About Michelle E. Brown

Michelle E. Brown is a public speaker, activist and author. Her blog radio podcast “Collections By Michelle Brown” airs every Thursday at 7 p.m. Current and archived episodes can be heard on Blog Talk Radio, iTunes, Stitcher or SoundCloud. Follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/CollectionsbyMichelleBrown/.

The Audacity of Pride

By | 2008-05-29T09:00:00-04:00 May 29th, 2008|Opinions|

This year as we begin celebrating our pride across the country and in our own great state of Michigan, I am filled with more than the "Audacity of Hope" but am embolden to have the [...]

Reclaiming the Roots of Heritage

By | 2018-01-16T03:05:56-05:00 December 20th, 2007|Opinions|

Viewpoint One of the curses of homophobia is the disconnect we often feel from our family. After we come out we are often excluded from those family gatherings where so much history is shared and [...]

Moving beyond acrimony to action

By | 2018-01-16T08:27:19-05:00 December 6th, 2007|Opinions|

Viewpoint At some point in each of our lives we "drank the Kool-aid." Some charismatic leader, organization, religion, political party, politician and/or movement has had a message that resonated so deeply with our core beliefs [...]

Basking in the sunshine of change

By | 2007-10-18T09:00:00-04:00 October 18th, 2007|Opinions|

Viewpoint I have been fortunate, actually blessed, in my lifetime to bask in the sunshine of giants - James Boggs, Ruth Ellis, Jim Toy, Eric Alva, Ilana "Invincible" Weaver, Betty Couvetier - just to name [...]

From the mouths of babes

By | 2007-08-23T09:00:00-04:00 August 23rd, 2007|Opinions|

Viewpoint Inevitably, when asked if I truly believe the LGBT community will ever attain full equality, I only have to look at today's youth - black, white, brown, queer, and without question say yes. Even [...]

Viewpoint: Faith in action

By | 2007-07-26T09:00:00-04:00 July 26th, 2007|Opinions|

My paternal grandfather was one of sixteen. All but four of his siblings were preachers, teachers or both. My dad grew up in a home atmosphere strongly laced with a good dose of hellfire and [...]

A real Day Without Immigrants

By | 2006-05-11T09:00:00-04:00 May 11th, 2006|Opinions|

In today's hi-tech society, I don't expect to see any recognition of May Day - International Worker's Day - in workplaces across the country, state or city. Besides the assumed association with communist/socialist political philosophies, [...]

Equality – Ain’t I a woman?

By | 2018-01-16T08:58:48-05:00 February 23rd, 2006|Opinions|

WOMAN: an adult female, mother, wife, lover but also educator, nurturer and innovator. But for most of western history women were confined to a life of domesticity. As late as the early 20th century in [...]

On transgender inclusion

By | 2005-06-28T09:00:00-04:00 June 28th, 2005|Opinions|

Gwendolyn Ann Smith's July 21 column ("HRC tiger can't change its stripes") reminds us all that a part of our community, OUR transgender sisters and brothers, are still struggling for equal representation, parity and inclusion [...]