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Dana Nessel Joined by Dr. Abdul El-Sayed at Dearborn Town Hall

By | 2018-10-18T10:18:40+00:00 October 17th, 2018|Election, Election 2018, LGBTQA Races, Michigan, News|

Candidate for Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel fielded questions on what she’ll do to fight hate crimes, tackle the opioid epidemic and safeguard abortion rights during a town hall in Dearborn on Friday, Hosted inside the Henry Ford Centennial Library Auditorium, Nessel was joined by State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) and former candidate for Governor Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, both of whom vouched for her candidacy.

City Council Hopeful Bill Ostash Talks Rebirth of Saginaw’s Downtown

By | 2018-10-18T10:20:05+00:00 October 17th, 2018|Election, Election 2018, LGBTQA Races, Michigan, News|

Saginaw City Council hopeful Bill Ostash likens the city’s blueprint to a donut. At its core, Ostash said Saginaw is lacking in terms of its development. Building up the city’s urban core is essential to creating a strong, vibrant community, he believes, and a top priority for him if elected to the Saginaw City Council this November.

DHS Public Charge Proposal Could Affect LGBTQ Community

By | 2018-10-17T15:16:58+00:00 October 17th, 2018|Michigan, News|

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, the Department of Homeland Security published a new regulatory proposal that will make it much more difficult for immigrants with documented status residing in the U.S. to remain in the country if they are using or likely to use programs like Medicaid Part D, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Section 8 housing vouchers and other forms of public assistance.

Michigan Honors Hirers of Qualified Disabled Community

By | 2018-10-17T15:16:20+00:00 October 17th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Last week the 2018 Michigan Rehabilitation Services Champions Award ceremony recognized champions of disability employment. Gov. Rick Snyder proclaimed October to be Investing in Abilities Month in an effort to encourage employers to hire qualified people with disabilities while focusing on their abilities and increasing the public’s awareness of the contributions and skills of Michigan workers with disabilities.

2018 GSBA Scholarship Fund Open

By | 2018-10-17T15:15:31+00:00 October 17th, 2018|Michigan, News|

The Greater Seattle Business Association represents over 1,300 businesses, corporate and nonprofit members who are LGBTQ and allied and since 1991 has hosted its Scholarship Fund. Since its inception, the fund has raised $3 million [...]

Pending Recall

By | 2018-10-11T12:34:31+00:00 October 10th, 2018|Election 2018, Michigan, News|

When Ingham County voters head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6, they'll find a usual list of candidates on their ballot everywhere except where it concerns the Williamston School Board. In that election, voters will find that four of the seven existing members have been targeted for recall: Board President Greg Talberg and Nancy Deal, whose terms would have expired in 2020; and Sarah Belanger and Chris Lewis, who would have been in office until 2022.

Local Author is Divinely Queer in New Book

By | 2018-10-10T13:45:50+00:00 October 10th, 2018|Michigan, News|

They say that everyone has at least one book in them. However, it’s in the getting it out and on paper where complications sometime arise. Jennifer Miracle-Best, the author of the soon-to-be-released book "Divinely Queer: My Journey to Spirituality through Sexuality" is all too familiar with that process. She is gearing up to sign copies of the book at a launch party at Metropolitan Community Church-Detroit in Clawson on Friday, Oct. 19.

EQMI 2018 Fall Reception Recap

By | 2018-10-10T14:31:56+00:00 October 10th, 2018|Michigan, News|

On Friday, Oct. 5, Equality Michigan hosted its annual Fall Reception with hundreds in attendance. The event featured not only notable speakers like the night's keynote, Olympic bronze medalist Adam Rippon, but brand-new awards in recognition of standout members of the Detroit LGBTQ community. The event kicked off with a video message from Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who emphasized that much of the progress for the LGBTQ community "is possible because" of organizations like EQMI and its supportive allies.

Inclusive Justice Brings LGBTQ Conference to MCC-D

By | 2018-10-10T13:42:04+00:00 October 10th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Inclusive Justice will present a day-long conference called Faith, LGBT Inclusion & Human Rights on Friday, Oct. 19. Inclusive Justice is a statewide, faith-based coalition inclusive of all traditions that affirms the inherent dignity and worth of every human being as a matter of spiritual conviction, and its conference will take from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Metropolitan Community Church – Detroit in Clawson.

HRC Responds to Defeat of Anti-LGBTQ Child Welfare Amendment

By | 2018-10-10T15:08:42+00:00 October 3rd, 2018|Michigan, News|

WASHINGTON — Last week the Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBTQ advocacy organization, responded to the defeat of the Aderholt Amendment, which the House Appropriations Committee added to the FY 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill in July.

MOCAD: Gala, Art Auction Honoring Julie Reyes Taubman Oct. 12

By | 2018-10-05T21:49:22+00:00 October 3rd, 2018|Michigan, News|

Dinner, music, hand-crafted cocktails and an art auction will come together on Friday, Oct. 12, in honor of Julie Reyes Taubman at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Taubman, who died earlier this year, was the co-founder of MOCAD and organized various art projects, fundraisers and the museum's first board.

LGBTQ Ally Sam Bagenstos Vies for Seat on Mich. Supreme Court

By | 2018-10-09T15:33:42+00:00 October 2nd, 2018|Election, Election 2018, Michigan, News, Statewide Races|

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.

EQMI Hosts 2018 Fall Reception Oct. 5

By | 2018-09-26T14:23:16+00:00 September 26th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Following with tradition, LGBTQ advocacy group Equality Michigan is slated to host their annual 2018 Fall Reception event on Friday, Oct. 5. It will feature not only a new Bridge Builder Award but 2018 Olympic [...]

Author of LGBTQ, Disability Novel at Common Language Bookstore

By | 2018-09-26T14:20:43+00:00 September 26th, 2018|Michigan, News|

On Saturday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m. Bill Mathis, author of "Face Your Fears," a novel that deals with disability, the LGBTQ community and family, will be at the Common Language Bookstore. "'Face Your Fears' uniquely challenges traditional perceptions of normalcy when it comes to disabled persons' interests, desires and sexual orientations," say event organizers. "He will be introduced by Michigan Educator Roberta (Ronni) Moore O’Toole, a licensed professional counselor, certified social worker and retired school guidance counselor."

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 | 2018-09-24T09:58:59+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.

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 | 2018-10-10T14:50:31+00:00 September 5th, 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.