The “Miss Congeniality” is your pageant dyke. A “Speed” dyke can effectively drive a 40-foot transit bus. And witchy lesbians can all see themselves represented in “Practical Magic.” Who knew that the best way for [...]
Coupling Fine art with contemporary, folk and graffiti is a DIY Street Fair staple, but just a part of its many offerings. Returning on Sept. 20 through 22 for its 12th year, attendees can expect to see their share of home goods, ceramics, glass work and much more when they walk through more than 150 vendors from across the state in Ferndale.
Over the last several years coding has become a vital piece of knowledge for many in technology jobs and shows no signs of becoming less useful in the near future.
Moises Kaufman, revered for bringing audiences shows like “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” has another work that delves into the life of famed LGBTQ poet and playwright Oscar Wilde: “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.” Now playing at Ferndale’s Slipstream Theatre Initiative, the show will run through June 30.
The Affirmations LGBTQ center will host royalty on Saturday, July 13, in a youth-focused "gender-bending" drag event. Lasting from noon to 6 p.m., in collaboration with Slay Inc. — a Detroit-based LGBTQ events company — attendees will be helped into drag as they learn more about the art form.
Established in 1994, Motor City Bears is a Detroit-based social and fundraising group for gay male bears and their admirers. The group hosts regular monthly meet and greet gatherings at Affirmations LGBTQ community center in [...]
Thousands of LGBTQ people from Southeast Michigan and beyond congregated on Saturday, June 1, to kick off pride month together at Ferndale Pride 2019.
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.
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Bittersweet Dramedy Explores Bakers, Cakes and Family Dilemmas In July 2012, Colorado residents Charlie Craig and David Mullins approached Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips with a request to create a cake to celebrate their upcoming [...]
In a Nov. 14 press release, Ferndale’s Affirmations LGBTQ community center announced that it has suspended its nearly year-long search for a replacement executive director and laid off three employees: Development Director Katie Koch, Education and Training Manager Becca Budde and Offices and Facilities Coordinator Ryan Fowler.
Running Nov. 16 through Dec. 10, The Ringwald Theatre is "The Cake," a topical story about two worlds colliding and the choice to accept or reject change. The story begins with Della, a woman who tries not to voice controversial opinions.
Current political events have triggered a national outcry from people of all races, genders and age groups who have been victims of sexual assault. Their stories have filled social media, the press and television. Many [...]
As summer ends and fall approaches, LGBTQ community center Affirmations is gearing up for its annual Fall Fling celebration fundraiser. The event is presented by the Masco Corporation and will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 7 to 10 p.m.
After roughly two years of grant applications, the Ferndale City Council has approved the installation of a skate park at the city's Wilson Park through a Built to Play Skate Park Grant through the Tony Hawk Foundation.
When a child hits a growth spurt it's likely that an outfit that fit just weeks before is no longer the right fit. However, Ferndale Parks and Recreation is hosting a day of bargain hunting with its very own Mom to Mom sale on Saturday Aug. 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Kulick Community Center.
Local Leaders, T/GNC Community Praise Findings, Cultivation of a Safe Space FERNDALE - On the eve of the city of Ferndale's annual Pride weekend, Transcend the Binary debuted its "Finding Our Strength" survey results in [...]
Blush, highligher, bronzer, lipstick, eyeshadow and mascara: those are only a few of the items that can go into a makeup look and they rarely come with directions. Especially in the age of makeup gurus flaunting perfectly done-up looks on social media, breaking into a set of bold new colors, or even doing a basic look can be intimidating. Ferndale's SheHive is a women's community center and is hosting a "Makeup for Women Who Don't Love Makeup" event.
When the Affirmations LGBTQ community center was founded in the late '80s it dedicated itself to providing a safe, supportive space for all members of the LGBTQ community, outlining a mission statement that highlights those goals:
Board games and trivia can be great fun, but only in a group. For those looking for an inclusive space to meet new people or maybe meet up with old friends, join Lesbians Who Tech [...]
After graduating Detroit's Center for Humanistic Studies in 2004, Dr. Corinne Rogers has been working as a psychologist to help individuals combat anxiety, compulsive overeating and a variety of other dilemmas. Although Rogers can usually [...]
A 2017 report released by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority estimated that almost 66,500 people were homeless in Michigan from 2014. Although that's an improvement of 9 percent since 2014, there is still much [...]
Usually horror and romance don't mix, but they blend perfectly in the classic Swedish story, "Let the Right One In." Originally a novel, the story has been adapted into two films, a television show and [...]
FERNDALE – Assembly Line Theatre Company is kicking off the new year with a staged reading of the musical, “The Seven Castaways” by Sean Paraventi. The performance is a fundraising effort to help the 501(c)(3) [...]
Rarely are formal medical examinations comfortable, but seeing a qualified medical practitioner is key to maintaining good health and preventing the spread of potentially deadly diseases. Luckily, even for those without access to a doctor, [...]
Slipstream Theatre Initiative's name was not chosen accidentally. The word Slipstream itself has three meanings. The initiative's website describes it in this way: "1. In Physics: A force attaching itself to another force and pulling [...]
BY ENCORE MICHIGAN STAFF FERNDALE – David Sedaris' delightful anti-holiday double feature The SantaLand Diaries & Season's Greetings makes its annual return to the Ringwald stage for another round of twisted Christmas fun. This yearthe [...]
A chill may be in the air but Ferndale Pride is thawing out and warming up in preparation for its eighth annual celebration. The upcoming event will take place on June 2, 2018, on West [...]
BY BTL STAFF Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter with Council Members Melanie Piana and Greg Pawlica. Facebook photo The race for Ferndale's Mayor and two City Council seats were easily won Nov. 8 since the [...]
BY BTL STAFF Mangers Zach Berg and William Werner of Provisions cheese, craft chocolate and charcuterie shop in Ferndale. Facebook photo They are retailers, but also storytellers who are excited to share their passion [...]
Over 500 people packed the First United Methodist Church of Ferndale and the lawn in front overlooking Woodward Ave. Sunday evening to share a message of love and justice following violence in Charlottesville, VA connected [...]