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Michigan ALERT Missing Person In Metro Detroit

The Warren Police Department is looking for a missing person: a 22-year-old trans man, from Warren, last seen on Dec. 10. READ MORE.

A Remembrance: Robert Clark

I couldn't tell you the exact moment I met Robert Clark, but the bond was immediate. We were drawn together by our shared commitment to LGBTQ equality in general, but especially for the African American community and politics. READ MORE.

New LGBT Tobacco Disparity Report For Michigan Released

FERNDALE - In collaboration with the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), Perceptions in Saginaw and the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center (KGLRC), Affirmations officially released its study on smoking rates among LGBT individuals in Michigan and how effective the marketing is to the LGBT clientele. READ MORE.

Representation: Trans Activism In Michigan Lame Duck

SAGINAW - Over the past decade she has fought for her life, added her name to become an elected official and now fights to be a Michigan citizen with full rights. READ MORE.

Between Bass And Treble: An Alto Story

YPSILANTI - Amidst the cobblestone roads and waterways of Dusseldorf, Germany, Barbara Zmich-McClellan and Celeste McClellan-Zmich met while working in the instrumental arts. They kept running into one another throughout Europe at various functions or coffee houses. READ MORE.

Local Gatherings Against MiRFRA

As the Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act (MiRFRA) moves through the State's legislature, communities around the state have scheduled upcoming gatherings to discuss the bill and to protest against bill. READ MORE.

Call To Action: Petition Seeks To Stop MiRFRA

A petition launched Dec. 9 to spread the word and gather support against the Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act is gaining significant momentum. READ MORE.

Top Faith Leaders Discuss Religious Freedom, LGBT Inclusion

Lead equality activists and top religious experts came together to discuss the state of equality in religious circles and what the next stages are in the quest for a fully LGBT inclusive state.On Nov. 20, the Michigan Round Table, a group of educated individuals seeking to advance the community in change, development and organization to empower individuals to act, gathered. READ MORE.

The First Trans Helpline In USA Is In Michigan

DETROIT - As reported this week by the Advocate, a new trans lifeline began taking calls in November and claims to be the first in the U.S. However, the transgender helpline provided by Transgender Michigan (TGMI) has been offering services long before 2014. READ MORE.

LGBT Judge To Speak At Ann Arbor Interfaith Service

U.S. District Judge Judith Levy, one of only seven openly gay federal jurists in the nation, will discuss her remarkable journey at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor for the fifth annual "Interfaith Service of Affirmation" for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals (LGBT) and their families, friends and allies. READ MORE.

Gay Therapist Discusses Sexualities Of LGBT And Straight Men In New Book

In his latest book, "Is My Husband Gay, Straight or Bi?," certified relationship therapist and clinical sexologist Joe Kort, PhD, MSW, MA, with the help of Alexander P. Morgan, PhD, illustrates diverse male sexuality and how every experience from childhood onward affects personalities, and for some, their sexual appetites. READ MORE.

Affirmations Seeks LGBTQ-Friendly Healthcare Providers

Affirmations is looking for healthcare providers to list themselves in their Health Wellness Network. READ MORE.

Ruth Ellis Center Celebrates 15 Years Serving LGBTQ Youth

HIGHLAND PARK - The Ruth Ellis Center is celebrating its 15th anniversary serving youth in Detroit and the metropolitan area. Established in 1999, Ruth Ellis Center (REC) has been and continues to be one of the nation's leading experts in serving runway, homeless and at-risk lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning youth. READ MORE.

The Rise Of 'License To Discriminate'; The Failure Of LGBT Civil Rights

As the so-called lame duck session was gaveling in, the Michigan LGBT community believed that they would finally, for the first time since 1981, have civil rights protections added to the state law known as the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. Now, with just over a week left in the session, amending the state's civil rights law is off the table, and in its place is a legislative sleight of hand - civil rights protections based on "religious freedom." READ MORE.

State Civil Rights Amendment Dead, Says Speaker

House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) says legislation to amend Michigan's civil rights act to include protections for the LGBT community is dead. "The Speaker and I have both been quoted saying the Elliott-Larsen amendment bill will not be voted on this year because there isn't enough support to get the bill out of committee," says Bolger's spokesman Ari Adler. READ MORE.

WCC Expands LGBT Protections

At its Nov. 18 meeting, the Washtenaw Community College (WCC) Board of Trustees voted unanimously to expand protections for transgender, lesbian, bisexual and gay students, faculty and staff for the first time in over 20 years. READ MORE.

PrEP Debate Continues As Advocates Hold Conversations In State

Jesse Anguiano only wanted an extra layer of protection during sex. The 31-year-old gay man had been hearing about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for some time from HIV test counselors at the Lansing Area AIDS Network, but when he sought out the pill he ran into barriers. READ MORE.

'KICK' Off The Holidays With Annual Gala In Detroit

KICK, Detroit's agency for LGBT African Americans, hosts its 12th Annual Gala Fundraiser this month dubbed "Holiday in December." The event is both a fundraiser for the nonprofit's programs and also a joyous holiday celebration of family, friends and community. READ MORE.

Foster Children's Charity Collecting New Toys, Gifts For Holiday Bazaar

DETROIT - One local charity is determined to make sure metro Detroit-area foster children enjoy a merry Christmas. To that end, For The Seventh Generation (URL www.fortheseventhgeneration.org) announced the launch of its holiday toy and gift drive today. READ MORE.

Right Reverend Wendell Gibbs To Speak On Marriage Equality

Right Reverend Wendell Gibbs, Bishop of the Episcopalian Diocese of Michigan, will speak this Tuesday at St. John's Church in Royal Oak. READ MORE.

Affirmations Hosts Information Session On LGBT Foster Parenting And Adoption

This month, Ennis Center for Children and Affirmations will present "Exploring Foster Parenting and Adoption for Singles and Couples." Topics at the event include an overview of the foster care system, information on the process of becoming a foster parent and legal options for foster care and adoption. 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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