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Queeries: Help for the Holidays

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Entertainment|

By Steven Petrow Bring him home for the holidays? Q: My partner and I usually spend Christmas apart, opting instead to dine with our respective families. But this year I'd like to take him to [...]

Book Marks: Books of the Year

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Entertainment|

by Richard Labonte For a few years, memoirs have been the "it" book in literary queer publishing, and the trend continues - several are included in this subjective list of my 10 "best" fiction and [...]

Hear Me Out: Best Beats of 2009

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Entertainment|

My best affairs of 2009 have been with women. Now, of course, this means aural relations with pop powerhouses, dance-floor fiends and sweet-ass singer-songwriters. Relentlessly, they've penetrated my hearing holes, becoming more than casual hook-ups. [...]

Deep Inside Hollywood

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Entertainment|

By Romeo San Vicente 'Wicked' Menzel going to 'Glee' As if this show couldn't get any gayer, Broadway's alliance with "Glee" -specifically, the show's stuck-like-glue ties to "Wicked" - continues to pick up steam and [...]

A Magnificent ‘Man’

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Entertainment|

This is how you know a gay fashion designer made "A Single Man": It looks great. And this poetic beauty, in all its chic come-to-life contrast, is what makes Tom Ford's dynamic directorial debut, where [...]

“Focus on work, Pisces!”

By |2018-01-15T18:34:36-05:00December 31st, 2009|Entertainment|

By Jack Fertig Q Scopes The disharmony between Mars, Saturn and Pluto continues with Venus aligning with Pluto. Efforts to establish peace can be coercive. Maybe they need to be, but look ahead to see [...]


By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|

Feb. 5, 2000 – Michigan Equality holds its first board meeting. First president, Beth Bashert, presided with 11 board members. Their first order was to begin a “Get Out the Vote” campaign. March 2000 – [...]


By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|

Jan. 2, 2001 - The City Commission of Traverse City removes all "We Are Traverse City" gay pride stickers at the advice of legal counsel. "Some of the most insecure people in the population are [...]


By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|

February 2002 - In a historic move, the United Way of Southeastern Michigan bestows Affirmations with a $50,000 grant. CEO Leslie Thompson promises to use the funds for health services, especially for youth and seniors. [...]


By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|

Feb. 14, 2003 - Affirmations kicks off their domestic partner registry program. The day serves as a call to action for same-sex couples in the state against Michigan's Defense of Marriage Act. February 2003 - [...]


By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|

January 2004 - A town hall is held in Detroit to discuss homophobia in the city. It is attended by over 400 people, including many local politicians and community leaders. "This is the civil rights [...]


By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|

Jan. 12, 2005 - Over 200 people gather at the Capitol Building in Lansing to protest the passage of Proposal 2 in November of 2004 as the Michigan congress begins its new session. Other gatherings [...]


By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|

March 2006 - Openly gay Michigan advertising executive Joe Fitzryk is named Genre's Man of the Year, beating 83 competitors from across the U.S. He is the first Michigander to win the contest. April 2006 [...]


By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|

January 2007 – The Michigan Fair Housing Centers in Detroit, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids areas release a study that shows widespread discrimination toward LGBT people trying to rent or buy a home. March [...]


By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|

Feb. 6-10, 2008 – The Creating Change conference comes to Detroit for the first time ever. The weekend of LGBT organizing and action included workshops, speakers and parties. April 9, 2008 - The Detroit City [...]


By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|

January 2009 – The GM Foundation cuts its expected $50,000 grant to Affirmations, forcing the center to explore new options for funding. Similar cuts by Ford and Chrysler follow. "We need to look more to [...]


By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|

2001 University of Michigan Spectrum Center, 30 years 2002 Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit, 30 years PFLAG-Ann Arbor, 20 years 2003 Crossroads, 25 years The Greater Lansing Gay Men's Chorus, 15 years 2004 Dignity Detroit, [...]

Quebec government launches battle against homophobia

By |2018-01-15T23:02:22-05:00December 31st, 2009|News|

by Rex Wockner International News Briefs The Canadian province of Quebec launched an official campaign against homophobia Dec. 11. "By its gesture this morning, Quebec society demonstrates once again that it is in the vanguard [...]

UK registrars cannot shun civil partnerships

By |2018-01-15T19:59:49-05:00December 31st, 2009|News|

by Rex Wockner International News Briefs England's Court of Appeal ruled Dec. 15 that a Christian marriage registrar who was disciplined for refusing to register gay civil partnerships was not a victim of religious discrimination. [...]

Affirmations welcomes new board members

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|News|

FERNDALE - On Dec. 2, Brandon Jones and Tina Seitz were appointed to join the Affirmations Board of Directors. Effective immediately, they join a 15-member board which governs the 20-year-old Ferndale non-profit. Each will serve [...]

Between Ourselves

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|News|

by Jessica Carreras Jena Lewis Jena Lewis is an activist, trans educator and mother. The Grand Rapids-based woman also participates in the Bells of River City dance team, paints and is active in the [...]

International ex-gay ministry drops local affiliate

By |2018-01-15T20:08:01-05:00December 31st, 2009|News|

Truth Wins Out revealed last week that the nation's largest "ex-gay" organization, Exodus International, officially cut ties with its Lansing affiliate Corduroy Stone after charges were made by an ex-gay survivor that the sessions included [...]

Undoing the knots

By |2018-01-16T09:47:10-05:00December 31st, 2009|News|

by Jessica Carreras A photo snapped by a Triangle member causes cups to get pulled from pretzel chain Auntie Anne's. Photo courtesy of the Triangle Foundation The Triangle Foundation celebrated a small - but [...]

Volunteer with Speak Equal

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|News|

Speak Equal, an LGBT activism group based out of Grand Rapids, is looking for volunteers. Currently, the group is forming two committees in need of help - a committee for artchives and research and another [...]

What’s in a decade?

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|

Between The Lines is feeling a little nostalgic as we reach the end of 2009. But we're not just thinking about the past year - Proposition 8 protests and debates, marriage and discrimination victories and [...]

Dirty laundry again?

By |2018-01-16T11:48:58-05:00December 31st, 2009|Opinions|

I don't know about you, but I'm tired of all the articles slamming the non-profit we know as Affirmations. I've been watching the various stories surface every other month and as an educated person, I [...]

S/he said

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Opinions|

Compiled by Howard Israel "Just a couple of guys and their dog standing in a field. What could be more rural Nova Scotian than two guys and their dog standing in front of the Minas [...]

Viewpoint: In the midst of plenty

By |2018-01-16T07:57:18-05:00December 31st, 2009|Opinions|

by Pamela Alexander After reading last week's editorial on racism, I am thoroughly convinced there is no better time than now to focus on the issue of race in the LGBT community, particularly in the [...]

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