Saying Goodbye To A Ferndale Friend

By | 2015-01-07T09:00:00+00:00 January 7th, 2015|Michigan, News|

BY AJ TRAGER FERNDALE - Longtime LGBT activist and storeowner, Kevin Rogers, passed away Jan. 4, succumbing to his battle against skin cancer. Rogers' life was grand and vibrant. He bought Just 4 Us, a [...]

Best Books Of 2014

By | 2014-12-25T09:00:00+00:00 December 25th, 2014|Entertainment|

By Common Language Staff Best-of lists are ultimately personal choices. Part of our bias is for local authors, and we have three on our list for 2014 - the "Year of the Memoir." We started [...]

They Died In The Closet

By | 2014-12-25T09:00:00+00:00 December 25th, 2014|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Across 1 Bankhead's home, for short 5 Pesky kid 9 Fruit peel in a drink 14 Russian river 15 Luau dance 16 Path finder 17 Make a hole bigger 18 "Exotica" director Egoyan 19 Hostile [...]

Mittens For Michigan

By | 2014-12-25T09:00:00+00:00 December 25th, 2014|Ann Arbor, Neighborhoods|

By Shelby Clark Petkus Washtenaw County's annual music festival, Mittenfest, comes to Ann Arbor this January. Blind Pig will host 2015's event from Jan. 1-4. The yearly event hosts a variety of different music acts [...]

A Year In Michigan Marriage

By | 2014-12-25T09:00:00+00:00 December 25th, 2014|Michigan, News|

BY AJ TRAGER MICHIGAN - This year saw big advances in the DeBoer v Snyder case as it moved through the federal courts. April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse began their legal fight for second parent [...]

Things That Happened in 2014

By | 2014-12-25T09:00:00+00:00 December 25th, 2014|Michigan, News|

Jeremy Moss won a seat to serve in the Michigan State House for the 35th District. One of his main priorities once he sits down in January is to work a bipartisan model to get [...]

Kick funded by the HOPE Fund

By | 2014-12-25T09:00:00+00:00 December 25th, 2014|Michigan, News|

Curtis Libscomb. BTL Photo: Andrew Potter The HOPE Fund has awarded several grants to KICK, the agency for LGBT African-Americans, both directly and from the Racial Equity Initiative, an offshoot of The HOPE Fund [...]

The HOPE Fund: Grantmaking

By | 2014-12-25T09:00:00+00:00 December 25th, 2014|Michigan, News|

To date, The HOPE Fund has distributed over $1.8 million through 131 grants to nonprofit organizations serving southeast Michigan's LGBT communities. The following organizations have benefitted: Al-Gamea - Serving Southeast Michigan's Middle Eastern LGBT Community [...]

2014: HIV Year In Review

By | 2014-12-25T09:00:00+00:00 December 25th, 2014|Michigan, News|

Nick Rhoades, a gay man convicted of criminal transmission of HIV in Iowa and sentenced to 25 years in prison, despite the virus not being transmitted, talks to activists at the national HIV is Not [...]

Michigan: 2014 In Review

By | 2014-12-25T09:00:00+00:00 December 25th, 2014|Michigan, News|

Jeremy Moss (Left) and Jon Hoadley (Right). Elliott-Larsen Amendment This was almost the year that the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act was amended to include the LGBT community. Almost. A broad coalition of business leaders [...]

Caspar v Snyder

By | 2014-12-25T09:00:00+00:00 December 25th, 2014|Michigan, News|

In April, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan, on behalf of eight couples that were married in March, filed a lawsuit against the state arguing that because the couples are legally married in [...]

Top Ten LGBT News Stories Of 2014

By | 2014-12-25T09:00:00+00:00 December 25th, 2014|National, News|

By Lisa Keen The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear appeals seeking to preserve bans on marriage for same-sex couples. President Obama finally signed a long-sought executive order protecting LGBT people who work for federal [...]

Looking Ahead: 2015 A Year Of Justice

By | 2014-12-25T09:00:00+00:00 December 25th, 2014|Opinions, Viewpoints|

Failure to amend Elliott-Larsen. Fast passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The re-election of Attorney General Bill Schuette and Gov. Rick Snyder. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding of Michigan's marriage ban. [...]

Hear Me Out: Best Of 2014

By | 2014-12-23T09:00:00+00:00 December 23rd, 2014|Entertainment, Music|

10. Against Me!, 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues' Breaking from the aggressive rock roar of Against Me!'s sixth LP is "Two Coffins," a whisper among the glorious chaos of "Transgender Dysphoria Blues." Its simplicity might standout sonically, [...]