PrideSource - Michigan Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 01 Aug 2015 22:01 EST 01 Aug 2015 22:01 EST Bullying And Harassment: Where Does Michigan Stand? <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Are the Michigan laws and policies that are currently in place actually working to protect LGBT youth against bullying and harassment? JTCC To Host 2015 Washtenaw County Pride Picnic <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Jim Toy Community Center will host the 2015 Washtenaw County Pride Picnic from noon to 3 p.m. on Aug. 1 in Ann Arbor's Allmendinger Park. Affirmations Gallery Hosts Spiritual Exhibit <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Pittmann-Puckett Gallery at Affirmations presents their latest exhibit, "Creative Monologue: A Solo Exhibition by Timothy Orikri." Dievendorf Outraises Opponents In Lansing Primary Race Emily Dievendorf, the former executive director of Equality Michigan, outraised her four August primary opponents in the Lansing City Council At-Large race. Twentieth Annual Hotter Than July Pride Picnic Offered Up Plenty Of Fun West Michigan Gay Bar Comes Out Of The Closet Metro Dance Club has rebranded itself as Metro Night Club and has officially named itself the LGBT bar in Kalamazoo. Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Lawyers Seek Nearly $2M In Fees Lawyers who won a historic legal battle to strike down Michigan's ban on gay marriage are seeking nearly $2 million from the state. Kalamazoo HIV/AIDS Advocate Runs For City Commission Local community advocate and candidate for Kalamazoo City Commission, Shannon Sykes, will kick off her campaign on the Kalamazoo City Hall steps. Past Presidents Of Hotter Than July Honored At Annual Conference <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>About 50 people came out Friday for Hotter Than July's annual Gathering on LGBT Issues. The conference, which took place at Michigan State University's Detroit Center, has been a part of Detroit Black Gay Pride since its inception in 1996. Hotter Than July Kicks Off With Candlelight Vigil <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>About 75 people came out to Palmer Park Tuesday to kick off the start of the 20th anniversary edition of Hotter Than July-Detroit Black Gay Pride. State Now Recognizing Married Same-Sex Parents On Birth Certificates The State of Michigan Vital Records Department has decided to allow the spouse of a biological parent to be placed on a child's birth certificate for female married couples. A Film For Hopeful Trans Youth: 'Crossing The Divide' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Alia Ismail has begun filming and sharing his transition in a documentary titled "Crossing The Divide," set to launch in October 2016. Obituary: Sharon Hope Gittleman Sharon Hope Gittleman, 56, had been a writer for Between The Lines. Pilot LGBT Youth Workforce Development Program Launches At Affirmations XTL Youth Workforce Development Program is a 24-week pilot program designed to empower LGBT youth in Metro Detroit with primary and secondary skills necessary to be successful in workforce navigation. Progressive Activist Runs For Kalamazoo City Commission Erin Knott, Michigan State Director for Enroll America, has announced her candidacy for the 2015 Kalamazoo City Commission race. Reps. Hoadley, Moss Introduce Proposals To End Gerrymandering <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>"Our democracy needs to be more responsive to voters. Voters sense the process is broken. L