PrideSource - Michigan Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 30 Mar 2017 16:30 EST 30 Mar 2017 16:30 EST Local Governments to Fly Transgender Pride Flags in Michigan <img src=' - LansingTransFlag.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The International Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31 is an annual holiday dedicated to celebrating transgender people and their identities, but also to raise awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. Jackson City Council Defers Action on Referendum Petition <img src=' - Jackson1MAIN.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Jackson City Council voted on Tuesday night to defer action until April 11 on a referendum petition deemed "legally incapable of certification" by Jackson Together. Transgender Women of Color Need Access to Public Resources, Better Allies During various local LGBTQ community meetings over the last few months, someone always raises their hand to ask how they can be a better ally for the transgender community. Many people are looking for ways to help as the number of threats targeting transgender people increases - particularly for transgender women of color. Annual Spring Bash Raises Funds for Affirmations <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Affirmations' Annual Spring Bash themed Emerald City was "an incredible success" this year with over 450 people in attendance. The event on March 18 at the MGM Grand Detroit raised a total of $194,000 for the community center in Ferndale. Attendees at Wedding Expo Express 'Relief' to Find Welcoming LGBT-Friendly Businesses <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Pre-Expo Workshop Focuses on Status of LGBT Rights Post-Marriage Equality DETROIT - The seventh annual Ultimate LGBT Wedding Anniversary Expo, which took place Sunday at the MotorCity Hotel Casino, kicked off this year with "LGBT Rights in the Trump Era - What Lies Ahead," a workshop that drew about 30 attendees. Pursuing Our Inner Mood <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Providers 'Link-Up' to Offer Better Access to HIV Care The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released a report in January that shows improvements in HIV Prevention and Care in Michigan between 2006 and 2015. Royal Oak Therapist Offers Support for Transgender People Meet Nick Zielke, a limited licensed clinical social worker and gender specialist. He completed his undergraduate studies at Oakland University and his graduate studies at Michigan State University. Assault on Marriage Equality Under Banner of 'Religious Liberty' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>As right-wing conservatives plot to erode marriage equality progress, what issues are likely to arise in the next four years? The Motown Movement <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>As Detroit recovers from a heavy setback, the strong do-it-yourself culture has inspired three architecture students from the Netherlands to come up with new ideas for sustainable building together with the community. Meet Steve Fano, Volunteer at Affirmations <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In the spotlight this week is Steve Fano, a volunteer at Affirmations since 2014. He is one of many volunteers the community center is incredibly fortunate to have the support of. Emerge Michigan Prepares Democratic Women for Public Office <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>One of the few good things to come out of the presidential election is the enormous uptick of women who want to influence positive change. Local Community Speaks Out on Gavin Grimm Transgender Case They were supposed to take the case up March 28. But on March 6, the Supreme Court decided to URL remand the case of Gavin Grimm, the Virginia teenager who sued for the right to use the restroom that matched his gender identity at his high school, back to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. Expo Workshop Will Address LGBT Rights in the Trump Era <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Ultimate LGBT Wedding Anniversary Expo is a great opportunity to think about and finalize wedding plans, but many LGBT people are concerned about same-sex marriages and what they will look like under the Trump administration. While the president does not have the right to unilaterally scrap marriage equality, he used his power to appoint Supreme Court justices who can. Q&A with New EQMI Board Member Buzz Thomas Former State Senator Buzz Thomas was added to Equality Michigan's board of directors in January to strengthen the work of the organization as the LGBT and allied communities of Michigan continue to build the path towards expanding statewide non-discrimination laws. Meet Becca Budde, Affirmations Education and Training Manager In an effort to establish strong relationships and build trust, Affirmations gives members of the LGBTQ community an opportunity to get to know Becca Budde, the organization's education and training manager. She is responsible for programs such as the Relationship Skills Class, the LEAD Institute, and LGBTQ Learning Labs. Call for LGBTQ Artists Hot Works, LLC is seeking artist submissions from local LGBTQ professional artists for the 15th Annual Orchard Lake Fine Art Show July 29-30 at West Bloomfield High School in West Bloomfield. Local Leaders Host Title IX Panel Discussion <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Local community leaders came together March 1 to discuss the ramifications of the Trump administration rescinding previous guidance from President Barack Obama on how to treat transgender kids in public schools. BTL Announces $5,000 Challenge Gift to ACLU of Michigan The ACLU of Michigan has been a champion for our equality for decades. Jay Kaplan, the organization's staff attorney of the LGBT Project, has for years provided us a thoughtful, serious and effective voice for LGBT equality. What gains the LGBT community has made would not have been possible without the ACLU of Michigan. Powering Progress Together at Michigan Summit <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>LANSING - More than 700 progressives, both veteran organizers and newcomers to progressive activism,