This year Lansing is celebrating Pride hard and providing dual ways for those interested in being politically active or celebrating the hard-won gains the LGBTQ community has fought for in the last half-century or so or even both.
Thousands of LGBTQ people from Southeast Michigan and beyond congregated on Saturday, June 1, to kick off pride month together at Ferndale Pride 2019.
It’s the state’s biggest Pride festival and this year it’s bigger than ever. Motor City Pride takes place Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9, in downtown Detroit’s riverfront Hart Plaza.
Broadening its support and creating a larger festival that reaches beyond Holland are two of the goals of the organizers of this year’s Holland Pride Festival on June 21 and 22.
The Grand Rapids Pride Center, a local nonprofit organization that empowers the West Michigan LGBTQ community through supportive services and awareness, will be hosting the 31st Annual Grand Rapids Pride Festival on Saturday, June 15, from noon to 10 p.m. at Calder Plaza, 300 Monroe Ave.
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.
by David Kiley DETROIT — The producers of BoxFest Detroit have announced performance dates for BoxFest Detroit 2019, an annual theater festival that showcases and creates opportunities for female-identifying directors. BoxFest Detroit 2019 will run [...]
As LGBTQ people and their allies make their way to Ferndale Pride this Saturday, June 1, they can look forward to not only adult-specific events but family oriented ones as well. Perhaps most notably, this [...]
Metro Detroit’s official Pride season kicks off this week with Ferndale Pride presented by the Candle Wick Shoppe, which takes place Saturday, June 1, in downtown Ferndale. More than 25,000 LGBTQ folk and their friends [...]
Held monthly at the Ann Arbor Jim Toy Community Center, LeRead is a lesbian-centered book club that focuses on bringing together women-loving-women from across the area through a love of reading. The chosen literature features [...]
ANN ARBOR — The Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s 36th Season runs from June 14 through July 7 at Top of the Park, six nights each week starting at 5 p.m. The entire festival features an [...]
Stand With Trans is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping youth navigate their transition via providing non-judgmental, inclusive and safe spaces. It was started by Roz Keith soon after she learned that her son was [...]
LANSING, – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced last week several appointments to the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration, citing a need for meaningful reform in Michigan's current criminal justice system as the main reason.
MICHIGAN — To expand both coverage of the Great Lakes Beacon, and Progress Michigan’s presence on the west side of the state, Progress Michigan announced today two new hires: Cayley Winters, a West Michigan Communications Organizer; and Evan Kutz, a Multimedia Reporter for Great Lakes Beacon.
LGBTQ support group TRUE is a program from Gateway that helps lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth between the ages of 13 and 18 in the Lansing area. The mission of TRUE is to [...]
Though once a powerful Aethiopian queen, Cassiopeia is remembered not for her rule but her vanity and boastfulness. A permanent symbol of this narrative is a constellation in her name, depicting her upside down, chained [...]
After a years-long campaign by the Graduate Employees’ Organization to expand healthcare coverage for transgender members, University of Michigan health plans will expand to cover new procedures to treat gender dysphoria. All U-M health plans [...]
Ozone House is set to open a new home for youth in crisis in Ypsilanti by the end of 2019. As of April, Ozone House’s "Front Door" fundraising campaign has raised more than $3.8 million [...]
On Saturday, June 15, the PRISM Gay Men's and Allies Chorus will perform a series of tunes as part of a double performance, featuring the chorus first at 3 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. [...]
BLOOMFIELD HILLS – The Greek Islands come to the Greek Theatre as St. Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook closes out its season with the smash hit musical, "Mamma Mia!" All are invited to experience “theatre [...]
Ferndale Pride is one of Michigan's largest annual pride celebrations. The annual street fair is an inclusive one and shows support to local charities and businesses that are LGBTQ-affirming. In advance of this year's event, [...]
From May 10 through Aug. 18, The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit will be hosting an exhibit targeted at challenging viewers' perceptions of themselves, storytelling and moving image, called "Unboxing: Doublespeak." "The works in this [...]
Held at Bill's Beer Garden, the Jim Toy Community Center is hosting a fundraising event, Equality On Tap, to raise awareness about the Center and its local work.
Gregory D'Wayne of Dallas, Texas, might not sound familiar, but his stage name, A'Keria C. Davenport, carries with it a long tradition of drag queen excellence. Specifically, Davenport is a part of the House of Davenport, a well-known group of queens who bring with them a long tradition of performance, and will be performing in Ann Arbor on May 10.
Known for its biennial ArtPrize competition, Grand Rapids has long been considered a hub for Michigan artists who get to display their work across the city during the 19-day event. However, as prolific as many [...]
A Southeast Michigan tradition since 2011, Ferndale Pride will be held this year on June 1 in partnership with The Candle Wick Shoppe and other community organizers. In advance of the event, Pride organizers are [...]
Fair Michigan has announced the expansion of the Fair Michigan Justice Project into Ingham County in a partnership with the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office. FMJP is a program designed to assist Michigan law enforcement officers [...]
The leather-bound encyclopedias found on library shelves can be a great resource, but type a quick query into a search engine and Wikipedia's likely to have the same answer, just at one's fingertips.
Known as the first publicly "out" man in Michigan, after coming out in 1970, Jim Toy developed the fist ever campus center dedicated to supporting those in the LGBTQ community. And because of his almost 50-year career of service to the LGBTQ movement through speaking, teaching, writing, adm
Self-care is defined as a self-initiated and motivated function intended to improve one's general health and well-being and it's taken off in recent years. In fact, it more popular in modern U.S. history than ever [...]
For many in the nonbinary and gender non-conforming community it can be difficult to navigate a binary-focused world. Transcend the Binary — an organization dedicated to "empowering our trans/gender non-conforming community with skill-building, tools, navigation [...]
Meditation is a millenia-old practice that has been adopted by people from cultures around the world. Its longevity is likely due to the fact that it provides myriad health benefits to those who regularly practice [...]
LANSING – Since Dec. 22, the federal government has been partially shut down, affecting some services and duties of federal agencies, including the U.S Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During this time, food inspectors from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development as well as food sanitarians from Michigan’s 45 local health departments continue to conduct food safety inspections to protect public health and the safety of the state’s food supply.
LANSING – January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging testing and vaccination to help prevent this disease that will affect approximately 370 Michigan women this [...]
Modern Sex Therapy Institutes is a Palm Beach, Florida-based organization that presents workshops on sexual health to therapists, counselors, medical professionals, educators and people interested in learning more on improving their relationship with their partner. [...]
SheHive is a women's collective dedicated to empowering its members via classes, coaching and social clubs. On Sunday, Jan. 13, it's offering an open house event from 1 to 4 p.m. to introduce prospective new patrons.
Part of the Affirmations LGBTQ community center's Cross the Line Youth Empowerment Program, patrons of the center will be welcome to attend the opening shift of its Recess Cafe on Friday, Jan. 11, from 4 [...]
Just because there aren't as many holiday celebrations to look forward to post Jan. 1 doesn't mean that the Metro Detroit area doesn't have winter-embracing events. In fact, starting Jan. 19 Royal Oak's Detroit Zoo is hosting its annual Wild Winter Weekends tradition through Feb. 2.
ROYAL OAK — LGBTQ and ally filmmakers can look forward to the upcoming Royal Starr Arts Institute's Community Mixer — scheduled to be held on Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. The Royal Starr Arts institute itself is a a non-profit arts organization that encourages filmmakers from across the Metro area to meet up, chat about upcoming projects and possibly even collaborate. President of the group Luke Castle said he's excited about the kick-off event for 2019.