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News You Should Know Cervical Cancer Survey Seeks Lesbian And Bisexual Women

Michael Johnson, a PhD student at Medical University of South Carolina, is seeking input from lesbian and bisexual women on a study involving cervical cancer and screenings. READ MORE.

Michigan Impact On The Kids, Totten Talks Harms Of Same-Sex Adoption Ban

"I want to be very clear that there is nothing in the Michigan constitution that says Bill Schuette has to argue that foster kids would be better off as orphans than having two gay parents. There is nothing in Michigan constitution that says that," Totten said. READ MORE.

State House Blocks HIV And Other Reproductive Health Websites From Staff

Staff for state representatives may have discovered over the last week that they were unable to access certain sites related to HIV and reproductive health. A spokesperson for Speaker of the House Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) says a recent software update is to blame. READ MORE.

Oakland Univ. Holds Conversation on LGBT Rights in Michigan

Tonight [Oct. 29], Michigan For Marriage will gather at the Lake Superior B, Oakland Center at Oakland University to discuss the current state of the Michigan marriage equality trial and what is next for equality in the state. READ MORE.

National 5th Circuit Court Sets Date To Hear SSM Cases

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled oral arguments for same-sex marriages cases, Monday, for rulings from Texas and Louisiana. The hearings are set for the week of Jan. 5, 2015. READ MORE.

Hook-Up Related Homicide In Pennsylvania

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has recently learned of the hook-up related homicide of a man from Norristown, Pennsylvania. READ MORE.

Federal Gov. To Recognize Same-Sex Married Couples In Six More States

In the latest development following the Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to decline to hear any pending cases regarding same-sex marriage, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Oct. 25 that the federal government will now recognize same-sex married couples in six new states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming, stretching the number of states where same-sex marriages are federally recognized to 32 and the District of Columbia. READ MORE.

International NCLR Committee To Attend UN Meeting Against Torture

NCLR's #BornPerfect campaign is a national effort aimed at ending conversion therapy in the next five years by passing laws across the country to protect LGBT youth, fighting in courtrooms to ensure their safety, and raising awareness about the serious harms caused by these dangerous practices. The campaign is managed by Samantha Ames, an attorney at NCLR who focuses on conversion therapy and youth issues. The committee, led by Ames, is co-chaired by Samuel Brinton and James Guay, MFT, both of whom are survivors of conversion therapy. READ MORE.

Michigan MOASH Awarded Federal Funding To Improve Outcomes For LGBT Youth In Michigan

The Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH), the statewide leader on adolescent sexual health, has been awarded a three-year federal grant for their project called Building a Movement for Michigan Gay Straight Alliances (BAMM GSAs). This project will bring together otherwise isolated stakeholders across Michigan, all of which are experienced in improving health outcomes of LGBT youth, to increase the number and capacity of GSAs in the state. READ MORE.

National Federal Judge Strikes Down Arizona Same-Sex Marriage Ban

A federal judge has cleared the way for legally recognized gay marriages in Arizona by ruling that the state's ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional. The ruling Friday (Oct. 17) by U.S. District Judge John Sedwick bars state officials from enforcing a 1996 state law and a 2008 voter-approved constitutional amendment that outlawed gay marriage. READ MORE.

Michigan LGBT Jewelry Collection Comes To Tapper's

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. READ MORE.

LGBTQ Youth Development Challenge Offers Trip To Denver

UNITY Michigan will be offering an opportunity for LGBTQ youth across Michigan to reduce discrimination and improve legal protections for youth while potentially winning a trip to Colorado. READ MORE.

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Smoking: Critical Health Issue For LGBT Michiganders

MICHIGAN - A recent study by Affirmations Community Center and the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center, funded by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), facilitated eight focus groups with LGBT-identified individuals that helps shed light on tobacco use within the LGBT community.

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