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Viewpoints To Vote Or Not To Vote. What's The Question?

In Michigan, 976,000 people did not vote in 2010 who had voted in 2008. That's like almost a million for all you math whizzes! Just because it wasn't a presidential election and Obama wasn't on the ballot, Michigan voters stayed home, did their hair, wrote their memoirs - whatever was more important that day than exercising their right to vote. READ MORE.

Don't Forget To Vote The Whole Ballot

While voting, don't forget the names at the bottom of the ballot. While at your local polling location, do vote for the top spots of Governor, Attorney General, U.S. Senate, Michigan Supreme Court... and then vote the ENTIRE ballot, all the way down to your local school board candidates. READ MORE.

Our Time for Action: Countdown to November Vote

The one, and probably only, gubernatorial debate is over. The campaign ads are increasing as the days to the November 2014 midterm elections dwindle down. READ MORE.

Coming Out With Self And With Michigan

Those racing thoughts from the gay teenage character contemplating coming out to his parents in Michael Thomas Ford's novel Suicide Notes still stick with me after first reading them nearly six years ago when I was struggling with my own sexual orientation. READ MORE.

Civil Rights For All Means Including Trans

If you are a transgender resident of Michigan, if you are a friend of the transgender community, if someone in your family is a transgender person or if you believe all residents of our state, including gay and transgender people, deserve the same rights - you need to know that those of us who are transgender in Michigan are, at this moment, in a fight for our lives. Proposed amendments to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act would prevent discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation. That is a good thing. READ MORE.

From Dreams to Action: Economic Empowerment As A Social Justice Tool

During the week of Sept. 24-27, I attended the National Black Justice Coalition's "Annual Black LGBT Leadership Summit: Out on the Hill" in Washington D.C. This year's summit was themed, "Emancipation Campaign: What does freedom mean to you?" During the week, we explored economic empowerment, lobbied around our issues on Capitol Hill and attended a nation town hall about the Pan-African Progressive Movement for "LGBTI Dignity, Inclusion and Justice." READ MORE.

Special Section: Health and Wellness
Smoking: Critical Health Issue For LGBT Michiganders

MICHIGAN - A recent study by Affirmations Community Center and the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center, funded by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), facilitated eight focus groups with LGBT-identified individuals that helps shed light on tobacco use within the LGBT community.

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