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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.
The ACLU of Michigan will host its Annual Dinner on Nov. 7, playing host to special guest, Ta-Nehisi Coates. Coates is an Atlantic senior editor and writer, known for his original and perceptive take on pop culture, politics and history. Coates hails from Baltimore, which he details in his memoir, "The Beautiful Struggle." Previously a Martin Luther King Visiting Associate Professor at MIT, Coates will teach at CUNY's School of Journalism this fall. READ MORE.
DETROIT - A Masquerave Ball is being hosted in two locations this upcoming weekend for the LGBT community and its allies. Created as an alternative homecoming for all those who feel "outside of the crowd," the dance will have tunes from Minneapolis' DJ Stormy Weather and will have a "Masque Competition" with prizes for the best Masquerave Ball outfit and best mask. READ MORE.
Those racing thoughts from the gay teenage character contemplating coming out to his parents in Michael Thomas Ford's novel Suicide Notes still stick with me after first reading them nearly six years ago when I was struggling with my own sexual orientation. READ MORE.
The 6th Circuit Court could rule at any moment and determine whether same-sex couples in Michigan can be legally married in the state. Michigan for Marriage, the campaign dedicated to changing the hearts and minds to move marriage forward in Michigan, is hosting a community meeting to discuss same-sex marriage status here in Michigan. READ MORE.
FARMINGTON HILLS - U.S. Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI 14) is ahead in most polls to win the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Carl Levin, a Democratic powerhouse who has held that U.S. Senate seat for 35 years. Peters is running against Republican Terri Lynn Land. READ MORE.
U.S. Representative Gary Peters (MI-14) has released a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court's announcement that it would not review the rulings of lower courts in same-sex marriage cases in five states, effectively authorizing same-sex marriages in Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Indiana and Wisconsin. READ MORE.
MACOMB COUNTY - Residents from all over the county came out to voice their support or disapproval at the Macomb County Board of Commissioners meeting on Sept. 18. The board approved the Human Rights Policy that prevents discrimination against LGBT county employees by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to a list of protected classes specified under county discriminatory protection law. READ MORE.
It will be an action-packed weekend for competitors of the 29th Annual Motown Invitational Classic (MIC), Michigan's oldest and largest LGBT bowling tournament that is scheduled to take place October 10-12 at Super Bowl in Canton. READ MORE.
KALAMAZOO - This Halloween weekend will be the last chance for the Kalamazoo community to come out to Metro Dance Club and enjoy the atmosphere of an after hours safe space before it closes Nov. 1. READ MORE.
Embattled Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Terri Lynn Land, is going to have nearly a million less in advertising flooding Michigan airwaves in the last two weeks of the general election. The National Republican Senatorial Committee confirmed Tuesday that it had cancelled $850,000 in media buys to support Land's candidacy, The Detroit News reports. READ MORE.
In honor of LGBT History Month, the remaining officer of the Detroit Area Council of the Mattachine Society, Jerry "Jai" Moore, will share his memories and experiences with gay activism in Ann Arbor. Professor Gayle Rubin will also share her remarks at the University of Michigan event. READ MORE.
The Washtenaw County Bar Association will host a very special LGBT panel this month. On Oct. 21, the association will present their "Gay Marriage Panel Presentation CLE" in Ann Arbor. The event, which features brunch, will answer the question, "Gay Marriage - What's on the Horizon in Michigan and Nationally and How Do We Counsel Our Clients?" Special speakers at the event include attorney Richard Roane, editor of the ICLE Michigan Family Law Practice Book and the ACLU's Jay Kaplan. READ MORE.
Terri Lynn Land's campaign is in trouble, according to political pundits. Her appearance on the Michigan Public Radio call in show was widely panned. READ MORE.
Land has largely run a campaign of stealth, relying on others to speak for her. Her public appearances have been largely a mishmash of word salad with little substance presented. The campaign has kept Land from the media and public appearances since a June appearance at the Mackinaw Policy Conference. READ MORE.
The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Monday (Oct. 6) to decline to hear multiple cases regarding marriage equality, will soon result in 30 states and the District of Columbia offering legal same-sex marriage. Michigan, however, remains a state where same-sex marriages are not yet legal. READ MORE.
ANN ARBOR - "First you have to ask, what is the Braun Court Community?" Keith Orr says. Nearly thirty years ago, the area had an ethnic restaurant identity with Chinese, Middle Eastern, Mexican and Japanese cuisine filling the court with scents of curry and wasabi. Now, Braun Court, located directly across the street from Kerrytown and the Farmer's Market in Ann Arbor, is the center of what Orr describes as a "Gayborhood" and is home to the Jim Toy Community Center (JTCC), Trillium Real Estate, Shout, autBar and Common Language Bookstore. READ MORE.
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Travis Parman predicted the future. As the current director of Corporate Communications at Nissan, Parman oversees all sorts of relationships within the automotive industry. But it wasn't that long ago that he wrote a 333-page thesis for his master's degree that specifically examined the relationship between corporations, their media marketing strategies and the LGBT community at large.View More Automotive
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