MCC-D 201: Ministry Releases First Publication on 46th Anniversary, Seeks to Become ‘Program-Size’ Church

By | 2018-09-19T12:34:48+00:00 September 19th, 2018|Michigan, News|

At its 46th anniversary service on Sunday, Sept. 16, Metropolitan Community Church – Detroit debuted its new publication called "Ignite." The 24-page glossy magazine features information on all the events and new programing happening at the church through the end of the year, as well as some spiritually enlightening information and lessons. The publication was a dream 10 years in the making for assistant pastor Rev. Deb Cox.

Biden Urged to Run in 2020 at HRC Dinner

By | 2018-09-19T12:24:27+00:00 September 19th, 2018|National, News|

Attendees at the annual Human Rights Campaign national dinner Saturday night urged Joseph Biden to challenge President Trump in 2020 amid speculation the former vice president is mulling a run for the White House.

The Struggles of Organizing as Trans Women of Color

By | 2018-09-12T11:08:54+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Trans Sistas of Color Project Detroit (TSCOPD) Founder and Executive Director Bre’ Campbell shocked many at the beginning of the summer when she announced in a post on Facebook that she had actually left Detroit and relocated to New Mexico more than six months ago. She made this announcement while expressing resentment toward a funder, who she did not name, that Campbell said had threatened to take back their money upon learning that Campbell was no longer living in Michigan.

Flashing Back to the Past: the ’90s

By | 2018-09-12T11:04:49+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Michigan, News|

View in this week's downloadable issue January - Let It Be Resolved: A proposed resolution intended to help stop anti-gay attacks in Ferndale was both presented and unanimously adopted by the Ferndale City Council. This [...]

Fourth Annual Stand with Trans Youth Empowerment Workshop

By | 2018-09-12T11:00:22+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Michigan, News|

The fourth annual Stand with Trans Youth Empowerment Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6. The workshop is open to gender expansive young children, trans youth ages 12 to 24 and parents and caregivers of trans youth. It will once again take place at the Orchard United Methodist Church in Farmington Hills. This year’s theme is "I Am."

Sensational Showboys

By | 2018-09-17T12:29:29+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Michigan, News|

They call themselves showboys. They are boys, men actually, who sing and dance. And, just as often, one can find them lip-syncing at gay bars or competing in male beauty pageants across the state and [...]

Night at Flint’s Sloan Museum

By | 2018-09-12T10:52:23+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Fans of Flint's Sloan Museum likely know it best for its regional exhibits. Visitors can see everything from classic cars, to hundreds of unique-to-Michigan artifacts, and now they are invited to participate in a 'Night at the Musuem'-style party. In the theme of "All That Glitters," guests will get to enjoy a themed celebration while raising funds for the organization.

Kavanaugh Hearings: No Comment, No Comfort

By | 2018-09-12T10:51:16+00:00 September 12th, 2018|National, News|

It was the third day of a four-day confirmation hearing for federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh to join the U.S. Supreme Court before a senator really pressed hard for him to account for his commitment to equal rights for LGBTQ people. U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) started off, trying to get Kavanaugh to agree that he wouldn’t fire somebody because of the color of that person’s skin or their gender. “Of course,” Kavanaugh agreed.

Nessel Faces Tough AG Race

By | 2018-09-11T16:04:06+00:00 September 11th, 2018|Election 2018, Michigan, News|

The contours of the race to replace Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette are starting to clarify. On the Democratic side, openly lesbian attorney Dana Nessel is the nominee, and on the GOP side it's Michigan Speaker of the House Tom Leonard. However, one blurred line remains: independent Chris Graveline.

Chaos Over Kavanaugh Confirmation

By | 2018-09-05T15:27:11+00:00 September 5th, 2018|National, News|

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had a look of feigned nonchalance on his face as the first protester yelled out during the second day of his confirmation hearing. The nonchalance seemed increasingly strained as [...]

Flashing Back to the Past: the ’90s

By | 2018-09-05T12:32:58+00:00 September 5th, 2018|Michigan, News|

1998 January - Let It Be Resolved: A proposed resolution intended to help stop anti-gay attacks in Ferndale was both presented and unanimously adopted by the Ferndale City Council. This is the first time that [...]

Michigan Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination

By | 2018-09-05T12:28:40+00:00 September 5th, 2018|Election 2018, Michigan, News|

As BTL continues the Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination series, we hear from Southfield Mayor Kenson Siver who pledged his oath as the first openly-gay mayor in the city of Southfield on Nov. 16, 2015. Despite running a campaign distracted and disrupted by people writing "fag," "rapist," "sodomite," and "racist" on his campaign signs, Siver said at the time, "it is a testament to the people of this city that they saw through the hatred, bigotry, homophobia and dirty tricks and elected their first gay mayor."

Christ Church Cranbrook Gets Gay Associate Rector

By | 2018-09-06T20:29:32+00:00 September 5th, 2018|Guides, Michigan, News, Worship|

Christ Church Cranbook, Michigan’s largest Episcopal church, will be getting a new associate rector – and he happens to be gay. From San Diego, his name is Rev. Chris Harris and he stepped into the post Sept. 1. Harris said he is relocating to Michigan to give his twin daughters a familial connection.

‘Check Your Blind Spots’

By | 2018-08-31T11:12:56+00:00 August 29th, 2018|Michigan, News|

In an instant, a snap judgment can change everything; a negative one, even more so. In the case of Kiri Stewart, an openly transgender woman, an angry reaction could mean bodily harm. So, for her, hypervigilance is often a necessity. That's why when she went to Flagstar bank to apply for a mortgage, she steeled herself for the worst.

Man arraigned in shooting of trans woman in Detroit

By | 2018-08-29T16:27:59+00:00 August 29th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Deonton Rogers was arraigned in 3rd Circuit Court in Detroit on August 15. The 29-year-old was accused of pulling a gun on a trans woman in a gas station on the city’s west side and shooting her while in a scuffle, Rogers is charged with discharging a firearm causing serious injury, felonious assault, being a felon in possession of a firearm, fourth-degree child abuse and ethnic intimidation based on gender and a felony firearms violation.

Michigan Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination Series

By | 2018-08-29T20:23:38+00:00 August 29th, 2018|Election 2018, Michigan, News|

As BTL continues the Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination series, we hear from Highland Park Mayor Hubert Yopp who was sworn in on Jan. 1, 2016 for a second non-consecutive four-year term. Yopp has a varied background of experience with over 40 years in the operation and administration of local government, serving in various positions in Highland Park, including Highland Park Police and Fire Manager for 31 years and Highland Park City Council for four years.

Kyrsten Sinema wins Arizona Primary

By | 2018-08-29T09:04:25+00:00 August 29th, 2018|National, News|

Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) achieved a significant victory on Tuesday in the Arizona primary when she became the first openly bisexual person to win a major party nomination to run for a U.S. Senate [...]