PrideSource - Michigan Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 30 Aug 2016 06:30 EST 30 Aug 2016 06:30 EST SAGE Metro Detroit Requests Affirming Service Providers for Rainbow Resource Guide <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>How many times have we heard the story about the older lesbian who felt uncomfortable when the furnace repairman came to her house and asked her where her husband is? She is someone's mother, grandmother, or friend, but in this case she is also someone who is still grieving the recent loss of her partner. Michigan Pride Off to Late Start, Relocates Amid Tension <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Officials with Michigan Pride admit this year's Lansing pride events got off to a late start, but are hopeful that a new set of sponsors combined with a new location will lead to a renewal of the event. LGBT Community Center in the Works for Traverse City <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Five LGBT individuals in Traverse City have developed an exploratory committee named Polestar to research the interest and sustainability of an LGBT community center in the five-country area. Ruth Ellis Health and Wellness Center Announces Partnership with Henry Ford Health System <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Federal Judge Dismissed ACLU's Challenge to SOS Driver's License Policy Court Ruling in Transgender Discrimination Case Sets Dangerous Precedent U.S. District Judge Sean Cox ruled on Aug. 18 that R.G. G.R. Harris Funeral Home's Owner Thomas Rost did not discriminate against Aimee Stephens, formerly Anthony Stephens, when he fired her..."The implications of allowing this broad RFRA exemption in this case are staggering. People do hold sincerely held religious beliefs about many things and those beliefs are protected by the constitution," he said. "However, if religious motivation exempts businesses from anti-discrimination laws, our government would be powerless to enforce laws to protect all Americans against the harms of discrimination." Village of Lake Orion Moves Forward with Human Rights Ordinance <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>&quot;It&#39;s really time for the village to make another kind of decision - that discrimination is not okay and diversity is welcome in our community.&quot; Attorney Ken Mogill&#39;s words summed up the discussion that preceded a vote by the Lake Orion Village Council to accept the first reading of an inclusive human rights ordinance. The ordinance, if adopted, would make it a misdemeanor to discriminate on the basis of religion, race, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation and gender identity. It would apply to employment, housing, education, and access to public accommodations. &quot;This ordinance is an opportunity to make the kind of statement that needs to be made,&quot; Mogill said. Disappointing Ruling Allows Discrimination Against Transgender People <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>This case is one of the first of the EEOCs attempts to hold companies liable for bias against transgender employees. Cox's questions for EEOC attorneys in court centered on whether transgender people are a protected class under Title VII and if Stephens was considered a public face of the funeral home. In response to what, if any, statutory or case authority there is to back up the EEOC's position, Price drew Cox's attention to a number of federal cases which have upheld transgender rights under Title VII. Pioneering Ruth Ellis Center Takes Visionary Next Steps <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>LGBTQ youth and young adults living in one of the most medically-underserved cities in the state of Michigan will now have access to mental health, substance use disorder treatment and prevention, and primary healthcare. The Ruth Ellis Center, which incorporated as a youth social services agency seventeen years ago, will open the Ruth Ellis Health and Wellness Center to expand their services this year. REC will continue to provide short- and long-term residential safe space and support services for runaway, homeless, and at-risk LGBTQ youth in Highland Park and Detroit. By adding integrated behavioral and primary healthcare services, REC will take a critical step forward to meet the ever-changing needs of the young people they serve. Pugh and the P Word DETROIT - While preparing to go to trial in 2015 in the civil case that ultimately ended with Pugh being ordered to pay his accuser, Khody Sanford, $250,000, Pugh's then council, Marc Deldon, won a pretrial motion that the word "pedophile" be banned from the court room. But during his preliminary hearing before Judge Deborah Langston from the 36th District Court the word was very much front and center. LGBT Detroit, EMU Equality Research Center Continue Partnership Detroit-The LGBT Detroit Leadership Academy announced their continued partnership with Eastern Michigan University's Equality Research Center. The Fall 2016 academy class is now open for enrollment and will be assisted by the center with curriculum development to empower students in effective movement and community building. Kym Worthy's Career of Public Service to Be Honored DETROIT - Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy will be honored on Nov. 16 during the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation's 12th annual Archer Award event. The Dennis W. Archer Award is presented annually to an attorney or jurist who has followed an exemplary career of public service, according to Archer Award Co-Chair Kathleen Lang of Dickinson Wright. U.S. Attorney General Launches Justice Forum Series with First Stop in Detroit <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The "frayed trust" between law enforcement and the community is getting the attention it demands from the nation's leaders. This includes U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch who attributes this disconnect, in part, to "recent tragedies over the last several weeks that struck a chord with so many people." OUTfest Honors And Remembers Pulse Nightclub Victims In Orlando <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Detroit Police Department Holds LGBT Community Chat <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - Metro Detroit community members and the Detroit Police Department met Aug. 3 in Palmer Park for the 2nd Annual LGBT Community Chat "Breaking Down Barriers," facilitated by DPD LGBT Liaison Dani Woods. How Hot is It? Detroit Black Gay Pride Struggles in its Third Decade <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In its heyday, Hotter Than July - Detroit Black Gay Pride - offered a jam packed week full of action and events. There were parades and marches, poetry nights, authors' events, women's events, a jazz bash and more parties than you could count. Today, the staples of the week - the candlelight vigil, conference and the picnic in Palmer Park - are still intact. But attendance is down and HTJ, one of the oldest black gay prides in the country, appears to have lost some of its prestige. http://