PrideSource - Michigan http://www.pridesource.com Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 25 Sep 2016 08:25 EST 25 Sep 2016 08:25 EST webmaster@pridesource.com webmaster@pridesource.com pridesource.com http://www.pridesource.com/img/logo.gif http://pridesource.com HIV/AIDS Organizations to Address Barriers, Disparities at AIDS Walk Detroit http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78175 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/images/2437/S1M2_AIDSWalk3_2437.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In the past 25 years, AIDS Walk Detroit has evolved into the largest grassroots HIVAIDS fundraiser in Michigan, raising more than $3.8 million to benefit HIVAIDS services in the state. Just as AIDS Walk Detroit has progressed, so have the many local HIVAIDS organizations that provide access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78175 Montgomery Remembered as a 'Pioneer' at Memorial Service http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78271 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/images/2438/S1M2_MontgomeryRemembered_2438.JPG' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - He was not only an activist and advocate for LGBT rights, he was a larger-than-life personality and a hero to many. About 150 people came out to the Wayne State University Community Arts Auditorium Saturday to remember Triangle Foundation co-founder Jeffrey Montgomery for his tireless work and wonderful wit. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78271 Faith Community Offers Hope to Transgender People http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78272 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/images/2438/S1M1_TransConf1_2438.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>What the world needs right now are people of faith. That's what Rev. Rodney McKenzie, Jr. preached to around 80 people who gathered for the "Faith Allies for Trans Lives: Stand Up for Justice" event on Sept. 17 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brighton."Our work right now is needed more than ever...a time when politicians say trans people can't use bathrooms or when faith is used to hide discrimination. What we're saying is not today, not on our watch, not in our faith, not our government, not our divine spirit, not our truth, not our justice, not our liberation," said McKenzie, Jr., who is the Director of Academy for Leadership and Action with the National LGBTQ Task Force. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78272 Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown Fundraiser Honors Commitment to Marriage Equality http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78273 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/images/2438/S1M3_BRF_LisaBrown4_2438.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>As the Oakland County Clerk, Lisa Brown is known for her commitment to working for all citizens in the community. That includes LGBT citizens. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78273 Brides Celebrate a Perfect 'Just Us' Wedding http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78274 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/images/2438/S1M2_Marriage4_2438.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>When it comes to planning your wedding, follow your heart, don't listen to those around you and do what is right for you. That's how Christina and Alicia Wilk of Clinton Township said they were able to enjoy their wedding-for-two this year on June 21. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78274 National Gay Media Association Announces Inaugural Ad POP Awardees http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78275 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/images/2438/Ad-Pop_BrittanyandZvezda.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>NEW YORK -- The National Gay Media Association has announced the winners of the inaugural Ad POP awards. The Ad POPs (Pride in Online and Print) reward the best representations of LGBT individuals in online and print advertising in regional LGBT media. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78275 Marketing and Social Media Strategies Focus at DRLBGTCC Mixer http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78276 FERNDALE - Farmington Hills-based Marx Layne Company will host the next Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer from 6:30-8 p.m. on Sept. 29 at Affirmations in Ferndale. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78276 Ruth Ellis Center Hosts Family Support Training http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78277 DEARBORN - Compelling research on LGBTQ youth, young adults and families from the Family Acceptance Project has found that family acceptance helps promote well-being and protects against risk, while family rejection is related to serious health and mental health concerns. This includes suicidal behavior, depression, illegal drug use and HIV. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78277 First Annual Bullying Prevention Conference Comes to Michigan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78278 Bullying is not a "childhood rite of passage" as it was once viewed historically. Nor does bullying "make kids tougher." In today's society, the reality is that bullying has devastating effects on young people such as avoidance, loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety and depression, and sometimes suicide. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78278 Affirmations To Host Fall Fling http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78279 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/images/2438/S2_CC_FerndaleAffirmatiosFallFling_2438.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>FERNDALE - As Affirmations gears up to host its 2016 autumn fundraiser, the organization looks back on all that has changed since the first Fall Fling last year. Affirmations, one of the 10 largest LGBT community centers in the nation, located right in the heart of downtown Ferndale, has changed a lot since bringing in new Executive Director Susan Erspamer and going through a big staffing shift. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78279 Important Victory Won for LGBTQ Students and School Safety http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78202 The State Board of Education voted 6-2 to adopt guidance on how Michigan schools can create safe learning environments for all students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. "This guidance is the result of months of hard work by pro-equality advocates and organizations from across Michigan working together and speaking with one voice. It's one more example of what our community can accomplish when we stand united in support of full equality," said L. Michael Gipson, Deputy Director at Equality Michigan in a statement. "At a time when far too many politicians are trying to score political points at the expense of the LGBTQ community, Equality Michigan commends the State Board, particularly President John Austin, for their unwavering support of this important guidance. When our opponents tried to threaten and intimidate these pro-equality public officials, they stood strong. The importance of their commitment cannot be overstated. As far too many of you are all too aware, anti-LGBTQ bullying, harassment, and violence are pervasive in our schools." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78202 Grassroots Movement Starts New Conversation About Controversial Social Issue http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78176 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/images/2437/S1M2_OutOfSilence_2436.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Many of us have heard about a woman's right to choose, but how many of us have heard a woman's personal story about her abortion experience? Members of the community will have the opportunity to hear and react to real abortion stories during "Out of Silence: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign," a unique performance presented by the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health www.moash.org in collaboration with the Students for Choice group at the University of Michigan. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78176 West Shore Aware Raises Money, Helps Local Organizations in Need http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78177 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/images/2437/S1M4_WestShoreAware3_2437.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Since its inception in 2003, West Shore Aware has raised more than $600,000 to benefit non-profit community groups and student scholarship programs. Another successful fundraising gala, the "White Party with a Sparkle of Yellow Citrine," on Aug. 20 helped raise an additional $49,000. The 13th annual sold-out event brought together the philanthropic organization of gay men, women and their supporters at the Laketown Conference Center in Saugatuck. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78177 Ruth Ellis Center Hosts Annual Voices Fundraiser http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78178 Voices isn't just a fundraising event to support the incredible work happening at the Ruth Ellis Center in Highland Park. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78178 Legislation to amend hate crimes law introduced http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78179 LANSING - The legislation was promptly referred to Senate Government Operations Committee 'Where bills go to die.' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78179 Important Victory Won for LGBTQ Students and School Safety http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=78202 The State Board of Education voted 6-2 to adopt guidance on how Michigan schools can create safe learning environments for all students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. "This guidance is the result of months of hard work by pro-equality advocates and organizations from across Michigan working together and sp