PrideSource - front http://www.pridesource.com Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 25 Jul 2016 20:25 EST 25 Jul 2016 20:25 EST webmaster@pridesource.com webmaster@pridesource.com pridesource.com http://www.pridesource.com/img/logo.gif http://pridesource.com Dem VEEP Candidate Tim Kaine Has Strong LGBT Record http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77380 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/S1_KainePick_Keen_2430WebStandard.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Many political observers have described U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine as a moderate, but his record on equal rights for LGBT citizens could hardly make that case.After signaling her intent through a Twitter post Friday night, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Saturday afternoon, formally announced Kaine as her vice presidential running mate. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77380 Transgender Activist to Speak at Democratic National Convention http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77381 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/1S1n_SarahMcBride_2430.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77381 Democratic Convention Preview http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77342 At the Democratic convention, which opens next Monday, the party will approve a platform that is, once again, deemed more LGBT friendly than the one previous. Its numerous speakers will include openly LGBT people and will commit the party to seeking equality and respect for LGBT citizens. And a large contingent of LGBT delegates will be visible on the convention floor. In fact, Earl Fowlkes Jr., chairman of the LGBT Caucus of the Democratic National Committee, predicts the Democratic convention in Philadelphia will be the "gayest ever." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77342 Day 4: Thiel Declares 'I Am Proud to be Gay' at GOP Convention http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77379 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/1S1_BladePeter_Thiel_9_(c)_Washington_Blade_by_Michael_Key.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77379 GOP Delegates Ratify Platform, Express Support for Anti-LGBT Language http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77274 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2428/1_WebBill_Schuette_(c)_Washington_Blade_by_Michael_Key.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Delegates at the Republican National Convention ratified Monday afternoon with little opposition a party platform considered to have the most anti-LGBT language in history. As Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), chair of the platform committee, presided over the convention, delegates approved the 66-page document by voice vote at 4:42 pm. The number of "ayes" among the 2,470 delegates seemed overwhelming compared to the barely audible "nays. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77274 Day 3: Pence Omits 'Religious Freedom' Law In Acceptance Speech http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77370 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/S1_PenceWashington_Blade_Michael_Key.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The third night of the Republican National Convention featured unprecedented LGBT inclusion from speakers on stage, but that embrace was undercut by omission of anti-LGBT histories and hints of support for anti-LGBT policy. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77370 Day 2: GOP Subtly Seeks LGBT Support Through Orlando, Gun Rights http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77369 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/S1_Chris_Christie_Washington_Blade_Michael_Key.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>} Amid attacks impugning Hillary Clinton's character and calls for her incarceration, Republicans on the second night of the GOP national convention subtly sought to obtain LGBT support to further their goals. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77369 Day 1: At GOP Convention, Speakers Undertake LGBT Attacks, Outreach http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77344 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/S1N_WashBlade_RNC_Trump_protest.JPG' style='width:250px'><br/>TJ Helmstetter, a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee, said "the GOP's extremism was on full display" regardless of remarks from Giuliani."Even the Log Cabin Republicans admit their party just adopted the most anti-LGBT platform in history," Helmstetter said. "Not enough fog machines in the world exist to hide the discrimination and divisiveness at the RNC this week." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77344 'Gays For Trump' Make Case For Anti-Islamic Policies http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77372 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/S1_Milo_YiannopoulosWashington_Blade_Michael_Key.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Rallying attendees before posters of scantily clad young men in "Make America Great Again" hats, speakers at a "Gays for Trump" party on Tuesday night urged LGBT people to look to defeating radical Islamic extremism as its next goal. The featured speaker at the event, which was called "Wake Up" and took place at Wolstein Center Ballroom at Cleveland State University, was Milo Yiannopoulos, a provocative gay conservative activist and journalist. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77372 Jenner Denounces Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills At 'Big Tent' Event http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77374 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/S1_BladeJenner_2430.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Transgender personality and Olympic decathlete Cailtyn Jenner denounced anti-trans state bathroom measures on Wednesday during an event seeking to promote a "big tent" within the GOP. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77374 Trump supporter: Armed Club-goer Could have Stopped Fla. Massacre http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77275 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2428/1_BLADEStandardCameron_Childres_(c)_Washington_Blade_by_Michael_Key.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>A prominent gun control opponent who supports Donald Trump said on Monday that fewer people would have been killed inside the Pulse nightclub if a club-goer had shot the gunman with their weapon. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77275 Rachel Hoff Won't 'Leave' GOP Over Anti-LGBT Platform http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77373 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/S1_Rachel_Hoff_Washington_Blade_Michael_Key(1).jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The first openly gay member of the Republican Party's platform committee on Tuesday said she does not "plan to leave" the GOP. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77373 Trump, Pence Don't Agree on Key Social, Economic Policies http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77343 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/S1N_TrumpPenseKeen_2429.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>WASHINGTON (AP) - When presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump was "pro-choice in every respect," Indiana Gov. Mike Pence compared abortion to the tragedy of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77343 In Tight Race, Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk Steps Away from GOP http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77352 CHICAGO (AP) - Sen. Mark Kirk made his second appearance in Chicago's gay Pride Parade this year. He broke ranks to support Democrat-backed gun control measures and called his party's presumptive presidential nominee "too bigoted and racist" for the job. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77352 Log Cabin Republican President Denounces Most Anti-LGBT GOP Platform In History http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77277 Log Cabin Republican President Denounces Most Anti-LGBT GOP Platform In History http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77277 Clyburn: Election 'most Consequential' Of Lifetime http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77346 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/1_SQN_BLADEBennie_Thompson_and_James_Clyburn_(c)_Washington_Blade_by_Michael_Key.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77346 Through the 'Looking' Glass of HBO's Groundbreaking Show: Is This Really Just the Beginning? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77378 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/LookingMAIN.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>It was goodbye for now as the cast and crew of HBO's modern-queer dramedy, "Looking," stood in the rising San Francisco sun tearfully hugging. Just like in the film's final scene, Daniel Franzese, who plays Eddie, reminisces, "we broke night." Of course they did. "Looking" was, after all, extraordinarily ordinary, a time-capsule of contemporary queerness revolves around a chummy, could-be-your-own friend group navigating love and life in the Mission-Castro district. That final diner scene wasn't just {ITAL our} last time with Patrick and Dom and Agustin, along with the others, like Eddie, who became part of our own lives during these last few years - for the actors, it was, provisionally, their last time too. "It was like the last two of weeks of high school, like the weekend after everyone graduates from college," Franzese muses. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77378 Forever Fabulous! 'Ab Fab' Stars Talk Gay Darlings, Drag Queens, Queer 'Crash Entrance' & 'Genderless' Characters http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77183 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2426/AbFab1_1.JPG' style='width:250px'><br/> How to be a free spirit, why a wallet, not a toaster, is better suited to carry cash, the power of a heavy pour - since 1992, fictional besties Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone, played by Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, respectively, have guided legions of outsiders into the light. (And not just after a late-night Stolichnaya vodka binge blackout.) As the "Absolutely Fabulous" duo cheerfully imbibe from London, it's a classic case of life imitating art - everyone wants to get these iconic ladies smashed as they "work" the promo for their long-awaited return to the screen with "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie." Oh yes, sweetie darlings, it's a real thing now. Thank god; thank vodka. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77183 Deep Inside Hollywood http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77284 The Trans List, Lean on Pete, Vita and Virginia http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77284 Common Language Bookstore Book Launch http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77192 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2428/S2_PearlStitch.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>ANN ARBOR - Petra Kuppers will be appearing at Common Language Bookstore for a book launch party on July 20 at 6 p.m. The aut BAR will provide wine, beverages and light hors d'ouevres. Kuppers will read from and discuss her new book of poems, "Pearl Stitch." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77192 Deep Inside Hollywood http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77193 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2428/S2_DH071116.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>New Tales of the City, Wanda Sykes, Jim Parsons and more http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77193 The Queering of Tegan and Sara: Duo Talks Rising Above the Underground, Defying Labels and Being Anti-Marriage http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77179 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2426/TSmain.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"The world has changed a lot," Tegan Quin says, knowingly speaking to the queer choir. And who can argue? In the last five years alone, the LGBT community has made considerable strides in being seen as equals. But the effect doesn't just mean more same-sex weddings and the prospect of mixed-gender bathrooms. The world changing means Tegan and Sara can change too. "We love the support of the queer community," says Sara, "but we also needed to set our heights to be included in other places too. We shouldn't just be the 'gay band' - that's not who we are." Tegan and Sara, then, let the sound of their collective youth - the flamboyancy of David Bowie, the heartfelt resonance of Annie Lennox - guide them beyond the indie-rock fringe they'd inhabited since they formed out of Calgary, their birthplace, in the mid-'90s. Because they could. Because why not? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77179 Q&A: Alexander Skarsgard on Gay Sex Scenes & How Playing Tarzan Was 'Nothing Compared to That Night in Drag' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77073 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2425/AlexanderMAIN.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Alexander Skarsgard sure knows how to offset the uproar over his missing loincloth in "The Legend of Tarzan." "I'm actually wearing it right now," teases Skarsgard, joking about the brouhaha regarding this Tarzan's more civilized article of clothing as he portrays the jungle warrior in Warner Bros.' new take on a classic tale. "I do all my phoners in a loincloth." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77073 Jeffrey Montgomery, LGBTQ Leader Dies at 63 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77368 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2428/1_S1M_STANDARDJM-1_FIP2005.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The man who took personal tragedy and turned it into a "brilliant" career fighting for the rights of the LGBT community has died. Jeffrey Montgomery, the founder of Triangle Foundation in Detroit, died Monday, July 18 at age 63. Montgomery's life journey took him from a comfortable childhood in Grosse Pointe, Michigan; to the national stage as a leading voice combating anti-LGBT violence across the U.S. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77368 Uniting Activism and Advocacy to Create Lasting Change in Transgender Rights http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77337 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/S1M_Transsecondtransactiviststory_AmyHunter-AP6.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77337 Trans Sisters of Color Project Hosts Memorial BBQ http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77383 The Trans Sistas of Color Project - Detroit will host its first annual "REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN ANGELS" BBQ at Palmer Park at the Blue Spruce Tree near the Fountain. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77383 Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Out And Equal Host Midwest Series Panel http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77382 The Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Out & Equal, a national LGBT advocacy group, have joined together to present the first installment of the Midwest Learning Series "Beyond Policies and Benefits: Creating an LGBT Inclusive Workspace." The free event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on July 27 at the GM Learning Center located on Level 2 in the Renaissance Center. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77382 Annual Detroit Black Gay Pride Celebration to Take Place Next Week http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77338 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/S1M_HTJ_A_2429.JPG' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - It's that time of year again. Hotter Than July, aka Detroit Black Gay Pride, is scheduled for next week. Events run Tuesday, July 26 - Sunday, July 31. The week kicks off with the annual candlelight vigilopening ceremony Tuesday. The vigil will take place at Palmer Park near the blue spruce memorial tree (pond area). Longtime community activist Ron Doe will be speaking. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77338 Great Lakes Bay Region Celebrates 6th Pride Festival http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77339 MIDLAND - June is over but LGBT Michigan is not done celebrating pride. Perceptions, the community center for the Great Lakes Bay region will present its 6th annual Pride festival July 23 in the Veteran's Memorial Park in Bay City. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77339 Fair Michigan Launches Justice Project http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77340 DETROIT - A new project has started in southeast Michigan working directly with city officials to investigate hate crimes against the LGBT community. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77340 BREAKING: Jeffrey Montgomery, Triangle Foundation Founder, Has Died http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77276 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2428/JeffMontgomeryPride2016.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Jeffrey Montgomery, founder of the Triangle Foundation - the predecessor organization to Equality Michigan - has died. This is a breaking news story. Watch for updates. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77276 State Sen. Rick Jones Breaks with Caucus, Co-Sponsors Hate Crimes Amendment http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77185 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2426/1S1M_jones at Orlando event.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>State Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) has become the lead co-sponsor -- along with Warren Democrat Steve Bieda -- to amend the 1988 Ethnic Intimidation Act law to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Jones has been in the legislature since 2004, and has previously voted &quot;pass&quot; on hate crimes legislation -- essentially an abstention. But on June 12, the former Eaton County Sheriff had to face up to reality: members of the LGBT community are the targets of hate violence. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77185 Schuette Joins Coalition Challenging Federal LGBT Youth Guidance In Schools http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77249 LANSING - Attorney General Bill Schuette, long believed to be a Republican candidate for governor in 2018, joined a coalition of 10 states July 8 fighting the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice's recent federal directive extending protections to LGBT youth in schools. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77249 Kickstarter Campaign Raises Over $11K to Renovate New LGBT Detroit Building http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77251 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2428/S1M2_LGBTDetroitBuilding.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - It's a milestone for Detroit's black LGBT community. LGBT Detroit recently purchased a building of its own on Greenfield Road on the city's west side. The 3,100 square foot building is nearly three times the size of the space the agency currently rents on Burroughs Street in midtown. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77251 Equitable Parenthood Still Penalizing LGBT Parents http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77252 DETROIT - A unanimous vote July 5 by the Michigan Court of Appeals found that a lesbian co-parent lacked standing to seek parenting time or custody rights over the biological child of her ex-girlfriend who she helped raise. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77252 To Transgender Movement Leaders, Activism Is an Antidote to Violence http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77143 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2426/S1M_TransSeriesActivists_1_2426JSayMaddock3.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77143 Poor Man's Art Collective Gives Emerging Artists a Chance to Shine http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77180 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2426/S1M6_PoorMan_2328.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - It's not easy for an emerging artist to get their work seen. But the Poor Man's Art Collective endeavors to make that goal a little more accessible. "We created the Poor Man's Art Collective in 2003 as a response to a lot of artists that I had come across who were having difficulties showing their work in galleries, contests and exhibitions," said Geno Harris, the Collective's co-founder. "It's because they were emerging and or they did not have the experience or an art degree. So they felt a bit disenfranchised. And it was my experience as well with trying to shop my art around and trying to get some kind of direction or guidance." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77180 Two Michigan Cities Pass Nondiscrimination Ordinances http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77177 In the last week two cities in the state have added LGBT protections to their nondiscrimination ordinances. Howell and Portage become the 39th and 40th city to step up and protect their LGBT residents and visitors by adding full protections for LGBT individuals. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77177 Analysis: Election 2016 Could Deliver 5 Openly Gay State Reps to Lansing http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77144 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77144 HOPE Fund Awards $60k to Three Orgs Working to Improve LGBT Lives http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77145 DETROIT - The HOPE Fund, housed at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM), recently approved $60,000 to be divided into three grants supporting programs that help LGBT individuals. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77145 Job Training For Older LGBTs Coming Up http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77146 DETROIT - SAGE Metro Detroit will host its first job training program, SAGEWorks Employment Boot Camp, to help 10 LGBT older adults obtain the skills needed for today's workplace. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77146 Large Gathering at Affirmations Honors Lives Lost in Orlando http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77047 FERNDALE - On June 12 the LGBT community experienced what President Obama has called an "act of hate" and what many are calling a direct attack on the LGBT community. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77047 Pugh Extradited, Headed Home to Detroit to Face Molestation Charges http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77253 NEW YORK - Former Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh appeared in court last Thursday and, waiving extradition, was ordered back to Detroit to face criminal sexual conduct charges. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77253 Transgender Activist to Speak at Democratic National Convention http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77381 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/1S1n_SarahMcBride_2430.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77381 Democratic Convention Preview http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77342 At the Democratic convention, which opens next Monday, the party will approve a platform that is, once again, deemed more LGBT friendly than the one previous. Its numerous speakers will include openly LGBT people and will commit the party to seeking equality and respect for LGBT citizens. And a large contingent of LGBT delegates will be visible on the convention floor. In fact, Earl Fowlkes Jr., chairman of the LGBT Caucus of the Democratic National Committee, predicts the Democratic convention in Philadelphia will be the "gayest ever." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77342 Day 3: Pence Omits 'Religious Freedom' Law In Acceptance Speech http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77370 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/S1_PenceWashington_Blade_Michael_Key.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The third night of the Republican National Convention featured unprecedented LGBT inclusion from speakers on stage, but that embrace was undercut by omission of anti-LGBT histories and hints of support for anti-LGBT policy. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77370 LGBT History Lessons Heading for California Classrooms http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77350 In second grade, California students will learn about families with two moms or two dads. Two years later, while studying how immigrants have shaped the Golden State, they will hear how New York native Harvey Milk became a pioneering gay politician in San Francisco. The State Board of Education unanimously approved those changes in classroom instruction July 14 to comply with the nation's first law requiring public schools to include prominent gay Americans and LGBT rights milestones in history classes. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77350 Ethics Panel Wants Alabama Chief Justice Removed from Office http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77347 MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore should be swiftly removed from office for a second time because he urged the state's probate judges to defy federal courts on gay marriage, a state ethics commission argued Friday. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77347 Jenner Denounces Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills At 'Big Tent' Event http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77374 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/S1_BladeJenner_2430.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Transgender personality and Olympic decathlete Cailtyn Jenner denounced anti-trans state bathroom measures on Wednesday during an event seeking to promote a "big tent" within the GOP. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77374 'Gays For Trump' Make Case For Anti-Islamic Policies http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77372 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/S1_Milo_YiannopoulosWashington_Blade_Michael_Key.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Rallying attendees before posters of scantily clad young men in "Make America Great Again" hats, speakers at a "Gays for Trump" party on Tuesday night urged LGBT people to look to defeating radical Islamic extremism as its next goal. The featured speaker at the event, which was called "Wake Up" and took place at Wolstein Center Ballroom at Cleveland State University, was Milo Yiannopoulos, a provocative gay conservative activist and journalist. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77372 Republican lawmakers attend Family Research Council luncheon http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77371 The co-chair of the Republican Party's platform committee was among those who spoke at a Family Research Council luncheon that took place in Cleveland on Wednesday. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77371 Day 2: GOP Subtly Seeks LGBT Support Through Orlando, Gun Rights http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77369 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/S1_Chris_Christie_Washington_Blade_Michael_Key.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>} Amid attacks impugning Hillary Clinton's character and calls for her incarceration, Republicans on the second night of the GOP national convention subtly sought to obtain LGBT support to further their goals. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77369 Rachel Hoff Won't 'Leave' GOP Over Anti-LGBT Platform http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77373 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/S1_Rachel_Hoff_Washington_Blade_Michael_Key(1).jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The first openly gay member of the Republican Party's platform committee on Tuesday said she does not "plan to leave" the GOP. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77373 Trump, Pence Don't Agree on Key Social, Economic Policies http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77343 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/S1N_TrumpPenseKeen_2429.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>WASHINGTON (AP) - When presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump was "pro-choice in every respect," Indiana Gov. Mike Pence compared abortion to the tragedy of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77343 Day 1: At GOP Convention, Speakers Undertake LGBT Attacks, Outreach http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77344 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/S1N_WashBlade_RNC_Trump_protest.JPG' style='width:250px'><br/>TJ Helmstetter, a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee, said "the GOP's extremism was on full display" regardless of remarks from Giuliani."Even the Log Cabin Republicans admit their party just adopted the most anti-LGBT platform in history," Helmstetter said. "Not enough fog machines in the world exist to hide the discrimination and divisiveness at the RNC this week." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77344 AIDS Healthcare Foundation Holds Pre-RNC Concert http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77345 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77345 Clyburn: Election 'most Consequential' Of Lifetime http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77346 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/1_SQN_BLADEBennie_Thompson_and_James_Clyburn_(c)_Washington_Blade_by_Michael_Key.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77346 Mike Pence's Unflappability Could Help Trump Stay Cool http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77348 Pence describes himself as "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order." In 2015 he provoked a national backlash after signing a law that critics said would have allowed businesses to deny service to gay people for religious reasons. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77348 Small-town Pride: LGBT Stigma Fades as Civil Rights are Won http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77349 HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Ron Beachley remembers slipping through the side door of a downtown Hagerstown hotel into the Bull Ring, a gay nightclub, in the early 1980s. "You didn't want anybody to see you," he said, "because sometimes at closing, people would get beat up in the street." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77349 Analysis: Rule Shows Religious Objections Debate Not Over http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77351 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - For critics of Arkansas' religious objections law, a new rule allowing counselors to refer clients elsewhere if they have a religious or moral objection to treating them shows the Pandora's box the majority-Republican Legislature opened last year. It also is a sign that the debate over the law that was upended in the final days of last year's legislative session is far from over. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77351 In Tight Race, Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk Steps Away from GOP http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77352 CHICAGO (AP) - Sen. Mark Kirk made his second appearance in Chicago's gay Pride Parade this year. He broke ranks to support Democrat-backed gun control measures and called his party's presumptive presidential nominee "too bigoted and racist" for the job. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77352 Families of Deceased Pulse Patrons to Get Highest Payments http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77353 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The families of the victims slain at the Pulse nightclub June 12 will get the most money from a fund established to help the victims' families and survivors of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77353 Justice Dept. Reviewing Police Response to Nightclub Rampage http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77354 WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department said Friday that it will review the Orlando Police Department's response to the attack last month at a gay nightclub. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77354 Day One: At GOP Convention, Speakers Undertake LGBT Attacks, Outreach http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77278 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2428/1_Night1RNCRudolph_Giuliani_2_(c)_Washington_Blade_by_Michael_Key.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>TJ Helmstetter, a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee, said "the GOP's extremism was on full display" regardless of remarks from Giuliani."Even the Log Cabin Republicans admit their party just adopted the most anti-LGBT platform in history," Helmstetter said. "Not enough fog machines in the world exist to hide the discrimination and divisiveness at the RNC this week." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77278 GOP Delegates Ratify Platform, Express Support for Anti-LGBT Language http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77274 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2428/1_WebBill_Schuette_(c)_Washington_Blade_by_Michael_Key.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Delegates at the Republican National Convention ratified Monday afternoon with little opposition a party platform considered to have the most anti-LGBT language in history. As Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), chair of the platform committee, presided over the convention, delegates approved the 66-page document by voice vote at 4:42 pm. The number of "ayes" among the 2,470 delegates seemed overwhelming compared to the barely audible "nays. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77274 Trump supporter: Armed Club-goer Could have Stopped Fla. Massacre http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77275 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2428/1_BLADEStandardCameron_Childres_(c)_Washington_Blade_by_Michael_Key.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>A prominent gun control opponent who supports Donald Trump said on Monday that fewer people would have been killed inside the Pulse nightclub if a club-goer had shot the gunman with their weapon. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77275 Log Cabin Republican President Denounces Most Anti-LGBT GOP Platform In History http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77277 Log Cabin Republican President Denounces Most Anti-LGBT GOP Platform In History http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77277 Trump Names Pence As Running Mate http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77273 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2428/S1N_TrumpPenseKeen_2429.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>If Indiana Governor Mike Pence has one weakness in the eyes of the conservative Republican Party base, it's that he's too soft on LGBT people. That seemed to be the general assessment of various commentators this week as they imagined and then learned through a Twitter post Friday morning that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has named Pence as his vice presidential running mate. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77273 GOP Convention Preview: What LGBT Viewers Can Watch For http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77255 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2428/GOPPM.png' style='width:250px'><br/>Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is an unattractive political choice for many voters because of his unabashed hostility toward Muslims, Mexicans, and media scrutiny. But, oddly enough, he is still the most LGBT friendly Republican presidential candidate in history. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77255 GOP Platform Fight over LGBT Issues Fails http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77256 There were two dramatic players in the Republican Party's platform committee meeting Monday, July 11: Anne Dickerson and Rachel Hoff.Dickerson repeatedly chided the committee for taking hostile swipes at the LGBT community through the party platform. Hoff implored the committee to simply acknowledge that there is a difference of opinion among Republicans on marriage for same-sex couples.Both were soundly rebuffed. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77256 Courts Decision Harms Kids of LGBT Parents http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77364 Last week's decision in the ACLU's equitable parent case, Lake v Putnam, was definitely a step backward for LGBT rights in Michigan. A panel of three Michigan Court of Appeal judges issued an opinion denying legal standing to our plaintiff, Michelle Lake, to see her son, whom she had co-parented since birth with former partner Kerri Putnam. Putnam, the biological mother and the only legal parent recognized by Michigan, denied Michelle all contact with their son after their relationship ended. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77364 Atty Gen. Bill Schuette's Lawsuit Ignores the Facts: Transgender Students Thrive in Safe, Affirming Schools http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77365 At some point during the typical school day, virtually every teacher is going to give at least one student a pass to use the bathroom. When students visit the bathroom they want privacy, safety and respect. It's what every student deserves and what parents trust their schools will provide for their children. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77365 Creep Of The Week: Mike Pence http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77359 Was anyone really surprised that Donald Trump picked Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his co-captain for the most terrifying boat ride since the Titanic? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77359 Getting Hitched In The Hall of Justice http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77139 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2426/S1M_Cover2426_DerekCookson.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>LANSING - Just before 11 a.m. on June 26, 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision on Obergefell v. Hodges and extended marriage equality to the entire country. Since that moment thousands of LGBT couples across the country have upgraded their domestic partnership and or commitment ceremony plans to wedding cakes and marriage licenses. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77139 A Year After Marriage Equality, LGBT Community Poised For More Activism http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77137 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2426/S1M_BraunCourtOneYearAnniversary_2426_1MainPhoto_JayneAprilMandi.JPG' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77137 Obergefell: Marriage Ruling Plaintiff from Ohio Dedicated to Activism http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77138 CINCINNATI (AP) - Three years ago Sunday, Jim Obergefell asked his longtime partner to marry him, beginning a whirlwind of events that led to his name being at the top of the U.S. Supreme Court case that resulted exactly two years later in legalization of same-sex marriage across America. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77138 LGBT Couples' Wedding Spending Soars http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77140 Over the past year since marriage equality became the law of the land, LGBT couples are spending a lot more on weddings, and family acceptance of same-sex marriages is up dramatically, according to a recent study. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77140 Local Company Helps Preserve Wedding For Eternity http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77141 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2426/S1M_Wedit_2426.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>FARMINGTON HILLS - A local company near Detroit is helping couples make their wedding day a little more Do-It-Yourself while also adding in a professional feel with the help of top grade HD cameras. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77141 Gay Anthems http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77289 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/S2PZ_Puzzle_2429.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77289 If Looks Could Kill http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77282 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/S2CA_ACoupleOfGuys_2429.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77282 Veep Stakes http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77356 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2429/S1OCA_EditorialCartoon_2429.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77356 Parting Glances: My Nearly Forgotten Gay Twenties http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77362 I went to my first gay bar, the Silver Slipper, a dyke bar on Grand River, near downtown Detroit. Just 19, I used borrowed ID, escorted authoritatively by two 'stone butches': Speedy and Draino. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77362 Parting Glances: A Parade to Affirm 49 Times http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77266 CHICAGO: This is my tenth trip to the Windy City to take part in its Annual Pride Parade gathering. Since I first started to visit the city in 1959, I've seen its LGBT rainbow community change, gradually move north, and struggle for full human rights recognition. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77266 Parting Glances: How's Your Left Behind For Jesus? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77167 WACCOFF, TX. Source: Lone Star Police Gazette Badge Polisher. Headline: Under Cover Cops Make Sunday Surprise Restroom Arrests! Mark your activist desk calendar. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77167 Parting Glances: A Glimpse of Shocking http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77060 The vice officer who entrapped me when I was 23 was attractive. He said he had seen me around. He offered me a lift home. (There was no mention of sex.) When I went to his blue Ford Thunderbird, it was locked. His partner ran on the scene, called me a fag, yelled dramatically, "You're under arrest!" http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=77060 Parting Glances: Let God's Trumpet Sound! http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=76964 If little else, Donald J. Trump - who just celebrated his 70th birthday on June 14th - making him fully eligible, and then some, for S.S. benefits - has by inconclusive rhetoric, non-objective facial http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=76964 Parting Glances: Time Marches On. Annoyingly... http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=76868 An annoying and curious thing happened during the course of my day's remainder. Until finally, embarrassed by my automatic behavior, I took my watch off. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=76868 LGBT-Friendly Businesses Anticipate Wedding Expo http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75421 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2408/S2_WeddingExpoShow-AP28.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Michigan Businesses Are Excited to Celebrate with the LGBT Community at the Ultimate LGBT Wedding Anniversary Expo on March 20 in Detroit.With every vendor space filled one month in advance, the event will feature over 100 vendors who look forward to helping couples and families plan their life celebrations. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75421 The 2016 Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo Celebrates Progress And Looks To The Future Of Equality http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75657 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2410/WeddingExpoCalendar.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75657 2016 Michigan's Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo Celebrates Marriage Equality http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75257 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2406/1_WeddingExpoShow-AP 28.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75257 Scott Shuptrine Interiors Expands Again With New Furniture Gallery http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75008 Fine furniture and design will soon be more convenient to discriminating homeowners in Macomb County. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75008 Redefining Home: The Fur Baby Boom http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72188 A year before I was born in 1955, a television classic debuted. Lassie, a rough coat Collie, was a rural superhero. "Lassie," the television program, is pragmatically summed up by June Lockhart, who played Ruth Martin (1959-64), mother of young son Timmy and their family dog Lassie, as "...a fairy tale about people on a farm in which the dog solves all the problems in 22 minutes, in time for the last commercial." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72188 Recruiters Pursuing Diversity http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70567 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2311/S1M1_InsideCareerFairIMG_4432.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Thirty-five corporate leaders of Michigan's top businesses, including the State Department, came together in the first LGBT Career Fair hosted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Hundreds of job seekers attended the LGBT Career Fair held March 5. Many of them were seeking accepting and progressive attitudes in future employers in a state known for its anti-LGBT measures. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70567 Marriott Earns Perfect Ranking On Corporate Equality Index http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69095 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2247/S1N_MarriotHRC.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Marriott International, Inc. was recently named among America's top corporations for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, by earning a perfect 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69095 LGBT Inclusive Bed And Breakfast Receives Award http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68884 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2245/unnamed(1).jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>LGBT-supportive vacation spot, the Wickwood Inn, was recently named one of Food & Wine Magazine's 25 Best American bed and breakfasts. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68884 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 Yoga Studio Serves as LGBTQ Safe Space in Lansing http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=76164 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2416/S3_LansingYoga_2416justb_12.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Tucked in the shadow of Lansing's coal fired power plant, and across the street from that plant's replacement natural gas electricity generation station, is a small yoga studio. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=76164 Michigan LGBTQA Career Fair Coming March 5 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70190 DEARBORN - Corporate leaders increasingly recognize that a diverse workforce provides them with a competitive edge. These leaders and their corporate recruiters want LGBT people to join their talent pool. Connecting corporate recruiters with Michigan's LGBT and ally job seekers is the primary goal of the LGBTQ Career Fair March 5 at the University of Michigan - Dearborn. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70190 From US to Canada, Western Michigan Couple Celebrates Their Love http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75263 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2406/S1M_Marriage_Amy_Couple_SCP.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>It was love at first sight for Max Brown and Doug Sipsma. They met in 1999 when they were both visiting Chicago. They struck up a conversation in a store, exchanged phone numbers and a couple of weeks later they had their first date. They've been together ever since. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75263 2016 Michigan's Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo Celebrates Marriage Equality http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75257 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2406/1_WeddingExpoShow-AP 28.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75257 Conversation Sparked Couple's Relationship, Communication Keeps It Strong http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75769 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2411/1_S1M_WeddingAntonia & Jeffrey 3.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Antonio Johnson-Seals used to say he never wanted to get married. In fact, even though he had to pursue his now-husband, Rev. Jeffrey Seals, before he would agree to go out with him, he still told him he wasn't interested in getting married.But once the couple fell in love, all that changed. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75769 Host with the Most to Emcee 2016 LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75731 If you're going to put on a really big show, you want an emcee who can pull it all together with style. See: Jason Bowen. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75731 You're Cordially Invited! http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70639 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2312/S2W4_WeddingGuest_2312.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Mazel tov! Two kindred gays have decided to make it official and get married (as married as they can get in the state of Michigan), and you've been invited to see their love's freak flag fly. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70639 Prizes at the 2016 Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75722 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2411/DetroitPrincessRiverboat.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Dozens of gift certificates, prizes, travel packages, beauty items and vacations will be awarded to attendees at the Ultimate LGBT Wedding Anniversary Expo March 20 at MotorCity Casino Hotel. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75722 'Gay Wedding Cakes': More Than Just a Dessert http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75730 The "gay wedding cake" has practically become a symbol in the climb to same-sex marriage. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75730 Same-sex Wedding Expo Partners With Inclusive Vendors http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75729 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2411/1_VendorsWeddingExpo2015-AP 2 copy.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage in June 2015, some of the world's most valuable brands and businesses took over social media with marriage equality posts. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75729 Planning, Catering And More: Inclusive Vendor Jeff Zak http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70638 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2312/S2W2_JeffZakFeature_2312.JPG' style='width:250px'><br/>PLYMOUTH - Jeff Zak has been in the food industry his whole life and spent many years working up the "food chain" before opening up his very own catering business called Jeff Zak Catering 16 years ago. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70638 Couples Celebrate Love And Acceptance at LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65697 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S1M3_CoupleExpoAJStory_2216_JamiilRobert.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Southfield got glammed up and fancy this past Saturday, celebrating an LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo held at the Southfield Civic Pavilion. There was a big turnout ranging from newly married couples, long standing couples, to partners browsing the booths together getting ideas for how they want their celebration to look. The center was filled with balloons and smiling faces. Cake samples and copious amounts of coupons for local businesses, all there to show support for the LGBT community, were handed out to desiring attendees. The joy and celebration of romance was truly in the air Saturday as couples, holding hands, came together with the Metro Detroit community to showcase love in all its forms. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65697 The Fairy Godmother Of Weddings http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70637 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2312/S2W2_BEllaBridal_2312.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>PLYMOUTH - Fifteen models will walk down the Ultimate LGBT Wedding Anniversary Expo runway March 21 donning elegant dresses paired with creative hair and make up, all thanks to longtime vendor B. Ella Bridal. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70637 The 2016 Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo Celebrates Progress And Looks To The Future Of Equality http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75657 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2410/WeddingExpoCalendar.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=75657 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 Here Come The Books http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70640 In the not-too-distant past, all that spring weddings signified for the LGBT community were jobs: musicians, florists, bakers, caterers. But now, in 37 states, we're finally getting married. To plan for the occassion, or just to learn more about how we got this far, here are a few reads worth checking out. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70640