As coronavirus continues to alter the way life is lived across the globe, its impact has reached into all facets of everyday life, and that includes religion. Though virtual means of worship have been put [...]
As coronavirus cases continue to rise in Michigan and across the U.S., efforts by medical practitioners to both treat the sick and stop further infections have also ramped up. And for LGBTQ people, who tend [...]
As news about coronavirus and the necessity for social distancing continues to develop, many community centers like LGBT Detroit are continuing to offer much-needed services like tobacco-cessation programs, sexual assault advocacy and more just in [...]
Though far from ideal, it's clear that the perception of LGBTQ people and their right to marry in the U.S. has changed for the better. In fact, a 2019 Pew Research Center poll shows that 60 percent of Americans favor LGBTQ marriage equality, compared to 30 percent who oppose it. What makes this statistic even more promising is that in 2004, those numbers were flipped. Still, despite this positive push forward and the fact that the legal right for LGBTQ couples to marry has been secured, it's vital to stay aware of legal pushes and organizations working to dismantle those protections across the country.
After a career dedicated to social justice through organizations and causes like the Women's March, WC Safe, the YWCA and more, last month Nicole Denson earned what she called a "dream job" when she was [...]
Because of statewide efforts to "flatten the curve," or slowing the exponential spread of coronavirus infection to aid health care workers and providers in treatment, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closed Michigan K-12 schools until Monday, April [...]
This past summer Devon Robinson of Detroit was charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the spring 2019 shooting deaths of 21-year-old Alunte Davis, 20-year-old Timothy Blancher and 20-year-old Paris Cameron as well as [...]
The Pull of Passion: New Unified Interim Executive Director Talks Organizational Goals and Staff Development
Whether it's HIV prevention or treatment, Unified HIV Health and Beyond is a natural first step for many in Southeast Michigan looking for help and resources. And while the nonprofit certainly does offer immediate case-by-response [...]
As infections in the U.S. rose past 1,500, three days ago concerns about the coronavirus, or COVID-19, resulted in a state of national emergency for the U.S. Because of this and advice like the recent [...]
The Associated Press called Joe Biden the winner of Michigan's Democratic presidential primary less than two hours after polls closed. This adds to his campaign's wins in Mississippi and Missouri. Unlike in 2016, competitor Bernie [...]
March is the Transgender Month of Visibility and as it continues, groups across the U.S. will host events of all kinds to recognize and support transgender people leading up to the Day of Visibility on [...]
For anyone paying attention to the Democratic candidates in the 2020 presidential race, polls have shown repeatedly that at the start of primary season voters have remained vastly undecided about their favored pick.
As the 2020 presidential primaries continue and November draws nearer, it's vital for LGBTQ voters to familiarize themselves not only with the pro-LGBTQ platforms of existing candidates but the anti-LGBTQ measures taken by the Trump Administration.
Editor's Note: Due to concerns about the coronavirus, the 64th session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women and all associated events have been canceled. At the time of publication, organizers said that [...]
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 [...]
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.
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.
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.
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. [...]
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 [...]
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.
When Maureen Muldoon's son came out as transgender, the last thing that she thought would happen as a result of that would be a one-woman show. Still, the thought nagged at the former actress until [...]
Valentine's Day is often seen as an exclusively romantic holiday, but love can be about familial or community connection as well. Local nonprofit Stand With Trans is taking exactly that approach with its upcoming Share [...]
Regular self-reflection might seem like it's part and parcel of being a musician, but as with any career, it's easy to get bogged down by the everyday responsibilities. Things like touring, writing music and planning [...]
A mutual love of campus, coffee and community merged in 1965 when four Ann Arbor churches created The Ark. Originally a meeting house and creative outlet for artistic students, it wasn't long before music acts [...]
A National Epidemic Claiming the lives of nearly 50,000 Americans annually, calling suicide an epidemic is by no means a stretch, and it's certainly not a silent issue. Even for those people who haven't been [...]
A petition campaign is underway that seeks to create legislation that would expand the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity across Michigan. Created by a group called [...]
LANSING— On Tuesday a Michigan Court of Appeals panel ruled 2-1 that Michigan's state law criminalizing ethnic intimidation does not protect transgender people. It currently criminalizes "race, color, religion, gender or national origin." The case in [...]
Effective sexual violence prevention is a community effort — that's what researchers concluded in a recent statewide report. In October of 2019 the Center for Healthy Communities at the Michigan Public Health Institute developed the [...]
On Monday, Dec. 30, Mark David Latunski, 50, of the Morrice area was charged formally with the murder and mutilation of 25-year-old Swartz Creek resident Kevin Bacon. He was arraigned in 66th District Court on [...]
Whether driving, traveling out of the country or simply purchasing a drink, proper identification is a requirement in the United States that impacts many aspects of life. However, for the transgender community, once transitioning it's [...]
As 2019 winds to a close and the 2020 presidential election draws closer, many Americans will be shifting their focus to all things political. Within the LGBTQ community candidates who have pro-equality stances will be front and center for consideration. And while that is a regular trend for every election cycle, it's worth noting that the current administration's rollbacks in LGBTQ equality are unrivaled for a president who ran as an ally.
As temperatures start to dip closer to zero this winter, adequately bundling up changes from a matter of comfort into a matter of life and death. And for those who are homeless, staying warm is [...]
Its effects felt by millions around the world, in the U.S. alone it's reported by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network that over 400,000 people aged 12 and older become victims to rape and sexual assault annually.
At any age, it's true that preventative care is the key to identifying and treating a myriad of diseases and medical conditions early. But when it comes to the LGBTQ community, it's not always as [...]
'I'm spiritual, but I'm not religious.' It's a common statement and something that many people have likely heard in casual conversation. But it's more than just idle water-cooler chit chat. According to Pew Research Center, [...]
The shopping, the decorating, the worshipping, the mandatory small talk – the holidays can already be a time of great stress. Adding a queer identity into the mix can often complicate things further. Still, as tricky as navigating the upcoming special days can be for those who are LGBTQ, the stress doesn't have to spell disaster. At least Taylor Mac certainly doesn't think so.
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Trans Advocates Announce Revised Policy for Changing Sex-Indicator on ID
FERNDALE – Today, alongside transgender allies and activists, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced that her administration has revised the policy for changing the sex-indicator on a driver’s license or identification card. This action reverts state [...]