In an instant, a snap judgment can change everything; a negative one, even more so. In the case of Kiri Stewart, an openly transgender woman, an angry reaction could mean bodily harm. So, for her, hypervigilance is often a necessity. That's why when she went to Flagstar bank to apply for a mortgage, she steeled herself for the worst.
Deonton Rogers was arraigned in 3rd Circuit Court in Detroit on August 15. The 29-year-old was accused of pulling a gun on a trans woman in a gas station on the city’s west side and shooting her while in a scuffle, Rogers is charged with discharging a firearm causing serious injury, felonious assault, being a felon in possession of a firearm, fourth-degree child abuse and ethnic intimidation based on gender and a felony firearms violation.
As BTL continues the Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination series, we hear from Highland Park Mayor Hubert Yopp who was sworn in on Jan. 1, 2016 for a second non-consecutive four-year term. Yopp has a varied background of experience with over 40 years in the operation and administration of local government, serving in various positions in Highland Park, including Highland Park Police and Fire Manager for 31 years and Highland Park City Council for four years.
Organizers of AIDS Walk Detroit recently announced their decision to cancel this year’s walk. Organizers say the large amount of construction that has overtaken downtown Royal Oak would make the walk difficult if not impossible.
LANSING – A group of community members, formerly incarcerated people and anti-prison activists, marched through downtown Lansing to raise awareness about the beginning of a nationwide prisoner strike.
They’re a marginalized minority within a marginalized minority and often overlooked when we scan the periphery underneath the rainbow umbrella. Now Rimonte’ Parker, a youth peer leader at the Ruth Ellis Center, has started a group for young trans men and he’s calling it NuiiWaav.
It’s the fastest growing group at Affirmations, and without a doubt one of the center’s most successful, the Senior Koffee Klatch continues to grow by leaps and bounds.
The Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce invites attendees to discover Barktoberfest, a fall festival for dogs and dog owners. Centered around locally-brewed craft beer and music, this dog-friendly event is designed to bring together the community.
Known for its popular Drag Queen Bingo events, Royal Oak's Five15 Media, Mojo, & More store is now offering a more creative outlet: Sip, Swish, & Stroke. Attendees are invited to bring an open mind as an instructor walks them through how to paint a picture on a canvas.
This year marks the 21st annual Ford Arts, Beat & Eats festival. Presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, this year there will be more than 200 performances that will be held across 9 stages located in downtown Royal Oak. Attendees are welcome to attend from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Friday, Aug. 31 through Sunday, Sept. 2, and from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 3. Last year, the festival hosted nearly 400,000 visitors and raised $350 thousand for local charities.
Harper Hospital (at the time, I hadn’t the slightest idea that my OR training would lead to what might well be the first coincidence of its kind).
Our older son in particular was harassed from the beginning. Not only was he biracial and darker than most of the kids who attended his school, but he also had two gay dads.
"As Hooper puts it, 'If you’re surprised that political evangelicals would show up to this White House despite the many reasons to not, you haven’t been paying attention for four decades. Rank hypocrisy in service of their desired outcome is, was, and always will be their m.o.'"
On Saturday, Aug. 25, thousands gathered at East Lansing's Kellogg Hotel & Conference and Breslin Centers to vote at the Michigan Democratic Party's Nominating Convention. Before casting their ballots, however, many delegates attended caucuses throughout [...]
A new poll from Marquette University shows Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) in a dead heat with her Republican challenger Leah Vukmir, showing a tightening race as Election Day approaches. The poll from Marquette University Law [...]