to be Co-Chairs of Michigan for Marriage, the state's marriage equality campaign. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68336 All In The Dysfunctional Family http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68587 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/CC1_2243.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>'Tis the season for houses of horror to appear all over Metro Detroit, but who would have expected that one of the goriest would be the Detroit Opera House? Given the venue, however, we are once again reminded that horror implied is more visceral than horror depicted. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68587 Edge 'Alice' Stands Convention On Its Head http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68477 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2242/S2_CC1_2242.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Some theatrical experiences defy description. But a few adjectives come to mind that are applicable to "Alice," the performance organization Nerve's immersive journey through Wonderland. "Unconventional?" Without a doubt. "Unique" - that too. Unsettling? More than a little. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68477 Connections Made On Thursday Nights http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68478 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2242/S2_CCO1_2242.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Go Comedy! continues on Thursdays with an assortment of scripted experiences with more on-the-edge improv. Despite its billing as a filmmaking experience, the early evening show "Missed Connections: The Movie (Live on Stage)" is mostly a series of live vignettes (yes, there's a term someone could do an entire sketch about). http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68478 Script Carries 'Birth' As Performances Labor To Match http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68479 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2242/S2_CCO4_2242.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Throughout its history, Planet Ant Theatre has proudly straddled the improvisational comedy and scripted theater worlds, and that partnership is at peak visibility during the company's Colony FestLate-Night Series crossovers. For each of the biannual Colony Fest competitions, the winning improv troupe is given its very own late-night time slot to script and star in a one-act play. The latest in this tradition is "The Birth of Chad," written by the cast and director Michael Hovitch in a months-long process. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68479 World-Premiere Parody Puts The Horror In Puberty http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68480 In 1970, an emerging writer published a seminal young-adult novel of a preteen girl figuring out school, fitting in, boys, religious faith, and her developing body. The book was groundbreaking for its forthright discussion of sexual development, particularly the topic of menstruation. In 1974 came another writer's first published novel, which told the story of a different schoolgirl grappling with some bloody similar religious, social, and pubertal troubles. Although thematically comparable, that book was notable for...different reasons. Then in 2014, a pair of Michigan playwrights decided these two just had to get together. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68480 A Spirited Romp At Go! http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68481 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2242/S2_CCO6_2242.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Thursday nights in October at Go Comedy! Improv Theater end with the two-person improv, "The Die Centennial." A duo of jovial, off-the-wall spirits are celebrating 100 years of death with a look back at some of the highlights, lowlights and lowlifes they have observed from their incorporeal state. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68481 Dave Agema: Arab Fighter Pilots Are 'Camel Jockeys' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68671 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M8_AgemaCamelJocky_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Oh there goes that Dave Agema again. The erstwhile National GOP Committeemen from West Michigan posted on his private Facebook page on Oct. 18 a screed against Arabs and their abilities to fly modern fighter jets. In the screed, he refers to them as "camel jockeys." Republican political activist Joe Munem released the private post and condemns Agema's actions. In an exclusive statement to Between The Lines, Munem went much further. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68671 Anonymous Flier Lambasts Sam Singh http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68635 East Lansing Democratic State Rep. Sam Singh and his Republican opponent are both being lambasted by anonymously distributed fliers for failing to respond to Public Advocate's "Family Values Survey." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68635 David Trott Faces Election 'Foreclosure' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68636 One time king of foreclosures in Michigan, David Trott, may be headed to defeat in Michigan's 11th Congressional district. Trott is vying to replace Rep. Kerry Bentivolio against Bentivolio, Democrat Bobby McKenzie and Libertarian John Tatar. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68636 GOP Hopeful Wants 'Christians' Fleeing MI If Gays Get Civil Rights http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68567 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2242/S1M5_PolHor_CandidateChristianFlees_2243.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Jordan Haskins wants to be the Republican house member representing Michigan's 95th House District. And he wants everyone to know he is a staunch, Bible believing Christian who has "fought" the homosexual agenda in Saginaw. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68567 MSHDA Under Investigation, Snyder Fundraiser Raises Questions http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68566 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2242/S1M3_SnyderAdminInvestigation_2243.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>You thought YOU had a bad Monday. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's day started with revelations that the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) is under federal investigation. Then the Michigan Democratic Party released documents showing a company that hosted a lavish fundraiser for Snyder, received a massive boost in their state contract the next day. Their no-bid state contract, incidentally. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68566 White Nationalists Ponder: Is Nazism Enough? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68536 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68536 Conservative Radio Host: Land Campaign 'Most Ill-Fated Campaign' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68349 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/MI_Secretary_of_State_Terri_Lynn_Land.JPG' style='width:250px'><br/>This morning, while Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate was busy reminding Facebook that she was a mom, conservative radio host Frank Beckmann was on WJR radio trashing her campaign. He was joined by former Republican lawmaker Bill Ballenger, who is also the editor of Inside Michigan Politics. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68349 Terri Lynn Land Reminds Facebook She Is a Mom http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68346 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/S1MOnline_PoliticalHors_Land Mom.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Terri Lynn Land&#39;s campaign is in trouble, according to political pundits. Her appearance on the Michigan Public Radio call in show was widely panned. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68346 The Rick Snyder Wedding Dress Analogy http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68348 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/HorsWeddingMain.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The College National Republican Committee has launched a campaign commercial supporting incumbent Rick Snyder. The commercial compares Snyder and Schauer as wedding dresses, with a triumphant "Brittany" proclaiming at the end "This is my decision. And I see a better future with Rick Snyder." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68348 GOP National Committeeman Calls Islam 'Biggest Threat to the World Today' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68196 Republican National Committeeman and former state lawmaker, Dave Agema, is at it again. This time, he has declared in a public Facebook post that Islam is "the biggest threat to the world today." The post was made shortly before 8:45 a.m. on Sept. 22 on Agema's "politician" wall. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68196 The Debate About Debates: Why It Matters http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67971 Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land has blown off an invitation from WOOD-TV 8 in Grand Rapids to participate in a debate Sept. 8 with her Democratic opponent, Gary Peters. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67971 Hear Me Out: Mary Lambert, You+Me http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68582 Mary Lambert, You+Me, Betty Who, Annie Lennox http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68582 Hear Me Out: Melissa Etheridge, Lee Ann Womack http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68364 Melissa Etheridge, Lee An Womack, Lady Gaga Tony Bennett http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68364 Hear Me Out: Jennifer Hudson, Tim McGraw http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68141 Jennifer Hudson 'JHUD', Tim McGraw 'Sundown Heaven Town', Perfume Genius, Broods http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68141 Hear Me Out: Ariana Grande, Ryan Adams http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67914 Also: Counting Crows, Maroon 5 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67914 Barbra Streisand's Duet With Gay Son Is Highlight Of New Album http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67703 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2235/S2_HMO_2235-1.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Barbra Streisand, Banks, Spoon and FKA Twigs http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67703 Why Tori Amos' 'Sophie's Choice' Tour Is Pure Magic http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67440 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2232/tori-amos-gold-dust.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Tori Amos has so many babies - you know, those precious things, her songs, that she's seen change and grow throughout the years. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67440 The Frivolist: The Gayest Halloween Costumes of 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68576 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S2_FRIVOLIST_2243.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>As holidays go, Halloween is undoubtedly the gayest. It's the one time of year where homos can pretend they're hetero, straight boys step out in short skirts, and grown women turn every respectable profession they can think of into slutty versions of their former selves. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68576 Stylish Subscription Services To Wake Up Your Fall Wardrobe http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68357 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2241/S2_FRIVOLIST_2241.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>There's more to autumn than apple pie this and pumpkin spice that. One of the best things about fall, in fact, is that we get to unpack the sweaters, scarves and other cool-weather clothing (most of us anyway), which provide many more outfit options than we have during summer. Sure, there's plenty to be said about the lack of layers when the mercury is at its peak, but the latter months of the year have their own perks - like dapper dudes in button-downs, blazers and kick-ass boots. Now you can join the club - quite literally - and step up your own style this fall with these subscription services that bring fresh perspective to your wardrobe, delivered direct to your door. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68357 15 TV Shows with LGBT Characters That You Should Be Watching http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67876 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2236/S2_FRIVOLIST_2236.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>While summer 2014 is cooling down, the fall TV season is just starting to heat up. Bittersweet, ain't it? At least there's a silver lining to trading in lazing in the sand for lounging on the sofa: There are plenty of programs with LGBT characters to tune into right now. Which returning shows and series premieres should be on your gaydar? Peep this shortlist of inclusive shows that run the gamut of genres to make your picks. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67876 Gear Geekin': New Gizmos That'll Take Your Summer To The Next Level http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67453 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2233/S1F_ColemanRoadTrip.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67453 Hot In Herre http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67001 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2229/S2_FRIVOLIST_2229.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>When the mercury rises, so should your creativity. Consider these nine ways to beat the heat - and add a little sexy time to your life while you're at it. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67001 Beach Bums http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66734 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2226/S3_Frivolist_2226.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66734 Your BTL 2014 Michigan Voter Guide http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68644 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M6_MIVoterGuide_2433.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>MICHIGAN - Between The Lines has created a Voter Guide available both in print and online, filled with detailed spreadsheets that will show Michigan voters which major endorsements each candidate has received up and down the ticket. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68644 South Oakland Art Association Hosts Area Artist http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68602 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S2_RO_2243.jpeg' style='width:250px'><br/>Royal Oak's South Oakland Art Association will host Valerie Allen of Golden Artist Colors at their Nov. 3 meeting. Allen will demonstrate the various acrylic paints, mediums and techniques possible with Golden Artist Colors' Products. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68602 Michigan-Born YouTube Sensation To Slay Royal Oak http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68163 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2239/RoyalOak.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Tyler Oakley may not be a household name, but the Michigan-bred vlogger is quickly becoming a fixture of the Tumblr and YouTube circuits. Considered an "A-Lister of the digital age," Oakley will be bringing his "Slumber Party" event to Royal Oak this weekend, one of only two locations hosting the "TylerOakleyTour," the other being Chicago. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68163 The Good, The Bad And The Ugly For LGBT Michigan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67346 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2231/PrimaryResults.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>With the polls closed, and the votes counted, Michigan's general election ballot is a mishmash of the good, the bad and the truly ugly for November. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67346 'G.B.F.' Star Michael Willett Talks 'Pressure' To Go Less Gay, Fearing Fame http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66871 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2226/MichaelWeb.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> You know what's so fetch? A gay character who isn't merely a fashion-crazy, Broadway-worshipping sass master. A gay character who is more than simply an accessory. A true-to-life "Gay Best Friend." So, when Tanner Daniels (Michael Willett), a mousy-turned-fabulous high schooler, was introduced as the affable lead when "G.B.F." premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April of last year, audiences weren't just charmed - they were pleasantly surprised. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66871 Orchard Lake Show Brings The Art To West Bloomfield http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66740 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2226/OrchardLake.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66740 Woodward Wildflowers http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66391 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2223/S2_RO_2223.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>A thousand sunflowers will be planted on Woodward Avenue this summer in the park district between Six and Eight Mile Roads as part of the "Sunflowers on Woodward" project. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66391 Rudy Serra, State Rep 27th District http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66951 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2228/S1M_Elections_RudySerra2.jpg' 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. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66951 Sponsor Spotlight: Five15 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65134 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2211/S2_Five15_2211.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65134 State Rep. Zemke Introduces Bill To Prohibit Conversion Therapy In Michigan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67200 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2229/Zemke_2229.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>{BOLD LANSING --} State Representative Adam F. 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