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Michigan Village of Lake Orion Moves Forward with Human Rights Ordinance

"It's really time for the village to make another kind of decision - that discrimination is not okay and diversity is welcome in our community." Attorney Ken Mogill's words summed up the discussion that preceded a vote by the Lake Orion Village Council to accept the first reading of an inclusive human rights ordinance. The ordinance, if adopted, would make it a misdemeanor to discriminate on the basis of religion, race, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation and gender identity. It would apply to employment, housing, education, and access to public accommodations. "This ordinance is an opportunity to make the kind of statement that needs to be made," Mogill said. READ MORE.

Disappointing Ruling Allows Discrimination Against Transgender People

This case is one of the first of the EEOCs attempts to hold companies liable for bias against transgender employees. Cox's questions for EEOC attorneys in court centered on whether transgender people are a protected class under Title VII and if Stephens was considered a public face of the funeral home. In response to what, if any, statutory or case authority there is to back up the EEOC's position, Price drew Cox's attention to a number of federal cases which have upheld transgender rights under Title VII. READ MORE.

Pioneering Ruth Ellis Center Takes Visionary Next Steps

LGBTQ youth and young adults living in one of the most medically-underserved cities in the state of Michigan will now have access to mental health, substance use disorder treatment and prevention, and primary healthcare. The Ruth Ellis Center, which incorporated as a youth social services agency seventeen years ago, will open the Ruth Ellis Health and Wellness Center to expand their services this year. REC will continue to provide short- and long-term residential safe space and support services for runaway, homeless, and at-risk LGBTQ youth in Highland Park and Detroit. By adding integrated behavioral and primary healthcare services, REC will take a critical step forward to meet the ever-changing needs of the young people they serve. READ MORE.

Pugh and the P Word

DETROIT - While preparing to go to trial in 2015 in the civil case that ultimately ended with Pugh being ordered to pay his accuser, Khody Sanford, $250,000, Pugh's then council, Marc Deldon, won a pretrial motion that the word "pedophile" be banned from the court room. But during his preliminary hearing before Judge Deborah Langston from the 36th District Court the word was very much front and center. READ MORE.

LGBT Detroit, EMU Equality Research Center Continue Partnership

Detroit-The LGBT Detroit Leadership Academy announced their continued partnership with Eastern Michigan University's Equality Research Center. The Fall 2016 academy class is now open for enrollment and will be assisted by the center with curriculum development to empower students in effective movement and community building. READ MORE.

Kym Worthy's Career of Public Service to Be Honored

DETROIT - Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy will be honored on Nov. 16 during the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation's 12th annual Archer Award event. The Dennis W. Archer Award is presented annually to an attorney or jurist who has followed an exemplary career of public service, according to Archer Award Co-Chair Kathleen Lang of Dickinson Wright. READ MORE.

U.S. Attorney General Launches Justice Forum Series with First Stop in Detroit

The "frayed trust" between law enforcement and the community is getting the attention it demands from the nation's leaders. This includes U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch who attributes this disconnect, in part, to "recent tragedies over the last several weeks that struck a chord with so many people." READ MORE.

Detroit Police Department Holds LGBT Community Chat

DETROIT - Metro Detroit community members and the Detroit Police Department met Aug. 3 in Palmer Park for the 2nd Annual LGBT Community Chat "Breaking Down Barriers," facilitated by DPD LGBT Liaison Dani Woods. READ MORE.

How Hot is It? Detroit Black Gay Pride Struggles in its Third Decade

In its heyday, Hotter Than July - Detroit Black Gay Pride - offered a jam packed week full of action and events. There were parades and marches, poetry nights, authors' events, women's events, a jazz bash and more parties than you could count. Today, the staples of the week - the candlelight vigil, conference and the picnic in Palmer Park - are still intact. But attendance is down and HTJ, one of the oldest black gay prides in the country, appears to have lost some of its prestige. READ MORE.

Pugh Update: Case Moves Forward Following Preliminary Hearing; Defense Request to Lower Bail Granted

DETROIT - Judge Deborah Langston from the 36th District Court had some harsh words to say about former Detroit City Council President and Fox 2 news anchor Charles Pugh at his preliminary hearing last Thursday. READ MORE.

Five Michiganders among Most Amazing HIV Positive People of 2016

Five Michiganders are among HIV Plus Magazine's "Most Amazing People Living with HIV in 2016." Among the honorees are Brian KillsCrow of the Grand Rapids area, Patricia Clark of the Kalamazoo area, Bre' Ann Campbell and Ari Hampton of the Detroit area and Todd Heywood of the Lansing area. READ MORE.

LGBT Detroit Receives Donation to Benefit LGBT Latinos/as

The only LGBT organization in Michigan for and by Latinosas disbanded in 2013. But former members of the Detroit Latinz group have agreed to distribute their residual funds to LGBT Detroit. READ MORE.

Austin, Ahmed Partner to Rebuild Michigan Public Education System

Education and inclusion are the most important challenges facing Michigan today, according to State Board of Education President John Austin (D-Ann Arbor) and his running mate Ismael "Ish" Ahmed. "Nothing is more important to our people and our state's economic future than getting everybody a great, and a higher education, which they must have, all of our people, today," Austin said about where they want to take this state. READ MORE.

Candlelight Vigil Opens 21st Annual Detroit Black Gay Pride Celebration

The 21st installment of Hotter Than July, Detroit's Black Gay Pride celebration, began July 26 with the annual candlelight vigil in Palmer Park. Nearly 75 people attended the service, which took place near the blue spruce memorial tree. The tree was planted in 1999 to commemorate those in the community lost to HIVAIDS and other illnesses. Longtime community activist Ron Doe was the featured speaker for the ceremony. He recalled leading a support group for Men of Color Motivational Group when the idea to plant the tree came about. READ MORE.

Tony Clemente, Early Pastor of MCC Detroit, Dies at 82

Pastor Tony became a public voice for the Detroit gay community in local media, although he did not use his last name. He appeared on the WDET radio show "Gayly Speaking" in early 1974 to discuss gays and religion. He was also featured in the Detroit News, along with Brian McNaught, shortly after McNaught helped found DignityDetroit. READ MORE.

Trans Activist Creates New 'Clothing Swap' Program for Trans Community

When Jaimie Wilson first began transitioning from female to male, shopping for clothes was an uncomfortable experience. READ MORE.

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