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Michigan HIV/AIDS Organizations to Address Barriers, Disparities at AIDS Walk Detroit

In the past 25 years, AIDS Walk Detroit has evolved into the largest grassroots HIVAIDS fundraiser in Michigan, raising more than $3.8 million to benefit HIVAIDS services in the state. Just as AIDS Walk Detroit has progressed, so have the many local HIVAIDS organizations that provide access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination. READ MORE.

Montgomery Remembered as a 'Pioneer' at Memorial Service

DETROIT - He was not only an activist and advocate for LGBT rights, he was a larger-than-life personality and a hero to many. About 150 people came out to the Wayne State University Community Arts Auditorium Saturday to remember Triangle Foundation co-founder Jeffrey Montgomery for his tireless work and wonderful wit. READ MORE.

Faith Community Offers Hope to Transgender People

What the world needs right now are people of faith. That's what Rev. Rodney McKenzie, Jr. preached to around 80 people who gathered for the "Faith Allies for Trans Lives: Stand Up for Justice" event on Sept. 17 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brighton."Our work right now is needed more than ever...a time when politicians say trans people can't use bathrooms or when faith is used to hide discrimination. What we're saying is not today, not on our watch, not in our faith, not our government, not our divine spirit, not our truth, not our justice, not our liberation," said McKenzie, Jr., who is the Director of Academy for Leadership and Action with the National LGBTQ Task Force. READ MORE.

Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown Fundraiser Honors Commitment to Marriage Equality

As the Oakland County Clerk, Lisa Brown is known for her commitment to working for all citizens in the community. That includes LGBT citizens. READ MORE.

Brides Celebrate a Perfect 'Just Us' Wedding

When it comes to planning your wedding, follow your heart, don't listen to those around you and do what is right for you. That's how Christina and Alicia Wilk of Clinton Township said they were able to enjoy their wedding-for-two this year on June 21. READ MORE.

National Gay Media Association Announces Inaugural Ad POP Awardees

NEW YORK -- The National Gay Media Association has announced the winners of the inaugural Ad POP awards. The Ad POPs (Pride in Online and Print) reward the best representations of LGBT individuals in online and print advertising in regional LGBT media. READ MORE.

Marketing and Social Media Strategies Focus at DRLBGTCC Mixer

FERNDALE - Farmington Hills-based Marx Layne Company will host the next Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer from 6:30-8 p.m. on Sept. 29 at Affirmations in Ferndale. READ MORE.

Ruth Ellis Center Hosts Family Support Training

DEARBORN - Compelling research on LGBTQ youth, young adults and families from the Family Acceptance Project has found that family acceptance helps promote well-being and protects against risk, while family rejection is related to serious health and mental health concerns. This includes suicidal behavior, depression, illegal drug use and HIV. READ MORE.

First Annual Bullying Prevention Conference Comes to Michigan

Bullying is not a "childhood rite of passage" as it was once viewed historically. Nor does bullying "make kids tougher." In today's society, the reality is that bullying has devastating effects on young people such as avoidance, loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety and depression, and sometimes suicide. READ MORE.

Affirmations To Host Fall Fling

FERNDALE - As Affirmations gears up to host its 2016 autumn fundraiser, the organization looks back on all that has changed since the first Fall Fling last year. Affirmations, one of the 10 largest LGBT community centers in the nation, located right in the heart of downtown Ferndale, has changed a lot since bringing in new Executive Director Susan Erspamer and going through a big staffing shift. READ MORE.

Important Victory Won for LGBTQ Students and School Safety

The State Board of Education voted 6-2 to adopt guidance on how Michigan schools can create safe learning environments for all students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. "This guidance is the result of months of hard work by pro-equality advocates and organizations from across Michigan working together and speaking with one voice. It's one more example of what our community can accomplish when we stand united in support of full equality," said L. Michael Gipson, Deputy Director at Equality Michigan in a statement. "At a time when far too many politicians are trying to score political points at the expense of the LGBTQ community, Equality Michigan commends the State Board, particularly President John Austin, for their unwavering support of this important guidance. When our opponents tried to threaten and intimidate these pro-equality public officials, they stood strong. The importance of their commitment cannot be overstated. As far too many of you are all too aware, anti-LGBTQ bullying, harassment, and violence are pervasive in our schools." READ MORE.

Grassroots Movement Starts New Conversation About Controversial Social Issue

Many of us have heard about a woman's right to choose, but how many of us have heard a woman's personal story about her abortion experience? Members of the community will have the opportunity to hear and react to real abortion stories during "Out of Silence: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign," a unique performance presented by the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health www.moash.org in collaboration with the Students for Choice group at the University of Michigan. READ MORE.

West Shore Aware Raises Money, Helps Local Organizations in Need

Since its inception in 2003, West Shore Aware has raised more than $600,000 to benefit non-profit community groups and student scholarship programs. Another successful fundraising gala, the "White Party with a Sparkle of Yellow Citrine," on Aug. 20 helped raise an additional $49,000. The 13th annual sold-out event brought together the philanthropic organization of gay men, women and their supporters at the Laketown Conference Center in Saugatuck. READ MORE.

Ruth Ellis Center Hosts Annual Voices Fundraiser

Voices isn't just a fundraising event to support the incredible work happening at the Ruth Ellis Center in Highland Park. READ MORE.

Legislation to amend hate crimes law introduced

LANSING - The legislation was promptly referred to Senate Government Operations Committee 'Where bills go to die.' READ MORE.

Important Victory Won for LGBTQ Students and School Safety

The State Board of Education voted 6-2 to adopt guidance on how Michigan schools can create safe learning environments for all students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. "This guidance is the result of months of hard work by pro-equality advocates and organizations from across Michigan working together and speaking with one voice. It's one more example of what our community can accomplish when we stand united in support of full equality," said L. Michael Gipson, Deputy Director at Equality Michigan in a statement. "At a time when far too many politicians are trying to score political points at the expense of the LGBTQ community, Equality Michigan commends the State Board, particularly President John Austin, for their unwavering support of this important guidance. When our opponents tried to threaten and intimidate these pro-equality public officials, they stood strong. The importance of their commitment cannot be overstated. As far too many of you are all too aware, anti-LGBTQ bullying, harassment, and violence are pervasive in our schools." READ MORE.

MERGE Makes Strides Toward LGBT Workplace Equality

Coming out at work is becoming easier for LGBT workers with inclusive policies making their way from the board room into the everyday culture of the American workplace. Things are progressing and there is a demand for more equality, but hard-working Michigan employees are still at risk of being fired or harassed on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. READ MORE.

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