PrideSource - Michigan Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 23 Jul 2016 19:23 EST 23 Jul 2016 19:23 EST Jeffrey Montgomery, LGBTQ Leader Dies at 63 <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The man who took personal tragedy and turned it into a "brilliant" career fighting for the rights of the LGBT community has died. Jeffrey Montgomery, the founder of Triangle Foundation in Detroit, died Monday, July 18 at age 63. Montgomery's life journey took him from a comfortable childhood in Grosse Pointe, Michigan; to the national stage as a leading voice combating anti-LGBT violence across the U.S. Uniting Activism and Advocacy to Create Lasting Change in Transgender Rights <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Annual Detroit Black Gay Pride Celebration to Take Place Next Week <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - It's that time of year again. Hotter Than July, aka Detroit Black Gay Pride, is scheduled for next week. Events run Tuesday, July 26 - Sunday, July 31. The week kicks off with the annual candlelight vigilopening ceremony Tuesday. The vigil will take place at Palmer Park near the blue spruce memorial tree (pond area). Longtime community activist Ron Doe will be speaking. Great Lakes Bay Region Celebrates 6th Pride Festival MIDLAND - June is over but LGBT Michigan is not done celebrating pride. Perceptions, the community center for the Great Lakes Bay region will present its 6th annual Pride festival July 23 in the Veteran's Memorial Park in Bay City. Fair Michigan Launches Justice Project DETROIT - A new project has started in southeast Michigan working directly with city officials to investigate hate crimes against the LGBT community. BREAKING: Jeffrey Montgomery, Triangle Foundation Founder, Has Died <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Jeffrey Montgomery, founder of the Triangle Foundation - the predecessor organization to Equality Michigan - has died. This is a breaking news story. Watch for updates. State Sen. Rick Jones Breaks with Caucus, Co-Sponsors Hate Crimes Amendment <img src=' at Orlando event.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>State Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) has become the lead co-sponsor -- along with Warren Democrat Steve Bieda -- to amend the 1988 Ethnic Intimidation Act law to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Jones has been in the legislature since 2004, and has previously voted &quot;pass&quot; on hate crimes legislation -- essentially an abstention. But on June 12, the former Eaton County Sheriff had to face up to reality: members of the LGBT community are the targets of hate violence. Schuette Joins Coalition Challenging Federal LGBT Youth Guidance In Schools LANSING - Attorney General Bill Schuette, long believed to be a Republican candidate for governor in 2018, joined a coalition of 10 states July 8 fighting the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice's recent federal directive extending protections to LGBT youth in schools. Kickstarter Campaign Raises Over $11K to Renovate New LGBT Detroit Building <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - It's a milestone for Detroit's black LGBT community. LGBT Detroit recently purchased a building of its own on Greenfield Road on the city's west side. The 3,100 square foot building is nearly three times the size of the space the agency currently rents on Burroughs Street in midtown. Equitable Parenthood Still Penalizing LGBT Parents DETROIT - A unanimous vote July 5 by the Michigan Court of Appeals found that a lesbian co-parent lacked standing to seek parenting time or custody rights over the biological child of her ex-girlfriend who she helped raise. To Transgender Movement Leaders, Activism Is an Antidote to Violence <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Poor Man's Art Collective Gives Emerging Artists a Chance to Shine <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - It's not easy for an emerging artist to get their work seen. But the Poor Man's Art Collective endeavors to make that goal a little more accessible. "We created the Poor Man's Art Collective in 2003 as a response to a lot of artists that I had come across who were having difficulties showing their work in galleries, cont