State Settles Same-Sex Adoption Case

By | 2019-03-22T10:59:21-04:00 March 22nd, 2019|Michigan, News|

LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel today announced a settlement with the plaintiffs in Dumont et al. v Gordon et al. (Case No. 2:17-cv-13080), a case centering on some state-contracted foster care and adoption agencies’ [...]

NAGLREP Greater Detroit Launch Party Brings LGBTQ Professionals Together

By | 2019-03-20T14:36:13-04:00 March 20th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Originally established in 2007, the Florida-based 501(c)(3) National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals was started with the direct intention of not only bringing both allied and LGBTQ business professionals together, but to work on a legislative level to aid in the elimination of discriminatory housing practices in the U.S.

News Analysis: An Impressive Democratic Field

By | 2019-03-25T08:42:10-04:00 March 20th, 2019|National, News|

The Democratic field of contenders continues to grow and I am impressed by the wide range of talent in the party. On Nov. 7, 2018 I wrote that Democrats need a coherent message and younger candidates to win in 2020. My thought was there should be no one over 70 on the ticket. I stand by that today.

Michigan’s Arianna Morales Recognized as Engineer of the Year

By | 2019-03-13T14:45:46-04:00 March 13th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Along with three other awardees, Dr. Arianna T. Morales was highlighted for exemplary work by the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals Inc. As a result of her recognition, Michigan-based Morales received a 2019 LGBTQ+ Engineer of the Year Award for her work as a staff research scientist with General Motors.

International Transgender Day of Visibility Celebrates 10 Years March 31

By | 2019-03-13T14:36:29-04:00 March 13th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Now celebrated across the U.S. and in countries all around the world, the International Transgender Day of Visibility got its start 10 years ago when Michigan-based activist Rachel Crandall-Crocker felt the need to not only mourn the loss of members of the transgender community via the Day of Remembrance but to honor the living members of the community. Now, as she gears up for the 10th consecutive March 31 of celebrating the transgender community, Crandall-Crocker said she has two primary feelings: pride and disbelief.

Ruth Ellis Center’s Youth Advisory Board Visits UN

By | 2019-03-13T14:05:39-04:00 March 13th, 2019|Michigan, News|

A group of six members of the youth advisory board of the Ruth Ellis Center traveled to New York from Feb. 21 through 24 to take part in the 2019 U.N. Global Engagement Summit at the United Nation’s headquarters. The opportunity came about as part of a collaboration between attorney London Bell and the Bell Global Justice Institute and the Ruth Ellis Center. Bell, a member of the United Nations Association of Greater Detroit, had been preparing the youth for the trip since last June.

Aut Bar Sold

By | 2019-03-06T15:15:42-04:00 March 6th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Owners Martin Contreras and Keith Orr recently announced the sale of Aut Bar, the popular LGBT owned restaurant and bar in Ann Arbor’s Braun Court. Aut Bar will now be owned by BarStar Group, which currently owns and operates several successful establishments in Ann Arbor including Lo-Fi, Nightcap and Babs’ Underground.

Transgender Thought Leader Says ‘Transphobia Is A Sin’

By | 2019-03-06T15:14:46-04:00 March 6th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Poet, educator and self-described thought leader, J. Mase III will be speaking at the opening ceremony for LGBTQ Week at Oakland University on March 12. Mase will be speaking about faith and the criminalization of the black trans body through poetry and a discussion. As a trans man, Mase said he was a unique insight into the issue.

History Wheel: The ’00s – 2004

By | 2019-02-27T15:38:29-04:00 March 1st, 2019|Michigan, News|

  February - Detroit Public Schools CEO Creates Task Force, Looks at LGBT Student Issues: In response to a community town hall, Detroit Public Schools CEO Dr. Kenneth Burnley announced that he would create a [...]

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib Visits REC to Hear From LGBTQ Faith Leaders, Youth

By | 2019-03-01T13:49:52-04:00 February 27th, 2019|Michigan, News|

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib visited the Ruth Ellis Center Feb. 21 for the second time, to hear from faith leaders and LGBTQ youth about the importance of LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections. The visit, which drew an invited crowd of about 20, was sponsored by Inclusive Justice, a statewide Michigan faith organization dedicated to addressing LGBTQ inclusion issues within the faith community. Tlaib received a warm welcome.

Remembering Ruth Ellis

By | 2019-02-20T15:22:04-04:00 February 20th, 2019|Michigan, News|

The year was 1978 and Jaye Spiro was teaching self-defense classes at senior citizen centers around Detroit. At one such complex, whose name she no longer recalls, Spiro met a feisty senior citizen named Ruth Ellis.