2019 Creating Change Conference Honors Detroit, National Activists for Social Justice Work

By | 2019-01-18T10:38:11+00:00 January 17th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Renowned for its ability to bring LGBTQ activists of all kinds together, the national Creating Change Conference is also known for recognizing those who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to make change in their own way. This year, the conference will be held from Jan. 23 through 27 at the Detroit Marriott in the Renaissance Center and will honor five chosen individuals and one organization for their work and dedication toward the LGBTQ movement. Each of whom will speak about their work as they receive their individual awards.

Creating Change Co-Chair Highlights

By | 2019-01-17T17:20:41+00:00 January 17th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Every year, the Creating Change LGBTQ conference selects a different city in which to hold its conference. As it moves from city to city, officials select a group of local co-chairs native to the area [...]

Affirmations Looks to Restructure With Resolve

By | 2019-01-13T23:18:59+00:00 January 10th, 2019|Michigan, News|

It had only been a few weeks, but Jennifer Johnson's daughter had started to look forward to Fridays; that's when she'd visit Affirmations and take part in the youth programs available there. Fridays were also the day that Johnson had come to trust that she'd have a reliable, safe space in which her openly LGBTQ daughter could be herself.

Gov. Whitmer Prohibits State Employment Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation, Identity

By | 2019-01-10T14:29:37+00:00 January 10th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive directive Monday at Affirmations, Michigan's largest LGBTQ community center, that broke new ground regarding civil rights protections for the LGBTQ community. Directive No. 2019-9 outlined that it would help instill policies to "promote public confidence in the fairness and integrity of state government" by ensuring all Michigan residents receive fair treatment in "employment, state contracting, and when accessing services from state government."

2019 Michigan Women’s Marches Jan. 19

By | 2018-12-28T15:53:10+00:00 December 28th, 2018|Michigan, News|

On January 19, 2019, thousands of women and their allies will come together in Washington D.C. to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington. In a show of solidarity with the [...]

Karen Prins Resigns from OOTL Board

By | 2019-01-07T11:18:50+00:00 December 28th, 2018|Michigan, News|

One of the founding board members of Out On The Lakeshore LGBTQ community center has resigned to spend more time with family and friends. Karen Prins, who was one of the initial board members for [...]

Top 10 National Stories of 2018

By | 2018-12-27T13:31:25+00:00 December 27th, 2018|National, News|

No. 10: Ric Grenell confirmed as ambassador U.S. Ambassador to Germandy Richard Grenell (Photo public domain)   After months of Democratic opposition, the U.S. Senate confirmed Richard Grenell this year as U.S. ambassador [...]

2018 Year-End Overview

By | 2019-01-02T08:14:47+00:00 December 26th, 2018|Michigan, News|

As 2018 comes to an end, Michigan’s LGBTQ community can look back on a year filled with both hard hits to our rights along with major political wins toward greater equality. On a national scale, [...]

Pelosi Visits Floriana, Plugs Equality Act

By | 2018-12-19T14:01:11+00:00 December 19th, 2018|National, News|

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told LGBT activists and others who joined her on a visit Friday to a Christmas tree outside Floriana Restaurant on 17th Street, N.W. near Dupont Circle that’s dedicated to her that she will give top priority to passing an LGBT rights bill in 2019.

Detroit Derby Hustles

By | 2018-12-19T13:58:25+00:00 December 19th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Starting in January 2005, a group of Metro Detroit women, ranging from mothers to students to careerists, craved an escape from their day-to-day lives and sought to discover their competitive and edgier sides. It was among the city’s roller derby rinks that they were able to familiarize each other with those aspects of themselves. Soon after joining together, they founded the Detroit Derby Girls league and held their first event in February 2006. In November of that year, the league announced it had officially changed its name to Detroit Roller Derby. Eventually, it became a group that stands out as a premier team.

Openly Gay Jeremy Moss Sworn in as State Senator

By | 2018-12-19T13:49:45+00:00 December 19th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Openly gay State Rep. Jeremy Moss was sworn in Sunday to his new role as state senator. An enthusiastic crowd of more than 100 came out to the Plumbers Local 98 headquarters in Madison Heights to hear speaker after speaker laud the young leader with praise before the oath of office was administered by Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack.

Senate HIV Bills Package Explained

By | 2018-12-19T13:48:44+00:00 December 19th, 2018|Michigan, News|

A package of bills is moving through the Michigan Senate that could change the way Michigan health officials monitor and address the HIV epidemic. Introduced last May in the Michigan House of Representatives, the eight-bill package contains HIV-specific bills that are aimed at updating Michigan's existing laws that contain outdated language regarding issues like the spread of HIV, the role of local health departments in the virus' treatment and criminal punishment for those who do not inform their sexual partner of their HIV-positive status.

Services Take Place for Slain Trans Woman

By | 2018-12-19T13:02:02+00:00 December 19th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Kelly Stough, known to some as Keanna Mattel, was laid to rest in fine style Saturday with a funeral at the James H. Cole Home for Funerals in Detroit with a memorial service later in the evening at the Affirmations LGBTQ community center in Ferndale. Stough was murdered Dec. 7 in the Palmer Park neighborhood and was remembered fondly by friends and family. That, her mother said, is the way it should be.

Holiday Yoga to Benefit Affirmations

By | 2018-12-19T12:59:31+00:00 December 19th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Hosted by by Chela Yoga from Waterford, all Affirmations-supporting community members are encouraged to come by on Monday, Dec. 24 from 9 to 10 a.m. to participate in a holiday-inspired yoga session.

Hydrate Detroit Works to Fend Off Detroit Water Shut-Offs

By | 2018-12-19T12:58:41+00:00 December 19th, 2018|Michigan, News|

his holiday season, hundreds of families in Detroit will not have clean water running through their homes, due to impending Detroit Water and Sewage Department shut-offs. Hydrate Detroit, a local 501(c)(3) water rights organization, would like to “Give the Gift of Water Restoration” to ensure that families and seniors who cannot afford to pay their water bills are able to enjoy a fully hydrated home throughout the holiday season. It is encouraging anyone who can to give to the organization via an online fundraiser to pay water bills.