PrideSource - Michigan Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 22 Oct 2014 23:22 EST 22 Oct 2014 23:22 EST Richard Bernstein: The Face Of Blind Justice <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>MICHIGAN - Candidate for the open seat on the Michigan Supreme Court, Richard Bernstein, recently sat down with BTL. The pro bono lawyer is known for his work with disability cases. He set up the Public Service Division of his family's law firm and handles cases that "no one else will take." Ally vs. Extremist: McKenzie Seeks 11th District Win <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Bobby McKenzie, 39, a new face on Michigan's political stage, would be the first Democrat in 40 years to represent the 11th Congressional District if he can prevail over Republican David Trott, a conservative attorney best know as the principle in a law firm responsible for the vast majority of home foreclosures in Michigan. Some polls show the two almost tied in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, the Tea Party reindeer farmer who lost to Trott in the August primary. Marriage Equality: 'It's Coming' Say LGBT Advocates <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>EAST LANSING - As Michigan residents continue to wait for the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to issue its ruling in the appeal of DeBoer v Snyder - Michigan's same-sex marriage case - LGBT advocates had a message: it's coming. WMU To Award LGBT Alumna At Homecoming Event <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>KALAMAZOO - In an upcoming Homecoming event, Western Michigan University's (WMU) Pride Alumni Association will honor the work and dedication of local LGBT advocates. LGBT and ally alumni of WMU are invited to join together for the Oct. 24 event that will include the presentation of the first ever Community Impact Alumni Award to Kalamazoo resident, River Artz-Iffland. Launch Of The 2014 Michigan Voter Guide <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>MICHIGAN - Between The Lines has created a Voter Guide available both in print and online, filled with detailed spreadsheets that will show Michigan voters which major endorsements each candidate has received up and down the ticket. Ann Arbor Adopts Updated Non-Discrimination Ordinance ANN ARBOR - The Ann Arbor non-discrimination ordinance was one of the first of its kind in Michigan to add sexual orientation to the list of protections in 1978 and added gender identity a few years later. This week the city adopted a revamped ordinance adding in protections against discrimination for housing, employment and public accommodations for victims of domestic violence and stalking. Upcoming Mental Health Training Is Joined By Sex Therapist <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>FERNDALE - Clinical educators will come together to conduct a two-day intensive training on clinical issues related to sexual orientation Nov. 7 and 8. Co-Founder Awards Substantial Gift To Equality Michigan <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - Equality Michigan, the only statewide anti-violence and political advocacy organization that serves Michigan's LGBT and HIV affected communities, has been named the beneficiary of two gifts from the estate of Dr. Henry Messer. Michigan Roundtable To Honor Michigan Social Justice Advocates <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The Michigan Roundtable, a humanitarian group dedicated to diversity and inclusion, will host its 67th Annual Humanitarian Tribute on Nov. 5 in Detroit. LGBT Jewelry Collection Comes To Tapper's <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>A new wedding jewelry collection from LGBT designer, Rony Tennenbaum, is being featured by Tapper's Diamonds and Fine Jewelry in honor of its 37th Anniversary. Pastors Declare Challenge To Civil Rights For Michigan LGBT Community <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Pastors and Christian leaders gathered on the steps of the state capitol Wednesday morning to demand the state legislature refuse to amend Michigan's civil rights act to include the LGBT community. "The homosexual movement is an anti-freedom movement," declared Stacy Swimp, a right wing advocate and minister in Flint and Jackson. Swimp is also a convicted felon. He spent time in Michigan's prison system after being convicted in 1994 of assault with intent to murder. Mark Totten Seeks Attorney General Seat, Speaks Out On Schuette <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>For Democrat Mark Totten, 40, his bid to replace Republican Bill Schuette, 60, as Michigan's Attorney General is a mission. "I think Michigan families need an Attorney General who is going to keep them safe and not let politics get in the way," Totten told Between The Lines in a phone interview Oct. 8. He says Schuette, who is seeking re-election to be the people's lawyer, has failed on the core missions of the office - fighting consumer fraud, protecting the environment, assuring transparency in government and respecting the federal Constitution and equal protection for all. MSHDA Under Investigation, Snyder Fundraiser Raises Questions <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>You thought YOU had a bad Monday. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's day started with revelations that the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) is under federal investigation. Then the Michigan Democratic Party released documents showing a company that hosted a lavish fundraiser for Snyder, received a massive boost in their state contract the next day. Their no-bid state contract, incidentally. ACLU Dinner Honors Local Heroes The ACLU of Michigan will host its Annual Dinner on Nov. 7, playing host to special guest, Ta-Nehisi Coates. Coates is an Atlantic senior editor and writer, known for his original and perceptive take on pop culture, politics and history. Coates hails from Baltimore, which he details in his memoir, "The Beautiful Struggle." Previously a Martin Luther King Visiting Associate Professor at MIT, Coates will teach at CUNY's School of Journalism this fall. Masquerave At ARTLABJ And Saginaw DETROIT - A Masquerave Ball is being hosted in two locations this upcoming weekend for the LGBT community and its allies. Created as an alternative homecoming for all those who feel "outside of the crowd," the dance will have tunes from Minneapolis' DJ Stormy Weather and will have a "Masque Competition" with prizes for the best Masquerave Ball outfit and best mask. Coming Out With Self And With Michigan <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Those racing thoughts from the gay teenage character contemplating coming out to his parents in Michael Thomas Ford's novel Suicide Notes still stick with me after first reading them nearly six years ago when I was struggling with my own sexual orientation. Michigan For Marriage Community Conversation <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The 6th Circuit Court could rule at any moment and determine whether same-sex couples in Michigan can be legally married in the state. Michigan for Marriage, the campaign dedicated to changing the hearts and minds to move marriage forward in Michigan, is hosting a community meeting to discuss same-sex marriage status here in Michigan. A Solid LGBT Ally In Peters <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>FARMINGTON HILLS - U.S. Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI 14) is ahead in most polls to win the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Carl Levin, a Democratic powerhouse who has held that U.S. Senate seat for 35 years. Peters is running against Republican Terri Lynn Land. Gary Peters Releases Statement On SCOTUS Decision <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>U.S. Representative Gary Peters (MI-14) has released a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court's announcement that it would not review the rulings of lower courts in same-sex marriage cases in five states, effectively authorizing same-sex marriages in Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Indiana and Wisconsin. Marriage 'Decision Day' Gatherings To Be Held Throughout State <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>