PrideSource - Michigan Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 20 Dec 2014 16:20 EST 20 Dec 2014 16:20 EST ALERT Missing Person In Metro Detroit <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Warren Police Department is looking for a missing person: a 22-year-old trans man, from Warren, last seen on Dec. 10. A Remembrance: Robert Clark <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>I couldn't tell you the exact moment I met Robert Clark, but the bond was immediate. We were drawn together by our shared commitment to LGBTQ equality in general, but especially for the African American community and politics. New LGBT Tobacco Disparity Report For Michigan Released <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>FERNDALE - In collaboration with the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), Perceptions in Saginaw and the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center (KGLRC), Affirmations officially released its study on smoking rates among LGBT individuals in Michigan and how effective the marketing is to the LGBT clientele. Representation: Trans Activism In Michigan Lame Duck <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>SAGINAW - Over the past decade she has fought for her life, added her name to become an elected official and now fights to be a Michigan citizen with full rights. Between Bass And Treble: An Alto Story <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>YPSILANTI - Amidst the cobblestone roads and waterways of Dusseldorf, Germany, Barbara Zmich-McClellan and Celeste McClellan-Zmich met while working in the instrumental arts. They kept running into one another throughout Europe at various functions or coffee houses. Local Gatherings Against MiRFRA <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>As the Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act (MiRFRA) moves through the State's legislature, communities around the state have scheduled upcoming gatherings to discuss the bill and to protest against bill. Call To Action: Petition Seeks To Stop MiRFRA <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A petition launched Dec. 9 to spread the word and gather support against the Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act is gaining significant momentum. Top Faith Leaders Discuss Religious Freedom, LGBT Inclusion <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Lead equality activists and top religious experts came together to discuss the state of equality in religious circles and what the next stages are in the quest for a fully LGBT inclusive state.On Nov. 20, the Michigan Round Table, a group of educated individuals seeking to advance the community in change, development and organization to empower individuals to act, gathered. The First Trans Helpline In USA Is In Michigan <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - As reported this week by the Advocate, a new trans lifeline began taking calls in November and claims to be the first in the U.S. However, the transgender helpline provided by Transgender Michigan (TGMI) has been offering services long before 2014. LGBT Judge To Speak At Ann Arbor Interfaith Service U.S. District Judge Judith Levy, one of only seven openly gay federal jurists in the nation, will discuss her remarkable journey at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor for the fifth annual "Interfaith Service of Affirmation" for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals (LGBT) and their families, friends and allies. Gay Therapist Discusses Sexualities Of LGBT And Straight Men In New Book In his latest book, "Is My Husband Gay, Straight or Bi?," certified relationship therapist and clinical sexologist Joe Kort, PhD, MSW, MA, with the help of Alexander P. Morgan, PhD, illustrates diverse male sexuality and how every experience from childhood onward affects personalities, and for some, their sexual appetites. Affirmations Seeks LGBTQ-Friendly Healthcare Providers Affirmations is looking for healthcare providers to list themselves in their Health Wellness Network. Ruth Ellis Center Celebrates 15 Years Serving LGBTQ Youth HIGHLAND PARK - The Ruth Ellis Center is celebrating its 15th anniversary serving youth in Detroit and the metropolitan area. Established in 1999, Ruth Ellis Center (REC) has been and continues to be one of the nation's leading experts in serving runway, homeless and at-risk lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning youth. The Rise Of 'License To Discriminate'; The Failure Of LGBT Civil Rights <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>As the so-called lame duck session was gaveling in, the Michigan LGBT community believed that they would finally, for the first time since 1981, have civil rights protections added to the state law known as the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. Now, with just over a week left in the session, amending the state's civil rights law is off the table, and in its place is a legislative sleight of hand - civil rights protections based on "religious freedom." State Civil Rights Amendment Dead, Says Speaker <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) says legislation to amend Michigan's civil rights act to include protections for the LGBT community is dead. "The Speaker and I have both been quoted saying the Elliott-Larsen amendment bill will not be voted on this year because there isn't enough support to get the bill out of committee," says Bolger's spokesman Ari Adler. WCC Expands LGBT Protections <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>At its Nov. 18 meeting, the Washtenaw Community College (WCC) Board of Trustees voted unanimously to expand protections for transgender, lesbian, bisexual and gay students, faculty and staff for the first time in over 20 years. PrEP Debate Continues As Advocates Hold Conversations In State Jesse Anguiano only wanted an extra layer of protection during sex. The 31-year-old gay man had been hearing about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for some time from HIV test counselors at the Lansing Area AIDS Network, but when he sought out the pill he ran into barriers. 'KICK' Off The Holidays With Annual Gala In Detroit KICK, Detroit's agency for LGBT African Americans, hosts its 12th Annual Gala Fundraiser this month dubbed "Holiday in December." The event is both a fundraiser for the nonprofit's programs and also a joyous holiday celebration of family, friends and community. Foster Children's Charity Collecting New Toys, Gifts For Holiday Bazaar