PrideSource - front Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 28 Aug 2016 12:28 EST 28 Aug 2016 12:28 EST SAGE Metro Detroit Requests Affirming Service Providers for Rainbow Resource Guide <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>How many times have we heard the story about the older lesbian who felt uncomfortable when the furnace repairman came to her house and asked her where her husband is? She is someone's mother, grandmother, or friend, but in this case she is also someone who is still grieving the recent loss of her partner. Michigan Pride Off to Late Start, Relocates Amid Tension <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Officials with Michigan Pride admit this year's Lansing pride events got off to a late start, but are hopeful that a new set of sponsors combined with a new location will lead to a renewal of the event. LGBT Community Center in the Works for Traverse City <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Five LGBT individuals in Traverse City have developed an exploratory committee named Polestar to research the interest and sustainability of an LGBT community center in the five-country area. Ruth Ellis Health and Wellness Center Announces Partnership with Henry Ford Health System <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Federal Judge Dismissed ACLU's Challenge to SOS Driver's License Policy Court Ruling in Transgender Discrimination Case Sets Dangerous Precedent U.S. District Judge Sean Cox ruled on Aug. 18 that R.G. G.R. Harris Funeral Home's Owner Thomas Rost did not discriminate against Aimee Stephens, formerly Anthony Stephens, when he fired her..."The implications of allowing this broad RFRA exemption in this case are staggering. People do hold sincerely held religious beliefs about many things and those beliefs are protected by the constitution," he said. "However, if religious motivation exempts businesses from anti-discrimination laws, our government would be powerless to enforce laws to protect all Americans against the harms of discrimination." Village of Lake Orion Moves Forward with Human Rights Ordinance <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>&quot;It&#39;s really time for the village to make another kind of decision - that discrimination is not okay and diversity is welcome in our community.&quot; Attorney Ken Mogill&#39;s words summed up the discussion that preceded a vote by the Lake Orion Village Council to accept the first reading of an inclusive human rights ordinance. The ordinance, if adopted, would make it a misdemeanor to discriminate on the basis of religion, race, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation and gender identity. It would apply to employment, housing, education, and access to public accommodations. &quot;This ordinance is an opportunity to make the kind of statement that needs to be made,&quot; Mogill said. Disappointing Ruling Allows Discrimination Against Transgender People <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>This case is one of the first of the EEOCs attempts to hold companies liable for bias against transgender employees. Cox's questions for EEOC attorneys in court centered on whether transgender people are a protected class under Title VII and if Stephens was considered a public face of the funeral home. In response to what, if any, statutory or case authority there is to back up the EEOC's position, Price drew Cox's attention to a number of federal cases which have upheld transgender rights under Title VII. Pioneering Ruth Ellis Center Takes Visionary Next Steps <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>LGBTQ youth and young adults living in one of the most medically-underserved cities in the state of Michigan will now have access to mental health, substance use disorder treatment and prevention, and primary healthcare. The Ruth Ellis Center, which incorporated as a youth social services agency seventeen years ago, will open the Ruth Ellis Health and Wellness Center to expand their services this year. REC will continue to provide short- and long-term residential safe space and support services for runaway, homeless, and at-risk LGBTQ youth in Highland Park and Detroit. By adding integrated behavioral and primary healthcare services, REC will take a critical step forward to meet the ever-changing needs of the young people they serve. Pugh and the P Word DETROIT - While preparing to go to trial in 2015 in the civil case that ultimately ended with Pugh being ordered to pay his accuser, Khody Sanford, $250,000, Pugh's then council, Marc Deldon, won a pretrial motion that the word "pedophile" be banned from the court room. But during his preliminary hearing before Judge Deborah Langston from the 36th District Court the word was very much front and center. LGBT Detroit, EMU Equality Research Center Continue Partnership Detroit-The LGBT Detroit Leadership Academy announced their continued partnership with Eastern Michigan University's Equality Research Center. The Fall 2016 academy class is now open for enrollment and will be assisted by the center with curriculum development to empower students in effective movement and community building. Kym Worthy's Career of Public Service to Be Honored DETROIT - Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy will be honored on Nov. 16 during the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation's 12th annual Archer Award event. The Dennis W. Archer Award is presented annually to an attorney or jurist who has followed an exemplary career of public service, according to Archer Award Co-Chair Kathleen Lang of Dickinson Wright. U.S. Attorney General Launches Justice Forum Series with First Stop in Detroit <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The "frayed trust" between law enforcement and the community is getting the attention it demands from the nation's leaders. This includes U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch who attributes this disconnect, in part, to "recent tragedies over the last several weeks that struck a chord with so many people." OUTfest Honors And Remembers Pulse Nightclub Victims In Orlando <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Detroit Police Department Holds LGBT Community Chat <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - Metro Detroit community members and the Detroit Police Department met Aug. 3 in Palmer Park for the 2nd Annual LGBT Community Chat "Breaking Down Barriers," facilitated by DPD LGBT Liaison Dani Woods. How Hot is It? Detroit Black Gay Pride Struggles in its Third Decade <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In its heyday, Hotter Than July - Detroit Black Gay Pride - offered a jam packed week full of action and events. There were parades and marches, poetry nights, authors' events, women's events, a jazz bash and more parties than you could count. Today, the staples of the week - the candlelight vigil, conference and the picnic in Palmer Park - are still intact. But attendance is down and HTJ, one of the oldest black gay prides in the country, appears to have lost some of its prestige. Pugh Update: Case Moves Forward Following Preliminary Hearing; Defense Request to Lower Bail Granted DETROIT - Judge Deborah Langston from the 36th District Court had some harsh words to say about former Detroit City Council President and Fox 2 news anchor Charles Pugh at his preliminary hearing last Thursday. Five Michiganders among Most Amazing HIV Positive People of 2016 Five Michiganders are among HIV Plus Magazine's "Most Amazing People Living with HIV in 2016." Among the honorees are Brian KillsCrow of the Grand Rapids area, Patricia Clark of the Kalamazoo area, Bre' Ann Campbell and Ari Hampton of the Detroit area and Todd Heywood of the Lansing area. LGBT Detroit Receives Donation to Benefit LGBT Latinos/as <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The only LGBT organization in Michigan for and by Latinosas disbanded in 2013. But former members of the Detroit Latinz group have agreed to distribute their residual funds to LGBT Detroit. Evan Rachel Wood Talks Orlando Tragedy, Co-Star Ellen Page & Bisexual Label <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Openly bisexual actress Evan Rachel Wood is fired up lately about the Orlando massacre, misconceptions about bisexuality, and her role in the post-apocalyptic indie, "Into The Forest." 4 Scientific Reasons You Should Laugh More in Bed Q&A: Hugh Grant Talks Gender-Bending Youth, Why Monogamy Doesn't Work & His Hope for a Gay Leading Man <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>For more than 20 years as a leading man, rom-com vet Hugh Grant has been the object of many actresses' (and, yes, even some actors') affection. But get this: He's also been an actress himself. As a kid, the actor's feminine features earned him numerous lady roles during plays he and his classmates performed at London's all-male Wetherby School. "This was a necessity," he says of his gender-bending days. "It was dictated that some of us had to become little actresses and, yes, I was particularly moving as Brigitta von Trapp, one of the von Trapp daughters, in "The Sound of Music."" Revolutionary Change for Therapist Joe Kort Therapist, coach and author Joe Kort, Ph.D., LMSW, helped many individuals cope and manage issues relating to sex addiction for over 20 years -- and now no longer believes in sex addiction. Deep Inside Hollywood EXCLUSIVE: A Candid Meryl Streep Opens Up About Being 'In Love' with Gay People & Her Iconic LGBT Roles <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Meryl Streep is laughing her signature laugh. You know it: Sometimes light and airy, sometimes a surge of boisterous euphoria that carries well into the next question - but always unmistakably Meryl. Lesbian Sues Catholic School Over Firing HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - A woman is suing a Roman Catholic school in New Jersey, alleging the school violated the state's discrimination law when she was fired because she's married to a woman. NBA Chooses New Orleans for 2017 All-Star Game NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans after taking the midseason event out of North Carolina because of a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. 5 Managers Fired Amid Union Organizing at Baltimore Clinic BALTIMORE (AP) - When Bryanna Jenkins found out that her health care provider of five years had been fired she was shocked, and above all, scared. Groups Press Walgreens on Religious Restrictions in Clinics CHICAGO (AP) - Four groups led by the American Civil Liberties Union are asking Walgreens for reassurance that its partnership with a Catholic health care system to run in-store clinics in the St. Louis area won't limit women's access to birth control. Gay Rights Setback Seen in Illinois Supreme Court Ruling CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois Supreme Court ruling is a step backward for same-sex couples and will harm all unmarried domestic partners who might want a court to decide a property dispute after a break-up, according to gay rights advocates. Wyoming Supreme Court Hear Arguments on Same-sex Marriage CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Supreme Court must decide whether to remove from office a Pinedale judge who says her religious beliefs would prevent her from presiding over same-sex marriages. Trump Reveals Few Details on "Extreme Vetting" of Immigrants YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Donald Trump is calling for "extreme" vetting of immigrants seeking admission to the United States, but he's offering few specifics about how that might work, how long it might last or how taxpayers would foot the bill. Dies Next Week, Killed by an Unhappy Subject NEW YORK (AP) -, the brash New York website that broke new ground with its gossipy, no-holds-barred coverage of media, culture and politics, is shutting down after 14 years, brought low by an unhappy, but deep-pocketed, subject. Gay South Carolina Police Chief Makes Historic Sheriff's Run LATTA, S.C. (AP) - A small town police chief in staunchly conservative South Carolina is trying to make history by becoming the first female sheriff in the state. And the first openly gay one, too. ACLU settles lawsuit over 'Some People Are Gay' T-shirt NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has settled a federal lawsuit sparked by a student's T-shirt in support of gay rights. Lawsuit nixed against Kentucky clerk who fought gay marriage FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Pope Outlines Vision for Promoting Life, Family Issues VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis on Wednesday outlined his vision for how the Vatican will promote family and life issues, naming an American moderate to head the new Vatican office for families and laity and directing related institutes to give merciful care to spiritually wounded Catholics. Complaints but No Fines Under Seattle's Gender Restroom Law SEATTLE (AP) - The city of Seattle has received over 70 reports of businesses not complying with its new all-gender restroom ordinance since officials began enforcing it in March. Attorney: Texas Prisoner Approved to Start Hormone Therapy FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The attorney for a Texas inmate says the federal prison system has approved her client's request to begin hormone therapy to transition into becoming a man. Former LDS Church Lobbyist Joins Board Of LGBT Mormon Group SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A former lobbyist for the Mormon church has joined the board of a support group for LGBT Mormons. Federal Judge Grants Injunction Temporarily Blocking Obama Administration Guidelines In a move that could put increased attention on the U.S. Supreme Court, a federal judge Sunday issued a temporary order blocking the Obama administration from taking any action against states that refuse to comply with its guidelines concerning treatment of transgender students in federally funded schools. The August 21 order, from Judge Reed O'Connor (an appointee of President George W. Bush), enables at least 23 states that have expressed opposition to Obama administration guidelines issued in May, to ignore those guidelines until the court can rule on the merits of lawsuits challenging them. Rugby Couple Put Respect in Front and Center in Olympics <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Isadora Cerullo has become a celebrity around Rio, more for what happened on the sidelines of the Olympic rugby stadium than for her performances on the pitch. After Sochi Concerns, Rio Games Seem Decidedly Gay-friendly RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Isadora Cerullo got no medal at these Olympics. A ring will have to suffice. Cerullo is a rugby player for Brazil and her team finished ninth at the Rio Games out of a 12-team field, well out of medal contention. When the competition was over, a venue manager walked onto the pitch and eventually got around to asking her a question. In Orlando, Unprecedented Unity After Nightclub Shooting ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Two months after the massacre at a gay Orlando nightclub, residents say this city of newcomers is bonding in unprecedented solidarity, upending an old adage attributed to a former governor: "Florida isn't so much a community as a crowd." Non-binary Pronouns a Growing Part of Gender Identity While the spotlight on transgender celebrities such as Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner has helped illuminate the fact that gender is not always black and white, and the experiences of those who identify outside of a gender binary are largely missing from the cultural consciousness, say Drake and others. Cox and Jenner were both identified as male at birth and now identify as women and use sheher pronouns. Iowa Medical, Psychology Boards Mull Conversion Therapy Rule DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa boards overseeing doctors and psychologists considered Friday whether to adopt a policy that would ban state-licensed professionals from counseling gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender children to change their sexual orientation in a practice known as conversion therapy. Creep Of The Week: Peter LaBarbera It's always strange to me to hear people talk about the "gay agenda." Because undoubtably anyone who uses this term is anti-gay. Creep of the Week: Nico Hines It is no secret that Olympic athletes have sex. It's also no secret that they hook up with each other in the Olympic village. I mean, we're talking about a land full of young people with chiseled bodies and lots of stamina. So, yeah, there's a whole lot of humpin' going' on. Creep of the Week: Ben Kinchlow It has come to the attention to many people, including and especially many Republicans, that Donald Trump is a Looney Tunes character come to life who would probably throw a fit and blow up the planet if, say, Vladimir Putin didn't retweet him often enough. Creep of the Week: Scott Lively Creep Of The Week: Donald Trump Donald Trump made history at the Republican National Convention by daring to utter a string of five letters: LGBTQ. Creep Of The Week: Mike Pence 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? Make America Great Again? Ain't Nobody Got Time for That Rhetoric! We are stronger not just in our communities, our country and our world when we work to attain not just the American dream, but a global dream of equality, social, environmental and economic justice for all instead of kicking the can down the road on the backs of those less fortunate or different from the status quo. Inside the Trump Media Cage The paranoia related to the media was on sure display Friday in Dimondale during the visit of GOP Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump. The media, of course, was the enemy: "They don't tell the truth, they have an agenda to silence the truth." Parting Glances: Wrinkle, Wrinkle 'little star' There's nothing quite as ho-ho-hum as other people's sex lives. Unless, of course, they're young, pretty, age legal and available of their own good-natured free will (or by tax-free monetary inducement.) Lesbian Sues Catholic School Over Firing HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - A woman is suing a Roman Catholic school in New Jersey, alleging the school violated the state's discrimination law when she was fired because she's married to a woman. Former LDS Church Lobbyist Joins Board Of LGBT Mormon Group SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A former lobbyist for the Mormon church has joined the board of a support group for LGBT Mormons. Decision Day: When The Supreme Court Rules Michigan for Marriage is currently planning events across the state to be held on URL Decision Day http:action.marriagemi.orgpagesSCOTUSDday this month. The day the Supreme Court rules on marriage will be historic. A Different Kind Of Catholic Church <img src=' the GoodShepherd photo.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>FERNDALE -- The Catholic church is not exactly known for tolerance. But Community of Christ the Good Shepherd is not the typical Catholic church. LGBT-Inclusive Spring Worship Events Rev. Ric Beattie Takes The Helm Of Unity Royal Oak <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Rev. Ric Beattie takes over Unity Royal Oak this Good Friday. First-Of-Its-Kind LGBT Jewish Curriculum <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>{BOLD WASHINGTON D.C. -} The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Institute for Welcoming Resources, Keshet, COLAGE and Family Equity Council released a curriculum designed to help Jewish congregations support and embrace LGBT members of their families. Worship Songwriter Vicky Beeching Comes Out As Gay <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>London - British star of the American Christian rock scene, Vicky Beeching came out as gay Aug. 13 in an interview with the U.K. newspaper, the Independent. She is a popular writer and singer of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) worship songs and has been performing for 12 years but has been writing them for much longer. 100-year-old Ohio Church Installs Gay Pastor Award-Winning Documentary Considers Mormon Trans Woman's Tale Of Transition 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. New Report Exposes Deceptive Religious Right Strategy Targeting LGBT Equality <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Within in a few short years, legal same-sex marriage has arrived in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The armed forces' "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and federal law, which barred openly gay military service, has been repealed. And for all the Religious Right and social conservatives' efforts to block such progress, equal rights for LGBTs, it would appear, are advancing in significant ways. Lutherans Embrace LGBT Community With 'Reconciling In Christ' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>"When you walk into an R.I.C. Lutheran Church you are embraced by the congregation and all who are present will welcome you if they recognize that you are new, especially if you are gay, lesbian or transgender." - Wendy Wellman, chair of the Southeast Michigan Synod Diversity Task Force on Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression Clergy Come Out In Support Of Michigan Same Sex Couples In the wake of the ruling in favor of marriage equality by Judge Bernard Friedman in the DeBoer v. Snyder case March 21, a number faith-based expressions of inclusion were released by local clergy. This is reaffirming to the LGBT community, and even though the 6th U.S. Court of Appeals has issued a stay on Friedman's ruling for the moment, it's still good news just in time for the Ultimate 2014 LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo sponsored by Between The Lines and slated for April 12. Leaping Over The Boundaries Of Traditional Marriage TRENTON - In a world where "traditional marriage" dominates the expected norms, along with all the legal challenges of same-sex marriage facing LGBT couples in Michigan, two individuals have crossed societal boundaries in more ways than one. Pastor Mike Meyer and husband Carson Anderson are not only a legally married couple, but with Meyer an ordained Lutheran Minister and Anderson an African American, the lines of racial, religious and traditional marriage have all been blown away by this happily married couple, who've been together for the past 15 years. New LGBT-Affirming Congregation comes to Southeast Michigan A new LGBT-affirming church, Affirming Love Ministries, is coming to the Metro-Detroit and YpsilantiAnn Arbor areas. The diverse congregation is a non-denominational Christian ministry that believes in "the radical inclusivity of Jesus Christ." Abrams Lost Her Church, But Has Found Her Calling Her story made national headlines. Bishop Allyson Abrams stepped down from her church, Zion Progress Baptist Church in downtown Detroit, in October after announcing that she had married a woman. A well respected member of Detroit's faith community, Abrams also resigned her positions as secretary of the powerful Detroit Council of Baptist Pastors and co-editor of the magazine of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. Three Gay Holocaust Survivors Remember Between 1933 and 1945 when the Nazis came to power in Germany an estimated 100,000 homosexual men were arrested, of whom 50,000 were sentenced under criminal law Paragraph 175. Most served prison sentences. An estimated 5,000 to 15,000 were sent to concentration camps. Ordinary Catholic: A View From The Pew <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In the book "An Ordinary Catholic: A View From The Pew," one of the greatest gifts Thomas Arthur Nelson says he received is that of the birth of his gay son (when was the last time you heard that one?). Integrity, Truth Telling Inspire Priest's Coming Out A priest in the St. Louis Archdiocese has come out, grabbing headlines and generating considerable buzz within Catholic circles and beyond. While many LGBT laypersons struggle to reconcile their sexuality with anti-gay church teaching, the Rev. Gary M. Meier faced another difficulty - remaining invisible, silent and part of an increasingly hostile hierarchy. MCC Windsor Celebrates 25 Years Of Service <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Nestled in the heart of Windsor, in space rented from the Westminster United Church, 1680 Dougall Ave., Metropolitan Community Church is celebrating 25 years as a congregation. Gay and Christian - not an oxymoron It was in my angst and pain as a gay Christian that I searched for the truth and prayed to God for guidance. I began my quest by reading "What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality" by Daniel Helminiak. The author is a Roman Catholic priest. He stresses the need for accurate understanding of what the biblical "facts" are and concludes that, "the Bible supplies no real basis for the condemnation of homosexuality." No church? No problem. "I guess in the society in which we live, church is a pretty important thing to people in our community," he added. "Churches are becoming more and more prevalent, but I think of why anyone would want to be part of a group that doesn't want them. If you don't have these kinds of values you kind of feel left out. Got Milk <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Breaking Up, Up, and Away! <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Promise Creeper <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>