PrideSource - Michigan Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 25 May 2016 01:25 EST 25 May 2016 01:25 EST Staggering HIV Rates Among Men Who Have Sex with Men Men who have sex with men face an HIV prevalence rate "magnitudes higher" than any other risk group in the U.S., researchers from Emory University have found. Motor City Pride Entertainment Lineup Announced <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Organizers of Motor City Pride just announced the entertainment lineup for this year's Pride festival, which takes place in downtown Detroit's Hart Plaza June 11-12. Section 1557 Significantly Advances Trans Access To Healthcare The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Civil Rights released a final rule May 13 codifying existing formal guidances in Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- signaling a big shift in trans related health care. The ACA now officially bans discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age and physical or mental disability. Hillary Clinton Says She'll Work to Reform HIV Criminalization Laws as President Former Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for president, Hillary Clinton, told a gathering of hundreds of HIV advocates gathered in Alabama last week that she supports a repeal of HIV-specific criminal laws. First Openly Gay Army Secretary Has Michigan Roots Eric Fanning, the first openly gay Army secretary as confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 17, has strong Michigan ties. Northern Michigan School System Seeks Guidance for Trans Students A bi-gender student attending school in a district close to Traverse City approached her school's board in April to request if she could use of the restroom of her choice. LGBT Staffers Presented with Presidential Award Lead members of LGBT Detroit were honored May 20 during the BMe Leaders Award Ceremony held at the White House. Redford Schools will Comply with Federal Guidelines for LGBT Students South Redford and Redford Union school district officials say the district will comply with new federal guidelines that call for transgender students to be treated in a way consistent with their gender identity. Trans Activists Speak About Their Experiences on WDET On May 2, Stephen Henderson of "Detroit Today," a program of WDET radio, spoke with Amy Hunter, transgender advocacy coordinator at the ACLU of Michigan Trans Advocacy Project; Logan Casey, University of Michigan Ph.D. candidate; and Bre Campbell, founder of the Trans Sistas of Color Project in Detroit, regarding their experiences coming out as transgender and the broader issue of transgender equality. 'Letter to Anita': LGBT Activist Ronni Sanlo Talks Documentary, Estrangement From Kids and Her Pivotal Work at the University of Michigan <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>LGBT rights activist Dr. Ronni Sanlo will return to Ann Arbor May 26 for a showing of "Letter to Anita," a memoir of Sanlo's life featuring Hollywood star Meredith Baxter. State Board of Ed Hears Final Public Testimony on K-12 LGBT Guidelines <img src=' Fessler_500x250_online.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> Federal Government Releases Guidance to Help Schools Ensure Rights for Trans Students The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education released joint guidance May 13 to help provide educators the information they need to ensure that all students, including transgender students, can attend school in an environment free from discrimination based on sex. Dow Chemical, Other Companies Oppose Bathroom Legislation As a response to much talked about legislation by state Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, that would require Michigan students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their assigned gender at birth, Dow Chemical Co. and other Michigan-based companies have come out in strong support of trans youth. Lisa Brown Files for Re-election in Oakland County Brown has eliminated backlog, enacted safety controls, encouraged young voters and fought for women's and LGBT rights. SAGE of Metro Detroit Honored at Area Agency on Aging 1-B Annual Community Meeting SAGE of Metro Detroit was be presented with The VolunteerCommunity Leadership A