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Michigan Southfield Passes Non-Discrimination Ordinance

SOUTHFIELD - Southfield City Council unanimously voted Jan. 26 to pass a city-wide non-discrimination ordinance that would add gender identity and sexual orientation protections to a list of protected classes. READ MORE.

Nagging Questions Behind 6th Circuit Marriage Cases

There is at least one small nagging question looming over the happy news that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the appeals of same-sex couples challenging laws in four states that refuse to license or recognize their marriages. READ MORE.

Elliott-Larsen: How Michigan Is Falling Behind

YPSILANTI - State Sen. Rebekah Warren spoke Jan. 26 with members of local and national LGBT organizations on the importance of passing federal, statewide and municipal LGBT protections and how far Michigan has to go to become a fully inclusive state. READ MORE.

Gay Marriage Case May Affect Discrimination, Religion Bills

LANSING (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder hopes to resuscitate legislation that would protect gay and transgender residents from discrimination, while LGBT advocates explore asking voters to pass the bill since it's unlikely to clear the GOP-led Legislature. READ MORE.

Discrimination Continues In States With Marriage Equality

WASHINGTON - A new report by the Human Rights Campaign, in partnership with the Equality Federation, reveals that equal treatment remains out of reach for LGBT Americans in most states, including Michigan. READ MORE.

Michigan's Musical Lesbian Love Story

ANN ARBOR - A University of Michigan professor has begun the editing phase of his full length feature film. The movie, filmed, directed, written and produced all in metro Detroit, tells a lesbian love story in song. READ MORE.

Between Ourselves: Maddie Adams

DEARBORN HEIGHTS - Maddie Adams, 22, is a regular volunteer at Affirmations, answering phones and assisting members of the staff. She has been interested in LGBT activism for many years, including working with Freedom Michigan to try and pass the LGBT inclusive Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) amendment before the end of the 2014 legislative term. BTL sat down with this young activist to hear more about her personal story. READ MORE.

Is The Michigan Tea Party Movement About To Erupt In A Civil War?

Well if the posts on social media are any indication, the long simmering battle for control of the movement being waged by social conservatives and economic conservatives may very well be erupting into a full-fledged and public not-so-civil war of words. READ MORE.

Ferndale Pride Seeks Sponsors And Vendors

Ferndale Pride has just released a press release announcing their plans for this year's event. READ MORE.

Conference Will Discuss Safe Schools For LGBT People

ROCHESTER - With a goal to create more supportive and inclusive educational environments for LGBT individuals, the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Initiative of Oakland University's School of Education and Human Services will host the fourth annual Michigan SOGI Education Conference. READ MORE.

Become A Vendor At LGBT Wedding Expo

SOUTHFIELD - It's not too late to reserve a table for the the fifth annual Ultimate LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo taking place March 21, hosted by the publishers of Between The Lines. READ MORE.

Same-Sex Marriage Goes To The Supreme Court

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has granted review of four petitions from each state from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals requesting the court to decide if same-sex marriage is recognized and protected under the U.S Constitution. READ MORE.

U.S. Syphilis Rates Increased By 10 Percent In 2013

The final numbers for syphilis infections in the U.S. during 2013 were released in December 2014, and they aren't good news -- particularly for men who have sex with men. READ MORE.

Controversy Over UMS Award To Russian Orchestra

ANN ARBOR - Internationally known Russian conductor Valery Gergiev returns to Ann Arbor for two performances with the Mariinsky Orchestra and to receive, in collaboration with the Orchestra, the 2015 UMS Distinguished Artist Award. But his visit comes with much controversy. READ MORE.

Equality Michigan Accepting Applications For Internships

DETROIT - The statewide advocacy and anti-violence organization serving the LGBT community is looking to fill internship positions. READ MORE.

Ferndale Pride Seeks Sponsors And Vendors

Ferndale Pride has just released a press release announcing their plans for this year's event. READ MORE.

Attention Michigan LGBT Career Seekers

DEARBORN - The University of Michigan-Dearborn, in collaboration with various LGBT sponsors, is hosting an upcoming LGBTQ Career Fair to help connect young LGBT professionals with businesses from around the state. READ MORE.

Filmmaker To Speak On LGBT, Black Intersectionality

Award-winning documentary filmmaker and scholar, Yoruba Richen, will be speaking in Ann Arbor as part of an event co-sponsored by the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA). READ MORE.

Warren To Speak At Upcoming ELCRA Panel

YPSILANTI - As part of an upcoming event for Eastern Michigan University's Equality Research Center, State Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) will speak about pending legislation in the Michigan Legislature that will amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) to include protections for sexuality, gender identity and gender expression. READ MORE.

Become A Vendor At LGBT Wedding Expo

SOUTHFIELD - It's not too late to reserve a table for the the fifth annual Ultimate LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo taking place March 21, hosted by the publishers of Between The Lines. 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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