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Michigan Affirmations Names New Executive Director

In less than two months of searching, Affirmations' Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Susan Erspamer as its next executive director. READ MORE.

Equality Michigan Appoints New Deputy Director

Equality Michigan announced Nov. 18 the appointment of its new Deputy Director, L. Michael Gipson. READ MORE.

Introducing The Affirmations L.E.A.D. Institute

L.E.A.D. is a leadership development program designed for LGBTQ professionals. READ MORE.

New Development Director Takes The Helm At Ozone House Youth And Family Services

Ozone House Youth and Family Services announced Nov. 17 the appointment of Allie Schachter to the role of development director. READ MORE.

Michigan Court Of Appeals Reverses Ruling On Custody Case Involving Lesbian Parents

The Michigan Court of Appeals reversed its decision Nov. 19 on a 2013 custody case involving a lesbian couple where, following a divorce, the nonbiological mom was denied custody and visitation rights for a child she helped raise with her former partner. READ MORE.

Religious Leaders Gather To Support Those Living With HIV/AIDS

Detroit and suburban religious and community organizations will gather on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, to remember those who have died, support those who are living with HIV and AIDS and find strength in one another to continue their work in and advocating for AIDS service organizations as well as provide support for those living with HIVAIDS. READ MORE.

An Open Letter To Dana Nessel, From The Transgender Community of Michigan

Make no mistake, the hate-filled, fear-mongering message used by our opposition is simple, cheap and incredibly effective. To counter it will require a massive campaign to educate Michigan's voters about the nuances of what it means to be transgender and then convince them to approve a change to our state's constitution. To believe that this massive undertaking can be accomplished within the time frame of your ballot campaign is naive at best. READ MORE.

News Analysis: The Pre-ballot Battle

Michigan has seen similar hysteria related to local nondiscrimination laws. In Hamtramck, ordinance opponents distributed campaign literature with a cartoon character clearly of a "man in a dress." In Kalamazoo, opponents distributed hanging political literature with images of Dr. Julie Nemecek -- a transgender woman who sued Spring Arbor University when that organization fired her for being transgender.The ordinance lost in Hamtramck, but won in Kalamazoo -- a sample that could indicate a ballot battle is not a slam-dunk when put before the voters READ MORE.

Nearly 500 Dems Gather To Hear Castro, Others

Nearly 500 Democrats and supporters gathered in the first major fundraising event in West Michigan Saturday night to hear Julian Castro, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. READ MORE.

Trans Sistas Of Color Project Launches With First Event, Outlines Plans

It's been a long time coming, but the Trans Sistas of Color Project is now a reality. READ MORE.

2015 Transgender Day Of Remembrance

Once a year lesbian, gay and bisexual members of the LGBT community are called upon to stand in solidarity with the trans community and honor the lives of trans brothers and sisters who have been lost during the past year. READ MORE.

Refusal of Service: Surprising Results Stem From Marriage Nondiscrimination Study

An Oct. 26 presentation at the Equality Research Center at Eastern Michigan University showcased a study that asked Americans where they stand on the refusal of services to same-sex couples and interracial couples, and the results were shocking. READ MORE.

Federal Judge Says Love v Johnson Will Move Forward

A federal lawsuit filed by six transgender plaintiffs against Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson will continue after Federal Judge Nancy Edmunds denied Nov. 16 the state's motion to dismiss the case. READ MORE.

West Michigan Man Rejected As Organ Donor Because He's Gay

A gay man on the west side of the state seeking to donate one of his kidneys to a child in need has been rejected as a possible candidate due to his sexuality, WZZM reports. READ MORE.

Southfield Swears In First Gay Mayor

After a tiring campaign and a win earlier this month at the ballot box, Kenson Siver, the first openly-gay mayor of Southfield, pledged his oath of office before a crowded city hall Nov. 16. READ MORE.

Judge For Love v Johnson Seems Sympathetic To ACLU Argument

Lawyers from the ACLU and the ACLU of Michigan argued Nov. 4 before Federal Judge Nancy Edmunds against a state policy set in 2011 by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson that prevents many transgender men and women from correcting the gender on their driver's licenses and other forms of identification. READ MORE.

2015 Election Results

Michigan voters came out to the polls Nov. 3 to vote on a number of proposals, elected official positions and more. Based on the results of the vote, big change is set to stir up Lansing and Kalamazoo, and Southfield will welcome its first openly gay mayor. READ MORE.

Pugh Trial: A Recap

The long awaited Charles Pugh trial - for sexual grooming, as the mainstream media calls it - finally took place last week. Though Pugh, quite noticeably, was absent from the proceedings. READ MORE.

Jayne And April DeBoer Officially Adopt Their Five Children

In an unforgettable and long-awaited day in their family history, Jayne and April DeBoer formally adopted all five of their children Nov. 12 in Oakland County Circuit Court. READ MORE.

Committee Votes State Will Pay For Same-Sex Marriage Fight, Not Schuette

The state House Appropriations Committee voted directly on party lines Nov. 5 in favor of Attorney General Bill Schuette's Legislative Transfer Request 2015-8, which will transfer reimbursement funds to Schuette's office to pay for his failure in the marriage equality case. READ MORE.

Special Section: World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day Event Calendar

Commemorate World AIDS Day Dec. 1 with these events in the Metro Detroit and Ann ArborYpsilanti areas.

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