PrideSource - front Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 26 May 2017 05:26 EST 26 May 2017 05:26 EST House Committee Unanimously Approves Chechnya Resolution <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday approved a resolution that condemns the crackdown against gay Chechens. DeVos: It's OK If States Discriminate Against LGBT Students <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Under a grilling during a congressional hearing Wednesday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos refused to say she'll speak out against discrimination against LGBT students -- or even students experiencing racial discrimination. Judge Opposed to Gay Adoptions has Rule Change Blocked LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky family court judge who openly declared his opposition to adoptions by gay couples has been blocked from instituting a measure that may have let him avoid handling such cases. Man Gets 49 years for Anti-transgender Hate Crime Killing GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi man received a 49-year prison sentence May 15 for the first-ever conviction on federal hate crime charges arising from the killing of a transgender woman. Alaska Lawmakers Deny Transgender Man for Human Rights Post JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Legislature on May 15 rejected the appointment of Drew Phoenix, a transgender man, to serve on the state's human rights commission. Harris, Carper Seek Answers on LGBT Omission from 2020 Census <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A pair of Democrats - U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) - are seeking answers from the U.S. Census Bureau on the omission of questions from major 2020 federal surveys on sexual orientation and gender identity. Texas Lawmakers Advance Anti-LGBT Adoption, Bathroom Bills <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Under a threat from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of being called into a special session, the Texas Legislature late Sunday advanced two anti-LGBT measures -- one pertaining to adoption, the other transgender students -- with days remaining before lawmakers were set to adjourn. Exclusive: Mayor Buttigieg Backs Notre Dame Walkout of Pence Speech <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said Sunday he supports the students at University of Notre Dame who walked out on Vice President Mike Pence during his commencement speech over his anti-LGBT views and the Trump administration's approach to marginalized communities. Trump Delivers Speech in Saudi Arabia <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>President Trump on Sunday in a speech that he delivered in Saudi Arabia made no mention that consensual same-sex sexual relations remain punishable by death in the kingdom. Lesbian Visibility Shines Through in Memoir by Federal Prop 8 Plaintiffs <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A joyous celebration occurred May 13 in Highland Park as lesbian and straight women artists and performers launched an exhibition of archived work from the historic Women's Building, the one-time "feminist mecca" for women's culture in downtown Los Angeles. Already marginalized by mainstream society, the artists refused to be invisible even unto each other. Court: Transgender People Can Sue Under ADA <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A federal court for the first time has ruled transgender people can sue under the Americans with Disabilities Act, despite the law's explicit exclusion of claims based on gender identity. Trump Blasted for Silence on Gay Atrocities #EyesOnChechnya <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Since assuming the presidency, Trump has remained silent about the government-ordered atrocities against the LGBT community in the Russian Republic of Chechnya. And some Los Angeles leaders are calling him out. Groundswell Announces Fund to Support Women of Color and Trans People of Color In the wake of a game-changing election, Groundswell Fund, the largest funder of the U.S. Reproductive Justice movement will launch a new national Liberation Fund to support the strongest grassroots organizing efforts led by women of color and transgender people of color across social justice sectors. 49 House Members Urge HHS to Restore LGBT Questions to Elder Survey <img src=' 2.JPG' style='width:250px'><br/>A group of 49 U.S. House members this week called on the Department of Health & Health Services to restore questions allowing responders to identify as gay, lesbian of bisexual to a federal survey for elders. DNC Hires First Lesbian CEO, Former Head of EMILY's List <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Democratic National Committee has for the first-time ever hired an out lesbian at its chief executive officer, appointing the former head of EMILY's LIST to the top leadership position. White House 'Not Aware' if Trump Briefed on Chechnya Anti-gay Abuses <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The White House said Tuesday it was unaware of whether President Trump brought up the issue of anti-gay abuses in Chechnya with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a meeting Wednesday. In fact, it's not clear that Trump has been briefed on the abuses at all. Comey Firing Heightens Suspicions of Trump Wrongdoing <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey as he was conducting an investigation of the Trump campaign's ties to Russia has stunned America and ignited a firestorm of controversy -- and LGBT advocates are among those railing against the termination as evidence Trump has something to hide. Schumer Latest to Oppose Mark Green Over Nominee's Anti-LGBT Views <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has become the latest to come out against the confirmation of Mark Green over the nominee's anti-LGBT views, urging his fellow members of the Democratic caucus to reject his appointment as Army secretary. Log Cabin Meets with Education Dept. Over Trans Issues <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In the aftermath of the Trump administration revoking Obama-era guidance assuring transgender kids have access to school restrooms consistent with their gender identity, the Log Cabin Republicans met with Education Department officials Tuesday to propose a new plan that would support transgender kids and local authority in schools. Gavin Grimm to Speak at Capital Pride <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Gavin Grimm, the transgender male student at a Virginia high school who petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to gain the right to use the school bathroom that matches his gender identity, will be a special guest speaker at D.C.'s Capital Trans Pride events on May 20. Alabama, Tennessee Governors Sign Anti-LGBT Bills <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Governors in Alabama and Tennessee have signed into law a pair of measures that could allow discrimination against LGBT families seeking to adopt a child or jeopardize their ability to obtain state benefits. Anti-LGBT State Senator Withdraws Nomination for Army Secretary <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Mark E. Green, who President Trump nominated last month to be Secretary of the Army, withdrew from contention for the position on Friday following a month-long campaign by LGBT advocacy groups to publicize his anti-LGBT record as a Tennessee state senator. Moving the Music Forward <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Maya Bouldry-Morrison's second overall full-length project, "Where Are We Going?," and her first as an out transgender individual isn't so much about the world we live in, but more about the way she interacts with it. Rrose Confuses the Mind and Perceptions While Making Music <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Known for confusing listeners until they question their place in space and time, Rrose will take the Underground Stage May 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Movement Music Festival in Hart Plaza. The Frivolist: 7 Reasons Why Hotel Sex Is Better Than Bangin' at Home There's something about a hotel room that makes you want to get frisky. From the ultra-plush mattress to on-demand XXX movies - assuming they have same-sex options (though I prefer straight porn myself) - a quick getaway in a decked-out suite is as much about relaxation as it is fulfilling your adult desires. Here are seven reasons why hotel sex is better than bangin' at home. John Waters Looks Back at 'Serial Mom': Inside Fan-Fave Scenes & Boy George's Surprising Ode to the Film <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Has there ever been a better prank call than the one in "Serial Mom"? The wicked bit features Kathleen Turner as Beverly Sutphin harassing her parking-spot-stealing neighbor, Dottie Hinkle (Mink Stole): "Is this the Cocksucker residence? Isn't this 4215 Pussy Way?" Q&A: Priyanka Chopra Pledges Support for LGBT Community Despite 'Ugly' Resistance, Talks Flirty Lesbians & Zac Efron's 'Real' Abs <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Priyanka Chopra has your back. Though India's government still criminalizes homosexuality, Chopra, a global superstar and one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2016 (she has nearly 18 million Twitter followers, more than Beyonce), is standing up for LGBT people {ITAL everywhere}. The actress/model/producer candidly affirms her support for the community during our recent call, from Miami, where Chopra, 34, speaks passionately about issues affecting her queer friends and fans - including whether "Baywatch" co-star Zac Efron's abs are real. Deep Inside Hollywood <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Paul Verhoeven, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner... Survey Results Can Help Protect Trans Community, LGBT Rights Organizations Say <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The transgender community has support in the form of data to convince lawmakers in the state that discrimination based on gender identity exists. What's in a Name (and Gender Marker)? <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>At the age of 18, Jazz McGinnis embarked on a journey. As a transgender man, this was neither his physical nor emotional journey - it was a legal one: McGinnis wanted to change his name. REC Receives 100K Grant to Provide Counseling for Trans Women The Hope Grace Fund, a philanthropic vehicle of well-being beauty brand Philosophy USA, has awarded the Ruth Ellis Center in Highland Park with a $100,000 grant to hire a mental health professional who will provide counseling services for trans women and girls of color. Community Activists Will Discuss Groundbreaking Book on Black LGBT Health <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The co-editors, Lourdes Dolores Follins and Jonathan Mathias Lassiter, of the academic text, "Black LGBT Health in the United States: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation," will be available to discuss their work from 6-8 p.m. on June 2 at the Ruth Ellis Health and Wellness Center, 77 Victor St. in Highland Park. New LGBTQA Section at State Bar of Michigan In an effort to ensure consistency within Michigan law and conformity to federal rulings, a new State Bar of Michigan section - the LGBTQA Law Section - will research and identify areas of state laws that may need revisions or updates, and will seek to educate the public and members of the legal community in how their clients may be affected as laws and new precedents develop. Holland LGBTQ Community Center Hosts Open House Area LGBTQ residents and their allies can get a look at the new Out On The Lakeshore Community Center and mingle with professional comedienne Mimi Gonzalez at the same time from 5-7 p.m. on May 30. 'Cheers to HELP' Raises Funds for LGBTQ Health Care Services <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>More than 150 supporters attended the eighth annual Spring fundraiser, "Cheers to HELP," on May 12 at the Health Emergency Lifeline Programs' offices in Detroit. The wine tasting event helped raise over $15,000 for the HELP agency. Community Invited to Discuss 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey Report Results <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Equality Michigan and members of the transgender community will release Michigan-specific data from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey on Wednesday at multiple times and locations across the state. Equity Theatre Group Gives Back to HIV/AIDS Organizations <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>FERNDALE - Members of the Detroit area Actors Equity Association Liaison Committee presented checks on May 8 to organizations in the community fighting against HIVAIDS. EQMI's Department of Victim Services Reaches Across the State <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>As the founding member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, Equality Michigan is committed through their Department of Victim Services to providing support and advocacy services for LGBTQ, SGL (Same Gender Loving), and HIV-affected people experiencing various forms of violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, hate violence, harassment and discrimination. 'As We Go On' Performance to Benefit Holland Community Center True coming out stories will be told live by members of the Ann Arbor LGBTQ community during the performance of "As We Go On" at 3 p.m. on May 21 at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St. Affirmations Welcomes New Youth Program Coordinator Meet Ian Unger, who moved to Michigan from Wisconsin with his wife, and recently joined Affirmations as the new youth program coordinator. Roz Gould Keith Receives Diversity Champion Award <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Roz Gould Keith, founder of Stand with Trans, received the Diversity Champion Award. Annual Fundraiser at Boys & Girls Club Helps LGBTQ Youth <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Six youth between the ages of 11-13 at the Boys & Girls Club of South Oakland County raised money to benefit the Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people. Federal Court Orders Trump to Produce Giuliani Travel Ban Memo <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In response to a recent joint lawsuit filed by the Arab American Civil Rights League, the ACLU of Michigan and others, a federal judge on May 11 ordered President Donald Trump to turn over key documents related to his Executive Order banning travel from six Muslim majority countries and freezing the refugee resettlement program. Lesbian and Transgender Moms Changing the Face of Motherhood <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Mother's Day is an opportunity to recognize the growing profile of lesbian and transgender mothers through personal stories, which Between The Lines asked willing families to share along with a photo. Brownstown Couple Receives Creating Hope Award for Fostering Children <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Lori Dixon and Shelly Taylor became a couple nearly a decade ago. Though Dixon had four biological children from a previous marriage, the couple soon decided they wanted to increase the size of their family. State Admits Error, Retracts Letters Demanding Same-Sex Married Couples Pay More In Taxes Same-sex married couples in Michigan should ignore 2013 tax letter sent out erroneously by Department of Treasury. Family Matters: Legal Issues for Same-Sex Parents The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark marriage equality decision in Obergefell v. Hodges removed barriers to the adoption process for same-sex married couples. But there are unique and complex legal issues to consider when deciding to become a family. Community Gathered for 'Love Is Love' Rally <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Members of the community gathered at Geary Park in Ferndale on May 7 for the "Love Is Love" rally. David Rosenberg, Longtime BTL Distributor, Retires <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>David Rosenberg's involvement with Between The Lines dates back to 1993 when there was no LGBT newspaper in circulation in Michigan. There had been LGBT publications in the area before, most notably 10 Percent, which was later renamed the Michigan Tribune before it had stopped publishing almost 25 years ago. Creep of the Week: Donald Trump As I write this I'm taking in the news of the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. 22 confirmed dead so far. At least 59 injured. WYD While you traverse your favorite social media site, you come across a post with an attached video. The clip shows a ten-year-old boy, as he expertly applies a face full of flawless makeup. Don't Cry Alone. There is Help. The LGBTQ community is still fairly silent when it comes to having conversations about mental health. As a trauma-focused therapist based in Harper Woods, I work closely with LGBTQ people who struggle to talk about their mental health. Bangladesh Arrests 27 Men on Suspicion of Being Gay DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - Authorities in Bangladesh on Friday arrested 27 men on suspicion of being gay, a criminal offense in the Muslim-majority country, and plan to charge them with drug possession, an official said Friday. 1,000 in Romanian Gay Pride March Amid Moves to Limit Rights BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Some 1,000 people joined a gay pride march in the Romanian capital of Bucharest on Saturday, demanding greater rights amid government moves they say will curtail their rights. Gay Men Sent to 'Concentration Camps' in Chechnya <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A Russian LGBT advocacy group on Monday confirmed a report that gay men in Chechnya have been sent to secret prisons. Novaya Gazeta, a Russian newspaper, on April 4 reported gay men have been sent to the prisons -- which reports have described as &quot;concentration camps&quot; -- in the semi-autonomous Russian republic. It said one of them is located near Argun, a town that is roughly 12 miles east of the Chechen capital of Grozny. 'Pinkwashing' Populism: Gay Voters Embrace French Far-Right <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A political party that would abolish same-sex marriage - one whose founder wanted AIDS patients rounded up and branded homosexuality "a biological and social anomaly" - is now winning LGBT votes in France...One factor that explains the new wave of LGBT support is that many Le Pen voters are millennials like Hopper who are too young to remember the National Front's neo-fascist roots or the acid anti-gay sentiments openly expressed by her father.Others, especially gay men, are in awe of the blond, blue-eyed, 48-year-old former lawyer's persona - they see an audacious, strong-willed woman writing the rules in a world of men. Diana Krall Kicks of 34th Annual Ann Arbor Summer Festival <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>One of the biggest names in modern jazz music is returning to Ann Arbor to kick off the 34th annual Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Grillin' for Food Gatherers: A Picnic with a Purpose <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Around 2,000 guests will gather from 3-8 p.m. on June 11 for a community picnic at Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor Saline Road in Ann Arbor. In its 28th year, Grillin' is an event for all ages featuring live music, food from more than 50 local restaurants, beer and wine, a silent auction and activities for kids. Get Outside for Dinner this Summer <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Ann Arbor Farmers Market presents their annual Food Truck Rallies on the first Wednesday evening of each month now through October. Celebrate Author Stephanie Heit Stephanie Heit is a poet, dancer, and teacher of somatic writing, contemplative dance practice, and kundalini yoga. She lives with bipolar disorder and is a member of the Olimpias, an international disability-performance collective. Mouths of Babes <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>With more than a dozen albums and over a thousand shows between them, Ty Greenstein and Ingrid Elizabeth of Mouths of Babes are no strangers to the modern folk music scene. More Protections Expected for Ann Arbor Undocumented Immigrants The Ann Arbor City Council is considering a resolution reaffirming the city's position against cooperating with the feds and instead providing more protections for undocumented immigrants. Calling All Musicians, Artists, Poets and Entertainers OUTFest 2017 is searching for local artists for this year's festival. OUTFest will be held August 4-5 this year with the annual Pride Picnic on August 6. Annual Rally Draws Attention to Sexual Violence <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Michigan Takes Back the Night will look to raise awareness about sexual violence when it hosts its 39th annual Take Back the Night Ann Arbor rally and march on April 6, according to a press release. State Theatre to Undergo Restoration and Renovation Ann Arbor's State Theatre celebrated its 75th birthday on March 18, having opened to the public on that date in 1942 as one of renowned architect C. Howard Crane's many iconic movie palace masterpieces. 'Enjoy Immensely' at Rel&middot;ish Restaurant <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>ANN ARBOR - The Kensington Hotel on State Street in Ann Arbor recently underwent a multimillion dollar renovation last year to modernize the 200 -room hotel, which is a 10-minute drive south of the city's downtown area. Parting Glances: Outing the Stonewall Inn Back in the days when closets were leased for a lifetime, it was Standard Operating Protection to go by a nickname. Some SOPs I recall are Little Bobby, Little Pat, Estralita, Marshmallow, T.D. (Tall Dick), Savoy, B.J. (Butch Jimmy), Miss Bruce, and, among Dykes Anonymous: Big Red, Skye, Petey, Speedy, Rusty, Drano, Big Birdie. Parting Glances: Fog, Er, Log Cabin Redux A concerned group of Log Cabin gay men -- presumably all tie-dyed-in-the-Woolite Republicans -- who voted for Donald Trump -- are very worried that their presidential choice has doomed their collective chance of obtaining Heaven and eternal salvation. Parting Glances: Glen Flexit gets fixed! I rarely write about straight guys. I find them to be, well, rather flighty. But in the interest of LGBT civility to all God's web-footed creatures, let me tell you about my oddball neighbor Glen Flexit. A piece of work. Parting Glances: Three Arfs. Six Purrs. A Suggestion! A federally funded study by People Friends of Cats and Dogs (P-FCD) reports that "persons of rainbow personality make the best dog owners, but have little influence on cats, although this should not be misconstrued as homophobia on the part of America's feline population." Parting Glances: Low Down on the Down Low I've been out of the LGBT lovebird loop-the-loop for so long that it rarely occurs to me that dating can be hazardous to ones mental and physical well being. Can occasionally require subterfuge, quick costume change, 911 calls. Bedroom fisticuffs. Parting Glances: What's Prologue Is Past At 19, I went to my first gay bar, The Silver Slipper, a dyke bar on Grand River, near downtown Detroit. I used borrowed ID, was escorted authoritatively by two lesbian regulars, Speedy and Draino. A Kink In Their Plans <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Here's a Saudi Do <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> In So Mandy Words <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>