ICON Detroit Reaches 25-Year Milestone

By | 2018-02-28T16:47:21-04:00 February 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|

ICON Detroit is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. Unlike the average leather club, this nonprofit was established in February 1993 by the “Original Six” – friends with a keen interest in leathermen and S&M.

Shannonloren Named LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s Newest Gold Member

By | 2018-02-28T16:47:21-04:00 February 28th, 2018|Michigan, News|

DETROIT — Recognizing them for their “creative” and “innovative” marketing techniques, the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce announced that ShannonLoren is its newest Gold Member. “We look forward to working alongside their leadership to help them secure an LGBT Business Enterprise designation,” said commerce president Kevin Heard.

Ruth Ellis Day Celebrated at Ruth Ellis Center

By | 2018-02-28T16:47:24-04:00 February 28th, 2018|Michigan, News|

A small crowd of about 15 passed by the Ruth Ellis Center Drop-In Center in Highland Park Sunday for the annual Ruth Ellis Day celebration. The Ruth Ellis Day tradition actually began a few years before Ellis died in her sleep at age 101 in 2000.

The Colorful World of Simon Black

By | 2018-03-02T09:42:09-04:00 February 28th, 2018|Michigan, Music, News|

Take a look at his picture, and there’s no getting around it: Detroit native and dance music sensation Simon Black is a little unusual. “I’ve always danced to the beat of my own drum,” Black said. “I used to think that was something bad. But now I don’t.” Black traces his love of music to his formative years in the 1980s. “I was an ‘80s baby and MTV was new,” he said. “The artists that were hot at the time are the ones who inspired me to be who you see today: Madonna, Prince and Michael Jackson.” Madonna, especially, spoke to young Mr. Black.

Penny Stamps Speaker Series Presents Transgender Activist Chelsea Manning and Heather Dewey-Hagborg

By | 2018-02-28T16:47:26-04:00 February 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The University of Michigan's Stamps School of Art & Design prides itself on its "diversity, equity and inclusion." The school, which requires an "international experience" for each of its students to make them more worldly, describes itself as an institution that prepares students to "think in new ways, to educate them to become concerned world citizens, and to equip them with the skills for life-long accomplishment."

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2018-02-28T16:47:28-04:00 February 28th, 2018|Entertainment, Features|

By Romeo San Vicente LOS ANGELES - MAY 23: Anne Hathaway arrives to the "Alice Through The Looking Glass" American Premiere on May 23, 2016 in Hollywood, CA. Anne Hathaway 'Wanted' by Dee [...]

Me, The Other, a documentary featuring Washtenaw County college students, returns to Ann Arbor March 7th

By | 2018-02-28T16:47:30-04:00 February 28th, 2018|Entertainment, Features|

Me, The Other, a locally produced documentary that tells the story of 12 students attending college in Washtenaw County, is returning to the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on March 7. The diverse group featured in the film ranges from an African-American acting student from Flint who tells a personal heartbreaking story of the current water crisis in her community; a student from Mexico on the DACA program living in fear of deportation; a student from the storm-devastated island of Puerto Rico; a #metoo story of an orphaned immigrant from Cameroon; and a 65-year-old transgendered student who was homeless and alcohol and drug dependent but chose education over suicide.

Plea Deal Accepted by Man Accused of Robbing, Shooting Transgender Woman

By | 2018-02-21T17:32:00-04:00 February 21st, 2018|Michigan, News|

Rather than serving life in prison, 19-year-old Jujuan Williams has accepted a plea deal. Williams was one of two men accused of robbing and shooting a transgender woman in Detroit's Palmer Park neighborhood last November. Williams' agreement calls for a sentence of 10 to 30 years in prison, plus an additional two years.

WSU Provides Teens with Career Readiness Tools

By | 2018-02-21T17:28:59-04:00 February 21st, 2018|Michigan, News|

As of 2011, the National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research found a large disparity in college and work readiness in the eyes of teachers and students. High school teachers estimated that just over 60 percent of their graduating seniors would be prepared for college-level coursework, and that about half would graduate.

Michigan State Senate Candidate Jeremy Moss calls February ‘Bad Month’ for LGBTQ Michiganders

By | 2018-10-03T15:54:48-04:00 February 21st, 2018|Election, Election 2018, LGBTQA Races, Michigan, News, Statewide Races|

February hasn't even ended, but anti-LGBTQ actions this month have prompted State Rep. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) to dub it "bad" for LGBTQ Michiganders. Moss is referring first to the appointment of Bishop Ira Combs Jr. of Jackson to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. The Commission has eight members appointed by the governor who investigate civil rights complaints and recommend new laws to him.

MILGBTWedding.com Offers Enhanced Wedding Planning Experience

By | 2018-02-21T17:39:42-04:00 February 21st, 2018|Guides, Wedding|

Over the last seven years, the Ultimate LGBT+ Wedding & Anniversary Expo has grown exponentially, allowing us to offer a one-stop shopping experience where you and your entire wedding party can walk along aisles and aisles of the area’s best wedding products and services in one convenient location.

Sex in the Dark MSU LGBT Resource Center

By | 2018-02-21T16:42:19-04:00 February 21st, 2018|Lansing, Neighborhoods|

If one looks back to their high school sex ed class, they probably can imagine an uncomfortable teacher demonstrating the application of a condom and condemning sexual activity as a near-criminal act. Although these courses did mention the potential danger in contracting STDs, HIV and AIDs, they likely promoted an abstinence-only outlook.