Detroit Barbershop Helps Patrons Express The Bearded Lady Within

By | 2018-11-07T16:50:48+00:00 November 7th, 2018|Michigan, News|

One look at The Bearded Lady's waiting room - a bright, cheery space complete with a beer fridge, coffee maker, bookshelf, standing lamp and a backdrop of family photos - and visitors might think they missed the barbershop and stumbled across someone’s living room. Ash Hipps is the shop's owner. She said that's exactly how customers are supposed to feel because comfort for all is the shop's priority.

Creating Change Co-Chair Q&A: Bridie Johnson

By | 2018-11-07T16:45:07+00:00 November 7th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Creating Change is an annual LGBTQ conference put on by the National LGBTQ Task Force. Hosting hundreds of workshops, caucus sessions, keynote speakers and more, the more than 30-year-old event tours across the U.S., every year choosing a city in which to showcase the LGBTQ community's local and national community. This year, Creating Change 2019 is coming to Detroit in January. In advance of the event, BTL has reached out to interview four local co-chairs who are involved in putting on this Detroit-specific event. This interview is part of that series.

Affirmations Hosts ‘Transgender and Thriving’ Workshop via MCC-D

By | 2018-11-07T16:43:16+00:00 November 7th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Rev. Dr. Justin Tanis is known by many in the LGBTQ community for his book that explores the relationship of the transgender community to religion: "Transgender: Theology, Ministry and Communities of Faith." The 2003 work has helped give Tanis, who is not only transgender himself but also the managing director for the Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies at the Pacific School of Religion, a unique outlook on the topic.

Measuring Outcomes for Boys and Men of Color

By | 2018-11-07T16:40:40+00:00 November 7th, 2018|Michigan, News|

DETROIT – Five Southeast Michigan organizations that serve boys and men of color received support to evaluate their impact thanks to funding made available through the Community Foundation and the national capacity-building program called Research, [...]

Standing Up To Trump

By | 2018-10-31T16:00:24+00:00 October 31st, 2018|Michigan, News|

The rally was called We Will Not Be Erased and the message was clear: no matter what he tries to do, Donald Trump cannot redefine the transgender community out of existence. The rally, which drew a crowd of about 120 to the Ruth Ellis Center parking lot Friday, was organized after The New York Times reported on a leaked memo from the Trump administration that revealed its desire to define gender as a “biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.”

Aimee Stephens to Be Honored at ACLU Annual Dinner

By | 2018-10-31T15:45:17+00:00 October 31st, 2018|Michigan, News|

Although her legal battle began in 2013, Aimee Stephens is still fighting for the right not to be fired simply for being transgender. A former employee of R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home, she announced to her team members that she would be transitioning from male to female and lost her job as a result. Now, even though the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the funeral home's actions are a form of sex discrimination, Stephens stands at the brink of a review by the Supreme Court of the United States — potentially reversing the ruling in her favor. Despite this reality, the ACLU has chosen to recognize Stephens for her landmark case at their Nov. 9 Annual Dinner, among four other honorees.

Michigan Outscores National Average in HRC Municipal Equality Index

By | 2018-10-31T15:42:49+00:00 October 31st, 2018|Michigan, News|

Last month the Human Rights Campaign recognized Michigan as high above the national average in its annual Municipal Equality Index. The state earned 73 out of 100 possible points — 15 points higher than the national average of 58. HRC is a national LGBTQ activism organization and releases its Index in an effort to provide a comprehensive breakdown of the LGBTQ-inclusiveness of laws, policies, benefits and services across 506 U.S. cities. These cities are chosen in an effort to fairly represent some of the largest communities of LGBTQ people across the nation.

Nov. 6 Opportunity to Amplify Voices of Trans, Gender Non-Conforming People

By | 2018-11-01T15:14:39+00:00 October 31st, 2018|Michigan, News|

With the midterm elections coming up on Tuesday, Nov. 6, millions of LGBTQ people are preparing to cast their ballots for politicians who are prepared to fight for their rights. However, for some who identify as transgender and gender non-conforming, it's not as easy as showing up to the polls. For instance, members of those populations might be at risk of special scrutiny, harassment and discrimination at the polls in the form of misgendering and being called by their dead names. This reality can create a fear of voting beyond the already many barriers that trans and gender non-conforming voters currently face.

SAGE Table Comes to Detroit

By | 2018-10-31T15:34:11+00:00 October 31st, 2018|Michigan, News|

Its aim is to promote intergenerational conversation over a nice meal. For the second year in a row, SAGE Table, sponsored by SAGE — an organization that provides advocacy and services for LGBTQ older adults — will bring together the old, the young and those inbetween as part of a nationwide initiative. Last year, there were 232 SAGE Tables across 40 states involving more than 3,000 participants.

Freedom House Detroit Celebrates 35 Years

By | 2018-10-27T16:40:58+00:00 October 24th, 2018|Michigan, News|

On Friday, Oct. 19, Freedom House Detroit hosted its annual Voices of Freedom event at the MotorCity Casino Hotel with hundreds in attendance, including some Freedom House residents. To help celebrate 35 years of welcoming those "yearning to breathe free" were notable speakers like the night's keynote, John Prendergast of The Enough Project, Mistress of Ceremonies and Fox2 News reporter and anchor Amy Lange, and Deborah Drennan, executive director of the Freedom House.

LGBTQ STEAM Leaders Needed

By | 2018-10-24T16:01:24+00:00 October 24th, 2018|Michigan, News|

According to Dr. Truman Hudson everyone starts life with a "blank canvas." “Which oftentimes is shaped by the decisions that others have made for us," he said. He is a lecturer of multiculturalism at the [...]

Michigan’s Progressive Voter Guide: What Voters Need to Know for Nov. 6

By | 2018-10-18T13:28:35+00:00 October 17th, 2018|Election 2018, News|

When searching for guidance about candidates who support progressive values, families, fairness, education, healthier children and a healthier planet, look no further than Michigan's 2018 Progressive Voter Guide. The guide aggregates endorsements from 10 state and national organizations dedicated to LGBTQ issues, women's rights, labor and the environment.

Dana Nessel Joined by Dr. Abdul El-Sayed at Dearborn Town Hall

By | 2018-10-18T10:18:40+00:00 October 17th, 2018|Election, Election 2018, LGBTQA Races, Michigan, News|

Candidate for Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel fielded questions on what she’ll do to fight hate crimes, tackle the opioid epidemic and safeguard abortion rights during a town hall in Dearborn on Friday, Hosted inside the Henry Ford Centennial Library Auditorium, Nessel was joined by State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) and former candidate for Governor Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, both of whom vouched for her candidacy.

City Council Hopeful Bill Ostash Talks Rebirth of Saginaw’s Downtown

By | 2018-10-18T10:20:05+00:00 October 17th, 2018|Election, Election 2018, LGBTQA Races, Michigan, News|

Saginaw City Council hopeful Bill Ostash likens the city’s blueprint to a donut. At its core, Ostash said Saginaw is lacking in terms of its development. Building up the city’s urban core is essential to creating a strong, vibrant community, he believes, and a top priority for him if elected to the Saginaw City Council this November.

DHS Public Charge Proposal Could Affect LGBTQ Community

By | 2018-10-17T15:16:58+00:00 October 17th, 2018|Michigan, News|

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, the Department of Homeland Security published a new regulatory proposal that will make it much more difficult for immigrants with documented status residing in the U.S. to remain in the country if they are using or likely to use programs like Medicaid Part D, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Section 8 housing vouchers and other forms of public assistance.

Michigan Honors Hirers of Qualified Disabled Community

By | 2018-10-17T15:16:20+00:00 October 17th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Last week the 2018 Michigan Rehabilitation Services Champions Award ceremony recognized champions of disability employment. Gov. Rick Snyder proclaimed October to be Investing in Abilities Month in an effort to encourage employers to hire qualified people with disabilities while focusing on their abilities and increasing the public’s awareness of the contributions and skills of Michigan workers with disabilities.

2018 GSBA Scholarship Fund Open

By | 2018-10-17T15:15:31+00:00 October 17th, 2018|Michigan, News|

The Greater Seattle Business Association represents over 1,300 businesses, corporate and nonprofit members who are LGBTQ and allied and since 1991 has hosted its Scholarship Fund. Since its inception, the fund has raised $3 million [...]