PrideSource - Michigan Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 23 Nov 2014 18:23 EST 23 Nov 2014 18:23 EST Honoring The Death Of Trans Sisters And Brothers <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>On Nov. 28, 1998, transgender woman of color Rita Hester was murdered in Allston, Massachusetts. Sixteen years later the LGBT community continues to internationally honor Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) and memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia. Trans In Michigan? The ACLU Wants To Hear From You MICHIGAN - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan is seeking support for its advocacy in changing State policy regarding gender markers on State IDs. Schuette Wants State's 300 Same-Sex Marriages Voided <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a supplemental brief Nov. 14 in the Caspar v Snyder case, claiming that the Nov. 6 decision by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals renders the roughly 300 same-sex marriages performed in March of this year void. Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Expansion Precarious LANSING -- The lame-duck machinations to amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) continue with two clear sides firming up in the fight. Renowned Gay Writers To Visit Ann Arbor <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In 1980 and 1981, seven gay writers met in New York. They were as much a support group as a writing "school." They were attempting to write serious fiction, but no one was taking them seriously. New MI Group Aims To Pass Fully Inclusive Civil Rights Amendment MICHIGAN - A broad, bipartisan coalition of organizations, businesses, lawmakers, grassroots activists, members of the LGBT community and concerned residents from across the state have joined together to launch a new statewide grassroots campaign with one clear goal. Facebook Community Reacts To 6th Circuit Ruling The 6th Circuit ruling on Nov. 6 left Michigan LGBT and allied residents in a state of shock. With emotions ranging from despair to rage, same-sex marriage proponents took to BTL's Facebook to voice their opinions. Pay It Forward This Holiday Season MICHIGAN - Though the holiday season is usually associated with hot chocolate, Santa and other festivities, many families in metro Detroit are unable to celebrate because of overwhelming medical bills, damages from the summer floods and job losses. Federal Court Rules 2011 Law Prohibiting Domestic Partner Benefits Unconstitutional <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A law signed in December 2011 to prohibit local units of government from providing health benefits for unmarried partners has been struck down by a federal court because it "unlawfully discriminates against same-sex couples." States In 6th Circuit Request SCOTUS Review <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Petitions to The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) have been filed in all four states in the 6th Circuit, which recently issued its ruling on marriage equality for the Midwest states. AT&T National 'Will Only Support Fully Inclusive Bill' On Civil Rights Michigan GOP Pushes Non-Inclusive Elliott-Larsen Amendment <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Republicans in the state House announced Wednesday they would be pushing a non-inclusive amendment to Elliott-Larsen and legislation aimed at protecting religious freedom. Rep. Frank Foster (R-Petosky) will introduce legislation to amend the state's civil rights act to include sexual orientation, but not gender identity. House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) will introduce legislation to protect "religious freedom." Upcoming Community Michigan LGBT Marriage Conversations <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In the next few weeks, Michigan For Marriage will host two community conversations to talk about the current state of the DeBoer v Snyder trial as well as what we can expect for the upcoming months. Statewide Campaign For Gender Inclusive Civil Rights Amendment <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Community and LGBT organizations from across the state have come together to create a new campaign aimed at holding legislators accountable for passage of an all inclusive bill to amend the state's civil-rights amendment. The Long Shot Move To Pass Inclusive Civil Rights Amendment <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>"The latest indication is that they do not want to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity," Greimel said in a phone interview. He said he also believed the Republicans would include a broad religious exemption which would effectively gut the bill. Jeremy Moss: Next State House Rep. District 35 <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Jeremy Moss won a seat to serve in the Michigan State House for the 35th District Nov. 4, a district that includes Southfield. He joins Jon Hoadley of Kalamazoo as one of two openly gay candidates elected into state office. People Of Faith Invited To Community Conversation Michigan Roundtable for Diversity Inclusion and the ACLU of Michigan will present a community conversation on the proposed amendment to the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights bill this month. The amendment aims to add protections in work, housing, etc. Obituary: Ernest B. Gutierrez 'Tito' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Tito Gutierrez, former Affirmations supporter and board member, died peacefully at his home in Arlington, Virginia of lymphoma on Nov. 3. Michigan's Marriage Ban Draws Strong Reaction <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Adding months, perhaps years, for same-sex couples to receive recognition from the state of Michigan for their marriages, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals late Thursday afternoon ruled that Michigan's ban on same-sex marriages was legal. Jon Hoadley: Next State House Rep. District 60 <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Running in a seat that largely swings Democratic, candidate Jon Hoadley and CEO of Badlands Strategies, LLC, celebrated a victory on Nov. 4th as the next state elected official in the 60th District.