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Michigan Americans United Says 'Religious Beliefs are not a Justification for Discrimination'

Americans United for Separation of Church and State says the Supreme Court should not continue to let individual employers use their religious beliefs as justification for discrimination. Along with 76 faith leaders and 13 religious and civil rights organizations, this coalition filed an amicus brief on April 24 in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals supporting Aimee Stephens - the transgender woman who was fired in August 2013 from the Garden City location of the Detroit-based R.G. G.R. Harris Funeral Homes - urging the court to overturn the lower courts ruling that Stephens was not discriminated against. READ MORE.

NEXTGen Detroit Pride Celebrates a Year of Service

It was the brainchild of Sam Dubin. NEXTGen Detroit Pride will celebrate its one year anniversary in May. READ MORE.

Join the Revolutionary, Unprecedented Convening for Trans Women of Color

The Trans Sistas of Color Project is seeking sponsors for their first national convening for transgender women of color May 18-22 at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Detroit Riverfront. READ MORE.

Jim Toy Turns 87, Reflects on a Lifetime of Activism

His self-edited bio reads that he's originally from New York. It's a line that's partially true at best. "I was born in New York in Manhattan and my mother died when I was born," explained longtime gay and civil rights activist Jim Toy. "So my dad moved us to Ohio to live with my grandparents." READ MORE.

HFHS Launches Collaborative to Enhance Research on Healthcare Needs of SGM Youth

Henry Ford Health System recently launched a collaborative with the Ruth Ellis Center in Highland Park, Affirmations in Ferndale, and the Trans Sistas of Color Project in Detroit to enhance research aimed at addressing the specific healthcare needs of sexual and gender minority youth. READ MORE.

CDC Awards Community Health Awareness Group $1.94 Million

Young transgender women of color between the ages of 18-29 will have better access to HIV prevention services through the Community Health Awareness Group's TAP2 (Transwomen are People Too) Project. READ MORE.

Come Out from Behind the Badge

LGBTQ people in law enforcement face pervasive discrimination, according to a Williams Institute study. The November 2013 report updates a 2009 report on discrimination in public employment, which found that over 40 percent of the reported cases of discrimination occurred against law enforcement and corrections department personnel. READ MORE.

Jenison School Bathroom Policy is 'Harmful to Transgender Students'

The ACLU of Michigan is demanding Jenison Public Schools change its policy regarding bathrooms and transgender students after a transgender student in the district contacted the organization with a discrimination complaint. READ MORE.

Disparate Identities Collide

Faith and sexuality are rarely mentioned together. In fact, it is not uncommon that the two topics are viewed as entirely separate. Pair those topics with a discussion of race and for many they become inaccessible. Some of those barriers were broken on April 13 at The Kellogg Hotel Conference Center in East Lansing during an undergraduate panel. READ MORE.

Ruth Ellis Center Awarded David Bohnett Foundation CyberCenter Grant

The David Bohnett Foundation, created in 1999 by the philanthropist and technology entrepreneur bearing its name, has recently awarded the Ruth Ellis Center with a CyberCenter grant, which will provide 10 new fully loaded Mac workstations for use by youth in the organization's Drop-In Center. READ MORE.

Holland City Council Could Impact Pursuit of Ordinance

Will LGBTQ residents of the City of Holland have to wait another four years before they have the votes of the City Council to pass an anti-discrimination ordinance that will protect them? READ MORE.

Lansing's Sanctuary City Fight

Facing a backlash from conservatives and a possible legal showdown with President Donald Trump's administration, the city of Lansing has rescinded a resolution declaring itself a sanctuary city. READ MORE.

Leon & Lulu Announces New Spring Edition Of Its Award-Winning Event, Books & Authors

Popular Event Featuring Michigan Authors to be Held Twice Annually, Adding Live Reading at The Show READ MORE.

OU Professor, Transgender Advocate to Serve on National LGBTQ Task Force

Transgender advocate Charin Davenport, who teaches writing and rhetoric at Oakland University, has been hired to serve on the National LGBTQ Task Force, an organization that has been promoting equality for the LGBTQ communities for more than 40 years. READ MORE.

OutFront Seeks Volunteers

OutFront Kalamazoo at 340 S. Rose St. has an opportunity available for interested volunteers. The community center is looking for friendly, phone-savvy individuals to help out by joining the front desk staff. READ MORE.

Gallery Welcomes Artists Outside the Mainstream

In the up-swinging REO Town corridor is Casa de Rosado, a nearly 3,600-square-foot building in Lansing where art exhibits with political agendas speak volumes. READ MORE.

NMAC Seeks Youth Leaders to Help End HIV Epidemic

Young people, ages 18-15, who are passionate, fearless and willing to learn are needed. The National Minority AIDS Council is looking for fierce youth leaders who will commit to ending the HIV epidemic. READ MORE.

Counseling Students Learn to Be More Affirmative in their Profession

The Oakland University Theta Chapter of the Chi Sigma Iota Sorority brought together around 100 students and professional counselors from across metro Detroit for their Allies in Counseling: LGBTQ+ Spring Conference on March 24. READ MORE.

LGBT Detroit Celebrates Anniversary of #SafeBraveSpace

It's called Detroit's new SafeBraveSpace - yes, with a hashtag - and visitors are invited to check it out next week. READ MORE.

Progress Michigan Names Jeremy Moss 'Legislator of the Month'

House Democratic Whip, Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) was awarded 'Legislator of the Month' in March by Progress Michigan for his leadership in the fight to bring more transparency and accountability to state government by making the governor's office and state legislative bodies subject to open records laws. READ MORE.

Playground Detroit to Launch Artist Space in Eastern Market

After a handful of years without a permanent home, Playground Detroit is finally leasing an "amazing" 1,500 square foot, street-level space located in a historic building on the outer edge of Eastern Market, and they're going to "bring it to life." READ MORE.

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