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Michigan Survey Results Can Help Protect Trans Community, LGBT Rights Organizations Say

The transgender community has support in the form of data to convince lawmakers in the state that discrimination based on gender identity exists. READ MORE.

What's in a Name (and Gender Marker)?

At the age of 18, Jazz McGinnis embarked on a journey. As a transgender man, this was neither his physical nor emotional journey - it was a legal one: McGinnis wanted to change his name. READ MORE.

REC Receives 100K Grant to Provide Counseling for Trans Women

The Hope Grace Fund, a philanthropic vehicle of well-being beauty brand Philosophy USA, has awarded the Ruth Ellis Center in Highland Park with a $100,000 grant to hire a mental health professional who will provide counseling services for trans women and girls of color. READ MORE.

Community Activists Will Discuss Groundbreaking Book on Black LGBT Health

The co-editors, Lourdes Dolores Follins and Jonathan Mathias Lassiter, of the academic text, "Black LGBT Health in the United States: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation," will be available to discuss their work from 6-8 p.m. on June 2 at the Ruth Ellis Health and Wellness Center, 77 Victor St. in Highland Park. READ MORE.

New LGBTQA Section at State Bar of Michigan

In an effort to ensure consistency within Michigan law and conformity to federal rulings, a new State Bar of Michigan section - the LGBTQA Law Section - will research and identify areas of state laws that may need revisions or updates, and will seek to educate the public and members of the legal community in how their clients may be affected as laws and new precedents develop. READ MORE.

Holland LGBTQ Community Center Hosts Open House

Area LGBTQ residents and their allies can get a look at the new Out On The Lakeshore Community Center and mingle with professional comedienne Mimi Gonzalez at the same time from 5-7 p.m. on May 30. READ MORE.

'Cheers to HELP' Raises Funds for LGBTQ Health Care Services

More than 150 supporters attended the eighth annual Spring fundraiser, "Cheers to HELP," on May 12 at the Health Emergency Lifeline Programs' offices in Detroit. The wine tasting event helped raise over $15,000 for the HELP agency. READ MORE.

Community Invited to Discuss 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey Report Results

Equality Michigan and members of the transgender community will release Michigan-specific data from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey on Wednesday at multiple times and locations across the state. READ MORE.

Equity Theatre Group Gives Back to HIV/AIDS Organizations

FERNDALE - Members of the Detroit area Actors Equity Association Liaison Committee presented checks on May 8 to organizations in the community fighting against HIVAIDS. READ MORE.

EQMI's Department of Victim Services Reaches Across the State

As the founding member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, Equality Michigan is committed through their Department of Victim Services to providing support and advocacy services for LGBTQ, SGL (Same Gender Loving), and HIV-affected people experiencing various forms of violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, hate violence, harassment and discrimination. READ MORE.

'As We Go On' Performance to Benefit Holland Community Center

True coming out stories will be told live by members of the Ann Arbor LGBTQ community during the performance of "As We Go On" at 3 p.m. on May 21 at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St. READ MORE.

Affirmations Welcomes New Youth Program Coordinator

Meet Ian Unger, who moved to Michigan from Wisconsin with his wife, and recently joined Affirmations as the new youth program coordinator. READ MORE.

Roz Gould Keith Receives Diversity Champion Award

Roz Gould Keith, founder of Stand with Trans, received the Diversity Champion Award. READ MORE.

Annual Fundraiser at Boys & Girls Club Helps LGBTQ Youth

Six youth between the ages of 11-13 at the Boys & Girls Club of South Oakland County raised money to benefit the Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people. READ MORE.

Federal Court Orders Trump to Produce Giuliani Travel Ban Memo

In response to a recent joint lawsuit filed by the Arab American Civil Rights League, the ACLU of Michigan and others, a federal judge on May 11 ordered President Donald Trump to turn over key documents related to his Executive Order banning travel from six Muslim majority countries and freezing the refugee resettlement program. READ MORE.

Lesbian and Transgender Moms Changing the Face of Motherhood

Mother's Day is an opportunity to recognize the growing profile of lesbian and transgender mothers through personal stories, which Between The Lines asked willing families to share along with a photo. READ MORE.

Brownstown Couple Receives Creating Hope Award for Fostering Children

Lori Dixon and Shelly Taylor became a couple nearly a decade ago. Though Dixon had four biological children from a previous marriage, the couple soon decided they wanted to increase the size of their family. READ MORE.

State Admits Error, Retracts Letters Demanding Same-Sex Married Couples Pay More In Taxes

Same-sex married couples in Michigan should ignore 2013 tax letter sent out erroneously by Department of Treasury. READ MORE.

Family Matters: Legal Issues for Same-Sex Parents

The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark marriage equality decision in Obergefell v. Hodges removed barriers to the adoption process for same-sex married couples. But there are unique and complex legal issues to consider when deciding to become a family. READ MORE.

Community Gathered for 'Love Is Love' Rally

Members of the community gathered at Geary Park in Ferndale on May 7 for the "Love Is Love" rally. READ MORE.

David Rosenberg, Longtime BTL Distributor, Retires

David Rosenberg's involvement with Between The Lines dates back to 1993 when there was no LGBT newspaper in circulation in Michigan. There had been LGBT publications in the area before, most notably 10 Percent, which was later renamed the Michigan Tribune before it had stopped publishing almost 25 years ago. READ MORE.

Special Section: Marriage
Unconditional Love Trumps Prejudice

Jason Karoumy will never forget the day he came out to his parents. His text message read, "I'm gay. I'm engaged to the person you thought was my friend and I'm getting married this year."

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