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.

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.

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.

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.

Advocates for Change

By | 2018-08-24T11:03:40+00:00 August 23rd, 2018|Michigan, News|

AJ Sims said he is passionate about two things: LGBTQ laws and transgender rights. He has been able to pursue his passion by way of a youth advocacy project at the Ruth Ellis Center in [...]

Flashing Back to the Past: the ’90s

By | 2018-08-23T13:45:57+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|Michigan, News|

link to PDF page 1997 February - Addressing Anti-Gay Violence in Schools: The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Teachers Network of Detroit released their report assessing the climate for gay and lesbian youth in Southeastern Michigan [...]

Detroit Repertory Theatre Hosts Second Arts & Culture Festival

By | 2018-08-22T15:41:50+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|Michigan, News|

On Saturday, Aug. 25 aficionados of local artists can come together for the second official Detroit Repertory Theatre Arts & Culture Festival and Dream of Detroit Street Fair. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., attendees can look forward to a variety of local artists, vendors, food, drinks, live music, theatre and much more. The free event is made possible because of a grant from ART Ops — a group that focuses on encouraging local arts organizations — and Community HeART — an organization that works to help children cope with sterile environments like hospitals or some school settings.

LGBTQ Ally Vies for Seat on Michigan Supreme Court

By | 2018-08-09T12:43:07+00:00 August 8th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Considered by some to be the most important race for the people, the campaign for justice of the Michigan Supreme Court can often be overlooked when the public is particularly focused on the gubernatorial and congressional races. This year, two of the court's seven seats are up for consideration and following the November election, 25-year strong civil rights attorney Sam Bagenstos is hoping to fill one of them.

Flashing Back to the Past – the ’90s

By | 2018-08-08T14:38:13+00:00 August 8th, 2018|Michigan, News|

1996 Successful Merger April Wellness Networks, Inc. in Ferndale and AIDS Care Connection in Detroit merged on April 1 to become AIDS Partnership Michigan (now UNIFIED - HIV Healthy & Beyond), the largest AIDS service [...]

Remembering Beth Brant

By | 2018-08-08T14:29:30+00:00 August 8th, 2018|Michigan, News|

When writer Beth Brant died on Aug. 6, 2015, she left behind a loving family and a vibrant literary legacy documenting her life as a Native American lesbian. A mother, grandmother and longtime Melvindale resident, Brant is remembered as a pathbreaking lesbian author, poet, essayist, editor, lecturer and literary activist.

The Tools of Nonprofit Engagement

By | 2018-08-08T14:25:23+00:00 August 8th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Since the 1970s, modern nonprofit organizations have become a regularity in the national landscape. In fact, in 2016 they numbered at over 1.5 million, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics. In Michigan alone, over 40,000 such organizations were reported to exist in that same year by the Independent Sector nonprofit organization. And with such a vast variety of organizations working for all kinds of causes it can be difficult for leaders with differing levels of departmental experience to work together cohesively.

Ann Arbor Pride 2018 Photo Gallery

By | 2018-08-07T17:30:07+00:00 August 7th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Ann Arbor Pride (formerly OUTFest), an annual pride celebration hosted by Jim Toy Community Center, returned to Ann Arbor's Kerrytown District Aug. 3-5 with an array of activities for the LGBTQ and allied communities of [...]