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.
Planned Parenthood is a national nonprofit that as been delivering reproductive care and family planning services across the nation for a century, and as birthday 103 approaches Detroit's branch will literally roll into it at [...]
Between the cake, photographers, floral arrangements and wedding attire on display at the 9th annual Between The Lines Wedding, Home and Life Expo on Sunday, Oct. 13, Dearborn's The Henry, Autograph Collection hotel felt transformed into a unique celebration of both marriage and equality.
FCA US Illuminates Pentastar on Its Headquarters Tower Purple for National Coming Out Day and National Spirit Day
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US, in honor and support of LGBTQ employees, communities and issues, will light the Pentastar on top of its 15-story headquarters tower purple. This change is in observance of National Coming Out [...]
In eulogizing David Balas, Rabbi Michael Schadick noted that Jewish sages teach that those who pass away during the High Holy Days “are particularly special to God.” David Lloyd Balas, arts supporter, benefactor and three-term, [...]
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.
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.
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.
DETROIT – The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute will present its ninth annual Cancer Symposium – Progress in Cancer Care, Advocacy and Survivorship, on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the MotorCity Casino Hotel Conference Center in Detroit.
Charges against a transgender woman named Keisha in Grand Rapids who police say had sex with a man without revealing her HIV-positive status have been dismissed for the second time. The charge, which stems from an incident that allegedly took place in 2015, carried a prison sentence of up to four years.
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
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.
Ferndale Pride Executive Director Julia Music was unanimously appointed to fill a temporary seat on the Ferndale City Council at its meeting Monday night. The seat became vacant when Councilman Dan Martin replaced outgoing Mayor [...]
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.
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.
[Superbia’s is dedicated] to using its profits to fund direct benefits to its members and grants made to LGBTQ organizations and projects. LANSING – The State of Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial [...]
The Decision What began in Grand Rapids as an effort to promote advocacy of, and conversation about, artists with disabilities has turned into a controversy that’s gained national attention. At the center of the dispute [...]
Crain's Detroit Business selected business leaders across the state of Michigan to highlight in their "40 Under 40" program. Among the leaders selected was Southeast Michigan's own Mike Flores, who is currently running for Ferndale [...]
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.”
When Michael Rowady recalled speaking before 3,000 people at Grosse Pointe Pride this June, the Equality Michigan board chair and managing partner of Canner, Canner & Rowady described the experience as one of the highlights of his life.
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.
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.
Equality Michigan’s fall reception will take place Friday, Sept. 13 at the Roostertail in Detroit. The theme of this year’s reception is Mission Equality.
Faith-based adoption agencies are suing the state of Michigan again, this time challenging a settlement made by Attorney General Dana Nessel earlier this year mandating that faith-based adoption and foster agencies not discriminate based on the sexual [...]
Millennial Perspective Jason Hoskins believes Southfield has a great foundation. And he sees tremendous potential. “I never thought I’d be actually running for office,” said Hoskins, a candidate for Southfield City Council. “For as long [...]
LGBT Detroit is hitting the road for a ﬁve-city tour for black gay men to educate them about Michigan HIV law reforms. Community forums are scheduled to take place Sept. 11 through 15 in Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Ypsilanti.
Similar to the machine for which it is named, the Dynamo digital marketing company is helping businesses across the Metro Detroit area generate energy around their products and services by both better-utilizing and properly curating their digital footprints.
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.
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.
LANSING – Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a proclamation declaring August 2019 as Immunization Awareness Month.
Trump Administration Gag Rule Forces Planned Parenthood of Michigan out of Title X, National Program for Birth Control
ANN ARBOR — Yesterday Planned Parenthood of Michigan announced that the Trump-Pence administration has forced PPMI out of Title X, the nation’s decades-old bipartisan program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care after a long [...]
Making History “It’s overwhelming and it’s humbling at the same time,” Dave Coulter said, less than 24 hours after being appointed Oakland County Executive. “And yet, I’m mostly excited to get to work on the [...]
Public controversy has surrounded Michigan Department of Civil Rights Executive Director Agustin Arbulu since early August when documents were released alleging that in May he urged a department employee to "check out" a woman's "ass" [...]
Held last Sunday, Aug. 11, at Royal Oak's Memorial Park, Stand With Trans hosted its fourth annual Family Picnic in the Park. Attendees were invited to bring a dish to share and to come hang [...]
As the nation’s eyes fell on Detroit last week for the Democratic presidential primary debates, Democratic LGBTQ leadership took advantage of the increased attention on the city to congregate and discuss some of the key issues facing LGBTQ Americans in the U.S. in a forum at Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters.
Those who know of Mike Flores in the city of Ferndale likely recognize him from his work as board president of the Affirmations LGBTQ community center.
The NAACP, at their 110th National Convention in Detroit, hosted a town hall on LGBT issues July 23 at Cobo Hall. The event, produced by the NAACP’s LGBTQ Taskforce, was titled The State of LGBTQ People of Color in America.
University of Michigan Professor and opera star David Daniels and his husband, former Out Loud Chorus Artistic Director (William) Scott Walters, were indicted in Houston July 25 on charges of sexual assault.
Jey’nce Poindexter Mizrahi has logged a lot of miles traveling across Michigan since starting as Equality Michigan’s transgender victim advocate in the fall of 2018.
Rachel Crandall-Crocker Just like most long-running events, Transgender Pride in the Park got its start as a small gathering, a picnic to be exact, in Lansing. That was 20 years ago, and though [...]