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 [...]

Legislature Must Stop Health Officials’ Invasive Plans

By | 2018-11-28T16:43:49-04:00 November 28th, 2018|Guides, Opinions, Viewpoints, World AIDS Day|

PQ: As long as Michigan continues to criminalize people living with HIV for engaging in sexual behavior that may not even transmit the virus, the genetic clustering work could be abused by zealous prosecutors. Perhaps those prosecutors believe they are working to stop HIV transmissions. Perhaps they are driven by animus against certain at risk populations.

Shop the All Things Detroit Online Marketplace This Holiday Season

By | 2018-11-14T22:39:49-04:00 November 14th, 2018|Guides, Holiday Gift Guide|

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.

A Gluten-Free Guide to Detroit Dining

By | 2018-10-31T15:05:46-04:00 October 31st, 2018|Guides, Health & Wellness|

Metro Detroit has a wide and wonderful selection of food opportunities — unless you have allergies and diet restrictions, in which case you might be out of luck. I was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance in July of 2017. It was one of the worst and most confusing bits of news my whole life — gluten intolerance? I didn’t even believe in non-celiac gluten allergies! I didn’t want to stop eating cake. What about garlic bread? Oh no.

From Injury to Industry

By | 2018-10-31T15:03:21-04:00 October 31st, 2018|Guides, Health & Wellness|

Oct. 5, 2010 started off just like any other day for Brandon La Forest. He woke up a little early, had a meeting at the office and was on his way to an appointment in Lansing. But just outside the city, while La Forest stopped to avoid an accident that had just happened in front of him, his life changed forever.

Ford Employee Talks Transitioning in the Workplace

By | 2018-10-18T10:28:12-04:00 October 17th, 2018|Automotive, Guides|

Lynn Keiser’s transition from male to female in her job at Ford Motor Company could’ve been a nightmare. After grappling with gender confusion and its toll on her mental health for close to two decades, she was unsure what life as a trans woman in the professional workplace would resemble.

UM Dearborn Lecturer Earns Support from Ford Fund

By | 2018-10-18T10:24:54-04:00 October 17th, 2018|Automotive, Guides|

Dr. Truman Hudson is a lecturer of multiculturalism at the University of Michigan–Dearborn. Hudson, who won the 2018 Ford Fund Community Corps award, is currently conducting a class, EDA 515 – Communities and Schools: Building and Sustaining Partnerships, that will require students to work with LGBT Detroit and Ford GLOBE to co-design a leadership development supplementary educational curriculum. The effort is called the Blank Canvas Project.

Close Quarters

By | 2018-10-03T18:51:03-04:00 October 3rd, 2018|Guides, Home|

If Alexander Weyer had to put a postmark on when he decided to build a tiny home, he’d guess it started about three years ago just as most of his thoughts begin: under the stars. Weyer, an openly gay practicing astrologer and herbalist, was visiting a friend one night in Detroit, thinking about life’s grand design and how freeing it would be to downsize.

Local Domestic Violence Group Turns a ‘House into a Home’

By | 2018-10-03T20:08:46-04:00 October 3rd, 2018|Guides, Home|

The group is called Phoemale and, for anyone wondering, is pronounced just like the word "female." The unique spelling represents the words “phoenix” and “female” combined and the group celebrates women rising from the ashes. More specifically, Phoemale is a non-profit organization that enables women to empower fellow women in Metro Detroit who are rebuilding their lives after overcoming domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking or homelessness.

LGBTQ Rent Versus Own: Does Marriage Matter?

By | 2018-10-03T19:02:53-04:00 October 3rd, 2018|Guides, Home|

It has been more than three years since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, paving the way for the continued increase of LGBTQ married couples purchasing homes, according to the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals’ second annual LGBT Real Estate Report. NAGLREP, with more than 2,000 members, is one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ trade associations.

‘Life in the Doghouse’

By | 2018-09-19T12:15:53-04:00 September 19th, 2018|Guides, Pets|

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.

Let The Games Begin!

By | 2018-09-19T12:09:38-04:00 September 19th, 2018|Guides, Pets|

BY AMY GARABEDIAN Here’s something you probably haven’t thought about when it comes to training your dog. Training is just a game you play. In the beginning, we teach our puppies all kinds of things. [...]

Pros and Cons of Canine Influenza Vaccination

By | 2018-09-19T12:08:16-04:00 September 19th, 2018|Guides, Pets|

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.

Christ Church Cranbrook Gets Gay Associate Rector

By | 2018-09-06T20:29:32-04:00 September 5th, 2018|Guides, Michigan, News, Worship|

Christ Church Cranbook, Michigan’s largest Episcopal church, will be getting a new associate rector – and he happens to be gay. From San Diego, his name is Rev. Chris Harris and he stepped into the post Sept. 1. Harris said he is relocating to Michigan to give his twin daughters a familial connection.

It’ll Be a Gay Ol’ Time in Theaters Across Metro Detroit

By | 2018-09-05T11:43:12-04:00 September 5th, 2018|Applause, Guides, Theater|

If you’re a longtime theater fan – especially an LGBTQ theater fan – one thing you may have noticed over the years is that what’s popular one season may not be the next. Or that trends disappear as quickly as they arrive. That’s especially true of plays with LGBTQ themes and characters, which rise and fall and ebb and flow from one year to the next for no apparent reason.

Meet Megan Buckley-Ball

By | 2018-09-05T11:38:53-04:00 September 5th, 2018|Applause, Guides, Theater|

What is it like being artistic director with the Matrix Theatre Company? Serving as Matrix Theatre Company’s Artistic Director is both exciting and challenging. Matrix’s staff is quite small, so we’ve all become accustomed to [...]