PrideSource - front Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 29 Jul 2015 16:29 EST 29 Jul 2015 16:29 EST Past Presidents Of Hotter Than July Honored At Annual Conference <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>About 50 people came out Friday for Hotter Than July's annual Gathering on LGBT Issues. The conference, which took place at Michigan State University's Detroit Center, has been a part of Detroit Black Gay Pride since its inception in 1996. Hotter Than July Kicks Off With Candlelight Vigil <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>About 75 people came out to Palmer Park Tuesday to kick off the start of the 20th anniversary edition of Hotter Than July-Detroit Black Gay Pride. State Now Recognizing Married Same-Sex Parents On Birth Certificates The State of Michigan Vital Records Department has decided to allow the spouse of a biological parent to be placed on a child's birth certificate for female married couples. A Film For Hopeful Trans Youth: 'Crossing The Divide' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Alia Ismail has begun filming and sharing his transition in a documentary titled "Crossing The Divide," set to launch in October 2016. Obituary: Sharon Hope Gittleman Sharon Hope Gittleman, 56, had been a writer for Between The Lines. Pilot LGBT Youth Workforce Development Program Launches At Affirmations XTL Youth Workforce Development Program is a 24-week pilot program designed to empower LGBT youth in Metro Detroit with primary and secondary skills necessary to be successful in workforce navigation. Progressive Activist Runs For Kalamazoo City Commission Erin Knott, Michigan State Director for Enroll America, has announced her candidacy for the 2015 Kalamazoo City Commission race. Reps. Hoadley, Moss Introduce Proposals To End Gerrymandering <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>"Our democracy needs to be more responsive to voters. Voters sense the process is broken. Let's fix it," Hoadley said. Lawmakers Voice Support For LGBT Community <img src=' event_SCP.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Over 200 Genesee County residents and political leaders came out on a sunny afternoon to discuss how to move forward on LGBT issues July 19. Equality Michigan Announces New Senior Staff Equality Michigan, the statewide LGBT political advocacy organization, has announced the appointment of new senior staff. Analysis: Is A Ballot Battle On LGBT Equality Coming In 2016? <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>With a recalcitrant GOP dominated legislature that refuses to move on LGBT equality, and with a positive ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States, is it time to ask Michigan voters to amend the state civil rights act, Elliott-Larsen, to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes? Unsung Hero <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Former opera singer Stephan Bobalik now uses his Grammy Award-winning voice to help the fight for equality as a newly hired fundraiser at the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. High-Impact HIV Prevention Project Gets $3.8 Million From CDC The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that Community Health Awareness Group (CHAG) has been awarded a cooperative agreement to implement comprehensive high-impact HIV prevention projects for community-based organizations. Dave Coulter Announces 2015 Campaign For Mayor <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Mayor Dave Coulter has announced his bid for the 2015 Ferndale mayoral elections. Washtenaw Pride Picnic Seeks Hosts, Sponsors The Jim Toy Community Center picnic is looking for sponsors. Affirmations Hires New Senior Staff Affirmations has hired two new staff, filling senior staff management positions. Great Lakes Bay Pride Preview Great Lakes Bay 2015 Pride comes to Ojibway Island July 25. OutCenter Board Names New Executive Director The OutCenter Board of Directors announced the appointment of current Interim Executive Director, Mary Jo Schnell, as Executive Director effective Aug. 3. 'The Comeback' Q&A: Robert Michael Morris On Playing Lisa Kudrow's Cherished Sidekick, His 'TV Baptism' & That Emotional Finale <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Lisa Kudrow's Valerie Cherish might be the washed-up star of her own show, but it's her trusty hairdresser, Mickey Deane, who makes her look like one. For two seasons of HBO's sharp reality-show satire, "The Comeback," Mickey, played by Robert Michael Morris, has endured the plights of humiliation right alongside Valerie herself - all in the name of friendship. From season one's cupcake fiasco to Val's tasteless improv riffs after his cancer diagnosis during the second installment, the manny-pack-wearing Mickey's seen it all... and, well, so has "Red," as he affectionately calls her. She once walked in on him in bed, sprawled out, naked. Boy George Talks Culture Club Comeback, 'Stupid' Madonna / Gaga Rivalry & How Trans Community Is Still Overlooked Despite Caitlyn Jenner <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The falsetto is gone. When Boy George sings now, a rich tone resounds. He refers to it as "the voice of experience." The voice, once fluttery and high, can be traced back to the early '80s by way of a long, glittery trail that George blazed as the front man for Culture Club. The band formed in 1981, at the onset of a second, MTV-aided British invasion, and the foursome turned out a treasure trove of sonic gold, most notably "Karma Chameleon" and "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" It's Raining... Disco Divas! <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Deep Inside Hollywood Ellen Page 'Lioness', Tig Notaro, Babadook director takes on lesbian tragedy, Project Runway Hotter Than July To Celebrate 20 Years Of Black Gay Pride Next Week The 20th installment of Hotter Than July -- Detroit Black Gay Pride -- will take place next week. Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Season 7 contestants from "RuPaul's Drag Race" are playing a visit to Andiamo Celebrity Showroom in Warren. Winner Violet Chachki spoke with BTL about the upcoming show and more. The Big Daddy Of Dance: Giorgio Moroder Dishes On Producing Cher & Janet, Talks Gay-Bait Bathhouse Oblivion <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>It's been 35 years since Giorgio Moroder and Cher hooked up for a late-night session to produce "Bad Love," the diva's disco rave-up from the soundtrack of the 1980 coming-of-age drama, "Foxes." Deep Inside Hollywood Top Gun 2, Clueless, Mikki del Monico, "Genius" The Equality Act Is The LGBT Rights Bill We Want And Need The Equality Act will be introduced Thursday, July 23 by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-OR, in the U.S. Senate and Rep. Cicilline, D-RI, in the U.S. House of Representatives, along with many co-sponsors: Sens. Tammy Baldwin and Cory Booker, and Reps. Nancy Pelosi and John Lewis. They will be joined by a large number of co-sponsors. Largest Trans Survey Calls For Participants <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The U.S. Trans Survey will be the largest most comprehensive survey in the history of U.S. trans history, seeking a goal of 20,000 completed surveys by trans, gender queer or non-binary identified people from around the country. EEOC Rules Sexual Orientation Is Protected By Federal Civil Rights Law The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission July 15 issued a decision that employment discrimination based on sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination that is outlawed by existing federal law. Pentagon Announces Plan To Lift Transgender Military Ban <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military are outdated, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday, ordering a six-month study aimed at formally ending one of the last gender or sexuality-based barriers to military service. Fox To Develop Film On SCOTUS' Same-Sex Marriage Ruling A film about the U.S. Supreme Court case that made same-sex marriage a nationwide right is being developed by 20th Century Fox. Kansas Seeks To Dismiss Gay Marriage Tax Lawsuit TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Department of Revenue has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit over the tax filing status of same-sex married couples, saying the issue is now moot, according to a lawyer in the case. Lambda Literary Partners With New Millennium Writings For Essay Competition "On the heels of Marriage Equality becoming the law of the land and one of the most historic advances in LGBTQ civil rights of our time, we're thrilled to partner with New Millennium Writings on this essay contest asking our community what the SCOTUS ruling means to us," said Tony Valenzuela, Executive Director of Lambda Literary. Analysis: Marriage Ruling Opens Fight Within Arkansas GOP LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A social conservative who once called for banning gay couples from becoming foster parents, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson was an unlikely foil for members of his own party outraged at the U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down same-sex marriage bans nationwide. Same-sex Marriage Ruling Raises Issues For Kansas, Missouri TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas and Missouri legislators face debates next year over religious objections proposals and expanding their state's anti-discrimination laws to protect gays and lesbians, following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the nation. Vice President Biden Speaks At Freedom To Marry Celebration Read a transcript of Joe Biden's speech at the Freedom to Marry celebration. Tennessee attorney general drops same-sex divorce case NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage, the Tennessee attorney general's office is no longer contesting the divorce of two men who wed in another state. County Clerk In East Texas Resigns Over Gay Marriage Ruling HENDERSON, Texas (AP) - An East Texas county clerk has resigned rather than comply with the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the right of same-sex couples to marry. Bevin: Kentucky Should Stop Issuing Marriage Licenses FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's Republican nominee for governor says the state should stop issuing marriage licenses following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. Moore To Fundamentalists: America 'Under Attack' MONTOMGERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore told a fundamentalist Christian group this weekend that "America is under attack." 5th Circuit Tells Courts To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Rulings <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Hero Of Marriage Ruling Honors Early Gay Rights Protesters PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Regina Sullivan started crying as she squeezed her arms around the man behind the latest gay rights milestone: Jim Obergefell, whose lawsuit led to the Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage the law of the land. Gay Rights Activists Mark Landmark 1965 Demonstration PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Gay rights activists gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July to mark the progress of the movement and pay tribute to those who launched it a half-century ago - but also made it clear that the fight for equality was far from over. Groups: Alabama Counties Complying With Marriage Ruling MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Lawyers representing gay couples said July 2 that all Alabama counties appear to be complying with the federal ruling that made same-sex marriage the law of the land. Episcopalians OK Allowing Gay Marriage In Churches SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Episcopal Church has completed its embrace of gay rights, changing church law to allow same-sex religious marriages throughout the denomination, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. Federal Judge To Louisiana: Make Gay Marriage Changes Now NEW ORLEANS (AP) - After waiting about as long as possible, the state of Louisiana began selling marriage licenses to same-sex couples and agreed July 2 that they could file joint income-tax returns and get both parents' names on their children's birth certificates. Kansas Governor Pondering Religious Objections Legislation Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said July 2 that he's considering proposing a new religious objections law for Kansas following the U.S. Supreme Court's legalization of gay marriage, and he defended his administration's cautious response to the ruling. Same-sex couples can obtain marriage licenses in all 105 Kansas counties, but the state is not allowing gay and lesbian spouses to change their names on driver's licenses, nor has it said whether couples can file joint income tax returns. The state has not extended coverage to gay spouses under its health insurance plan for government workers. Creep of the Week: Ryan Anderson Airtight logic. Everybody can go home now. Ryan Anderson has won this round of Insane Arguments. Stay tuned for Anderson's next column about how the global warming "hoax" is perpetuated by hipster beard length. Parting Glances: Other Voices, Other Back Rooms Life folded in 1973; circulation 13 million. Readership, 10 times that amount. Its sister publication, Time, continues to this day. Viewpoint: Landmark Advances In Nondiscrimination Employment, With Limitations Last week was a very important step forward for nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people. Bawdy 'Beaches' Dispels Movie Version's Sentimentality <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>If you are expecting many similarities between the PG-13-rated movie "Beaches" and the over-the-top raunchy parody" Beaches Be Trippin'," you might be disappointed. Ferndale's Grasshopper Underground Celebrates 5 Years of Championed Sounds and Diverse Music Programming Celebrating five years of business, Grasshopper Underground is offering diverse music programming this summer, culminating in a massive Five Year Anniversary Party at the end of August. Michigan Artist Earns Award, Will Be Featured In ArtWorks Artist Tony Roko earns top award in Hour Detroit magazine's prestigious annual readers' poll. Come As You Are To Rainbow Pride Prom 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. Pride Events <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Pre-Pride Event: Running Through Color <img src='' 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. Ferndale Pride Guide <img src='' 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. Dine Out In Ferndale To Save Michigan Lives <img src='' 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. An 'Enchanted' Evening Presents Affirmations' New Prince Charming <img src='' 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. Looming Dilemma For Upcoming Historic Marriage Case <img src='' 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. Sermon at the Counter <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Fair-leather Friend <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> You Can't Tie the Knot? NOT! <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> The OutField: Extreme Sports Seek LGBT Acceptance <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> The OutField: Fearless Jeff Sheng <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> From Glenn Burke To Billy Bean To Dave Pallone The MLB Is Evolving -- Slowly <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>On July 17, 2013, Major League Baseball held its 84th annual All Star Game at Citi Field in Queens, New York, the home park of the New York Mets. It was a day that would become special for the LGBT community. The OutField: Hoosier Hullabaloo <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Tigers Pride Night Sells Over 1,000 Tickets Just in time for Pride, the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce will host a Pride Night at an upcoming Tigers game in June. The OutField: The Fight For Rights For Female Coaches The story is current, but you can be forgiven for thinking it's from 10 years ago. Or 50. Shannon Miller was one of the most successful coaches in college athletics - any sport, both genders.