Seeking Equality Voters

By | 2018-10-10T15:35:47-04:00 October 10th, 2018|Election, Election Activism|

Currently working as Human Rights Campaign's Michigan State Director, Amritha Venkataraman's interest in all things politics started young. She said that as early as in high school she "was always that person talking about politics," [...]

Supreme Court 2018-2019 Session Busy with LGBTQ Cases

By | 2018-10-03T15:10:53-04:00 October 3rd, 2018|National, News|

Cases before the U.S. Supreme Court seem almost like an afterthought after last week’s political slugfest over the confirmation process for President Trump’s second nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. But there are several cases before the high court that are of great importance to the LGBTQ community as the high court began its 2018-2019 session this week. In fact, this session could be one of the busiest in history for LGBTQ-related concerns.

HRC Responds to Defeat of Anti-LGBTQ Child Welfare Amendment

By | 2018-10-10T15:08:42-04:00 October 3rd, 2018|Michigan, News|

WASHINGTON — Last week the Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBTQ advocacy organization, responded to the defeat of the Aderholt Amendment, which the House Appropriations Committee added to the FY 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill in July.

MOCAD: Gala, Art Auction Honoring Julie Reyes Taubman Oct. 12

By | 2018-10-05T21:49:22-04:00 October 3rd, 2018|Michigan, News|

Dinner, music, hand-crafted cocktails and an art auction will come together on Friday, Oct. 12, in honor of Julie Reyes Taubman at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Taubman, who died earlier this year, was the co-founder of MOCAD and organized various art projects, fundraisers and the museum's first board.

Close Quarters

By | 2018-10-03T18:51:03-04:00 October 3rd, 2018|Guides, Home|

If Alexander Weyer had to put a postmark on when he decided to build a tiny home, he’d guess it started about three years ago just as most of his thoughts begin: under the stars. Weyer, an openly gay practicing astrologer and herbalist, was visiting a friend one night in Detroit, thinking about life’s grand design and how freeing it would be to downsize.

Local Domestic Violence Group Turns a ‘House into a Home’

By | 2018-10-03T20:08:46-04:00 October 3rd, 2018|Guides, Home|

The group is called Phoemale and, for anyone wondering, is pronounced just like the word "female." The unique spelling represents the words “phoenix” and “female” combined and the group celebrates women rising from the ashes. More specifically, Phoemale is a non-profit organization that enables women to empower fellow women in Metro Detroit who are rebuilding their lives after overcoming domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking or homelessness.

LGBTQ Rent Versus Own: Does Marriage Matter?

By | 2018-10-03T19:02:53-04:00 October 3rd, 2018|Guides, Home|

It has been more than three years since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, paving the way for the continued increase of LGBTQ married couples purchasing homes, according to the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals’ second annual LGBT Real Estate Report. NAGLREP, with more than 2,000 members, is one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ trade associations.

‘Not in my House’ Gives Dance New Meaning

By | 2018-10-03T19:19:53-04:00 October 3rd, 2018|Entertainment, Features|

Coming out stories. In the LGBTQ community, we all have one. Now, a unique collaboration between Kristi Faulkner Dance and the Ruth Ellis Center is turning those stories into art. "Not in my House' radically shifts the narrative about LGBTQ identity through the creative re-imagining of coming out stories in an evening-length performance blending vogue, contemporary dance and storytelling,” said event organizers.

9th Annual Lansing Zombie Walk

By | 2018-10-03T14:12:36-04:00 October 3rd, 2018|Lansing, Neighborhoods|

Gore and ghouls will abound on Saturday, Oct. 13 as an undead horde of zombies will traverse the path from the Lansing Center to the Michigan State Capitol. The event is presented by Capital Area District Libraries and all ages of undead participants are encouraged and invited to make the free trip while dressed in their spookiest zombie style.

Standing with Survivors, Standing for Justice

By | 2018-10-03T19:16:06-04:00 October 3rd, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

The stories are all different, but they are the same. The family friend or member who comes into the bedroom at night. The uncle, grandparent or friend who touches inappropriately with a hug. The boys who cop a feel in the hallway. The “nice” guy who after a few beers forgot that “No means No.”