Trans, Religious, Thriving

By | 2019-05-15T14:02:56-04:00 May 15th, 2019|Michigan, News, Worship|

As a faith leader, the Rev. Kate Malin, Rector of Christ's Church in Rye, New York, wears a variety of hats: teacher, theologian, preacher. She is used to giving informed guidance to her parishioners and [...]

LGBTI Marches in Cuba Cancelled

By | 2019-05-08T15:50:10-04:00 May 8th, 2019|National, News|

The organizer of Cuba’s annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia marches on Monday announced they have been cancelled. The marches were to have taken place in Havana on May 11 and the city [...]

Affirmations ED Dave Garcia Holds First Community Chats

By | 2019-05-09T11:25:14-04:00 May 8th, 2019|Michigan, News|

A total of 13 people came out to Affirmations April 30 for two community chats with returning executive director Dave Garcia who had just returned to the center the day before. Eight people, mostly members of the Senior Koffee Klatch, came out to the morning session and five to the evening. Four members of Affirmations' staff were present at each meeting and there were two board members at the morning section and three in the evening.

New Resolution: GVSU Will Only Contract With LGBTQ-Inclusive Vendors

By | 2019-05-08T15:42:06-04:00 May 8th, 2019|Michigan, News|

With the end-of-year rush surrounding final exams, summer plan finalizations and the packing up of dorm rooms, the average Grand Valley State University likely didn't notice that the end of April marked a small step toward increased LGBTQ inclusivity at GVSU, but this small change could send a resounding message in the West Michigan community: GVSU has amended its purchasing and overall discrimination policies to contract only with vendors who do not discriminate against the LGBTQ community.

Obituary: Chrissy Surewater

By | 2019-05-02T12:46:02-04:00 May 2nd, 2019|News|

July 23, 1953 — May 1, 2019 Chrissy Surewater passed away on May 1, 2019, at the age of 65. The beloved fiance of Michelle Fox- Phillips and dear sister of Lee and Michael. Chrissy [...]

HRC, SAGE Partnered to Form Long-Term Care Equality Index for LGBTQ Elders

By | 2019-05-01T16:07:06-04:00 May 1st, 2019|Michigan, News|

Announced officially last month, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the LGBTQ civil rights advocacy organization HRC, and SAGE, the world's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ older adults, joined forces in a partnership aimed at helping LGBTQ elders across the country. The inaugural project taken on by these groups is the Long-Term Care Equality Index: a nationwide assessment intended to rate the quality of life LGBTQ people have in long-term elder care facilities.

Amritha Venkataraman: From HRC to Hoadley Headquarters

By | 2019-04-26T12:38:31-04:00 April 25th, 2019|Michigan, News|

What do you do when you’re the Human Rights Campaign’s state political director who just oversaw Michigan’s blue wave and your old friend calls and asks you to manage his historic run for U.S. Congress? For Amritha Venkataraman, making the choice to leave a fulfilling job was tough, but the Bloomfield Hills native said she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pack up, relocate to Kalamazoo and join Team Hoadley.

Fighting Despite the Fear

By | 2019-04-25T14:41:13-04:00 April 24th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Bridget, better-known as LaKyra, Butts has faced violence and discrimination in every aspect of her life as a transgender woman of color. For her, it’s a harsh reality that women who make up her demographic get killed at disproportionately higher rates than any other group within the LGBTQ community — a fact that’s not lost on her."It's a scary feeling knowing you could die tomorrow," she said.

ACLU Files Federal Class Action Lawsuit Challenging Detroit Cash Bail System

By | 2019-04-24T14:32:52-04:00 April 24th, 2019|Michigan, News|

DETROIT — Last week the ACLU of Michigan, the national ACLU and the law firm Covington & Burling LLP filed a federal class action lawsuit against the 36th District Court in Detroit for violating the constitutional rights of people who are presumed innocent but are confined to jail because they cannot afford to pay bail following their arrest. The lawsuit seeks an overhaul of the cash bail system that discriminates against those who cannot pay enough money to go free.

BTL Hosts National LGBT Publishers

By | 2019-04-16T17:25:29-04:00 April 16th, 2019|Michigan, News|

DETROIT – Publishers of the 12 largest LGBT newspapers in America met in Detroit on April 10 and 11 for the annual meeting of the National LGBTQ Media Association. Jan Stevenson and Susan Horowitz, co-publishers [...]

Whitmer Declares April Sexual Assault Awareness Month

By | 2019-04-10T16:38:57-04:00 April 10th, 2019|Michigan, News|

LANSING – Raising public awareness about sexual assault and educating communities about how to prevent it are the center of the national campaign for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Michigan, joining advocates and communities across our state in playing an active role to prevent sexual assault.

1 in 5 New HIV Diagnoses Are Among Latinx Gay and Bisexual Men

By | 2019-04-10T16:38:48-04:00 April 10th, 2019|Michigan, News|

The O'Neill Institute is releasing a new policy brief titled, "Bolstering Latinx Gay and Bisexual Men to Promote Health and Reduce HIV Transmission." This follows the release of President Trump's budget request for fiscal year 2020 calling for a $291 million increase in funding for his plan to end the HIV epidemic over the next decade.