A bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to Virginia’s nondiscrimination law cleared its final legislative hurdle on Wednesday. Senate Bill 868, which state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) introduced, passed in the Virginia [...]
With Super Tuesday just a few days away, Pete Buttigieg will be required to make wins among Black and Brown voters to stay in the game as a viable presidential candidate — a Herculean effort [...]
Wholly Unexpected On Feb. 11, something happened in Michigan’s third-largest city that many would consider remarkable. Despite that fact, it went largely unnoticed. The Warren City Council adopted a Pride Month resolution, with six out [...]
With a star-studded cast featuring the likes of John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and Gilda Radner, in the '70s "The National Lampoon Radio Hour" cemented itself as a fixture of comedic history. Today, decades [...]
Announced yesterday, a new partnership between Equality Michigan and the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office will benefit LGBTQ victims of hate crimes by enhancing support and services. This is a project that attorney and Equality Michigan [...]
Chill vibes permeated his 2018 self-titled solo album, but Jake Shears feels like dancing again. Shears’ latest single “Meltdown” is a club banger with shared Scissor Sisters disco DNA – which is exactly the point. [...]
Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg’s being gay made him stand out in the first few months of his campaign last year, earning him a surge of media attention that his relatively obscure reputation as the mayor [...]
Between juggling customers's needs, offering in-store advice and working on orders of all kinds, Tilla Abel certainly has her work cut out for her as a designer at Miner's Den Jewelry. But as stressful as [...]
In recent months the city of Eastpointe has made waves across the state with its unique revisions to its animal ordinance. Aimed at keeping both animals and owners in the city safer, Animal Control officers are cracking down on the length of time dogs can left outside, how dogs are tethered, the number of dogs per household and more. In a Facebook post last month they said that the changes are geared toward stopping cases like Penelope's — a 3-year-old emaciated and overbred mastiff who was found wandering the city's streets.
Cats, movies and new friends merge at The Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center's Family Mew-Vie Night on Saturday, March 7. Attendees can snuggle with cats, enjoy popcorn and watch an family friendly movie rated G or PG.
The Ruth Ellis Center is planning to build a 43-unit mixed-use housing development on Clairmount Street just west of Woodward Avenue in Detroit’s Piety Hill neighborhood. The project is expected to take 18 months to [...]
Nancy Ann Unwin, the founder of such groups as OUTSkirts and Women OUT & About, was a revered member of and activist for the Southeast Michigan LGBTQ community. She died Jan. 27. She was 85.
It's been 20 years since Kevin Kresch first began to take notice of the political arena. Like many passions, the catalyst for its start wasn't especially unusual but the lasting effects have stayed with him [...]
Renee Richer's ties to Michigan's Upper Peninsula run deep. So deep in fact that The Farmhouse, the building that today serves as Richer's Gladstone-based bed-and-breakfast of the same name, has been in her family for more than a century. With connections to her community that run five generations strong, it makes sense that Richer would feel a sense of obligation to give back to her Upper Peninsula roots. In fact, she said that much of her interest in running for Michigan's 108th House district stems from conversations with travelers right at The Farmhouse's kitchen table.
Conservative radio personality and recent Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Rush Limbaugh recently suggested that presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg doesn't have a chance to be elected president because he is a gay man who will [...]
Drag queens, parties and performances all converge in Eric Swanson's upcoming one-man show scheduled for march 6 and 7 called "An Evening With Miss Bouvee" held at Pontiac’s Little Arts Theatre. He said the audience [...]
Michael and Zach Zakar are identical twins. In typical twin fashion, they finish each other’s sentences, and during press interviews — like their latest with Between The Lines for their autobiographical play "Pray the Gay Away" — nothing is different. Endearingly, follow-up emails are closed with the phrase, “Double Love, Michael and Zach,” and one certainly feels like they're seeing double when meeting them. Thankfully, once we got talking in person, differentiating between the two became much easier. What did stay the same, however, was their take on their brand-new play.
Seeing art hang in a museum or even displayed as a public piece in the community is the way most Americans consume art. Over the last few years, the New York-based nonprofit SaveArtSpace has been working to expand that by purchasing advertising space like billboards to create huge public exhibitions across the country.
The world premiere of “America You Kill Me,” a Detroit-produced documentary about the triumphs and struggles of gay rights leader and Triangle Foundation co-founder Jeffrey Montgomery, will be the centerpiece of the Freep Film Festival’s opening night on Wednesday, April 22, at the Fillmore Detroit.
The year’s just started, but there are a few things I need to get off my chest. 1. The high price of underwear Like any other red-blooded gay American male, I care about the [...]
On Wednesday, March, 4, Affirmations is hosting a youth leadership and development program. This 16-week program is a chance for LGBTQ youth aged 13-22 to expand their career development skills. Find out more online at [...]
LezRead is a monthly book club hosted by the Jim Toy Community Center in Ann Arbor that is dedicated to connecting queer women over conversation and LGBTQ-focused books. The next scheduled meeting is Sunday, Feb. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. where this time attendees will discuss not one but two books.
Artist, activist and author Nia King is a journalist and media-maker based in Philadelphia. She's inviting the public to a talk at the Ann Arbor District Downtown Library on Saturday, March 14, from 2 to 3 p.m. about her three-volume book series "Queer & Trans Artists of Color."
In a discussion called Queer Kinship and Family Change in Taiwan, Amy Brainer — the assistant professor of women's and gender studies and sociology at UM Dearborn — assesses clues about how larger social, cultural and political shifts have altered the experiences of LGBTQ people in various age groups. This event will be on Friday, Feb. 21, and hosted by the University of Michigan's Institute for Research on Women and Gender.
By Kym Reinstadler ANN ARBOR – There’s child abuse at the core of Oregon playwright E.M. Lewis’s "Apple Season" that’s buried so deep it’s never spoken. It’s through the intimately drawn character portraits of a [...]
When I was in elementary school I was taught that the Mayflower landed at Cape Cod and that’s how the pilgrims (aka the puritans) arrived in America. After this lesson I did not become, nor was I tempted to become 1.) A pilgrim, 2.) A deckhand, 3.) A cod.
As an emerging gay teenager, I attended Cass Technical High School where I was fortunate to soon discover there were others like myself in the process of coming out. Although back then there was no such thing as coming out, there was, however signaling — by dropping verbal hairpins — and exhibiting tell-tale touches of creative flamboyance.
The History Five years ago, a ballot committee named Fair Michigan and headed by then-attorney Dana Nessel sought to amend Michigan’s Constitution to ensure the equal rights of LGBTQ people and women. Then, just as [...]
By Porchia Dees I am a Beautiful Black Queen Living with HIV. It has taken a long time for me to come to terms with that statement, because the concepts of beauty and HIV don't [...]
By the Numbers Currently, the ballot language to expand the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression has been approved, and launches in Grand Rapids and East Lansing have [...]
Bashar Kallabat. Shortly after the body of a nationally recognized hairstylist Bashar Kallabat was found at the Detroit JZ Motel and Suites last week, a 24-year-old Detroit man named Jimmy Jermaine Pickett was [...]
The body of a nationally recognized hairstylist Bashar Kallabat was found at the Detroit JZ Motel and Suites Tuesday. Detroit Police believe that he was killed by a man he met on a dating app. [...]
Voters in Switzerland on Sunday overwhelmingly approved a bill that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation. Swiss lawmakers in 2018 approved the bill, which added sexual orientation to the country’s nondiscrimination law. The Associated Press reported the [...]
This Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will join Detroit’s Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship and its City Walls Detroit murals program in showing the city some love. FCA and the city will [...]
Specializing in trauma-informed care for Detroit's LGBTQ runaway and at-risk youth of color, The Ruth Ellis Center has long focused on building strong relationships with the community it serves. Now, because of a $50,000 grant [...]
Washinton — Last week the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute released their 5th annual State Equality Index, a comprehensive report detailing statewide laws and policies that affect LGBTQ people and their families, and assessing how well states are protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination. Michigan falls into the category, “High Priority to Achieve Basic Equality.”
Eric-John Szczepaniak was only 18 when, in 2016, he was elected to the Kenowa Hills School Board, becoming the body's first LGBTQ and youngest elected official. Then, in 2019, Szczepaniak was also elected Student Body [...]
As Affirmations celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, the LGBTQ community center in Ferndale also went through a slew of leadership and financial changes. With the appointment of Dave Garcia as its returning executive director, [...]
Few forces in the world are as powerful or as visceral as the reaction one has to great music. Regardless of genre, when either words, melody or both align the right way, emotions of all kinds can be stirred — not least of which being love. That's why Austin-based nonprofit The W'All chose the month of love to launch its LGBTQ-focused campaign of inclusion.
For more than a decade, the Dirty Show has been considered one of the largest and most important erotic art exhibitions on the planet. Each year, the exhibit features hundreds of quality erotic works, in virtually every imaginable media, from all over the world. It has become an immersive experience, with world-class performance artists on the stage and in the audience.