PrideSource - Michigan Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 13 Feb 2016 01:13 EST 13 Feb 2016 01:13 EST Equality Michigan Elects New Board Officers, Plans Million Dollar Year In a swift move that helps set the stage for the upcoming year, Equality Michigan and Equality Michigan Action Network, the advocacy arm of the LGBT advocacy and anti-violence organization, announced Feb. 12 that its Boards of Directors have each elected a new slate of officers. Down and Dirty in Detroit <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Jack O. Summers talks about juxtaposing the profane and the sacred, the lack of LGBT art at the Dirty Show and more. Trans Musician from Ann Arbor Tries Out for The Voice <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Jaimie Wilson, 20, performed at Motor City Pride last year and is about to try out for season 10 of "The Voice." He's a return contender for the show but is excited for the opportunity to show the judges what he can do. Is it Finally Safe to Share Gay PDA? It has been six months since the U.S. Supreme court handed the LGBT community a historic marriage equality victory. However, despite the joy and celebration that followed, many people still consider LGBT love to be despicable, disgusting or even reprehensible. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, and having had six months of marriage equality, BTL wondered if now is finally a time where LGBT couples can feel safe engaging in public displays of affection. Mysterious Rashes Plague Flint Water Consumers Shortly after the city of Flint shifted its water source from Detroit-provided water to water drawn from the notoriously polluted Flint River, clients at Wellness Services, Inc. in Flint began to complain. The water smelled. It was rusty, often coming from the tap the color of coffee. It tasted wrong. Then the strange rashes began. Part Time Health: State's Chief Medical Officer Holds Position Illegally, Experts Say The state's Chief Medical Executive Officer may be in the position in violation of state law. Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo Celebrates Marriage Equality Relieve Stress at Affirmations' Gentle Movement Event An upcoming class and presentation at Affirmations will showcase gentle somatic movement with somatic movement educator, Joel Haines. Blumz Co-Owner Assumes Elected Position Co-Owner of Blumz by JRDesigns, Jerome Raska, was recently elected as the new president of the Michigan Floral Association. Author Criticizes Black Homophobia, Praises Obama While Promoting New Book in Southfield <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Author Michael Eric Dyson spoke at the Southfield Public Library Feb. 6 promoting his new book, "The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America." The event was sponsored by local independent store Book Beat. West Michigan 2016 LGBT REACH Awards The Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center handed out the 2016 REACH awards to six individuals andor organizations who have excelled in their work as an LGBT activist or ally. Winners of the awards represent the best of the best in the categories of retail, education, ally support, community, humanitarian and faith. From US to Canada, Western Michigan Couple Celebrates Their Love <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>It was love at first sight for Max Brown and Doug Sipsma. They met in 1999 when they were both visiting Chicago. They struck up a conversation in a store, exchanged phone numbers and a couple of weeks later they had their first date. They've been together ever since. Did Michigan Senate Reaffirm the Criminalization of Sodomy? An effort to create a law to prevent people convicted of abusing animals from adopting or owning an animal for five years after their conviction is in jeopardy over an attempt to repurpose an obsolete law banning bestiality. But in the course of adopting the measure, lawmakers approved an amendment to the the obsolete abominable and detestable crime against nature law. Numerous websites proclaimed the state Senate had approved legislation to criminalize sodomy with a 15 year sentence. Part Time Health: State's Chief Medical Officer Holds Position Illegally, Experts Say The state's Chief Medical Executive Officer m