The Pope of Pride

By | 2018-05-30T12:22:59-04:00 May 29th, 2018|Guides, Pride Guide|

Longtime Ferndale Pride ‘Mascot’ Gordon Matson on Living Long, Proud and Out Loud Whenever someone references “standing on the shoulders” of those who came before them in the fight for equality, they are talking about people like Gordon Matson. Today, it's simply part of local tradition to witness him, ever-changing rainbow costume and all, out and proud as Ferndale's pride mascot. However, before he could become the rainbow headdress-wearing, acceptance-spreading, veritable pope of pride, like most in his position, the Ferndale native spent a large portion of his formative years in the closet.

Pride Events: Featured events

By | 2018-05-29T16:15:45-04:00 May 29th, 2018|Guides, Pride Guide|

  MAY 31-JUNE 11 "Company" 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays; 5 p.m. on June 3 & 10 The Ringwald Theatre 22742 Woodward Ave., Ferndale Tickets: $25 on Fridays & Saturdays; $20 on Sundays; [...]

Ypsi Pride Block Party Doubles Local Entertainment 2nd Year in a Row

By | 2018-05-29T16:04:32-04:00 May 29th, 2018|Ann Arbor, Guides, Pride Guide|

Ypsi Pride is set to host their second annual block party in Downtown Ypsilanti on Friday, June 1. Ypsi Pride, a program of First Fridays Ypsilanti, brings two stages of lively, family-friendly local entertainment, a children’s area, outdoor beer gardens, food trucks, vendors and organizations to the North and Sout Washington Street blocks in Ypsilanti.

‘Casa Valentina’ Comes to JET

By | 2018-05-29T16:00:48-04:00 May 29th, 2018|Guides, Pride Guide|

West Bloomfield's Jewish Ensemble Theatre will be putting on a production of Harvey Fierstein's Tony Award-Winning 'Casa Valentina'. The play opens on May 24 and runs through June 17. It follows the lives of women named Miranda, Bessie, Valentina, Charlotte, Gloria, Terry and Amy who meet regularly at their favorite vacation spot in the Catskills.

Mara Keisling Keynotes Pride Brunch in Kalamazoo

By | 2018-05-29T15:46:29-04:00 May 29th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Founding executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, Mara Keisling, was in Kalamazoo on Saturday, May 26 to talk about her work in the advocacy organization, their legislative work in the presidential administration, and the political power of optimism.

Midwestern T-Shirts Track History

By | 2018-05-29T15:42:07-04:00 May 29th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Wearing Gay History Archive Showcases Thousands of Historical Shirts Midwestern Historian There is a perception by some that LGBTQ history didn't happen in the Midwest. And while it is true that many of the most [...]

Parting Glances: Ys Beyond my Wildest Dreams

By | 2018-05-29T15:37:32-04:00 May 29th, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Long, long before The Village People made "Y.M.C.A." the unofficial, persistent national anthem of Winter Olympian skater Brian Boitano, the Young Mens Christian Associations played an important role, second only to bars, as places to meet available others of like-minded, body-mind-and-spirit, triune persuasions (“You show me your triune, I’ll show you my try-unity. Let’s shower in unison. One with the others”).

When a Tired Old Stereotype Becomes a Life-Saving Act

By | 2018-05-29T15:36:03-04:00 May 29th, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

Finding housing is complex and terrifying. With rent skyrocketing while quality plunges, even middle-class families are struggling to find something that works for them and is also affordable, especially if they have children, pets, and/or special needs. Initial payments are financially overwhelming, comprising of rent for the first month, plus a security deposit, plus any additional fees. If a person cannot find accessible housing, the generosity of friends and family is the only thing protecting them from homelessness. Those who are marginalized - people of color, disabled people, and those within the LGBTQ+ community - face even greater challenges.

Creep of the Week: Dana Rohrabacher

By | 2018-07-25T15:23:06-04:00 May 29th, 2018|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

As I write this it is Memorial Day, a day when we as a country mourn our lost veterans and give thanks for service members past and present. Although, let’s be honest, for many Americans it’s a day to grill burgers, drink beer and maybe, just maybe, put on a T-shirt with an eagle on it or American flag swim trunks. Mostly what I feel on this Memorial Day is sad. Sad that our veterans and our current service members have such a totally incompetent and unworthy commander in chief. America owes them all an apology.

A Writer Reborn: LGBTQ Author Shares Story of Sexual Assault to Help Others

By | 2018-05-29T15:50:20-04:00 May 22nd, 2018|Michigan, News|

An emotional Albert Kroeyr took the podium at the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church on May 11. He is one of more than a dozen members of the church's writer's club and that evening's presentation was held to commemorate the release of the club's first book: "Kaleidoscope" — a collebtion of poems and short stories of longtime club members. However, for him, it was a monumental occurence; the newly 48-year-old Kroeyr celebrated his birthday by speaking publicly about the rape that changed the course of his life more than 20 years ago, and inspired his written contribution to the book.