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Mara Keisling Keynotes Pride Brunch in Kalamazoo

By | 2018-05-29T15:46:29+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Founding executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, Mara Keisling, was in Kalamazoo on Saturday, May 26 to talk about her work in the advocacy organization, their legislative work in the presidential administration, and the political power of optimism.

Nickki Stevens’ Secret to Success: Her Mom

By | 2018-05-10T07:04:35+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Walk into Gigi's Gay Bar today and you're likely to see drag queen Nickki Stevens grace the stage. Her punchy humor, big looks and classy style — despite her trucker mouth — have been thrilling audiences since the late '80s. But, what some might not know is that in many ways, Stevens' act could be considered double. After all, even though her mother, Sharon Hughes, doesn't grace the stage herself, she spends her Saturday nights working concessions, selling jewelry, and providing her drag daughter much support: from painting, to cleaning, to decorating.

LGBTQ Wedding Expo Attracts Hundreds

By | 2018-03-14T20:29:50+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Michigan, News, Wedding|

Ashley Howe and her fiance Justine Simpson have been to several bridal shows, but none quite like the Ultimate LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo held on Sunday, March 11, in MotorCity Casino's state of the art ballroom in Detroit.

Expo Cuts Through Cake Politics

By | 2018-03-13T13:49:04+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Marriage|

BTL LGBTQ Wedding and Anniversary Event Returns to MotorCity Casino. Click here to get tickets. Same-sex marriage may be safe for now, but the LGBTQ community is not safe from business owners who are allowed [...]

Grooming Future LGBTQ Leaders

By | 2017-11-16T09:00:00+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Michigan, News|

The Equality March in Flint this past June. Photo courtesy of Equality Caucus. Nicole Derusha-Mackey is on a mission to build a farm team full of LGBTQ people who will best serve their community [...]

Gretchen Whitmer On LGBTQ Issues

By | 2017-10-24T09:00:00+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Michigan, News|

No stranger to duking it out, Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Gretchen Whitmer is showing up for the LGBTQ fight. "That's one of the first and most important things to do is show up," says Whitmer. "I [...]

Love Wins in the City of Jackson

By | 2017-08-16T09:00:00+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Michigan, News|

Chris Moore, Nikki Joly and Barbara Shelton, director of the United Center for Caring in Jackson. Hundreds gathered for a fundraiser on Tuesday night to support Nikki Joly and Chris Moore, an LGBTQ couple [...]