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Michigan Impact On The Kids, Totten Talks Harms Of Same-Sex Adoption Ban

"I want to be very clear that there is nothing in the Michigan constitution that says Bill Schuette has to argue that foster kids would be better off as orphans than having two gay parents. There is nothing in Michigan constitution that says that," Totten said. READ MORE.

Races To Watch On Election Night

MICHIGAN - Michigan takes to the polls Nov. 4 to vote for the next local and statewide elected officials. BTL has provided candidate information, a 20-page 2014 Voter's Guide and has followed the races as they progressed through the election season. All of the interviews and analysis can be found online at URL www.pridesource.com or URL www.mivoterguide.com. READ MORE.

Pastors Challenge Civil Rights For Michigan Gays

Pastors and Christian leaders gathered on the steps of the state Capitol Wednesday morning to demand the state legislature refuse to amend Michigan's civil rights act to include the LGBT community. "The homosexual movement is an anti-freedom movement," declared Stacy Swimp, a right wing advocate and minister in Flint and Jackson. Swimp is also a convicted felon. He spent time in Michigan's prison system after being convicted in 1994 of assault with intent to murder. READ MORE.

State House Blocks HIV And Other Reproductive Health Websites From Staff

Staff for state representatives may have discovered over the last week that they were unable to access certain sites related to HIV and reproductive health. A spokesperson for Speaker of the House Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) says a recent software update is to blame. READ MORE.

Revealing Bigotry: Taking On Gary Glenn

In a Sept. 27 op-ed in the Detroit News, conservative Republican columnist Nolan Finley raised serious concerns about three Republican candidates running for the state house Nov. 4. Todd Courser of Lapeer, Cindy Gamrat of Plainwell and Gary Glenn of Midland -- all correctly identified by Finley as a "URL trio (who) seeks tea party tyranny. http:www.detroitnews.comstoryopinioncolumnistsnolan-finley20140927tea-party-tyranny-nolan-finley16278905" READ MORE.

MOASH Awarded Federal Funding To Improve Outcomes For LGBT Youth In Michigan

MICHIGAN - The Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH), the statewide leader on adolescent sexual health, has been awarded a three-year federal grant for their project called Building a Movement for Michigan Gay Straight Alliances (BAMM GSAs). This project will bring together otherwise isolated stakeholders across Michigan, all of which are experienced in improving health outcomes of LGBT youth, to increase the number and capacity of GSAs in the state. READ MORE.

Marriage Equality: 'It's Coming' Say LGBT Advocates

EAST LANSING - As Michigan residents continue to wait for the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to issue its ruling in the appeal of DeBoer v Snyder - Michigan's same-sex marriage case - LGBT advocates had a message: it's coming. READ MORE.

Richard Bernstein: The Face Of Blind Justice Seeks Seat On Supreme Court

MICHIGAN - Candidate for the open seat on the Michigan Supreme Court, Richard Bernstein, recently sat down with BTL. The pro bono lawyer is known for his work with disability cases. He set up the Public Service Division of his family's law firm and handles cases that "no one else will take." READ MORE.

Dave Agema: Arab Fighter Pilots Are 'Camel Jockeys'

Oh there goes that Dave Agema again. The erstwhile National GOP Committeemen from West Michigan posted on his private Facebook page on Oct. 18 a screed against Arabs and their abilities to fly modern fighter jets. In the screed, he refers to them as "camel jockeys." Republican political activist Joe Munem released the private post and condemns Agema's actions. In an exclusive statement to Between The Lines, Munem went much further. READ MORE.

Ally vs. Extremist: McKenzie Seeks 11th District Win

Bobby McKenzie, 39, a new face on Michigan's political stage, would be the first Democrat in 40 years to represent the 11th Congressional District if he can prevail over Republican David Trott, a conservative attorney best know as the principle in a law firm responsible for the vast majority of home foreclosures in Michigan. Some polls show the two almost tied in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, the Tea Party reindeer farmer who lost to Trott in the August primary. READ MORE.

WMU To Award LGBT Alumna At Homecoming Event

KALAMAZOO - In an upcoming Homecoming event, Western Michigan University's (WMU) Pride Alumni Association will honor the work and dedication of local LGBT advocates. LGBT and ally alumni of WMU are invited to join together for the Oct. 24 event that will include the presentation of the first ever Community Impact Alumni Award to Kalamazoo resident, River Artz-Iffland. READ MORE.

Ann Arbor Adopts Updated Non-Discrimination Ordinance

ANN ARBOR - The Ann Arbor non-discrimination ordinance was one of the first of its kind in Michigan to add sexual orientation to the list of protections in 1978 and added gender identity a few years later. This week the city adopted a revamped ordinance adding in protections against discrimination for housing, employment and public accommodations for victims of domestic violence and stalking. READ MORE.

Upcoming Mental Health Training Is Joined By Sex Therapist

FERNDALE - Clinical educators will come together to conduct a two-day intensive training on clinical issues related to sexual orientation Nov. 7 and 8. READ MORE.

Co-Founder Awards Substantial Gift To Equality Michigan

DETROIT - Equality Michigan, the only statewide anti-violence and political advocacy organization that serves Michigan's LGBT and HIV affected communities, has been named the beneficiary of two gifts from the estate of Dr. Henry Messer. READ MORE.

Michigan Roundtable To Honor Michigan Social Justice Advocates

The Michigan Roundtable, a humanitarian group dedicated to diversity and inclusion, will host its 67th Annual Humanitarian Tribute on Nov. 5 in Detroit. READ MORE.

LGBT Jewelry Collection Comes To Tapper's

A new wedding jewelry collection from LGBT designer, Rony Tennenbaum, is being featured by Tapper's Diamonds and Fine Jewelry in honor of its 37th Anniversary. READ MORE.

Mark Totten Seeks Attorney General Seat, Speaks Out On Schuette

For Democrat Mark Totten, 40, his bid to replace Republican Bill Schuette, 60, as Michigan's Attorney General is a mission. "I think Michigan families need an Attorney General who is going to keep them safe and not let politics get in the way," Totten told Between The Lines in a phone interview Oct. 8. He says Schuette, who is seeking re-election to be the people's lawyer, has failed on the core missions of the office - fighting consumer fraud, protecting the environment, assuring transparency in government and respecting the federal Constitution and equal protection for all. READ MORE.

MSHDA Under Investigation, Snyder Fundraiser Raises Questions

You thought YOU had a bad Monday. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's day started with revelations that the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) is under federal investigation. Then the Michigan Democratic Party released documents showing a company that hosted a lavish fundraiser for Snyder, received a massive boost in their state contract the next day. Their no-bid state contract, incidentally. READ MORE.

BTL 2014 Michigan Voter Guide

MICHIGAN - Between The Lines has created a Voter Guide available both in print and online, filled with detailed spreadsheets that will show Michigan voters which major endorsements each candidate has received up and down the ticket. READ MORE.

Special Section: Health and Wellness
Smoking: Critical Health Issue For LGBT Michiganders

MICHIGAN - A recent study by Affirmations Community Center and the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center, funded by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), facilitated eight focus groups with LGBT-identified individuals that helps shed light on tobacco use within the LGBT community.

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