Begun in 1999 by transgender activist and author Gwendolyn Ann Smith, the Transgender Day of Remembrance is a solemn reminder every Nov. 20 of the continuing violence against the transgender community. And it's certainly still [...]
With fewer than two months left until the winter holidays, gift-giving, and subsequently gift-shopping, season is in full swing. However, as magical as it can be to find the perfect gift for a loved one or to receive a longtime wishlist item, sometimes the holidays run the risk of transforming into a purely material exchange.
Over the last 30 years Ferndale's Affirmations LGBTQ community center has been focused on providing Southeast Michigan's LGBTQ community with not only social but community support services. Now, the center is set to expand its offerings to include health care. This is made possible because of a joint partnership with Corktown Health Center, which focuses specifically on LGBTQ health services, that will serve to expand the reach of Corktown as well.
Windsor Film Fest Celebrates 25th Anniversary of ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ With Trixie Mattel
Filled with ball gowns, makeup, an alcohol-stocked minifridge and three queens with a dream, Stephan Elliott's 1994 movie "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" took audiences on an Aussie road trip for the [...]
With a history of designers like Cristobal Balenciaga, Bob Mackie and Karl Lagerfeld it's impossible to dispute the LGBTQ community's impact on the world of modern-day fashion. But as famous as those names are, along [...]
LANSING — After two years of uncertainty, last week Larkin Neely reached a plea agreement with the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office for the 2017 murder of Kevin Wirth, an openly gay man, who was stabbed [...]
Before Sophie White began professionally telling stories as an actress and filmmaker she had a career as varied as the characters she portrays on screen. At one point racing motorcycles and doing boxing promotion, White [...]
With its unique blend of poetry, music and personal testimonials of black gay men living their authentic truths in 1980s America, Marlon Riggs' "Tongues Untied" stood out among documentaries of the day both in its [...]
Between the cake, photographers, floral arrangements and wedding attire on display at the 9th annual Between The Lines Wedding, Home and Life Expo on Sunday, Oct. 13, Dearborn's The Henry, Autograph Collection hotel felt transformed into a unique celebration of both marriage and equality.
Though Affirmations has been helped by many dedicated volunteers over the years, ones like Vy Reed are few and far between. Started in 1989, the Ferndale-based LGBTQ community center first connected with Reed in 1991.
Between regularly appearing on Comedy Central, developing a web series, writing for shows like Netflix's "Big Mouth," raising a child and an upcoming debut as a TV doctor in "Carol's Second Act" (premiering Sept. 26 [...]
When Fair Michigan was formed initially, one of the main concerns for the LGBTQ community was securing marriage equality. Today, that need has been met, but the nonprofit's work is far from done as LGBTQ Michiganders can still be denied housing, employment and medical treatment solely based on their gender identity or sexual orientation.
Whether settling down to start a family, putting down roots in a great location or simply expanding one's space, home ownership can be a thrilling part of anyone's life regardless of their reasons. However, it's an unfortunate reality that LGBTQ people often must take extra care to ensure that the place in which they choose to settle down is affirming of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Though real estate can make for a great investment, it's not always easy to start building a robust portfolio. Like many other real estate investment firms, Jeddo Corp seeks to help clients develop one, however, its methodology is unique: artificial intelligence. A wife and wife team based out of both Ann Arbor and the San Francisco Bay Area, Nada and Sabra Djomehri saw an opportunity for their business to blend both of their specialties.
Gay-Owned Store Untied on Woodward is Helping Men Discover Their Passion for Fashion With a Local Feel
A mix of denim, leather goods, swimwear and boldly printed tops, Untied on Woodward is a menswear boutique that encourages shoppers to ditch the formalities and embrace a sleeker take on the laid-back look. It's [...]
Michael Fabiano's approach to his opera career has served him well. Described by The Independent as "out of this world" and The New York Times as “one of the most exciting, sought after singers in the world,” those following opera today will likely have heard of the rising tenor.
Breakups hit hard. Some hit harder than others. For Alyse Vellturo, better-known by fans as pronoun, three years after she broke up with her ex-girlfriend and it's still much of the creative fuel for her first full-length album "i'll show you stronger."
Though it's arguable that June is the most significant month for the LGBTQ community, it's not uncommon for Pride celebrations to extend throughout the summer and beyond. The Pontiac Creative Arts Center is certainly extending Southeast Michigan's Pride season this year with the Oct. 12 debut of its "Kaleidoscope of Expression" exhibition.
Now steadily into the start of its second decade in existence, fans of Ferndale's Ringwald Theatre will know it for its seasons of uncharacteristic takes on classic performances and unique choice of new works. According [...]
Artistic Director Bailey Boudreau When Artistic Director Bailey Boudreau got the idea to start the Slipstream Theatre Initiative he was working as a theater director out of West Bloomfield High School. As talented [...]
Faith-based adoption agencies are suing the state of Michigan again, this time challenging a settlement made by Attorney General Dana Nessel earlier this year mandating that faith-based adoption and foster agencies not discriminate based on the sexual [...]
Picking out an outfit for the day can be a highlight, a dreaded ritual, or a dealt-with-and-forgotten routine. Whatever one’s relationship with clothes, however, that morning decision is a necessity. And perhaps the last thing [...]
Similar to the machine for which it is named, the Dynamo digital marketing company is helping businesses across the Metro Detroit area generate energy around their products and services by both better-utilizing and properly curating their digital footprints.
Trump Administration Gag Rule Forces Planned Parenthood of Michigan out of Title X, National Program for Birth Control
ANN ARBOR — Yesterday Planned Parenthood of Michigan announced that the Trump-Pence administration has forced PPMI out of Title X, the nation’s decades-old bipartisan program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care after a long [...]
At times figural and at others completely abstract, the work of openly gay artist James C. Harrison is hard to classify. So much so that even regular patterns in his pieces take on different feels [...]
Public controversy has surrounded Michigan Department of Civil Rights Executive Director Agustin Arbulu since early August when documents were released alleging that in May he urged a department employee to "check out" a woman's "ass" [...]
Held last Sunday, Aug. 11, at Royal Oak's Memorial Park, Stand With Trans hosted its fourth annual Family Picnic in the Park. Attendees were invited to bring a dish to share and to come hang [...]
Just like most long-running events, Transgender Pride in the Park got its start as a small gathering, a picnic to be exact, in Lansing. That was 20 years ago, and though the event still features food today, it's evolved into something more: a gathering spot for transgender people across the state, and even outside of it, to congregate safely.
Rachel Crandall-Crocker Just like most long-running events, Transgender Pride in the Park got its start as a small gathering, a picnic to be exact, in Lansing. That was 20 years ago, and though [...]
The love of food, music, drag and of course bingo will collide on Sunday, Aug. 4, during Ann Arbor Pride's Bingo Brunch at the Blue LLama Jazz Club. The event is a fundraiser for Ann [...]
In under 10 minutes last Friday, community members pulled together just over $10,000 for the Affirmations LGBTQ community center. As soon as that sum was made official, two $10,000 matching grants were pledged by DTE [...]
DETROIT – A federal judge in the Western District of Michigan granted the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan’s motion to intervene and represent the student-run, Williamston High School Gay-Straight Alliance LGBTQ support group in [...]
Equality Michigan is Michigan's statewide LGBTQ political advocacy organization that focuses on anti-violence and anti-discrimination work as well as providing support services for those who have been victimized due to their sexual orientation. EQMI will [...]
Whether it's an embracing couple, a seaside view or a crane mid-flight, seeing any of Don Tran's textile pieces from afar, it's hard to imagine the hand-embroidered silk isn't the work of brush strokes. Step [...]
Walking through any LGBTQ-friendly metropolitan area in the U.S. it's not hard to find a variety of gay bars. However, if one changes their destination to a lesbian-specific bar, the likelihood of seeking one out [...]
In 2012 U.K. artist Lucy Spraggan took the music world by storm when at 19 she auditioned for "The X Factor" with an original song "Last Night (Beer Fear)." An instant hit, the track got [...]