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The Pope of Pride

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.

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

Pride Events: Featured events

  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; [...]

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

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

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.

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

‘Casa Valentina’ Comes to JET

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.

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

Affirmations Hosts Ferndale Pride Week

For many LGBTQ southeast Michiganders, Ferndale pride is a must-see when celebrating throughout the month of June. This year, the Affirmations LGBTQ community center is hosting its own miniature Ferndale pride in-house to provide Affirmations [...]

By |2018-05-29T15:59:25-04:00May 29th, 2018|Guides, Pride Guide|

Pride at Work President Cynthia Thornton Receives ‘Rebel With A Cause’ Award

On Saturday, May 19, the President of Pride at Work Michigan, Cynthia Thornton, received the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Rebel With A Cause Award for her "exemplary demonstration of leadership and inspiration to young workers everywhere, especially here in Michigan." The award was part of the two-day 2018 Young Workers' Conference held at the school's Dearborn campus. Pride at Work is the local branch of a national nonprofit organization that represents LGBTQ union members and their allies and is officially recognized by the AFL-CIO.

By |2018-05-29T15:48:38-04:00May 29th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Mara Keisling Keynotes Pride Brunch in Kalamazoo

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.

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

Midwestern T-Shirts Track History

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 [...]

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

Parting Glances: Ys Beyond my Wildest Dreams

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”).

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

When a Tired Old Stereotype Becomes a Life-Saving Act

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.

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

Creep of the Week: Dana Rohrabacher

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.

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

LGBTQ Politicians Making Impact in Michigan

As June gets closer and LGBTQ people start marking their summer calendars for over a dozen pride celebrations across Michigan — a huge achievement on its own — it's a great time to take stock of the unprecedented positive political action that has been achieved over the past year — seemingly despite all odds.

By |2018-05-22T14:44:18-04:00May 22nd, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

Screen Queen: Oscars at Home

Unforgettable Moments from Academy Award-Winning Gay Faves, Yours Forever to Stream Call Me By Your Name Oliver (Armie Hammer) is facedown on the bed, fully clothed. He’s just arrived at his professor’s (Michael Stuhlbarg) home [...]

By |2018-05-22T14:38:59-04:00May 22nd, 2018|Entertainment, Features|

Deep Inside Hollywood

By Romeo San Vicente John Cameron Mitchell’s latest 'Anthem' Here comes your next favorite podcast. Topic Studios, the people who produced "Missing Richard Simmons," recently announced that they’re partnering with "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" [...]

By |2018-05-24T11:42:25-04:00May 22nd, 2018|Entertainment, Features|

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

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.

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

Affirmations Board Elects 6 New Members, 3 Step Down

The Affirmations board of directors voted in six new board members and saw three step down at its monthly meeting on May 16. Incoming board members are Nancy Cummings, Cheryl Czach, Hannah Hartley, Timothy Lantzy, Gregory Rice and Anthony Sherman. Those stepping down include Frank Aiello, Jodi Allen and Eric Martin.

By |2018-05-22T14:08:36-04:00May 22nd, 2018|Michigan, News|

HRC Releases Findings of 2018 National Survey of LGBTQ Teens

The Human Rights Campaign released the results of their 2018 National Survey of LGBTQ Teens at a special press conference that took place at the Ruth Ellis Center in Highland Park on May 16. HRC President Chad Griffin attended the conference along with Ellen Kahn, director of HRC’s Children, Youth and Families Program.

By |2018-05-22T14:06:59-04:00May 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan Endorse Dana Nessel for Michigan Attorney General

Lansing, Mich. — Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan (PPAM) today announced its endorsement of Dana Nessel for Michigan Attorney General. Nessel, a noted civil rights attorney and former Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor, has worked "tirelessly to protect "the people who need it most over her 25-year legal career," said PPAM.

By |2018-05-16T13:34:16-04:00May 16th, 2018|Lansing, Neighborhoods|

Over 300 cases of Lyme disease reported in 2017

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraging Michigan residents to protect themselves from ticks as the warm weather approaches. Tick-borne diseases, particularly Lyme disease, are expanding across the state.

By |2018-05-16T13:33:05-04:00May 16th, 2018|Lansing, Neighborhoods|