PrideSource - Michigan Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 02 Apr 2015 00:02 EST 02 Apr 2015 00:02 EST Affirmations Welcomes New Executive Director <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>BOLD FERNDALE - Newly appointed Affirmations Executive Director Darrious Hilmon sat down with Between The Lines last week for a little "getting to know you" session and shared a bit about the philosophies he's gleaned over the past two decades while working in strategy driven fund development, event management and marketing. Stabenow, Peters Comment On ACA Anniversary In recognition of the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, federal officials announced new localized enrollment data and provided specific results from the first five years of the ACA. Swift Action From Lansing Public Transit Was Right Thing to Do Last week, BTL and media partner City Pulse reported on the experiences of Lansing resident Diane and the Capital Area Transportation Authority. It was a mess of bathroom indignities loaded over with bureaucratic snafus. Michigan House Passes Adoption Discrimination Bills <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>LANSING -- In a series of 65 to 44 votes, the Michigan House has approved a three bill package to allow discrimination by adoption agencies which receive state funding. The bills are part of a growing "religious liberty" movement found both here in Michigan and across the U.S. Ally In Focus: More Than A Pharmacist <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>REDFORD - Darnell Jones, a pharmacist from Redford, was honored as the Community Pharmacist of the Year at the Michigan Pharmacists Association Annual Convention Exposition held last month. Transgender Questions Lead To CATA Policy Change Diane was returning from window shopping at the Meridian Mall on Feb. 27. As she settled into her seat on the CATA bus to downtown Lansing, she realized in horror the unthinkable had happened. Same-Sex Couples Married In Michigan Celebrate Anniversaries DETROIT - Families and friends gathered Sunday in four Michigan counties to celebrate the anniversary of over 300 same-sex couples who wed last year during a brief legal window as a result of a challenge to Michigan's 2004 constitutional ban on gay marriages. Michigan Civil Rights Panel Endorses Model Non-Discrimination Ordinance FARMINGTON HILLS - The Michigan Civil Rights Commission endorsed a model local non-discrimination ordinance model that will add sexual orientation and gender identity to protected classes under municipality law. Bringing Pride To Hockeytown <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings are teaming up with the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce (DRLGBTCC) to offer a night out to support the local LGBT community. REC Announces New Program Director HIGHLAND PARK - The Ruth Ellis Center, a youth social services agency that serves the needs of runaway, homeless and at-risk youth, announced March 17 the nomination of the new program director. AIDS Partnership Michigan And HIV/AIDS Resource Center Announce Merger <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In order to strengthen the response to HIV in Southeast Michigan, AIDS Partnership Michigan and the HIV/AIDS Resource Center have merged their organizations. Building on a history of collaboration and excellence, the merger of APM and HARC will ensure the sustainability of comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention and care in their now 10-county area. Michigan Dems Introduce Legislation Seeking Marriage Equality <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A group of Democratic lawmakers from the state House and Senate introduced a package of bills March 19 that would recognize same-sex marriages in Michigan. National Progress On Marriage Equality In the past year the United States has seen a large shift in marriage equality and the momentum isn't letting up - it's only getting stronger. This time last year 17 states had legalized same-sex marriage compared with 37 states today. Affirmations' Black Tie Gala Debuts New Executive Director http://www.