PrideSource - Michigan Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 30 Aug 2014 10:30 EST 30 Aug 2014 10:30 EST Schauer Leaves His Mark On Michigan Pride <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>LANSING - There were hundreds of people who gathered at the Capitol Steps Aug. 23rd for a rally celebrating the 25th Annual Michigan Pride in Lansing. Upper Peninsula Celebrates First LGBT Pride Fest <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>MARQUETTE - For the first time in Michigan LGBT history, the UP will be celebrating a pride festival. Discussions about putting together the event started in 2013 when the board of now eight members started meeting. One year later, performances are scheduled, vendors are ready to set up and the Marquette area is ready to celebrate the end of summer on Sept. 6. GAGG And LGBT: Gearing Up For November <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>LANSING - The big Michigan Democratic names on this year's upcoming ballot were decided in Lansing this weekend at the Michigan Democratic Nominating Convention. Like every election, there are many issues that will swing a vote in favor of one nominee or another in November. And this year, many state Democrats have LGBT rights at the front of their running platform, most notably U.S. Rep and State Sen. Mark Schauer running for governor with Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown for lieutenant governor and Kalamazoo attorney Mark Totten for attorney general. Affirmations Resumes Search For New Executive Director Metro Detroit's community center for LGBT people and allies, Affirmations, will resume its search for a new director. In January, the center created a search committee which partnered with an outside search firm in a blind process of selection. All potential candidates were directed to an out of state search firm, resumes were filtered through a vetting and interview process and candidates were ranked based on a list of pre-determined criteria. The highest-ranking potentials were given further consideration through additional interviews with the committee, board and staff. From this pool of individuals, no candidate was deemed suitable for the position. Michigan Education Groups Call For LGBT Rights <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A coalition of representatives from Michigan colleges, universities and institutions have called on state lawmakers to pass protections for LGBT people. GALLERY: Mark Schauer Joins Equality Rally In Lansing On the eve of historic hearings at the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on the issue of marriage equality, supporters rallied in Lansing. Democratic candidate for governor, Mark Schauer attended the event. He was greeted with applause and cheers. Shortly after, the crowd began to chant "Schauer! Schauer!" However, the candidate redirected the enthusiasm to a chant of "Equality! Equality!" UPDATE: LGBT Killer In Metro Detroit Caught <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Arguments For Right To Stay Married Heard In Caspar v Snyder <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>"We just want to be treated equally," DeJong started. "I truly don't understand people's rabid resistance to treating each other equally and with respect. We waited 27 years to get married, not by choice, but by exclusion-we simply weren't allowed to marry." Michigan: A Brief Timeline of LGBT Milestones In the Capital City Mental Health Providers Access Latest Training On LGBT Clinical Issues Motor Ball And Geared For Life Move To MAC Attendees at this year's Motor City Pride on Saturday June 7 capped off the evening at Motor Ball, a revival of an event last held in Detroit in 2005. More than 500 people were at the party, and raised nearly $6,000 for the Michigan AIDS Coalition. Local Residents Sign-On For Right To Discriminate <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Opponents of the ordinance have questioned the necessity of singling out the LGBT community believing that it could impede some people, such as business owners, from freely practicing their religion but also add that they are a group of concerned residents who "believe that all residents should have equal rights," Elias said. 'A Turning Point In History' Heralded At Interfaith Marriage Equality Celebration In Warren <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>WARREN - On the eve of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals hearing arguments in the case of DeBoer V. Snyder, more than 100 people came out to Renaissance Unity church in Warren for an interfaith marriage equality celebration. Extending Marriage To Same-Sex Couples Could Bring Millions To State <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Michigan would generate an estimated $53.2 million in spending to the state economy, according to a new study. Key findings include revenue generated from wedding arrangements, tourism and sales tax revenue. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly For LGBT Michigan <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>With the polls closed, and the votes counted, Michigan's general election ballot is a mishmash of the good, the bad and the truly ugly for November. Celebrate Equality At Mid-Michigan LGBT Pride <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>SAGINAW - Pride continues in Michigan even after pride month ends. You've been to Ferndale Pride, Motor City Pride, Kalamazoo Pride and Grand Rapids Pride. Go out for another exciting pride and keep the momentum going at the Fourth Annual Mid-Michigan Pride fest on Saginaw's Ojibway Island. 'A Turning Point In History' Heralded At Interfaith Marriage Equality Celebration In Warren On the eve of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals hearing arguments in the case of DeBoer V. Snyder, more than 100 people came out to Renaissance Unity church in Warren for an interfaith marriage equality celebration.