PrideSource - Michigan Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 26 Nov 2015 16:26 EST 26 Nov 2015 16:26 EST Affirmations Names New Executive Director In less than two months of searching, Affirmations' Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Susan Erspamer as its next executive director. Equality Michigan Appoints New Deputy Director Equality Michigan announced Nov. 18 the appointment of its new Deputy Director, L. Michael Gipson. Introducing The Affirmations L.E.A.D. Institute L.E.A.D. is a leadership development program designed for LGBTQ professionals. New Development Director Takes The Helm At Ozone House Youth And Family Services Ozone House Youth and Family Services announced Nov. 17 the appointment of Allie Schachter to the role of development director. Michigan Court Of Appeals Reverses Ruling On Custody Case Involving Lesbian Parents The Michigan Court of Appeals reversed its decision Nov. 19 on a 2013 custody case involving a lesbian couple where, following a divorce, the nonbiological mom was denied custody and visitation rights for a child she helped raise with her former partner. Religious Leaders Gather To Support Those Living With HIV/AIDS Detroit and suburban religious and community organizations will gather on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, to remember those who have died, support those who are living with HIV and AIDS and find strength in one another to continue their work in and advocating for AIDS service organizations as well as provide support for those living with HIVAIDS. An Open Letter To Dana Nessel, From The Transgender Community of Michigan <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Make no mistake, the hate-filled, fear-mongering message used by our opposition is simple, cheap and incredibly effective. To counter it will require a massive campaign to educate Michigan's voters about the nuances of what it means to be transgender and then convince them to approve a change to our state's constitution. To believe that this massive undertaking can be accomplished within the time frame of your ballot campaign is naive at best. News Analysis: The Pre-ballot Battle <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Michigan has seen similar hysteria related to local nondiscrimination laws. In Hamtramck, ordinance opponents distributed campaign literature with a cartoon character clearly of a "man in a dress." In Kalamazoo, opponents distributed hanging political literature with images of Dr. Julie Nemecek -- a transgender woman who sued Spring Arbor University when that organization fired her for being transgender.The ordinance lost in Hamtramck, but won in Kalamazoo -- a sample that could indicate a ballot battle is not a slam-dunk when put before the voters Nearly 500 Dems Gather To Hear Castro, Others Nearly 500 Democrats and supporters gathered in the first major fundraising event in West Michigan Saturday night to hear Julian Castro, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Trans Sistas Of Color Project Launches With First Event, Outlines Plans <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>It's been a long time coming, but the Trans Sistas of Color Project is now a reality. 2015 Transgender Day Of Remembrance Once a year lesbian, gay and bisexual members of the LGBT community are called upon to stand in solidarity with the trans community and honor the lives of trans brothers and sisters who have been lost during the past year. Refusal of Service: Surprising Results Stem From Marriage Nondiscrimination Study <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>An Oct. 26 presentation at the Equality Research Center at Eastern Michigan University showcased a study that asked Americans where they stand on the refusal of services to same-sex couples and interracial couples, and the results were shocking. Federal Judge Says Love v Johnson Will Move Forward A federal lawsuit filed by six transgender plaintiffs against Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson will continue after Federal Judge Nancy Edmunds denied Nov. 16 the state's motion to dismiss the case. West Michigan Man Rejected As Organ Donor Because He's Gay A gay man on the west side of the state seeking to donate one of his kidneys to a child in need has been rejected as a possible candidate due to his se