Proceeds to Support Participation in the 2020 GALA Festival LANSING ―The LanSINGout Chorus invites the public to their spring fundraiser, "Spring Sing Thing." The event will feature the 45 voices of the chorus, including a [...]
ANN ARBOR - In a statement released by Ann Arbor's Theatre Nova, David Wells' "Arabic to English" will be postponed from its initial March 20 opening to Aug. 7. "In light of the rapidly developing [...]
Join the Jim Toy Community Center staff alongside local Ann Arbor drag queens to raise money for Alzheimer's research at Conor O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub and Restaurant from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, March [...]
LezRead is a monthly book club hosted by the Jim Toy Community Center in Ann Arbor that is dedicated to connecting queer women over conversation and LGBTQ-focused books. The next scheduled meeting is Sunday, Feb. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. where this time attendees will discuss not one but two books.
Artist, activist and author Nia King is a journalist and media-maker based in Philadelphia. She's inviting the public to a talk at the Ann Arbor District Downtown Library on Saturday, March 14, from 2 to 3 p.m. about her three-volume book series "Queer & Trans Artists of Color."
In a discussion called Queer Kinship and Family Change in Taiwan, Amy Brainer — the assistant professor of women's and gender studies and sociology at UM Dearborn — assesses clues about how larger social, cultural and political shifts have altered the experiences of LGBTQ people in various age groups. This event will be on Friday, Feb. 21, and hosted by the University of Michigan's Institute for Research on Women and Gender.
By Kym Reinstadler ANN ARBOR – There’s child abuse at the core of Oregon playwright E.M. Lewis’s "Apple Season" that’s buried so deep it’s never spoken. It’s through the intimately drawn character portraits of a [...]
A mutual love of campus, coffee and community merged in 1965 when four Ann Arbor churches created The Ark. Originally a meeting house and creative outlet for artistic students, it wasn't long before music acts [...]
ANN ARBOR — After the success of Theatre NOVA’s inaugural Michigan Playwrights Festival four years ago, the theatre is continuing its semi-annual tradition and announcing a call for submissions for this season’s festival of new [...]
Combining lesbians and avid readers into a single club, The Jim Toy Community Center's LezRead book club is specially designed for queer women. Meeting once monthly, group members meet to discuss reading material. This month's [...]
Ann Arbor – Theatre NOVA, Ann Arbor’s professional theatre with an exclusive focus on new plays and playwrights, presents the world premiere of “DJ Whittigton’s Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto” by Carla Milarch and R. [...]
Peter Sparling is a known Michigan dancer, choreographer and visual artist who is partnering with not only a venue to put on his next exhibit but nonprofit Equality Michigan. Debuting on Friday, Nov. 1, with an opening reception and lasting throughout the month, attendees will be able to view Sparling's paintings and videos at Ypsilanti’s Gallery 22 North. Half of all proceeds from the month-long show will go to Equality Michigan.
Hosted by the Jim Toy Community Center, LezRead is a book club for queer women that meets on the fourth Sunday of each month. In the group's next meeting on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. The group will be reading "Mostly Dead Things" by Kristen Arnett. The book tells the story of Jessa-Lynn Morton who one day discovers that her father has committed suicide in the family taxidermy business. Despite her grief, Morton does her best to keep the business afloat while "the rest of the family crumbles."
On Friday, Sept. 20, Pride Night at Necto Nightclub welcomes DJ Grind to a space-themed circuit party, even if you don't intend on storming Area 51. Necto Pride brings gay circuit DJs from around the [...]
At times figural and at others completely abstract, the work of openly gay artist James C. Harrison is hard to classify. So much so that even regular patterns in his pieces take on different feels [...]
The love of food, music, drag and of course bingo will collide on Sunday, Aug. 4, during Ann Arbor Pride's Bingo Brunch at the Blue LLama Jazz Club. The event is a fundraiser for Ann [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
After 27 years as a beacon for those in Ann Arbor's and Southeast Michigan's LGBTQ community, Common Language Bookstore will be forced to close its doors one final time at the end of 2018. According to husbands and co-owners Keith Orr and Martin Contreras, this comes after years of market pressures that have made running the store unsustainable.
A book club specifically intended for queer women, LezRead meets regularly at the Jim Toy Community Center in Ann Arbor to discuss books on the fourth Saturday of every month. This month's selection is "The Spanish Pearl" by Catherine Friend.
ANN ARBOR – Theatre NOVA is a professional theater in Ann Arbor’s that focuses exclusively on new plays and playwrights, and since mid-October it's been performing “The Stone Witch” by Shem Bitterman. Available to see through Nov. 11, it focuses on Simon Grindberg, "the world's most illustrious children's book writer."
Inside the Ann Arbor Art Center is the 117 Gallery Shop that features a range of "original, handmade works of art for sale by emerging and established artists," according to shop owners. Visiting the shop's [...]
The award-winning Aizuri Quartet has been lauded everywhere from Osaka to Ann Arbor and on Friday, Oct. 26, they’ll be back at the University of Michigan's Rackham Auditorium to present what the Philadelphia Inquirer describes as a unique "balance between charisma of the individual and cohesion of the collective."
Due to demand, the LGBTQ-inclusive First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor and Literati Bookstore created a second, earlier event in which author Anne Lamott reads from her latest book "Almost Everything: Notes on Hope." [...]
Queer women looking for an LGBTQ-friendly book club can stop their search with the Jim Toy Community Center's LezRead group. Meeting every fourth Saturday of the month from 4 to 6 p.m., attendees will spend [...]
ANN ARBOR — The Penny Seats Theatre Company offers “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” an adaptation of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson story by playwright Jeffrey Hatcher from Oct. 12 through 28 at the College [...]
As summer winds down and the height of the harvest and market seasons pick up into full swing, Zingerman's Delicatessen is hosting an event on Wednesday, Aug. 22, to prepare its customers for any culinary requirement in the coming months.
Ann Arbor's venue The Ark has hosted everyone in Americana from Mary Chapin Carpenter to The Avett Brothers and even The Carolina Chocolate Drops — and that's barely scratching the surface. Now, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 16, is a chance for the community members who enjoy The Ark's sound to contribute their own voices for the 3rd Annual Ark Community Sing.