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Michigan Community Memorializes 487 Transgender Lives Lost to Violence in the Past Year

The 17th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance service in Detroit took place Nov. 17 at Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit. About 90 people came out for the service, which included the reading of the names of the 487 trans individuals lost to violence globally over the past year. READ MORE.

Transgender Woman Shot, Robbed in Detroit on the Eve of the TDOR

In the early morning hours of Nov. 17, a transgender woman was robbed and shot near Palmer Park. The victim, a 36-year-old known to most friends only as Chocolate, was walking on Woodward Avenue near Worcester Street when a SUV, a red GMC Yukon, pulled up alongside her. READ MORE.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival Announces Mike Michelon as New Executive Director

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival Board of Trustees announced Mike Michelon has been appointed as the new Executive Director effective immediately. Formerly the festival's General Manager, Michelon has been managing the festival's business and operations since joining the staff in 2014. He succeeds Amy Nesbitt in leading the 35 year old organization. READ MORE.

'Detroit Concert for a Cure' Comes to Ferndale

Cast members of the national touring production of "An American In Paris" (performing at the Detroit Opera House Nov. 28 - Dec. 10) will perform in a special concert to benefit Broadway CaresEquity Fights AIDS and Ferndale's URL Blessings in a Backpack http:www.blessingsinabackpackmi.orgferndale - a "neighbor-helping-neighbor" program that is designed to help bridge the gap of the nutritional needs of children from the Ferndale School District. READ MORE.

Celebrate the Holidays with Perceptions

Kick off the holiday season with a fun, fabulous evening surrounded by family and friends on Dec. 2 at Apple Mountain Resort, 4519 N. River Road in Freeland. Perceptions is excited to host the organization's 16th Annual Holiday Gala with attendees who are encouraged to show off their holiday spirit in creative ways - if they so choose - and come prepared to dance the night away to the electrifying sounds of local favorite, Avenue 5. READ MORE.

Author Explores Queer Choral Musicking as a Social Practice with a Purpose

Why choruses? Author Julia "Jules" Balen seeks to answer that question in the book "Queerly Joyful Noise," which examines how choral singing can be both personally transformative and politically impactful. READ MORE.

Affirmations Board of Director's President Resigns

Affirmations, the largest LGBTQ+ community center in Michigan, announced Tuesday that Brad Bell has decided to step down as president of the board effective Nov. 17. READ MORE.

Whitmer: 'Snyder Needs to Declare Public Health Emergency in Opioid Crisis'

Former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, who is a leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, is calling on Republican Gov. Rick Snyder to declare a public health emergency related to the ongoing opioid crisis in Michigan. She's also demanding he free up state dollars to address a potential HIV outbreak among people who use drugs in 11 mostly rural northern Michigan counties. READ MORE.

FCA US Achieves Top Score For LGBTQ Workplace Policies and Benefits

FCA US LLC is one of a select group of leading employers to achieve a 100 percent ratin on the Human Rights Campaign's 2018 Corporate Equality Index. READ MORE.

SAGE Metro Detroit Takes Trainings on Improving Care for LGBT Older Adults Outstate

SAGE (Services Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders) Metro Detroit will benefit from a $400,000 grant awarded to the ACLU of Michigan from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. READ MORE.

Grooming Future LGBTQ Leaders

Nicole Derusha-Mackey is on a mission to build a farm team full of LGBTQ people who will best serve their community and represent their city, and state. READ MORE.

LGBT Detroit Welcomes New Staff Member Jacqulyn Hippe

A new counselor and community advocate, Jacqulyn Hippe, LLMSW, will join the LGBT Detroit staff on Dec 1. She will be responsible for client-centered counseling, support group facilitation and community outreach. READ MORE.

JIGSAW Hosts Charity Drive for Ruth Ellis Center

This winter, Wayne State University's JIGSAW is hosting a charity drive for the Ruth Ellis Center in Highland Park. READ MORE.

Help Trans Women of Color This Holiday Season

Julisa Abad, director of transgender outreach for the Fair Michigan Justice Project, seeks support from the community to help her trans sisters who are experiencing homelessness. READ MORE.

VegBash Coming to Metro Detroit's East Side

MI Green Team recently announced a partnership with The Quintessential Event Company to bring its popular vegetarianvegan event series, VegBash, to metro Detroit's east side. The East Michigan VegBash will be held on Nov. 24 from 3-8 p.m. at the historic Packard Proving Grounds, 49965 Van Dyke Rd. in Shelby Township. READ MORE.

Sen. Bieda, Prosecutor Renew Calls for Hate Crime Protections

Sen. Steve Bieda (D-Warren) and Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson have renewed calls for legislative action on Senate Bill 121, which would add gender identification and sexual orientation to the list of protections under the Ethnic Intimidation Act. READ MORE.

35th House District Rep. Jeremy Moss Announces 2018 Run for Senate

State representative Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) announced his candidacy for the 2018 Senate election in Michigan's 11th District on Tuesday in a video posted across his personal website and social media accounts. READ MORE.

Record Breaking Cats Lost in Fire, Donations to Cat Shelter Encouraged

Although their home was completely destroyed by fire Sunday, a Farmington Hills couple is asking for donations to go not to themselves but to the Ferndale Cat Shelter in honor of the two Guinness Record-breaking cats that were lost in the fire. READ MORE.

MI Civil Rights Commission Tables Request Again to Take Action on Anti-LGBT Discrimination

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission voted this afternoon to table the Equality Michigan request to issue an interpretive statement on whether "sex" in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act includes Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. READ MORE.

Michigan Communities Observe Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance on Nov. 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. READ MORE.

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