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‘No Right to Consent’: Michigan’s Plan to Control, End HIV Raises Privacy Concerns

Michigan health officials have been quietly rolling out a comprehensive new strategy to control and end the HIV crisis for months. But attorneys, AIDS Service Organization officials and more worry the plans could overstep the privacy rights of people living with or at risk for HIV and drive them away from testing and treatment. That could ultimately result in an increase in cases, rather than a desired decrease.

By |2018-08-02T13:29:08-04:00July 25th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Ann Arbor Pride Marks 24th Anniversary This year

For almost a quarter of a century Ann Arbor's Jim Toy Community Center has been hosting an iteration of Ann Arbor Pride, formerly known as OutFest. This year is no different and starting on Friday, Aug. 3 through Aug. 5 attendees are encouraged to attend and celebrate the LGBTQ community.

By |2018-07-25T13:57:07-04:00July 25th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Planned Parenthood Power of Pink Conference Comes to Detroit

Across the U.S. there are over 600 Planned Parenthood health centers that provide a variety of services focusing on reproductive health care, but worldwide there are more than 10 million activists, supporters and donors to the organization. But beyond just the medical clinics, perhaps one of Planned Parenthood's most notable arms is its Action Fund. This fund is nonprofit, non-partison group that works to advance access to sexual health care and reproductive rights. And this year many action fund supporters will convene in Detroit for the Power of Pink conference from Friday, July 27, through Sunday, July 29.

By |2018-07-25T13:53:32-04:00July 25th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Jon Strand: Dots! Exclamation points! Smiles!

For those with an obsession for counting things there are 10,000 alphabet letters in this review of pointillist artist Jon Strand’s exhibition: Oracles, Temples and Waves ... and a dragon named Raoul. But 10,000 is a piddling word count to be sure, compared to Strand’s creative dot, dot, dot detailing over nearly 50 years of painting and fascinated viewer acclaim in some 29 exhibitions of his art — including an onset exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1971 (the DIA currently owns two of his pieces). Now, his work is scheduled to be shown from Aug. 3 through 24, at the Wayne State University Arts Gallery.

By |2018-07-25T13:38:31-04:00July 25th, 2018|Entertainment, Features|

Deep Inside Hollywood

By Romeo San Vicente Tessa Thompson spins off Tessa Thompson is tearing up movie screens this summer in "Sorry to Bother You" as the woman with the world’s most anarchic earrings. And if you think [...]

By |2018-07-25T13:37:08-04:00July 25th, 2018|Entertainment, Features|

The First in Michigan

I had explored a variety of options but nothing seemed very viable until, one day, I was having a conversation with one of my staff and she mentioned that she had worked for a child welfare program. She said that they often had difficulty in placing children who were older than the average child up for adoption. I called the agency to set up a meeting, and no sooner had I walked through the door than I realized that the woman who was interviewing me was a lesbian and very sympathetic.

By |2018-07-25T15:48:54-04:00July 25th, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

I.D.entity Accepted

On May 2 Kalamazoo County rolled out its new ID program after more than year of hard work and packed community meetings. Designed for people who are able to prove their identity but lack the documents to obtain a driver’s license or state ID, the Kalamazoo County ID’s stated purpose is, “To recognize all Kalamazoo County residents and enable them to connect with public safety, civic and community services.”

By |2018-07-12T13:04:43-04:00July 11th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Meet Manny Killa: Q&A with HTJ 2018 Visiting Entertainer

He’s the newest sensation from porn site BlackBoyAddictionz.com. At 24 years old, 6' 4" tall and equipped a trim, muscular physique he is known simply as Manny Killa. He is also one of the entertainers set to visit during LGBT Detroit's Hotter Than July festivities. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Manny admits to losing his virginity when he was only 14 years old.

By |2018-07-11T15:45:09-04:00July 11th, 2018|Detroit, Michigan, News|

Study Documents Millennials’ Views on LGBT Issues

Millennials are America’s largest, most diverse generation and an important potential voting bloc. So, now more than ever, it's important to understand their thoughts on issues that impact all Americans. A new survey created by GenForward called "Millennials Views on LGBT Issues: Race, Identity and Experience" asks questions on these topics and more.

By |2018-07-11T15:45:11-04:00July 11th, 2018|Michigan, News|