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Slipstream's 'Midsummer,' Set in a Gay Bar, Re-Thinks and Re-Tools after Orlando

At a Slipstream Theatre Company rehearsal for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" earlier last week - following emotional conversations about Sunday morning's massacre inside an Orlando gay nightclub - a cast member pointed out that seeing actors lying on the floor with their eyes closed might be too resonant and disturbing. READ MORE.

Large Gathering at Affirmations Honors Lives Lost in Orlando

FERNDALE - On June 12 the LGBT community experienced what President Obama has called an "act of hate" and what many are calling a direct attack on the LGBT community. READ MORE.

Charles Pugh Arrested in New York

Between The Lines has learned that the man in the new case, who is now 27, first met Pugh when as a member of the Mosaic Youth Theatre he appeared on the weekend news program Pugh was anchoring. Sources say the young man initially inquired about becoming an intern. Though that never came to happen, the boy would go on to build a relationship with Pugh that included visits to Pugh's downtown Detroit town house where authorities are alleging the inappropriate relationship developed.Now, Pugh is to be charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and three in the third. While criminal sexual conduct in the third degree in punishable by up to 15 years in prison, the maximum sentence for a first degree conviction is life. READ MORE.

In Wake of Orlando Massacre, LGBT Venues Ramp Up Security

In the aftermath of the Orlando massacre, the staff at Spiral Nightclub in Lansing have begun talking about guns. Not banning them, but rather getting them. READ MORE.

Goal: 100 for HIV Testing Day

The CDC estimates that the lifetime risk that a black man who has sex with men will contract HIV is 1 in 2. Latino men who have sex with men have a lifetime risk of 1 in 4. And recently, a study from Emory University found the men who have sex with men have a rate of HIV infection 57.5 percent higher than other men in the US. Transwomen are 49 times more likely than any other group of women in the world to be infected with HIV. READ MORE.

Unity, Defiance In The Face of Terror, Hate

As news of the horror in Orlando filtered out Sunday, activists across the state and the country organized impromptu vigils to mourn and to stand in defiance of an attack which President Barack Obama labeled "an act of terrorism and of hate." READ MORE.

Motor City Pride Feels For Orlando

DETROIT - Saturday was hot. Blistering hot with strong winds. All week weather reports recommended Michiganders plan their weekend with caution for impending thunderstorms - maybe a severe thunderstorm they said. Despite intense winds there were only a few clouds. It never rained. READ MORE.

Affirmations Hosts Vigil for Pulse Victims

Over 700 people gathered at Affirmations June 14 to honor the LGBT men and women who were murdered in a horrific act of terror against the LGBT community at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. READ MORE.

Take the Test, Take Control

National HIV Testing Day on June 27 draws attention to the estimated 1.2 million people in the U.S. living with HIV...Several Michigan health departments and community-based organizations will provide HIV testing opportunities through mobile clinics, outreach bars, parks, churches and community-wide events now through the end of the month. Below is a list of sites throughout Michigan where you and your loved ones can get tested for HIV. For more information, call 800-872-AIDS or visit www.michigan.govhivstd. READ MORE.

Scarab Club Unveils Marketing Campaign: 'We Know Detroit by Art'

DETROIT - It's an organization rich in history and poor on public relations. The Scarab Club, which turns 110 next year, has not always done a good job of promoting itself. But thanks to a powerful new marketing campaign done gratis by the Mars Agency and promoted by Marx Layne Public Relations, the Club is hoping for a rebirth. READ MORE.

ACLU, Secretary of State Johnson, Discuss Trans Identities

LANSING -LGBT Special Projects Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan, Jay Kaplan, met with Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson June 10 in a deposition over a recent revision to the state's policy on changing one's gender on state identification. READ MORE.

Equality Michigan Gets New Brand

As part of LGBTQ Pride Month, Equality Michigan is rolling out its new logo and materials to the public, including an updated brochure, a victim services infolinkage card and new websites for both the Equality Michigan (c3) and Equality Michigan Action Network (c4) websites. READ MORE.

Uncommon Coffee Roasters Becomes Certified LGBT Business

Uncommon Coffee Roasters, a certified LGBT business (LGBTBE) in Saugatuck, Michigan, has launched three new Cold Brew Coffee products with the help of Guernsey Farms Dairy, including one that they call Straight. READ MORE.

Bigotry Puts a Heavy Burden on Transgender Youth

It's hard enough being in high school, no matter who you are. Figuring yourself out is part of the experience of growing up, and it's not easy for anyone. READ MORE.

Why Affirmations? Erspamer Discusses The Future of Michigan's Largest LGBT Center

Seven months ago, Affirmations -- Michigan's largest LGBT community center -- announced the appointment of Susan Erspamer as the new executive director and leader of the organization. At the time of the announcement, Frank Aiello, Affirmations board president, said Erspamer "has the breadth and depth of experience that Affirmations needs in its next leader." But many within the community were unsure about Erspamer's leadership as she faced criticism for not having strong ties to the local LGBT community. So, who is she? And why did she choose Affirmations? READ MORE.

Mich. House Legislation Could Gut Local Human Rights Ordinances

Jay Kaplan, staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigans LGBT Project, said the law is very similar to North Carolinas recently enacted legislation. That law caused a firestorm across the country earlier this year, and last month resulted in the Obama administration filing a federal lawsuit against the state to rescind millions of dollars in federal funding...The bill's sponsors include a whos who of radical anti-gay politicians. READ MORE.

Local Faith Leaders Speak Out Against 'Religious Freedom' Laws

It was the crowning glory of the modern gay rights movement. Last June the Supreme Court granted gays the right to marry. And so many mistakenly thought the battle had been won and that equal rights for gays would be the law of the land. If only it were so. READ MORE.

Ferndale Kicks Off Michigan's Pride Season

Nine Mile Road in downtown Ferndale was packed June 4 as thousands gathered to celebrate the 2016 Ferndale Pride festival. CLICK FOR PICTURE GALLERY READ MORE.

Ferndale Pride a Little Wet, but Mostly Wonderful

The storm clouds gathered and a few errant raindrops fell throughout the day, but Mother Nature withheld her fury and Ferndale Pride went off mostly without a hitch. READ MORE.

Ferndale Wedding a First for a Pride Festival in Michigan

Three couples wed Saturday at the Married With Pride ceremony in the Community Art Gallery of Ferndale. Organizers of Ferndale Pride say they are the first to be wed at a Michigan Pride event since the Supreme Court granted marriage equality for gays last June. READ MORE.

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