PrideSource - Michigan Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 25 Jul 2014 21:25 EST 25 Jul 2014 21:25 EST Lesbian Couple In Kalamazoo See Home Ruined <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Gallery: Hotter Than July Boat Ride Makes A Splash About 50 people came out Wednesday night for the fifth annual Hotter Than July Boat Ride. The three-hour cruise on the Detroit River was aboard the Diamond Queen. The event was catered by Dee's Catering and DJ Tone kept the dance floor full. HTJ Opening Ceremony Draws Large Crowd <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>{BOLD DETROIT -} Nearly 100 people came out for the 19th annual Hotter Than July candlelight vigil Tuesday evening in Palmer Park. The event serves as the kickoff of a week's worth of events under the HTJ umbrella. State Rep. Zemke Introduces Bill To Prohibit Conversion Therapy In Michigan <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>{BOLD LANSING --} State Representative Adam F. Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) sponsored legislation on July 16 that would outlaw the practice of conversion therapy in Michigan. {URL House Bill 5703 prohibits} &quot;any practice by a mental health professional that seeks to change a minor&#39;s sexual orientation.&quot; Similar laws are in place in {URL California}, {URL New Jersey} and New York and {URL have been upheld by federal courts.} Good News For LGBT Students At Michigan Universities <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Michigan State University has received a large, anonymous donation to its LGBT Resource Center. The University of Michigan-Dearborn will be offering a specific LGBT studies course this fall. HTJ Pride Picnic Preview <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>It's the centerpiece of Detroit's weeklong black gay pride celebration. The pride picnic, which takes place Saturday in Palmer Park, has been a crowd favorite since Hotter Than July began in 1996. It's attracted tens of thousands of people throughout the years, including everybody from famous authors (James Earl Hardy, Keith Boykin, Stanley Bennett Clay), performers (The Lady Chablis, Cyon Flare, April Summers), politicians (Kwame Kilpatrick, Benny Napoleon, Maryann Mahaffey) and porn stars (Bobby Blake, Flex Dion, Ty Lattimore). HTJ Schedule: Warming Up Detroit <img src=' HTJ-2011-AP 23.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> Progressive Detroit Talks On The National Level: Netroots Closeup <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - Last week, Netroots Nation brought thousands of liberals and progressives to downtown Detroit. They took to the city at night, protested the water shutoff Friday afternoon, watched Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speak on equality and bettering the future for upcoming generations and attended caucuses and panels surrounding LGBT concerns. National issues were also in focus, such as the student debt levels, voting rights, environmental concerns, sexuality and public school reform. LGBTs Connect At Netroots Nation More than 120 LGBT activists, bloggers, organizations, funders and journalists from across the U.S., Canada and Mexico gathered in Detroit this past week for a day-long discussion about the future of the LGBT movement and ways to effect progressive social change within it and beyond. Michigan Healthcare Providers Discuss LGBT Focus Initiatives FERNDALE - Over 30 healthcare and LGBT professionals from around Metro Detroit met on July 15 at Affirmations to discuss how the healthcare industry can better improve itself, specifically on being more accessible and accommodating to the care of trans identified individuals and the LGB community. Mark Schauer Comes To Braun Court <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>{BOLD ANN ARBOR -} Mark Schauer, Democratic candidate for the Michigan Governor's race, takes his campaign to /aut/BAR in a fundraising and awareness event this Thursday. Hotter Than July Preview <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Immigration: Out Of The Shadows <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Choice: Closely Aligned <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Environment: Only Way To Win Is By Working Together <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Housing: 'We Are All In This Together' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Labor: A Decades Long Partnership Two More Openly LGBT Candidates Announce MI Campaigns <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>MICHIGAN - Two more candidates have come out of the political closet. Susan Grettenberger, running for the 8th Congressional District, and Nathan Morrish, running for 34th State House Representative seat, both spoke with BTL about their pre-primary vote campaigns.