“Some people only choose to be equitable because the law of the land will punish them for deviating from that behavior,” said Brumalis. “If trans people lose protections, there will be a surge in assaults, unemployment and homelessness because there won’t be anything to shield and protect us from bigotry.”
Jennyfer Crawford Provides Opportunity for Shoppers to Buy Local : Six years ago Jennyfer Crawford set out to build a community of entrepreneurs and makers. From her one-bedroom apartment the self-taught entrepreneur began hosting tiny events for friends with small businesses. In 2012, Crawford founded the Detroit-based firm, Ask Jennyfer, which helps promote and brand Michigan-based retailers.
Michigan voters made history election night by choosing Dana Nessel to become the state’s first openly gay attorney general. She tweeted early Nov. 7 that her opponent, Republican state Rep. Tom Leonard called to concede. [...]
With the midterm elections coming up on Tuesday, Nov. 6, millions of LGBTQ people are preparing to cast their ballots for politicians who are prepared to fight for their rights. However, for some who identify as transgender and gender non-conforming, it's not as easy as showing up to the polls. For instance, members of those populations might be at risk of special scrutiny, harassment and discrimination at the polls in the form of misgendering and being called by their dead names. This reality can create a fear of voting beyond the already many barriers that trans and gender non-conforming voters currently face.
Update on Thursday, Oct. 25: A new poll, commissioned by the Free Press and its media partners from Oct. 18 through Oct. 23, shows both attorney general candidates having name recognition problems, with about 73 [...]
On Friday, Oct. 19, Freedom House Detroit hosted its annual Voices of Freedom event at the MotorCity Casino Hotel with hundreds in attendance, including some Freedom House residents. To help celebrate 35 years of welcoming those "yearning to breathe free" were notable speakers like the night's keynote, John Prendergast of The Enough Project, Mistress of Ceremonies and Fox2 News reporter and anchor Amy Lange, and Deborah Drennan, executive director of the Freedom House.
Considered by some to be the most important race for the people, the campaign for justice of the Michigan Supreme Court can often be overlooked when the public is particularly focused on the gubernatorial and congressional races. This year, two of the court's seven seats are up for consideration and following the November election, 25-year strong civil rights attorney Sam Bagenstos is hoping to fill one of them.
A gay corrections officer has sued the State of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Corrections for employment discrimination. The case was filed in federal court on March 16 by Rasor Law Firm attorneys Jim Rasor and Andrew Laurila on behalf of the plaintiff Ashley Menchaca.
LGBTQ-Friendly Businesses Protest the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Updated Monday, Oct. 1: The Detroit News reported that Founders Brewing Co. is not leaving the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce over their endorsement [...]
Ron Danta says that to "truly do rescue really well, you cannot at all be selfish." And, to show how selfless they are, he and his partner Danny Robertshaw have opened their 4,400-square-foot home to over 80 dogs in need of adoption.
As the end of September nears, winter draws closer and with it comes cold weather. That's why animal welfare organizations are reminding pet lovers early that hot cars aren't the only culprits for unwanted pet death; cold cars are guilty, too.
Over the past few months, news outlets, veterinarians and vaccine manufacturers have all been warning the public about the canine influenza epidemic that has hit nearly 100 dogs in New York City and elsewhere. However, Dr. Glynes D. Graham — owner and primary veterinarian of Patterson Dog & Cat Hospital in Detroit — says that there is "no need to panic." She said that although vaccination is always a personal decision for the pet owner, "there are many precautions" available for those who are concerned.
The most prominent gay politician in the U.S., Barney Frank, will be the special guest at an LGBTQ fundraiser for Dana Nessel, Democratic candidate for attorney general, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 6 at the [...]
Hundreds of community members came together at Glory Supermarket in Highland Park on Friday, June 22 for a neighborhood summer barbecue hosted by Wrigley's Pharmacy. The afternoon family-friendly event included free food and drink, music, [...]
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.
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.
It's about to get real catty in Detroit. The biggest catfight of the year is happening on June 1 at the Fillmore Theatre, 2115 Woodward Ave.
Event Attendees Reflect on Progress, Discuss the Long Road Ahead If every neighborhood is to become a place of opportunity, it's time for fairer housing - to include the LGBTQ community - and stronger enforcement [...]
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.
Curtis Collins (aka Curtistine LaBaśha) is "still coming down from the high" off of his turnabout performance during the third annual "Big Switch" on Monday night at the Woodward Bar & Grill in Detroit. "People [...]
Read our Q&A With Dana Nessel Read our Q&A with Patrick Miles Democrats are fielding candidates this year as they seize their moment to win back the state of Michigan before the next round of [...]
Patrick Miles See the BTL introduction to this candidate's interview Tell me how you are going to play a major role in helping the LGBTQ community achieve full equality? The attorney general position [...]
Dana Nessel See the BTL introduction to this candidate's interview You're not the only LGBTQ candidate running for a statewide office, but you are the most visible. Yet people are far more concerned [...]
Paige Kowaleski (left) with her girlfriend Danielle Chauvin (right) in Lansing When asked by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, "What do you love about Lansing?" Paige Kowaleski said, "I love that I have a [...]
State Senator Steve Bieda (D-Warren), Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer and State Rep. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) at the MOSS PAC event in Pleasant Ridge on Sunday. BTL Photo: Alex Godin "It will be unsafe [...]
During Ford GLOBE's National Coming Out Day event on Oct. 11 at the Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, the LGBTQ employee resource group announced the GLOBE ally engagement project. The goal is to elevate Ford [...]
Lexie "the Hair Diva" Washington. BTL Photo: Andrew Potter Lexie Washington came to life in her mother's closet as a young person. "She didn't really like the fact that I was dressing up in [...]
Hussein Ayoub As a gay, Arab American Muslim, it was scary for Hussein Ayoub to be so religious as a young man and at the same time be something that is damned by God. [...]
Farmington Hills couple Will and Lauren Powers recently announced some "awesome news" they had to wait over a year to share with the community. Their family cats Arcturus Aldebaran, a Savannah, and Cygnus Regulus, a [...]
When Detroit Police Department's LGBTQ Liaison Officer Dani Woods received the Spirt of Detroit Award at the Detroit City Council meeting on Sept. 7, she said, "It was a total surprise. My wife called me [...]
The Michigan Civil Rights Commission tabled a request in Lansing on Monday night by Equality Michigan for interpretive statement on "sex" in ELCRA. Photo courtesy of Nathan Triplett, EQMI At a meeting of the [...]
In an effort to raise awareness and connect members of the transgender community with affirming healthcare service providers, Affirmations in Ferndale will host Transgender Michigan's sixth annual transgender health fair from 1-4 p.m. on Sept. [...]
Scott Urbanowski has noticed the growing disconnect between elected officials at every level of government and the people they serve. "Unfortunately, that disconnect has become even more pronounced here in Kentwood," he said. "A lot [...]
Early this fall, Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids is set to open what appears to be the first, and so far only shelter space of its kind in Michigan designated for the transgender community. [...]
A photo of the vandalism at Aut Bar in Ann Arbor on the morning of Aug. 25. Photo courtesy of the bar's co-owner Keith Orr Keith Orr, co-owner of the aut BAR, posted a [...]