Affirmations ED Dave Garcia Holds First Community Chats

By | 2019-05-09T11:25:14-04:00 May 8th, 2019|Michigan, News|

A total of 13 people came out to Affirmations April 30 for two community chats with returning executive director Dave Garcia who had just returned to the center the day before. Eight people, mostly members of the Senior Koffee Klatch, came out to the morning session and five to the evening. Four members of Affirmations' staff were present at each meeting and there were two board members at the morning section and three in the evening.

New Resolution: GVSU Will Only Contract With LGBTQ-Inclusive Vendors

By | 2019-05-08T15:42:06-04:00 May 8th, 2019|Michigan, News|

With the end-of-year rush surrounding final exams, summer plan finalizations and the packing up of dorm rooms, the average Grand Valley State University likely didn't notice that the end of April marked a small step toward increased LGBTQ inclusivity at GVSU, but this small change could send a resounding message in the West Michigan community: GVSU has amended its purchasing and overall discrimination policies to contract only with vendors who do not discriminate against the LGBTQ community.

HHS Rule Allows Religious Discrimination in Health Care

By | 2019-05-08T14:23:12-04:00 May 8th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has finalized a new rule that will allow health care workers to refuse to provide or assist in providing medical services if doing so violates their religious or moral beliefs. In other words, it will allow them to discriminate widely and putting LGBTQ people and our families, among others, at risk.

Obituary: Chrissy Surewater

By | 2019-05-02T12:46:02-04:00 May 2nd, 2019|News|

July 23, 1953 — May 1, 2019 Chrissy Surewater passed away on May 1, 2019, at the age of 65. The beloved fiance of Michelle Fox- Phillips and dear sister of Lee and Michael. Chrissy [...]