Marvel and DC Unite

By | 2019-06-14T13:39:58-04:00 June 12th, 2019|Guides, Wedding|

Marvel and DC Comics crossovers have happened before but Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman getting engaged is certainly new. However, that's exactly what happened at Motor City Comic-Con in May when Ashley VanSickle, in full Captain Marvel gear, got down on one knee and proposed to her Wonder Woman, Deanna Mascia.

Michigan Pride March June 15

By | 2019-06-12T16:05:37-04:00 June 12th, 2019|Guides, Pride Guide|

Michigan Pride March June 15 The Michigan Pride March is an intentionally political event that serves to honor all the statewide Pride events across Michigan and then finishes off with an all-ages parade, rally and [...]

Flint Pride Festival June 22

By | 2019-06-12T16:06:58-04:00 June 12th, 2019|Guides, Pride Guide|

What started out with just 150 attendees its first year has grown to attract thousands. Returning for its ninth year is the Flint Pride Festival. The event will take place at Flint's Riverbank Park for [...]

Motor City Bears Host LGBTQ Charity Car Wash June 8

By | 2019-06-05T15:20:16-04:00 June 5th, 2019|Ferndale, Guides, Neighborhoods, Pride Guide|

LGBTQ bear culture has long been about body positivity said Motor City Bear Rob Pearce — a member of the male-specific social club for bears and their admirers. That's why, when the opportunity arose to combine that concept with a charitable event, the group jumped at the chance and start the Motor City Bears Speedo Car Wash, this year held on Saturday, June 8, at the Level One bank on Woodward Ave. in Ferndale.

Blossoming Artists Gallery Relaunches in Midtown

By | 2019-05-15T16:56:23-04:00 May 15th, 2019|Guides, Wedding|

One of Detroit's most prized neighborhoods has gained a new addition to its gallery district with the relaunch of Blossoming Artists Gallery in Midtown. Located on Third Street and Willis, the space previously featured high-end pieces by major artists. In its new form, Blossoming Artists features the work of up-and-coming artists from Detroit, New York and abroad.

First Ever Royal Oak Family Pride to Take Place June 12

By | 2019-05-15T16:54:44-04:00 May 15th, 2019|Entertainment, Features, Guides, Pride Guide|

The first ever Royal Oak Family Pride will take place at the June Food Truck Rally at the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market on June 12. The event, which will feature a full schedule of fun and family friendly activities including drag queen story time, a dog fashion show, face painting, a bounce house, photo booth, a performance by the Sing Out Detroit Choir and more, was the brainchild of Royal Oak resident David Mates Knapp.

Trans, Religious, Thriving

By | 2019-05-15T14:02:56-04:00 May 15th, 2019|Michigan, News, Worship|

As a faith leader, the Rev. Kate Malin, Rector of Christ's Church in Rye, New York, wears a variety of hats: teacher, theologian, preacher. She is used to giving informed guidance to her parishioners and [...]

Detroit Builds Cooperatively

By | 2019-05-01T16:04:40-04:00 May 1st, 2019|Guides, Home|

  Littered with historic architecture, it's not difficult to find shining examples of craftsmanship from the 19th and early 20th centuries in Detroit neighborhoods like Midtown, Indian Village or Boston-Edison. Even outside of specifically historical [...]

How The Best Landlords and Tenants Do It

By | 2019-05-01T16:01:31-04:00 May 1st, 2019|Guides, Home|

As more rental properties appear across Michigan it is more important than ever to keep the tenants in your rental properties happy, comfortable and, most importantly, in place. Your favorite tenants are probably the ones who care for your property and pay their rent on time and possibly may just have the means to purchase and move away from your investment.

IKEA Introduces ThisAbles Project

By | 2019-05-01T15:53:04-04:00 May 1st, 2019|Guides, Home|

With the help of 3D printers, IKEA is making furniture better for people living with disabilities. The project, dubbed ThisAbles, started off in the IKEA store with a hackathon of product engineers and disabled people [...]

Retirement Made LGBTQ-Friendly

By | 2019-04-10T16:20:04-04:00 April 10th, 2019|Guides, Health & Wellness|

Having only lived in their new home for a matter of weeks, Ed Ploegar and Rick Hahn decided to make their way to their community's biweekly movie night for some entertainment and maybe to meet some of their new neighbors. To their pleasant surprise, the film shown was GLAAD Media Award-nominated.

Flint Couple Tackles Kidney Disease, Highlights Story for April, National Donate Life Month

By | 2019-04-10T16:16:34-04:00 April 10th, 2019|Guides, Health & Wellness|

It was 2004 and Deb Gustafson and her wife, Sue Weston, were planning on having a great time. The Flint couple was about to go on long-planned vacation when Gustafson started to feel unwell. Her family had a history of urinary tract and bladder infections and she suspected that her discomfort might be related. Eventually, when her symptoms didn't pass, she asked to go home and was rushed to the hospital.

SAGE Table Looks to Link Up Different Age Groups

By | 2019-04-10T16:14:18-04:00 April 10th, 2019|Guides, Health & Wellness|

A SAGE Table is a program of SAGE Metro Detroit, an agency dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ older adults, and is an intergenerational dinner event designed to start conversations with those of varying generations. The latest SAGE Table took place at the Ferndale Affirmations LGBTQ community center on April 4, and I was invited as a reporter to attend and experience the evening firsthand. Upon arrival, I was greeted at the door by Judy Lewis, SAGE Metro Detroit’s training and education manager.

Let’s Talk About Drinking and Health

By | 2019-04-10T16:02:47-04:00 April 10th, 2019|Health & Wellness, Opinions, Viewpoints|

I am often asked from clients and friends if I believe there is a healthy amount of alcohol that may be consumed on a regular basis. Of course, no one likes my response: actually no, there is not. However, I also like to reframe the question: How do you define healthy? More specifically, is there a use for alcohol?

Weighing the Cost of Pet Insurance

By | 2019-03-06T15:53:03-04:00 March 6th, 2019|Guides, Pets|

  By Dawn Klingensmith Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets can undergo the same types of lifesaving procedures as people, including pacemaker insertion and kidney transplants. But these procedures are expensive. Pet owners who [...]

Think Outside the Box for a Chance to Win $1,000

By | 2019-03-06T15:50:15-04:00 March 6th, 2019|Guides, Pets|

The Michigan Pet Fund Alliance and the Humane Society of Macomb Foundation are soliciting applications for Outside the Box award-winning programs, projects, or documents that Michigan shelters or non-profit home-based rescue organizations are successfully using. [...]

Lovepop Cards for LGBTQ People

By | 2019-01-23T16:00:38-04:00 January 23rd, 2019|Guides, Wedding|

As much as everyone loves Valentine's Day, let's face it - trying to find the perfect gift for your loved one after the holidays can be tough. Whether it's for a new partner, a long-term [...]

BTL World AIDS Day 2018 Analysis

By | 2018-11-28T16:19:34-04:00 November 28th, 2018|Guides, World AIDS Day|

The last several years have seen a dramatic shift in the HIV landscape in the country and specifically in Michigan. In September, San Francisco, long a bastion for those affected by the epidemic, reported just 221 new cases in 2017. The San Francisco Chronicle reported this was an historic low in new cases, but it also found that there were significant disparities in age, race and gender of those newly diagnosed. Of those new diagnoses in San Francisco, 60 percent were among people under age 40 — that’s despite the vast majority of those living with HIV in the city being over age 50.

World AIDS Day Event Calendar

By | 2018-11-28T16:16:57-04:00 November 28th, 2018|Guides, World AIDS Day|

  Friday, Nov. 30 8:30 a.m. U=U Community Committee 30th Anniversary Commemoration Appreciation Breakfast and Luncheon at Corktown Health Center, 1726 Howard St., Detroit. corktownhealth.org/ 11 a.m. Unite in the global fight with The Wellness [...]