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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.
It was the brainchild of Sam Dubin. NEXTGen Detroit Pride will celebrate its one year anniversary in May. READ MORE.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Popular Event Featuring Michigan Authors to be Held Twice Annually, Adding Live Reading at The Show READ MORE.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
It's called Detroit's new SafeBraveSpace - yes, with a hashtag - and visitors are invited to check it out next week. READ MORE.
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.
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.
- Q&A: Lea Michele on Gays in Her Bed, Girl Crushes & Why 'It's So Inspiring' to Watch Old Episodes of 'Glee'
- Melissa Etheridge Talks Donald Trump ('I Will Not Fear This'), Inspiration for Upcoming Songs, the Word 'Woke' & Weed 101
- Kelly Osbourne Talks Being Open to Dating Women ('Never Say Never'), Celebs She Knows Who Use Sexuality For Publicity & Why 'Everybody's Gay'
- Jim Toy Turns 87, Reflects on a Lifetime of Activism
- EXCLUSIVE: Goldie Hawn & Amy Schumer Talk Gay 'Mutual Love,' Lesbian Relationships & How They Will 'Fight to the Death' For LGBT People
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