PrideSource - Michigan Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 26 May 2017 13:26 EST 26 May 2017 13:26 EST Survey Results Can Help Protect Trans Community, LGBT Rights Organizations Say <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The transgender community has support in the form of data to convince lawmakers in the state that discrimination based on gender identity exists. What's in a Name (and Gender Marker)? <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>At the age of 18, Jazz McGinnis embarked on a journey. As a transgender man, this was neither his physical nor emotional journey - it was a legal one: McGinnis wanted to change his name. REC Receives 100K Grant to Provide Counseling for Trans Women The Hope Grace Fund, a philanthropic vehicle of well-being beauty brand Philosophy USA, has awarded the Ruth Ellis Center in Highland Park with a $100,000 grant to hire a mental health professional who will provide counseling services for trans women and girls of color. Community Activists Will Discuss Groundbreaking Book on Black LGBT Health <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The co-editors, Lourdes Dolores Follins and Jonathan Mathias Lassiter, of the academic text, "Black LGBT Health in the United States: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation," will be available to discuss their work from 6-8 p.m. on June 2 at the Ruth Ellis Health and Wellness Center, 77 Victor St. in Highland Park. New LGBTQA Section at State Bar of Michigan In an effort to ensure consistency within Michigan law and conformity to federal rulings, a new State Bar of Michigan section - the LGBTQA Law Section - will research and identify areas of state laws that may need revisions or updates, and will seek to educate the public and members of the legal community in how their clients may be affected as laws and new precedents develop. Holland LGBTQ Community Center Hosts Open House Area LGBTQ residents and their allies can get a look at the new Out On The Lakeshore Community Center and mingle with professional comedienne Mimi Gonzalez at the same time from 5-7 p.m. on May 30. 'Cheers to HELP' Raises Funds for LGBTQ Health Care Services <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>More than 150 supporters attended the eighth annual Spring fundraiser, "Cheers to HELP," on May 12 at the Health Emergency Lifeline Programs' offices in Detroit. The wine tasting event helped raise over $15,000 for the HELP agency. Community Invited to Discuss 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey Report Results <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Equality Michigan and members of the transgender community will release Michigan-specific data from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey on Wednesday at multiple times and locations across the state. Equity Theatre Group Gives Back to HIV/AIDS Organizations <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>FERNDALE - Members of the Detroit area Actors Equity Association Liaison Committee presented checks on May 8 to organizations in the community fighting against HIVAIDS. EQMI's Department of Victim Services Reaches Across the State <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>As the founding member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, Equality Michigan is committed through their Department of Victim Services to providing support and advocacy services for LGBTQ, SGL (Same Gender Loving), and HIV-affected people experiencing various forms of violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, hate violence, harassment and discrimination. 'As We Go On' Performance to Benefit Holland Community Center True coming out stories will be told live by members of the Ann Arbor LGBTQ community during the performance of "As We Go On" at 3 p.m. on May 21 at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St. Affirmations Welcomes New Youth Program Coordinator Meet Ian Unger, who moved to Michigan from Wisconsin with his wife, and recently joined Affirmations as the new youth program coordinator. Roz Gould Keith Receives Diversity Champion Award <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Roz Gould Keith, founder of Stand with Trans, received the Diversity Champion Award. Annual Fundraiser at Boys & Girls Club Helps LGBTQ Youth <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Six youth between the ages of 11-13 at the Boys & Girls Club of South Oakland County raised money to benefit the Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people. Federal Court Orders Trump to Produce Giuliani Travel Ban Memo <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In response to a recent joint lawsuit filed by the Arab American Civil Rights League, the ACLU of Michigan and others, a federal judge on May 11 ordered President Donald Trump to turn over key documents related to his Executive Order banning travel from six Muslim majority countries and freezing the refugee resettlement program. Lesbian and Transgender Moms Changing the Face of Motherhood <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Mother's Day is an opportunity to recognize the growing profile of lesbian and transgender mothers through personal stories, which Between The Lines asked willing families to share along with a photo. Brownstown Couple Receives Creating Hope Award for Fostering Children <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Lori Dixon and Shelly Taylor became a couple nearly a decade ago. Though Dixon had four biological children from a previous marriage, the couple soon decided they wanted to increase the size of their family. State Admits Error, Retracts Letters Demanding Same-Sex Married Couples Pay More In Taxes Same-sex married couples in Michigan should ignore 2013 tax letter sent out erroneously by Department of Treasury. Family Matters: Legal Issues for Same-Sex Parents The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark marriage equality decision in Obergefell v. Hodges removed barriers to the adoption process for same-sex married couples. But there are unique and complex legal issues to consider when deciding to become a family. Community Gathered for 'Love Is Love' Rally <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Members of the community gathered at Geary Park in Fernd