Three days of concerts connect gay communities across the state

By |2018-01-16T04:34:06-05:00April 16th, 2009|Entertainment|

FERNDALE, ANN ARBOR, TRAVERSE CITY announced this week the We Are Michigan concert series, a three-day event taking place in different cities each day to help raise awareness about LGBT human rights issues.
Each event will feature various musical performances along with activists who will share their experiences fighting for gay rights. ACLU of Michigan staff attorney Jay Kaplan will discuss what his organization’s LGBT project is working on to help the cause of LGBT victim rights, Triangle Foundation Victim Service Director Melissa Pope will be on hand to discuss various legal and political issues and the Coalition for Adoption Rights Equality President Beverly Davidson will discuss House Bill 4131 that could allow for second-parent adoptions in Michigan.
On April 30, the first concert will be held at the Magic Bag in Ferndale. Rachael Davis, My Dear Disco, Nervous But Excited and Chris Bathgate will be performing. Tickets are $10 at the door and the show starts at 8 p.m.
On May 1, the fun moves west to Ann Arbor where Nervous But Excited and Breathe Owl Breathe play at The Ark, Ann Arbor’s nonprofit home for acoustic music. Tickets are $15 at the door and the show starts at 8 p.m.
The closing show on May 2 will be at the Insideout Gallery in Traverse City. Kalamazoo-based old time string-bang Who Hit John? will be there along with songwriters Michael Beauchamp and Cmoon. Also performing is local freestyle artist Cnote, Moon Beam and Adam Reid. Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 in advance.
“The goal of these concerts and the goal of is the same,” said co-founder Matt DeWitt in a press release. “We aim to bring people together on a community-by-community basis with music, news, social networking, e-commerce and with other mediums we are developing. It’s all about connecting locally, as well as broadly in a positive nature.”
Michigan based is a locally focused, online gay-friendly publication. Co-sponsors of the event include the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, Triangle Foundation, Between The Lines, Coalition for Adoption Rights Equality, Metra Magazine, Riot Grrl Ink and Fox on a Hill Productions, LLC.
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