PrideSource - front http://www.pridesource.com Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 31 Oct 2014 04:31 EST 31 Oct 2014 04:31 EST webmaster@pridesource.com webmaster@pridesource.com pridesource.com http://www.pridesource.com/img/logo.gif http://pridesource.com 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 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 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 BTL Endorsed: 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 BTL Endorsed: 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 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 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 Republican State House Candidate Has History Of Scandal http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68675 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M2_WebberStory.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Mike Webber, the Republican candidate for Michigan's 45th House District and current Rochester Hills vice president, left a history of scandal following his term as chair of Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU). Webber's leadership term from 1999-2000 was roiled with allegations he sexually harassed a female co-worker at the undergraduate student government, illegally refused to pay an employee for work she had done for the organization and that he used the ASMSU facilities and resources to launch an ill-fated bid as a write-in candidate for the East Lansing City Council. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68675 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 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 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 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 Smoking: Critical Health Issue For LGBT Michiganders http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68729 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2244/S1_HEALTH_SMOKING_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>MICHIGAN - A recent study by Affirmations Community Center and the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center, funded by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), facilitated eight focus groups with LGBT-identified individuals that helps shed light on tobacco use within the LGBT community. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68729 Healthcare Coverage Round Two http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68730 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2244/S1_HEALTH_ACA.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The second round of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is about to begin in Michigan and the campaign "Get Covered America" is working hard to get the word out to the LGBT community and the statewide constituency at large. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68730 'Trans Girl Next Door' Documents Artist's Transition http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68731 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2244/S1_HEALTH_3_TransGirlNextDoor.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Online comics have existed roughly as long as the internet, and as a result of more freedom and accessibility to different groups of people, comics can now cater to everything from sexual fetishes to video game culture. This comes as fortunate news for those who discover Kylie Summer's "Trans Girl Next Door," a comic documenting Summer's own transition process. Transwomen and cis women alike have expressed gratitude at finding a comic that shares their experiences, with raves filling the comic's Facebook page along with hundreds of reposts on the comic's Tumblr page. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68731 Cervical Cancer Survey Seeks Lesbian And Bisexual Women http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68732 Michael Johnson, a PhD student at Medical University of South Carolina, is seeking input from lesbian and bisexual women on a study involving cervical cancer and screenings. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68732 Report: LGBT Seniors Worry About Retirement http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68733 A new report released Oct. 6, "Out and Visible: The Experiences and Attitudes of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Older Adults, Ages, 45-75," shows high concern among older LGBT people about their ability to fund and care for themselves in retirement. The study found that 42 percent of LGBT older people are "very or extremely concerned" that they will outlive the money they have saved for retirement. Among heterosexuals, only 25 percent share such a concern, the report noted. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68733 Tips For Beating The Winter Blues http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68734 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2244/S1_HEALTH-Fill_BeatWinterBlues_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Sniffles and flu are not the only afflictions of winter. Many people find that the dark and cold days can impact their mood. In fact, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects approximately 10 million Americans, and another 10 to 20 percent of the public may have mild SAD, according to Psychology Today. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68734 Lifestyle Tips to Reduce Chronic Inflammation http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68735 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2244/S1_Heatlh_Fill_Inflammation.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Millions of Americans endure the pain of chronic inflammation, and even when pain is not apparent, millions more run the risk of serious diseases triggered by chronic inflammation. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68735 Cyber Bullying Higher For LGBT Youth http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67546 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2233/S1N1_LGBTCyberBullying.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Advocate.com reports that a new Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network study found that LGBT youth faced three times as much cyber bullying than their non-LGBT peers. The findings, which note that LGBT adolescents living in rural areas experience an elevated level of online harassment, show that 42 percent of LGBT youth face more online bullying as compared to 15 percent of straight, cisgender youth. Text message harassment was also included in the study, which found LGBT youth twice as likely to report the intimidation. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67546 Award-Winning Documentary Considers Mormon Trans Woman's Tale Of Transition http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67339 A new documentary from OHO Media titled "Transmormon" highlights a young trans woman's self-realization while intimately introducing viewers to her family, her faith and her journey. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67339 State Rep. Zemke Chats With Craig Fahle About Conversion Therapy Bill http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67227 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2230/Zemke_2229.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>State Representative Adam F. Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) {URL sponsored legislation on July 16 to outlaw conversion therapy in Michigan. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67200} The bill would prohibit mental health professionals from attempting to change a minor's sexual orientation. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67227 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. Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) sponsored legislation on July 16 that would outlaw the practice of conversion therapy in Michigan. {URL House Bill 5703 prohibits http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/billintroduced/House/pdf/2014-HIB-5703.pdf} &quot;any practice by a mental health professional that seeks to change a minor&#39;s sexual orientation.&quot; Similar laws are in place in {URL California http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=56028}, {URL New Jersey http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=61797} and New York and {URL have been upheld by federal courts. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=63140} http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67200 Study: PrEP, Taken Regularly, 100 Percent Effective http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67111 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67111 Feds Call On States To Revamp HIV Criminal Laws http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67106 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2229/S1M3_HIVCriminalization_2230.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The laws have also been criticized for criminalizing behavior which does not transmit HIV - such as spitting or biting - or prosecutions wherein the behavior did not pose a significant risk of transmission... "The HIV-positive monster in many people&#39;s minds is a product of stigma and has no basis in reality," said Trevor Hoppe, who graduated this spring with a PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan. His dissertation evaluated criminal prosecutions under Michigan's law in the past two decades. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67106 HIV Infection Returns To 'Cured' Child http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66980 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2228/S1N_MissBabyDrGay_2228.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66980 AGING: Living In The Spirit Of Now http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66800 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2226/S1M1_OlderAdult_4_DSCN0692.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - "Living in the spirit of now. What does that mean? Think about it. And I'm gonna just tell you something personal about me. I'm learning to get old, but I refuse to let that get the best of me," Cornelius Wilson, co-chair of the Older Adult Coalition and chairman for the Older Adult Summit said in a preliminary talk before the keynote speaker got on stage. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66800 LGBT Mud 5k Brings In Over 650 Runners http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66976 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2228/S2_Mudrun_2229.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The sporting event featured obstacles such as the "Cherry Picker," "Is that Mud in Your Pants?" and "Hello Sailor." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66976 New LGBT-run Bakery Brings Organic Goodies to Detroit http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65365 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2213/S1M_GOODCAKES_2213.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Continuing on the recent health trend of organic and vegan foods, Good Cakes and Bakes, LLC brings a variety of animal-free, locally sourced products to the "Avenue of Fashion" in Detroit. Michelle and April M. Anderson, recently married in New York, opened the bakery to bring joy and organic goods to the city. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65365 Are Eating Disorders More Prevalent In The LGBT Community? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65073 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2211/S2_HEalthEating2shutterstock_80507206.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) recently compiled multiple findings on eating disorders in the LGBTQ community. With 20 million women and 10 million men affected by eating disorders in the U.S., the illnesses are certainly not limited to the LGBT community. However, according to various sources, 15 percent of gay and bisexual men reported having a full or sub-threshold eating disorder at some point in their life, versus 4.6 percent of heterosexual males responding the same. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65073 Friends & Field Goals http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65074 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2211/S2_HealthFlagFootball_2211.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>From the sidelines, the Michigan Panthers flag football players appear to be an identical group, indistinguishable in their fluorescent orange jerseys. But out on the turf, in the thick of game, the athletes are anchored to the sport by a shared competitive spirit and love for their teammates, as each of them, for varying reasons, call the league "home." For Otiz Porter, 37, a psychology professor at Wayne County Community College, it's also "being a part of something larger than yourself, where there are vast types of gay men represented. Gay, straight, transsexual - whatever box you like to put yourself in, it's represented (in the Metro Detroit Flag Football League). And you are considered an athlete." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65074 Surveys Say: LGBT Dollars And Health Going Up in Smoke http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65096 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2211/S2_SMOKING_2211.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Both a national study and a Michigan-based survey have come to the same conclusion - smoking is a big cost to the LGBT community. According to CenterLink's Network for Health Equity, LGBT people spend 65 times more money on cigarettes as the Funders for LGBTQ Issues report all foundations spend on LGBT funding. An estimated $7.9 million goes from the pockets of the gay community to the tobacco companies for products that are causing them harm. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65096 Races To Watch On Election Night http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68757 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2244/S1M1_ElectionSchauerCOVER2.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>MICHIGAN - Michigan takes to the polls Nov. 4 to vote for the next local and statewide elected officials. BTL has provided candidate information, a 20-page 2014 Voter's Guide and has followed the races as they progressed through the election season. All of the interviews and analysis can be found online at URL www.pridesource.com or URL www.mivoterguide.com. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68757 Pastors Challenge Civil Rights For Michigan Gays 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 Revealing Bigotry: Taking On Gary Glenn http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68758 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2244/S1M2_GlennMIRSResponse_FINAL_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 "URL trio (who) seeks tea party tyranny. http:www.detroitnews.comstoryopinioncolumnistsnolan-finley20140927tea-party-tyranny-nolan-finley16278905" http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68758 MOASH Awarded Federal Funding To Improve Outcomes For LGBT Youth In Michigan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68759 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2244/S1M10_MOASHfedfunding_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>MICHIGAN - 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 increase the number and capacity of GSAs in the state. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68759 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 CEO Of Apple Tim Cook: 'I'm Proud To Be Gay' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68777 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2242/TimCook.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In an op-ed In BloombergBusinessweek Thursday morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed rumors of his sexual orientation by announcing, "I'm proud to be gay." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68777 Guide To Elections Across the U.S. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68761 This year's election night is likely to be an important one for the LGBT history books: voters in Massachusetts are expected to elect the nation's first-ever openly gay state attorney general, and voters in Maine could very well elect the nation's first-ever openly gay governor. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68761 5th Circuit Court Sets Date To Hear SSM Cases http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68678 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1N10_5thCircuitSSMDateSet_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled oral arguments for same-sex marriages cases, Monday, for rulings from Texas and Louisiana. The hearings are set for the week of Jan. 5, 2015. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68678 Federal Gov. To Recognize Same-Sex Married Couples In Six More States http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68676 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1N10_HolderFedGovSSMRights.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In the latest development following the Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to decline to hear any pending cases regarding same-sex marriage, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Oct. 25 that the federal government will now recognize same-sex married couples in six new states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming, stretching the number of states where same-sex marriages are federally recognized to 32 and the District of Columbia. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68676 Hook-Up Related Homicide In Pennsylvania http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68677 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1N10_MSMHookUpHomicidePenn_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has recently learned of the hook-up related homicide of a man from Norristown, Pennsylvania. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68677 Bishops Scrap Welcome To Gays In Sign Of Split http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68651 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1N1_Catholic-bishops.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>VATICAN CITY (AP) - Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68651 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 October Surprise At The Supreme Court http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68545 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2242/OctoberSurprise.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>If state bans against same-sex marriages were a table, the striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act last year was like the loss of a leg. The announcement last week that the U.S. Supreme Court would not hear appeals to keep such bans on the books was like the loss of a second leg. The table has fallen. All that is left is for the Supreme Court to remove the final two legs - by declaring that such bans are unconstitutional and by ensuring that its declaration does not provide a way for any individual state to continue its ban. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68545 Alaska Will Issue Marriage Licenses To Gay Couples http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68542 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2242/S1N3_Alaska-plaintiffs-Hamby-450x304.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska will begin accepting marriage applications from same-sex couples Monday after a federal judge struck down the state's ban on gay marriage - one of the first such prohibitions approved by voters in the U.S. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68542 Oklahoma Gay Couples Can Now File For Benefits http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68544 TULSA, Okla. (AP) - State employees married to people of the same sex can now apply for benefits in Oklahoma, a spokesman for the state's Office of Management and Enterprise Services said. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68544 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 Supreme Court Denies Seven Appeals In Five States http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68434 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2241/S1N1_SupremeCourtBuilding_2239.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In a surprise development, the U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it would not accept for review any of the seven appeals on same-sex marriage bans from five states. The action means that the stays placed on lower court decisions in all five states-decisions that struck down bans on marriage for same-sex couples--are immediately lifted, making way for lower courts to issue orders requiring the states to stop enforcing their bans and begin issuing marriage licenses. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68434 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 Supreme Court Rejects Five Gay Marriage Appeals http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68435 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2241/S1N1_SupremeCourtBuilding_2239.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>(AP) Gay unions are now legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia. URL The Supreme Court turned away appeals Monday http:www.nola.comcrimeindex.ssf201410supremecourtgaymarriage.html from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68435 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 Revisiting Annual Reminders, Nearly 50 Years Later http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68318 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/S1N1.JPG' style='width:250px'><br/>On July 4, 1965, John James traveled to Philadelphia to march among a group of gay and lesbian demonstrators calling for liberty for LGBT people. Nearly 50 years later, James is again surrounded by LGBT people in the City of Brotherly Love -- this time in a very changed world. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68318 The Financial Penalty Of Being LGBT In America http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68236 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2239/S1N10_FinancialDisabilityLGBT_2240.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The MAP released a promo-video today that discusses the financial burdens placed on a LGBT couple. The video explains how national, state and local laws contribute to significantly higher rates of poverty among LGBT Americans and create unfair financial penalties in the form of higher taxes, reduced wages and Social Security income as well as increased healthcare costs and much more. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68236 Freedom To Marry Launches National TV AD http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68233 "The ad underscores the human costs of prolonging marriage discrimination," said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry. "Every day of denial is a day of real and needless injury, indignity, and injustice for too many families across the country -- and time matters. America is ready for the freedom to marry, 40 lower court rulings have affirmed the freedom to marry, even opponents are saying it's time to bring the country to national resolution -- and it is, indeed, time." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68233 LGBTQ Trailblazers Receive MacArthur Fellowships http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68208 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2239/Alison-Bechdel-photo-credit-Elena-Seibert.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The MacArthur Foundation announced the 2014 class of MacArthur Fellows on Sept. 18 - providing a $625,000, no-strings-attached stipend to each fellow to support their creative endeavors. Among the list of 21 exceptional individuals chosen were two notable leaders in the LGBT community: Mary Bonauto and Alison Bechdel. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68208 The Original Buzzkill http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68771 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2244/S3_CA_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68771 God in the Details http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68774 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2244/S1OCA_EditorialCartoon_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68774 Family Affair http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68693 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2244/S3_PUZ_2244-puz.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68693 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 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 Cris Williamson Headlines Women In The Arts Festival http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68711 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2244/S2_Lansing_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The 29th Annual Women in the Arts Festival brings its two-day community festival to East Lansing this November. Known for its celebration of regional women artists, the event will run Nov. 14-15 and feature iconic songwriter Cris Williamson. Williamson will perform at 8 p.m. on the Friday Night Stage, in addition to hosting a workshop on Saturday. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68711 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 Nothing Half-Glassed When It Comes To Lansing Artist http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68287 Lansing native Craig Mitchell Smith began making glass artwork in 2006. Because of serendipitous timing and a few TV cameras that made for a surprising launch, what started as a hobby became a full-fledged career. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68287 Bradlys: Home Decor & More http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68288 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/S2_BRADLY_2240-main.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Sometimes, it's just the threat of change that makes great ideas come to life. For Bradly Rakowski, owner of Bradly's Home and Garden in Lansing, the constant threat of a layoff made him take the leap into becoming his own boss. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68288 GALLERY: Mark Schauer Joins Equality Rally In Lansing http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67347 On the eve of historic hearings at the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on the issue of marriage equality, supporters rallied in Lansing. Democratic candidate for governor, Mark Schauer attended the event. He was greeted with applause and cheers. Shortly after, the crowd began to chant "Schauer! Schauer!" However, the candidate redirected the enthusiasm to a chant of "Equality! Equality!" http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67347 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 LGBT And Traveling: International Students Come To Michigan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66222 International student exchange program, International Exchange-USA (IE-USA), is bringing LGBT students from around the world and families together. With their recent renewal from the U.S. State Department, the organization is hoping to find Michigan LGBT families to host two LGBT students from Thailand. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66222 East Lansing Organization Combines Spartan And LGBT Pride http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=63755 With Michigan State University heading to the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day, all eyes are turning to East Lansing. Former GLBT Spartans can take the chance to see what else the school has to offer them beyond football. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=63755 Lansing Community College Hosts LGBT, Hispanic Events http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68266 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/LCC.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Lansing Community College fills out its calendar with LGBT-centric events this month for students and non-students. October serves as LGBT History Month, signifying National Coming Out Day on the 11th, remembering the death of Matthew Shepard on Oct. 12, 1998 and now commemorating the Hate Crimes Prevention Act being signed by President Obama on Oct. 28, 2009. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68266 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 To Vote Or Not To Vote. What's The Question? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68769 In Michigan, 976,000 people did not vote in 2010 who had voted in 2008. That's like almost a million for all you math whizzes! Just because it wasn't a presidential election and Obama wasn't on the ballot, Michigan voters stayed home, did their hair, wrote their memoirs - whatever was more important that day than exercising their right to vote. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68769 Parting Glances Imagine! If You Can. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68767 About a dozen days ago tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow - at my age how can I be sure? - I was gifted with a pair of John Lennon type glasses. Gold rimmed. Sunset orange. Autumn tinted, to be sure. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68767 Creep of the Week: Steve King http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68764 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2244/S1O_Creep Steve_King_Official.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>I don't believe in God. But I have a good enough handle on his discography to know that "Heaven" is one of his greatest hits and that for his fans, Heaven is a B.F.D. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68764 'Motown The Musical' Comes To Motown The City http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68696 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2244/S2_CC1_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The gala opening night of "Motown the Musical" at the Fisher Theatre found Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and other luminaries watching themselves being portrayed onstage. Afterwards all three spoke to the audience, and Wonder even sang a bit of "I Wish." It was a thrill for first-nighters, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68696 'Crucible' Transcends Time In Intimate Production http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68697 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2244/S2_CCO1_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" has always been a thinker. Miller had things he wanted to say in the Tony Award-winning play. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68697 Puzzle Piece Provides Provocative Probe Of Prejudice http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68698 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2244/S2_CCO3_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>It can be an uncomfortable experience when a theater company holds a mirror before the face of society and reveals an unflattering image. When that company is intimately housed in The Abreact Performance Space, the revelation is literally "in your face." Thus, Puzzle Piece Theatre's "White People," a sobering meditation on fear and loathing of "Them," the "Others" and the "They're Not Like Us" gets very up close and personal. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68698 Haste Lays Waste In Fair Verona http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68699 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2244/S2_CCO4_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>William Shakespeare accomplished one of the most enduring romances, that of "Romeo and Juliet," in a scant handful of scenes. The two lovers hardly ever interact; the bulk of the play dwells not on the totality of their love, but rather on the mounting impossibility of it, and the desperate decisions that hasten the couple's tragic deaths. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68699 Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Ham http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68700 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2244/S2_CCO5_2244.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Take heart, would-be stars. If a kid with a ton of desire and a teaspoon of talent can make it, no matter how much his parents want him to go pharmacy school, maybe there's hope for us all. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68700 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 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 Republican State House Candidate Has History Of Scandal http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68675 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2243/S1M2_WebberStory.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Mike Webber, the Republican candidate for Michigan's 45th House District and current Rochester Hills vice president, left a history of scandal following his term as chair of Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU). Webber's leadership term from 1999-2000 was roiled with allegations he sexually harassed a female co-worker at the undergraduate student government, illegally refused to pay an employee for work she had done for the organization and that he used the ASMSU facilities and resources to launch an ill-fated bid as a write-in candidate for the East Lansing City Council. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68675 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 LGBT Mud 5k Brings In Over 650 Runners http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66976 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2228/S2_Mudrun_2229.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The sporting event featured obstacles such as the "Cherry Picker," "Is that Mud in Your Pants?" and "Hello Sailor." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66976 The OutField: Gay Games Come To Cleveland - And Akron Too http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67918 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S3_OF_2237.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Gay Games 9 took Cleveland by storm this month. Oh, and Akron too. Hold your snickers. Cleveland (and Akron) may not be San Francisco, Vancouver, New York, Amsterdam, Sydney, Chicago or Cologne - previous hosts of what would have been called the "Gay Olympics" had the Straight Olympics not gotten their panties in a bunch three decades ago. So "Gay Olympics" was out, even though the Straight Olympics folks had no problem with other Olympics names, like the Rat Olympics. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67918 The OutField: Gay Games 9 builds on the past http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65861 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2218/S3_OF_2218.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The past year marked a watershed for LGBT sports. Athletes at every level - professional, college, high school and amateur - at first ventured, then flooded out of the closet. Media attention no longer treats gay athletes as exotic creatures, all but unheard of in the real world; stories now focus on more nuanced aspects of their lives. Homophobes are increasingly marginalized, banished from the sidelines to the back row of the bleachers. In some ways (though we're still waiting for that first huge-name pro male team-sport athlete to come out), LGBT athletics has reached the point we've long waited for: normalcy. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65861 Friends & Field Goals http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65074 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2211/S2_HealthFlagFootball_2211.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>From the sidelines, the Michigan Panthers flag football players appear to be an identical group, indistinguishable in their fluorescent orange jerseys. But out on the turf, in the thick of game, the athletes are anchored to the sport by a shared competitive spirit and love for their teammates, as each of them, for varying reasons, call the league "home." For Otiz Porter, 37, a psychology professor at Wayne County Community College, it's also "being a part of something larger than yourself, where there are vast types of gay men represented. Gay, straight, transsexual - whatever box you like to put yourself in, it's represented (in the Metro Detroit Flag Football League). And you are considered an athlete." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65074 The OutField: The Ultimate Game http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64944 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2210/S2_OT_2210.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>So how gay is frisbee? Pretty gay. It's a sport - which is actually called "Ultimate" and played with a "disc," because "Frisbee" is a registered trademark - that has traditionally attracted "outsiders." Some are good athletes who have been turned off by the rigid rules and militaristic manner of mainstream sports. Others are people who always considered themselves non-athletes, but finally realized the joy that can be found running, throwing and catching. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64944 The OutField: Chris Kluwe Does Not Punt On Marriage Equality http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64373 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2205/S3_OT_2205.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>When Chris Kluwe began working for same-sex marriage in Minnesota - and then wrote a powerful letter in support of the same issue in Maryland - the reason was simple: It was the right thing to do. What made his voice particularly important is that he was a professional football player. And although not many athletes are outspoken on issues like LGBT rights, Kluwe found surprising support among his teammates. The stereotype of pro athletes as conservative, insensitive brutes unconcerned with social issues is wrong, the former Minnesota Viking kicker claims. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64373 Memoir Chronicles Gay Writer's Journey With Dog http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68119 Openly gay author Benoit Denizet-Lewis brings his observational writing to the world of pets with his recently published memoir, "Travels With Casey." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68119 Pick Up A Furry Friend This Weekend http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68118 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S2_PET_DetroitZoo_2238-3.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68118 Nearing Agricultural Nirvana With Dolly The Llama http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68067 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S2_PET_FarmAngie_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>CHELSEA - Following a path that has taken her from working in civil rights in the big metropolis of New York City to owning dozens of sheep, chickens, pigs and other rowdy farm animals, Angie Martell seeks a full life of balance and tranquility. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68067 Heroic Hound Sparks MHS Support At Mega March For Animals http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68120 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/S2_PET_MegaMarch_2238.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Michigan Humane Society is celebrating its Ninth Annual Mega March for Animals this fall, raising funds to support homeless animals like "Hunter the Hero." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68120 Fall Festivities For Furry Friends http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68121 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2238/PetCalendarBanner.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68121 Powerful Documentary Focuses On Animal Rights http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64866 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2209/S1M_PET_GHOST_2209.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"The Ghosts in Our Machine" is a powerful 2013 feature documentary about animal rights, made accessible through the photos and personal journey of well-known international photographer Jo-Anne McArthur and lesbian filmmaker Liz Marshall. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64866 Why We Should Care (More) About Animals http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64867 Someone should do a survey to actually see how many queer vegetarianvegan women are out there. I suspect a very large percentage. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64867 International Victories For Animals In 2013 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64868 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2209/S1M_ADI_2209.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64868 Foreign Exchange Students Seek LGBT Host Families In Michigan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67338 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2230/ie-USA.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>International Experience USA (iE-USA) is recruiting Michigan families to host foreign nationals, ages 14-18, during the 2014-2015 academic school year. In many cases, these students may find more acceptance and welcome in the United States than in their home countries. In May, BTL interviewed a gay exchange student from Italy staying in Lansing. That student, Federico, had said "As far as being gay, I've never had a single problem here. I do feel more accepted here in Michigan." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67338 Taqo The Town http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67443 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2232/taqo-1-rev6.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In the ever developing Downtown Detroit area, Taqo Detroit adds its name to the list of businesses helping to enrich the area. The cantina boasts a few things that immediately place it above the typical Mexican offering, including an extensive list of tequila. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67443