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Michigan New Website for Trans Empowerment

The site is divided into four developmental areas: it serves as an informational portal, promotes services by and for trans people with economic needs, maintains a platform for empowering grassroots economic development initiatives starting in Metro Detroit and is a space to promote trans people's earned income enterprises in a shared space. READ MORE.

National New CDC Campaign Encourages HIV Treatment And Maintenance

"It wasn't easy finding out I had HIV, but deciding to start and stick to my treatment has helped me live a happier, healthier life," said Aaron Laxton, who appears in the campaign ads. "The idea of starting treatment can be daunting, but it's important to remember you aren't alone - and that by taking HIV medication every day and seeing your doctor regularly, you can stay healthy and keep doing the things you love." READ MORE.

15 Orgos Ask Capitol For New LGBT State Dept. Position

"As the scourge of state-sanctioned discrimination and violence against LGBT people spreads, it is imperative that the United States take a strong diplomatic stand in demanding the equal enforcement of human rights," said Ruth Messinger, president of AJWS, the leading Jewish international development and human rights organization. READ MORE.

Ginsburg: 6th Circuit Likely To Determine SCOTUS Urgency

Same-sex couples can legally wed in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Bans that have been overturned in some other states continue to make their way through the courts. "Having people close to us who say who they are - that made the attitude change in this country," Ginsburg said at the University of Minnesota Law School. READ MORE.

The Scoop On Ben & Jerry's LGBT Support

Ben & Jerry's joins the ranks of other retailers, food or otherwise, professing strong support for same-sex marriage. READ MORE.

Michigan Detroit Leadership Class Welcomes Affirmations' Director Of Programs

"I'm inspired by the passion and commitment all the participants have towards Detroit and Southeast Michigan and I'm looking forward to working with this talented class of individuals to increase awareness of resources related to sexual orientation and gender identity at Affirmations," said Jenkins. READ MORE.

News You Should Know Third Circuit Court Upholds Conversion Therapy Ban

Lower courts had defined ex-gay therapy as "conduct" instead of speech, even though the therapy practice primarily consists of talk therapy. The Appellate court ruled that speech is speech and not conduct and therefore not protected by the First Amendment. READ MORE.

National Women's Colleges Address Transgender Applicants

"What it means to be a woman isn't static," said Mount Holyoke President Lynn Pasquerella, who the AP reports announced the admissions policy change at the college's convocation ceremony. "Early feminists argued that reducing women to their biological functions was a foundation of women's oppression. We don't want to fall back on that." READ MORE.

Michigan Mich. Dems Push Elliott-Larsen Amendment In House & Senate

"Today I once again introduced a bill to include sexual orientation, gender identity and expression in Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. Updating the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act is about protecting our citizens and their families from being fired from a job or being denied housing because of who they are or who they love," said Rebekah Warren in a statement following the release of her bill. READ MORE.

News You Should Know Legislators Urge Re-Evaluation Of Donation Policies For MSM

The document requests a written update on the FDA's progress in reassessing the policy on blood donation before the end of 2014, as well as information about the related organ and tissue donation policies; an estimation of when recommendations for policy changes will be announced publicly and when these changes will take effect; and what steps are being considered to make the adjustment of the blood and tissue deferral policies possible. READ MORE.

National 32 States Request SCOTUS To Settle Same-Sex Marriage

Thirty-two states that either allow same-sex marriage or have banned it asked SCOTUS on Sept. 4 to settle the issue that is occupying many of the States' courts. The signatories of the Amici Briefs filed with the Supreme Court represent different constituencies and interests, but they all agree that continuing injury and indignity inflicted on families by the deprivation of the constitutional guarantees of the freedom to marry and equal protection must end nationwide. READ MORE.

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Nearing Agricultural Nirvana With Dolly The Llama

CHELSEA - Following a path that has taken her from working in civil rights in the big metropolis of New York City to owning dozens of sheep, chickens, pigs and other rowdy farm animals, Angie Martell seeks a full life of balance and tranquility.

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