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Michigan The Accidental Activists Of Ann Arbor's Homoplex

ANN ARBOR - "First you have to ask, what is the Braun Court Community?" Keith Orr says. Nearly thirty years ago, the area had an ethnic restaurant identity with Chinese, Middle Eastern, Mexican and Japanese cuisine filling the court with scents of curry and wasabi. Now, Braun Court, located directly across the street from Kerrytown and the Farmer's Market in Ann Arbor, is the center of what Orr describes as a "Gayborhood" and is home to the Jim Toy Community Center (JTCC), Trillium Real Estate, Shout, autBar and Common Language Bookstore. READ MORE.

'Decision Day' Gatherings To Be Held Throughout State

URL Michigan For Marriage www.michiganformarriage.org has called for citizens across the state to join together on the day the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issues a ruling in the Michigan marriage case, Snyder v DeBoer. READ MORE.

Sterling Heights Looks To Lansing To Take Lead On Elliott-Larsen

STERLING HEIGHTS - Three months after it was passed, the Sterling Heights City Council repealed the non-discrimination ordinance that broadened protections to include gender identity and sexual orientation. READ MORE.

Pioneering Voices Exhibit To Feature Transgender Stories

SOUTHFIELD - A new exhibit from the creators of "Love Makes a Family" is coming to the Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church in Southfield. "Pioneering Voices," a museum-quality traveling exhibit featuring photographs and interviews with transgender persons of all ages, as well as with their partners and children, will be on display for the entire month of October. READ MORE.

Queer Labor Book Presentation Comes To Ferndale

Former Detroit resident, Miriam Frank, will return to the area to present her new book, "Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America." The book tells the story of queer American workers from the mid-1960s through 2013. Frank interviewed 100 LGBT labor activists who came out on the job and in their unions; several of these individuals hailed from Metro Detroit. READ MORE.

Trial Date Set For Pugh Case

DETROIT - Former Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh has come out swinging in a recent court filing, and he's taken aim at the mother of his accuser, Tamu Gaines. Through his attorney, Pugh had little to say about the young man he use to mentor, Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men graduate Khody Sanford, but plenty to say about his mom. READ MORE.

Beyond The Binary: Looking Into LGBT Identities

DEARBORN - National speaker and award-winning activist, Robyn Ochs, is coming to the University of Michigan-Dearborn to talk about bisexuality and the multifaceted experiences of the LGBT community in her presentation, "Beyond the Binary." The bi activist will speak about the landscape of sexual orientation and how we "map" out those experiences. READ MORE.

BREAKING: Dems File Complaint With IRS, State Department Of Treasury Over Land Signs At Charity

LANSING - The Michigan Democratic Party filed a formal complaint last week with both the IRS and the Michigan Department of Treasury over allegations a charity controlled by Land's family members may have violated nonprofit rules prohibiting involvement in political campaigns. Between The Lines reported on the situation in September, providing photographic evidence of "Terri Lynn Land for Senate" yard signs available inside the Lansing location of World Mission Thrift Store. READ MORE.

School To Re-Examine Policy That Led To Dismissal Of Lesbian Teacher

The Congregation of Catholics nuns that operate Marian High School have signaled that they will re-examine school policies that led to the firing of Barb Webb, the former Chemistry teacher who says she was let go because of her nontraditional pregnancy. READ MORE.

The LGBT&A Caucus Changes The Political Landscapes

MICHIGAN - Mark LaChey, chair of the LGBTA Caucus, recently spoke about the positive change the caucus is making within the Democratic Party and Michigan. LaChey, an attorney from Saugatuck, has an extensive political background consisting of 14 years as a City Commissioner for Pleasant Ridge, work with Triangle (now Equality Michigan), continual volunteering, service as policy director in 2010 and work as a precinct delegate of the Oakland City Democratic Party. He took over the caucus in February 2013 after the previous chair decided not to run for re-election. READ MORE.

Pride Night At The Palace

"We do so many of these nights [themed nights]," Abe Alcodray, account executive at Palace Sports and Entertainment said. "The sports world is coming around and society as a whole, too. San Francisco hosts a Pride Night, so does LA. Why not bring it to Detroit, which has a vibrant LGBT community?" READ MORE.

Fifth Annual Transgender Health Fair

"I started talking to a lot of people in my community who are afraid of going to their doctor whatsoever. And they hadn't been to the doctor in 20 years. Some of them were specifically told to get out of the doctor's office," Executive Director of Transgender Michigan Rachel Crandall explained. "One was told 'I'll give you five seconds to get out of my office or I am going to call the police.' So, that's a major problem within the trans community-its access to health care and its access to healthcare who is trained in trans issues. That's not really taught in medical school." READ MORE.

HARC Introduces Virtual AIDS Walk

The HIVAIDS Resource Center (HARC) will host the first ever "Virtual AIDS Walk." The fundraiser, which will contribute to the ongoing fight against HIVAIDS in Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston and Lenawee counties, runs until the end of September. The virtual "walk" allows individuals to set personal fundraising goals that friends, family, co-workers and members of their social networks can contribute to, all without putting on walking shoes. Donations can be made online at URL www.hivaidsresource.org. Cash and check donations can also be collected. READ MORE.

OUTFest Returns For 20th Annual Celebration

ANN ARBOR - The 20th Annual OUTFest comes to Braun Court in Ann Arbor's Kerrytown district this Saturday, Sept. 27 and will serve as a night of entertainment and joy for the Washtenaw LGBT community. READ MORE.

State Republicans Question Need For

LANSING - In the House and Senate, Michigan is once again looking at legislation that seeks to add sexual orientation and gender identity into a list of protected classes under Michigan's Civil Rights Bill, but some legislators have a difference of opinion. House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) recently signaled that he will not allow the bill sponsored by all 50 Democrats to come up for a vote after the primary in November. He claims that the bill fails to establish "an important balance" between the LGBT community and religious exemptions. READ MORE.

Sterling Heights City Council Rescinds Non-Discrimination Law

STERLING HEIGHTS - Sterling Heights City Council has repealed the non-discrimination ordinance passed earlier this year. In June, Sterling Heights passed a non-discrimination ordinance that would now include gender identity and sexual orientation. Since then, a local group - the Sterling Heights Referendum Petition - gathered signatures to ask the city clerk's office to put the ordinance on the upcoming November ballot. READ MORE.

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