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Michigan Community Calls for Transparency at Affirmations, Board Promises Change

Approximately 30 community members came out to the Jan. 27 Affirmations Board of Directors Meeting to share their current worries and concerns over board leadership and the direction the center is taking. It was one of the largest community turnouts the board has seen in some time. READ MORE.

MDE Announces LGBT Guidance Policy, Tyler Clementi Foundation Calls for 'Upstanders'

Educators, school administrators, activists, students and others working in the state school system gathered Jan. 29 for the fifth annual Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Initiative, a conference to discuss the next steps required in creating safe and inclusive climates in classrooms, schools and school districts. READ MORE.

Fair Michigan Ballot Initiative to Press Pause

Michigan Information and Research Services, Inc -- known as MIRS -- reported Jan. 29 that a controversial ballot initiative to amend the state constitution will end. READ MORE.

Chelsea Adopts Nondiscrimination Protections

In a 4-1 vote by City Council on Jan. 19, Chelsea became the 42nd city in Michigan to adopt a nondiscrimination ordinance, furthering protections for LGBT residents in the area. READ MORE.

Foster Runs for Canton Board of Trustees

Director of Policy and Outreach at Equality Michigan, Sommer Foster, announced her run for Canton Township Board of Trustees. READ MORE.

JTCC Board Member to Present Dissertation Findings at Upcoming EMU Talk

Jim Toy Community Center board member and University of Michigan Political Science Ph.D candidate, Logal Casey, will present his findings on "Disgust and Dynamics of LGBT Politics" in an upcoming Equality Research Center, Equality Knowledge Project presentation. READ MORE.

Ozone House to Host Annual Event Benefitting LGBTQ Youth in Washtenaw County

Ozone House will host its third annual Home Sweet Home: A Night of Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Feb. 11 in an effort to support services for LGBTQ youth who face homelessness or housing instability. READ MORE.

Fair Michigan Ballot Initiative to Press Pause

Michigan Information and Research Services, Inc -- known as MIRS -- reported Jan. 29 that a controversial ballot initiative to amend the state constitution will end. READ MORE.

Return of the Mac

Taylor Mac says "it's good to leave a lot of assumption at the door" when theatergoers attend "A 24-Decade History of Popular Music" at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre in Ann Arbor Feb. 5-6. READ MORE.

Start From Here Launches in Detroit on Feb. 1

Kick-Off Concert at DIME features Flint Eastwood, Jena Irene Asciutto and Britney Stoney READ MORE.

Creating Change Conference Copes with Changes

Creating Change -- the largest LGBT conference in the U.S., which is put on by the National LGBT Task Force -- is known to often include controversy, disagreements, protests, offer a transformative experience that for many is life-changing and provide a chance for some to meet their first LGBT person. However, this year LGBT Creating Change attendees were hit with a truly intersectional, very heavy experience. READ MORE.

The New Normal of HIV in the Queer Community

The grand ballroom in the Chicago Hilton has played host to many moments in American history -- as the elevator trivia screens reminded everyone. But changing the the commitment to the fight against HIV by the LGBTQ community cannot be chalked up to one of those historical moments. READ MORE.

Online App Launched to Help LGBT Youth

The new online application iCON, from the elongated iCONNECT, launched late last year as an innovative service aimed at linking LGBT youth to a variety services in southeastern Michigan. READ MORE.

Affirmations ED Susan Erspamer Releases Statement on Custody Controversy

Susan Erspamer released a public statement on Jan. 25 addressing the recent controversy over her custody dispute with her ex-partner. READ MORE.

Equality Michigan Starts New Year with New Plan

It's a new year, and Equality Michigan has a new political team in place to drive what they are calling a new three to four year legislative plan to move LGBT equality forward in the state. READ MORE.

Ashton O'Hara's Murderer Sentenced to 30-60 Years

Nearly six months after the body of 25-year-old Ashton O'Hara was found brutally murdered in a Detroit field, the killer has been found guilty of voluntary manslaughter. READ MORE.

Fifth Annual SOGI Conference Talks Inclusion in Michigan Classrooms

The fifth annual SOGI Conference, hosted by the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Initiative of Oakland University's School of Education and Human Services, comes to the Detroit Marriott in Troy beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 29. READ MORE.

The 2016 LGBT Political Climate

The most heinous of bills introduced in 2015 seek to restrict access to bathrooms by transgender people and eliminate the ability of local governments to protect LGBT residents and visitors. READ MORE.

A Loathsome Loophole: How Some LGBT Michiganders Use Discriminatory Law

Right now, six family law cases currently being processed through the Michigan court system are using a longstanding statute that allows for discrimination against LGBT parents as the basis for their legal argument. Of the six cases, one in particular is striking and lends itself to a multitude of unanswered questions. READ MORE.

Remembering the History of Michigan's LGBT Ballot Fights

In recent months, the group Fair Michigan launched an effort to guarantee protections for sexual orientation and gender identity within the Michigan constitution by means of a statewide initiative slated for the November 2016 ballot. A number of critics have asserted that whenever LGBT rights are put before voters, such measures always fail. This claim is not only false, it also masks a complicated, and perhaps promising, history of past referendum battles. READ MORE.

Special Section: Marriage
LGBT Wedding Expo Embodies Hope

SOUTHFIELD - This year the BTL Ultimate LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo was held on the anniversary weekend of Judge Friedman's decision in DeBoer v. Snyder. That decision struck down Michigan's same-sex marriage ban, for less than 24 hours, allowing 323 couples to become legally married in the state.

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