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Michigan Update: Pugh Wants Accuser Named

DETROIT - Two separate motions were filed this week in the Charles Pugh text messaging scandal court case. First, Pugh, former Detroit City Council president, wants the young man who is accusing him of misconduct to be named in open court. READ MORE.

Federal Government Backs Trans Youth In School Lawsuit

The federal government is supporting a Detroit-area teenager who accuses several schools of discriminating against him because of his gender identity. Schools in Wayndotte, Van Buren, Summit Academy North District and Dearborn Heights districts as well as a charter school are being accused of taking no action in response the boy's harassment by staff and other students due to his gender identity. Those being accused deny the allegations and have filed motions to dismiss the case. READ MORE.

EMU Discusses Needs Of At-Risk LGBT Homeless Youth

YPSILANTI - In the third program put on by URL Eastern Michigan University's Equality Research Center https:www.emich.eduequality, the Michigan Department of Human Services and leading LGBT youth coordinators discussed on Feb. 12 how homelessness disproportionately impacts LGBT youth. READ MORE.

Web Series To Explore Sexuality And Gender Identity

NEW YORK - WNET, the flagship PBS station, and PBS Digital Studios have announced the launch of "First Person," an original digital series exploring sexuality and gender identity. READ MORE.

Affirmations Showcases Religious Art Exhibit

FERNDALE - On exhibit for the first half of March, "Shower of Stoles" bears witness to the huge loss of leadership that many religious institutions have brought upon themselves because of unjust policies targeting the LGBT community. READ MORE.

A Short List Of Potential Advocates For Marriage Equality At High Court

Renowned Supreme Court advocate Ted Olson remembers the first time he had a chance to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court: He didn't take it. It was a First Amendment case about billboards in San Diego. Olson had been practicing law for 15 years, he had represented his clients from the start and they wanted him to argue before the highest court in the land. READ MORE.

Political Hors D'ouevres: Jase Bolger, Chris Ward, Ronna Romney McDaniel

Since last year, when former Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, introduced the "Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act," opponents have argued that, if the legislation becomes law, it will allow people to discriminate on a host of issues -- including race. READ MORE.

Federal Government Backs Trans Youth In School Lawsuit

The federal government is supporting a Detroit-area teenager who accuses several schools of discriminating against him because of his gender identity. Schools in Wayndotte, Van Buren, Summit Academy North District and Dearborn Heights districts as well as a charter school are being accused of taking no action in response the boy's harassment by staff and other students due to his gender identity. Those being accused deny the allegations and have filed motions to dismiss the case. READ MORE.

LGBT Successes Provide One Bright Spot For Democrats

DETROIT - In November, two openly gay men were elected to Michigan's State House of Representatives and LGBT leaders now hold prominent positions at the highest levels of the Party. As a result, the morning meeting of the LGBT Caucus was far more upbeat than the overall mood at the Michigan Democratic Party convention Feb. 14 at Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit. READ MORE.

Michigan LGBTQ&A Career Fair Coming March 5

DEARBORN - Corporate leaders increasingly recognize that a diverse workforce provides them with a competitive edge. These leaders and their corporate recruiters want LGBT people to join their talent pool. Connecting corporate recruiters with Michigan's LGBT and ally job seekers is the primary goal of the LGBTQ Career Fair March 5 at the University of Michigan - Dearborn. READ MORE.

West Mich. Conversation On Marriage Equality

The Supreme Court of the United States is likely to make a decision on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage sometime in the middle of the year; however, continuing the conversation and outreach on marriage equality is key towards changing the community's hearts and minds. READ MORE.

Michigan Study Seeks LBT Women For Focus Group

Queer-identified women are being asked to participate in a discussion on identity, experiencing homophobia and the process of coming out, for a graduate thesis on gender roles. READ MORE.

Looming Dilemma For Upcoming Historic Marriage Case

Just beyond the Feb. 27 deadline for filing their briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court to lay out their arguments against state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, the 36 attorneys signed onto those briefs have another looming task. They must choose who will go before the nine justices in April to deliver the arguments orally. READ MORE.

New Matthew Shepard Film To Screen In Detroit

DETROIT - The LGBT community was forever changed in October 1998 when a 21-year-old university student fell victim to a hate crime in Laramie, Wyoming. Seventeen years and four films later, Matthew Shepard's death and story comes to Cinema Detroit through the eyes of loved ones and never before seen footage of Shepard's life. READ MORE.

Is This The Beginning Of The End For Conversion Therapy?

In early February, a state court judge in New Jersey struck a blow to the defense in a case involving so called conversion therapy -- counseling designed, supporters say, to change a person from homosexual to heterosexual -- by ruling such groups were misrepresenting their services under a state consumer fraud law. READ MORE.

Michigan Education Conference Discusses Status OF LGBT Youth In Schools

AUBURN HILLS - Educators, activists, students and administrators gathered Feb. 6 for the fourth annual Michigan SOGI Education Conference to discuss topics surrounding LGBT youth such as developing and maintaining gay-straight alliances (GSA) within the schools, creating safe spaces for LGBT youth of color, the rights of trans and gender expansive students and how higher education is extending trans inclusion to the faculty. READ MORE.

KGLRC Announces 2014 REACH Award Winners

KALAMAZOO - West Michigan LGBT people and allies were recognized at the annual honoring of the REACH Awards. These individuals and groups were awarded for their continued advocacy work in furthering LGBT support and equality by the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center (KGLRC) at the 2015 Winter Gala held Jan. 31. READ MORE.

Affirmations Hosts Upcoming HIV/AIDS Art Exhibit

FERNDALE - The Pittmann-Puckett Gallery at Affirmations will host an upcoming exhibition in honor of Black History Month. READ MORE.

aut Bar To Host Film Festival Meet Up

Meet up for a social hour at aut BAR, the longtime friend and supporter of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, at 5 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 22. READ MORE.

Commission On Civil Rights Appoints LGBT Community Leaders In Michigan

WASHINGTON D.C. - The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights announced the appointment of two openly LGBT advocates to the Michigan Advisory Committee Jan. 29. READ MORE.

Special Section: Marriage
Wedding Expo Returns During Pivotal Year For Marriage Equality

Dancing, music, delicious food and a party atmosphere will greet the hundreds of people coming out to the 2015 Ultimate LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo March 21.

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