Ferndale City Council Bans Conversion Therapy

By | 2019-10-17T10:23:40-04:00 October 16th, 2019|Michigan, News|

The Ferndale City Council voted unanimously Monday night to ban conversion therapy. The legislation was proposed by Councilwoman Julia Music, the director of Ferndale Pride, who was voted last month to a three-month term to fill a vacancy on the council.

Detroit Is Different Festival Oct. 25

By | 2019-10-16T16:38:47-04:00 October 16th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Calling Detroiters from all walks of life, the Detroit is Different Festival, held from Oct. 25 to Oct. 27, invites everyone from the city and around it to learn about the cultures and subcultures that [...]

50 Years After Stonewall SAGE Symposium Oct. 19

By | 2019-10-09T17:55:22-04:00 October 9th, 2019|Michigan, News|

The Metro Detroit branch of elder advocacy group Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders, or SAGE as it's better-known, is taking a look back at history. Specifically, it will be hosting a symposium titled 50 Years After Stonewall on Saturday, Oct. 19, to examine how far the LGBTQ community has come since Stonewall and how far it still has to go.

Judge Allows Michigan’s State-Contracted Religious Adoption Agencies to Exclude LGBTQ Parents

By | 2019-10-09T17:53:33-04:00 October 9th, 2019|Michigan, News|

In March Attorney General Dana Nessel and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan reached a settlement that blocked faith-based adoption agencies with state contracts from discrimination against LGBTQ couples who sought to adopt from them. Last month, District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids issued a preliminary injunction that said that Nessel's actions conflicted with state law and existing contracts and established practice.

Hundreds Showed Support at 20th Annual REC VOICES Gala

By | 2019-10-02T15:29:43-04:00 October 2nd, 2019|Michigan, News|

Detroit's Ruth Ellis Center celebrated its 20th anniversary in style as a crowd of nearly 400 turned out for the Thursday, Sept. 26, VOICES Gala at Detroit's historical Gem Theatre. During this milestone birthday, REC made sure to commemorate awardees who exemplify the spirit of the Center's namesake, Ruth Ellis. The Legacy Award was given to openly lesbian comedian and actress Wanda Sykes, and two Youth Impact Awards were given to RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Shangela and vocalist and trans right activist Shea Diamond.

A High-Stakes Fight

By | 2019-10-02T12:25:40-04:00 October 2nd, 2019|Michigan, National, News|

Standing on the precipice of the first-ever transgender-specific case to face the Supreme Court of the United States, it'd be understandable if plaintiff Aimee Stephens, 58, seemed nervous or distraught ahead of the Oct. 8 [...]

Dana Nessel Won’t Back Down

By | 2019-09-26T10:26:47-04:00 September 26th, 2019|Michigan, News|

  To get a sense of the immense progress made by the LGBTQ community over the last several decades it's perhaps best to scale down and examine personal achievement. In Michigan, it's arguable [...]

28 Years and Counting

By | 2019-09-25T16:03:19-04:00 September 25th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Though Affirmations has been helped by many dedicated volunteers over the years, ones like Vy Reed are few and far between. Started in 1989, the Ferndale-based LGBTQ community center first connected with Reed in 1991.

Whitmer, 14 Governors Send Bipartisan Letter to Senate & House Armed Services Committee Addressing PFAS Contamination in FY2020 NDAA

By | 2019-09-25T16:02:16-04:00 September 25th, 2019|Michigan, News|

LANSING – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, along with 14 governors sent a bipartisan letter to both the U.S. Senate and House Armed Services Committees highlighting several key provisions related to per- and polyfluoralkyl substances or PFAS in the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act and asking for those provisions to be included in the final legislation.

Honoring Wanda Sykes’ LGBTQ Legacy

By | 2019-09-19T10:34:48-04:00 September 19th, 2019|Michigan, News|

In Wanda Sykes’ latest comedy special “Not Normal” she takes on everything from the Trump administration, the #MeToo movement and racism; it’s clear that over the course of her 30-year career Sykes has been fearlessly [...]

Fair Michigan Justice Reception 2019 Sept. 26

By | 2019-09-18T15:52:43-04:00 September 18th, 2019|Michigan, News|

When Fair Michigan was formed initially, one of the main concerns for the LGBTQ community was securing marriage equality. Today, that need has been met, but the nonprofit's work is far from done as LGBTQ Michiganders can still be denied housing, employment and medical treatment solely based on their gender identity or sexual orientation.

Correa Connects Large and Small Businesses at On The Menu

By | 2019-09-18T15:41:45-04:00 September 18th, 2019|Michigan, News|

FERNDALE – An engaged group of corporate executives and LGBTQ business owners met at Affirmations Sept. 12 to hear Beth Correa, Senior Vice President of Flagstar Bank, talk about that organization’s corporate responsibility strategy, philanthropy, employee recruitment and development, and how the bank positions itself within communities in greater Detroit.

The Rev. Deb Cox to Retire From Ministry, Teaching

By | 2019-09-11T15:26:55-04:00 September 11th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Before Deb Cox found the Metropolitan Community Church movement she, admittedly, wasn’t very religious. “I was a Christmas and Easter Christian,” she said. “I was part of the Presbyterian church, [and] it has turned out that what I needed was something that allowed me to open up my faith a little more than their rituals allowed.”

Reclaim is Busting Stigma About Abortion

By | 2019-09-05T13:56:06-04:00 September 4th, 2019|Michigan, News|

It might seem unusual to plan a burlesque show to raise funds for an organization that advocates for issues as serious as abortion and reproductive freedom, but Jordan Wyer explained how the idea came about during a strategic planning meeting for her organization.

Educating, Equipping and Empowering

By | 2019-09-04T15:32:04-04:00 September 4th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Whether it's fighting for the rights of service members with HIV, aiding couples with custody battles or helping to secure marriage equality, Lambda Legal has a history of impact litigation that aids LGBTQ people in all walks of life.

Flagstar Bank’s Beth Correa ‘On The Menu’ at LGBTQ Chamber’s New Business Breakfast Speaker Series

By | 2019-08-21T13:52:07-04:00 August 21st, 2019|Michigan, News|

Beth Correa, SVP and Director of Corporate Responsibility at Flagstar Bank, knows a lot about how big businesses respond to their LGBTQ employees and customers. She's led programs of inclusion at some of Michigan's largest employers, and she's also seen how some companies have stumbled in their outreach — or lack thereof — to LGBTQ people within and outside their organizations.

EQMI to Host Its Mission Equality 2019 Fall Reception

By | 2019-08-21T13:46:19-04:00 August 21st, 2019|Michigan, News|

Equality Michigan is a statewide LGBTQ political advocacy organization that has been aiding in the fight against targeted violence and discrimination against the LGBTQ community for more than 25 years. Now, as September draws nearer, the group is making plans for its annual fall reception, this year called Mission Equality.

MCC Detroit LGBTQ Film Night Aug. 17

By | 2019-08-07T16:02:59-04:00 August 7th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Though LGBTQ representation is becoming more frequent in films and television, it's still not a common occurrence. The LGBTQ-affirming church MCC Detroit is aiming to combat that in a small way with a LGBTQ Film [...]