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Michigan Mich. Dems Push Elliott-Larsen Amendment In House & Senate

"Today I once again introduced a bill to include sexual orientation, gender identity and expression in Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. Updating the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act is about protecting our citizens and their families from being fired from a job or being denied housing because of who they are or who they love," said Rebekah Warren in a statement following the release of her bill. READ MORE.

Pregnant Lesbian Fired From Catholic School

BLOOMFIELD HILLS - Two weeks after she was let go, Michigan residents held a second protest Sunday outside Marian High School for the termination of Chemistry teacher Barb Webb. READ MORE.

Walking With HIV: Sponsoring Acceptance

ROYAL OAK - Hundreds met for the 23rd Annual AIDS Walk Detroit this past weekend in downtown Royal Oak. READ MORE.

Black LGBT Church Founder Celebrates In Detroit

DETROIT - She no longer lives here, but Rev. Dr. Renee McCoy came home this month to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the church she founded. She spoke at a Friday night revival service Sept. 5th - part of a three-day anniversary celebration the church hosted - and later spoke with Between The Lines about the church's early days and how far it has come. READ MORE.

Inclusive Congregation Celebrates National Coming Out Day

Congregation T'chiyah will celebrate National Coming Out Day and Sukkot on Saturday, Oct. 11. The Reconstructionist Jewish, inclusive congregation will host the event which includes a service from 10 a.m. to noon, with a visit to the sukkah (weather permitting). It's recommended that attendees arrive about 15 minutes early to meet, greet and find seating. READ MORE.

Hearing Voices: Ruth Ellis Center's 15th Anniversary Raises Awareness and Funds

DETROIT - A large, celebratory crowd gathered at the College for Creative Studies for Voices, the annual benefit for the Ruth Ellis Center. With an auction, donations and corporate sponsorships, the event raised over $100,000 for the LGBTQ homeless youth facility in Detroit. READ MORE.

Detroit Leadership Class Welcomes Affirmations' Director Of Programs

"I'm inspired by the passion and commitment all the participants have towards Detroit and Southeast Michigan and I'm looking forward to working with this talented class of individuals to increase awareness of resources related to sexual orientation and gender identity at Affirmations," said Jenkins. READ MORE.

EQMI & Connect2Protect Fundraise For Gender Neutral Bathrooms In Detroit

Equality Michigan and Connect2Protect - Detroit have launched an Indiegogo campaign called the Safer Sign Bathroom Initiative to increase the number of gender neutral bathrooms in Detroit. If successful in raising its $1500 goal, the organizations will reach out to local businesses with gender-segregated bathrooms, supplying them with free gender neutral signs. READ MORE.

New AIDS Partnership Michigan Coordinator To Tackle HIV, MSM Stigma For Detroit Agency

DETROIT - As a teen, Akilah Benton volunteered with the city of Detroit Health Department. The experience of what she witnessed in the early 2000s, she says, launched her on a trajectory to address HIV and the systematic obstacles which inform, feed and encourage it. READ MORE.

Gays Against Gary Glenn

DETROIT - Sixty-eight days from now, registered Michigan voters will choose whom they would like to see as Michigan's next elected officials. In the 98th Michigan House district, which includes part of Midland and Bay County, the race for the open seat is hot, especially for LGBT voters. READ MORE.

MY Consent Day Empowers Michigan Youth, LGBT Survivors Of Assault

MICHIGAN - The Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH) will celebrate the launch of Michigan Youth (MY) Consent Day, an awareness campaign seeking to promote positive sexual health practices among Michigan youth. READ MORE.

Special Section: Pets
Nearing Agricultural Nirvana With Dolly The Llama

CHELSEA - Following a path that has taken her from working in civil rights in the big metropolis of New York City to owning dozens of sheep, chickens, pigs and other rowdy farm animals, Angie Martell seeks a full life of balance and tranquility.

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