PrideSource - Michigan http://www.pridesource.com Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 06 Mar 2015 04:06 EST 06 Mar 2015 04:06 EST webmaster@pridesource.com webmaster@pridesource.com pridesource.com http://www.pridesource.com/img/logo.gif http://pridesource.com SCOTUS Sets Date For Same-Sex Marriage Hearing http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70495 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/images/2310/S1M10_SCOTUSDateSet_2311.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Supreme Court of the United States has scheduled oral arguments to determine the constitutionality of marriage equality. Legal teams from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee will present their arguments before the high court on April 28. This landmark decision will determine if thousands of families will be recognized by state law and granted further equality compared to their heterosexual counterparts. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70495 BREAKING: State House Committee Tells Kids Awaiting Placement Their Needs Don't Matter http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70391 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/images/2309/S1M2_FosterCareAdoptionBillOutOfCommittee_2311.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In a series of party line votes Wednesday morning, Republicans on the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee, five Republican members of the committee passed House Bills 4188, 4189 and 4190 over the objections of the committee's three Democrats. The bills are now on their way to the House floor for action. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70391 Ally In Focus: State Rep. Christine Greig Shares Experiences With LGBT Community http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70468 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/images/2310/S1M4_ChristineGreig_2309standard.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>State Representative Christine Greig, D-Farmington Hills, came to the LGBT Caucus at the recent Michigan Democratic Convention to talk about her experiences with the LGBT community and how statewide discrimination directly affects her immediate family. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70468 Renowned Orchard Lake Fine Art Show Seeks Applications http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70469 The 13th Annual Orchard Lake Fine Art Show, hosted by HotWorks.org, is looking for work from professional artists to be featured in the show. The deadline to apply for the show (to be held July 25 and 26) is March 15. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70469 Temple Israel Hosts Event For Transgender Youth, Families http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70466 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/images/2310/S1M10_IsMyChilsTransTalkTempleIsrael_2310.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Temple Israel will host an informative evening about transgender, non-conforming and questioning teens for transgender youth and families dubbed, "You Are Not Alone." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70466 Exhibit Shares Stories Of Great Devotion And Loss http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70467 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/images/2310/S1M3_ShowerofStoles_2310.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>About 40 people came out for the opening of the Shower of Stoles exhibit at Affirmations. In its entirety, the Shower of Stoles is a collection of over 1,000 liturgical stoles and other sacred items representing the lives of LGBT people of faith. Each stole contains the story of an LGBT person who is active in the life and leadership of their faith community in some way, such as minister, elder, deacon, teacher, missionary, musician, administrator or active layperson. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70467 East Grand Rapids Adopts Non-Discrimination Ordinance http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70392 A city in western Michigan is adding sexual orientation and gender identity to an existing non-discrimination ordinance on housing and employment. The vote comes after East Grand Rapids leaders expressed disappointment that state lawmakers failed to pass legislation to do the same. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70392 Federal Government Backs Trans Youth In School Lawsuit http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70387 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/images/2309/S1M1_TransYouthSues4Districts_2310.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The federal government is supporting a Detroit-area teenager who accuses several schools of discriminating against him because of his gender identity. Schools in Wayndotte, Van Buren, Summit Academy North District and Dearborn Heights districts as well as a charter school are being accused of taking no action in response the boy's harassment by staff and other students due to his gender identity. Those being accused deny the allegations and have filed motions to dismiss the case. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70387 Update: Pugh Wants Accuser Named http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70368 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/images/2309/S1M2_CharlesPugh-AP2_FIle_2208.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - Two separate motions were filed this week in the Charles Pugh text messaging scandal court case. First, Pugh, former Detroit City Council president, wants the young man who is accusing him of misconduct to be named in open court. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70368 EMU Discusses Needs Of At-Risk LGBT Homeless Youth http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70365 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/images/2309/S1M3_YouthHomelessDialoguePanel_2308.JPG' style='width:250px'><br/>YPSILANTI - In the third program put on by URL Eastern Michigan University's Equality Research Center https:www.emich.eduequality, the Michigan Department of Human Services and leading LGBT youth coordinators discussed on Feb. 12 how homelessness disproportionately impacts LGBT youth. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70365 Web Series To Explore Sexuality And Gender Identity http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70366 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/images/2309/S1M10_PBSOnlineSeries_2309.png' style='width:250px'><br/>NEW YORK - WNET, the flagship PBS station, and PBS Digital Studios have announced the launch of "First Person," an original digital series exploring sexuality and gender identity. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70366 Affirmations Showcases Religious Art Exhibit http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70367 FERNDALE - On exhibit for the first half of March, "Shower of Stoles" bears witness to the huge loss of leadership that many religious institutions have brought upon themselves because of unjust policies targeting the LGBT community. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70367 A Short List Of Potential Advocates For Marriage Equality At High Court http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70369 Renowned Supreme Court advocate Ted Olson remembers the first time he had a chance to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court: He didn't take it. It was a First Amendment case about billboards in San Diego. Olson had been practicing law for 15 years, he had represented his clients from the start and they wanted him to argue before the highest court in the land. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70369 Political Hors D'ouevres: Jase Bolger, Chris Ward, Ronna Romney McDaniel http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70370 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/images/2309/S1O_POLHOR_chris_ward_trumpie.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Since last year, when former Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, introduced the "Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act," opponents have argued that, if the legislation becomes law, it will allow people to discriminate on a host of issues -- including race. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70370 Federal Government Backs Trans Youth In School Lawsuit http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70387 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/images/2309/S1M1_TransYouthSues4Districts_2310.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The federal government is supporting a Detroit-area teenager who accuses several schools of discriminating against him because of his gender identity. Schools in Wayndotte, Van Buren, Summit Academy North District and Dearborn Heights districts as well as a charter school are being accused of taking no action in response the boy's harassment by staff and other students due to his gender identity. Those being accused deny the allegations and have filed motions to dismiss the case. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70387 LGBT Successes Provide One Bright Spot For Democrats http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70263 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/images/2308/S1M4_LGBTCaucus.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - In November, two openly gay men were elected to Michigan's State House of Representatives and LGBT leaders now hold prominent positions at the highest levels of the Party. As a result, the morning meeting of the LGBT Caucus was far more upbeat than the overall mood at the Michigan Democratic Party convention Feb. 14 at Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70263 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