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Michigan DeBoer-Rowse Children Share Vows At Wedding

After 15 years of devoted love, changing diapers, balancing two overnight shifts and challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse have finally tied the knot. READ MORE.

Exclusive Interview: Judge Friedman Discusses DeBoer v. Snyder Trial

On the eve of the April DeBoer-Jayne Rowse wedding which he officiated, Federal Judge Bernard Friedman sat down with BTL to discuss his historic role on the path to marriage equality in the U.S. READ MORE.

Ann Arbor's Historic LGBT Bar Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The historic Kerrytown bar, autBar, will celebrate its 20th Anniversary Aug. 29 and has a whole day of events planned to commemorate a 20 year legacy serving the LGBT+A communities of Ann Arbor. READ MORE.

An Accidental Ally: Barb Byrum

The 37-year-old clerk hadn't even finished reading the ruling, but she was game to marry them. That move put her in the history books as the first elected official to marry a couple after the ruling. READ MORE.

State House Business Office Probe Finds Wrongdoing By Gamrat, Courser

Tea party darlings and self-admitted adulterers Reps. Todd Courser, R-Lapeer, and Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell, have been cited for "misconduct" and "misuse of taxpayer resources," in draft report from the House Business Office handed over to Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt Pleasant. READ MORE.

Space For Grace Offering 'Agnostic Approach' To Exploring Spiritual Sexual Selves

Spiral, the normally booming dance club located in Lansing's Old Town, is bringing more than drag shows and drink specials to LGBT people. It's Kick Back Sunday, sponsored by Space for Grace, a new nondenominational spiritual movement in Lansing. READ MORE.

State Dems Introduce Bills To Overturn Adoption Discrimination

Legislative Democrats introduced legislation Aug. 20 that would modify the adoption discrimination bills signed into law earlier this year. READ MORE.

Planet Fitness Seeks To Dismiss Trans Locker Room Policy Lawsuit

Planet Fitness is asking for a dismissal of a lawsuit involving the company's trans-friendly locker room policy, claiming it promotes discrimination against transgender people. READ MORE.

Ruth Ellis Center, FCA US Organize 5K Run/Walk

The Ruth Ellis Center and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance at FCA US have partnered together to organize a 5K walkrun Aug. 29 to raise funds that will be donated to the Ruth Ellis Center's operations, mental health services and the Family Preservation and Acceptance program. READ MORE.

DPD Promises Change, LGBT Community To Hold DPD Accountable

Over a hundred people gathered in Palmer Park Aug. 12 for an LGBT community conversation with the Detroit Police Department, leaders from Detroit based LGBT organizations and the U.S. Attorney's Office. READ MORE.

Is Violence Increasing Towards Local Trans Women Of Color?

Three of Detroit's own trans women of color have been reported murdered or significantly harmed in the past week. READ MORE.

ACLU Renews Call For Trans Legal Protections Following Recent Attacks

In the wake of two recent attacks against transgender women in Detroit, the ACLU of Michigan is again calling on legislators to update state civil-rights protections and hate-crime laws to include safeguards for gender identity and sexual orientation. READ MORE.

Fortunate Families Protest Program For Gay Catholics

Fortunate Families Detroit, a group of Roman Catholic parents and allies of LGBTQ people, gathered Aug. 11 at the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth to protest the messages of Catholic leaders as they addressed LGBT Catholics. READ MORE.

Detroit LGBT Chamber Hosts Pride Day At Upcoming Lions Game

The Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce will host an LGBT Pride Day at Ford Field on Oct. 25. READ MORE.

Political Hors D'oeuvres: Gamrat And Courser Scandal Continues To Run Its Course

The Unholy Trinity -- freshmen Reps. Todd Courser, R-Lapeer; Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell; and Gary Glenn, R-Midland -- is breaking up. READ MORE.

Ruth Ellis Center Seeks Backpack Donations

The Ruth Ellis Center currently needs 80 backpacks with school supplies for youth in need. READ MORE.

Confederate Flag Flap

The debate over the Confederate flag makes a local appearance after a recent altercation in East Lansing. READ MORE.

First Comes Law, Then Comes Marriage

Famed couple April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse will marry Aug. 22 in a private ceremony. READ MORE.

Local Trans Person Of Color Found Murdered

Equality Michigan has learned that the body of a 25-year-old trans person was found brutally murdered in a field in Detroit on July 14. READ MORE.

Special Section: World AIDS Day
Study Finds Significant Racial Disparities For HIV Infection Among Black And White MSM

A study published in the journal The Lancet HIV reports that there is a significant disparity in HIV prevalence between black and white men who have sex with men. The study was published on Nov. 18 and found a startling 32 percent prevalence rate for black men who have sex with men, compared with only eight percent for white men who have sex with men.

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