A Hookup Gone Wrong: Michigan’s HIV Criminalization Negatively Affects Michiganders

By | 2018-04-25T15:24:15+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Jeremy Merithew's life took a turn for the worse when what was intended to be a casual hookup earned him a brush with discrimination and substantial jail time. That's because He was HIV-positive and his hookup, Dwayne Cook claimed Merithew failed to disclose his status before the two engaged in oral and anal sex. That’s a four-year felony in Michigan and has been since 1989.

Lobby Day 2018 to Bring Community Members, Politicians Face-to-Face

By | 2018-04-25T15:24:18+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Equality Michigan promotes anti-violence and advocacy for the LGBTQ community and it's continuing its fight for pro-LGBTQ policies and politicians at its next “Lobby Day” on Tuesday, May 15. That day the public will have an opportunity to sit down and talk with elected officials about today’s most pressing issues.

Michigan’s Safe Delivery Law Helping Save Newborns

By | 2018-04-25T15:24:24+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Michigan, News|

LANSING, Mich. – As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month outreach efforts, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging Michigan citizens to learn about the state’s Safe Delivery Law, and how they can help keep babies safe by promoting awareness of the statute.

Mike Flores: Self-Made Role Model

By | 2018-04-18T14:46:18+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Ever since high school, he's been involved in volunteerism or some form of activism. Beyond that, he's made the professional jump from the automotive to the aerospace industry and back again. It's very clear: Mike [...]

Timothy J. Dyer Obituary

By | 2018-04-18T07:33:28+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Dr. Tomothy J. Dyer was deeply rooted in the Ypsilanti and Eastern Michigan University communities. He died Thursday, April 12, at 80. He was born December 29, 1937, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the son of John [...]

A Publisher for the Underdog

By | 2018-04-13T15:13:38+00:00 April 13th, 2018|Michigan, News|

After working in the newspaper and magazine industry for nearly her entire career, Gia Cilento knew that one day, she'd start a publishing house. The thought stayed with her as her work took her across [...]

Volunteers Wanted

By | 2018-04-11T13:43:00+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Creating Change Invites Volunteers to Host its 2019 Detroit Conference After 30 national events have been held across the U.S., the LGBTQ conference Creating Change is seeking a dynamic crew of volunteers to help put [...]

BTL Journalist Receives Lansing for Cesar E. Chavez Committee’s Humanitarian Award

By | 2018-04-04T13:54:37+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Over a simple meal of habichuelas and rice, the Lansing area Latino community came together over the Easter weekend to celebrate the life and legacy of Caesar E. Chavez. About 200 people attended the dinner to honor the civil rights legend as well as celebrate the renaming of Grand River Avenue in the Old Town neighborhood of Lansing after the icon. Old Town is also home to Lansing’s two LGBTQ bars.

Hands Across the Water Gets Leadership Status from the Human Rights Campaign

By | 2018-04-04T13:54:39+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Ann Arbor, Mich: On Friday, April 13th, 2018, Hands Across The Water, a licensed child welfare agency will be hosting an open house event at their Ann Arbor office, celebrating their achievements in serving LGBTQ families and earning the All Children, All Families Leadership Status from the Human Rights Campaign for the seventh year in a row.

Heidelberg Project Brings Arts Education to Detroit Schools

By | 2018-04-04T13:54:42+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Michigan, News|

DETROIT —The Heidelberg Project and four Detroit public schools are piloting a first-of-its-kind program that will use art to empower and inspire students to be change agents in their community. The Heidelberg Arts Leadership Academy (HALA) serves Detroit students in grades 4-12 to explore art as a tool for social change, self-expression and community healing.

First in Panel Discussion Series Examines Detroit’s Historical Gay Bar Scene

By | 2018-03-28T13:54:45+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Long before there was an Affirmations, they were the community centers of the LGBTQ world. You didn’t just go to the gay bar to dance and drink, you went to socialize and to seek solace and support. The gay community revolved around the bars which, for many, was the only place they could let their hair down and be free; their true authentic selves.

Queer Fashion Course Offered at CMU

By | 2018-03-28T13:43:00+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Michigan, News|

In an effort to explore another side of the fashion industry, Central Michigan University is offering a new course for the current term. Its name is Queer Fashion and it was conceptualized by fashion designer and CMU Associate Professor Michael Mamp.

Stand With Trans Offers Understanding Gender Expansive Children Event

By | 2018-03-28T13:40:35+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Michigan, News|

When a child is born and assigned a gender at birth, the status quo is that they'll stick to the well-defined lines of gender: girls will play with dolls, boys will play with trucks. However, there are many children who won't adhere to these rules, because they don't feel comfortable with the gender they were assigned at birth.

Aepex Contemporary Performance and Kerrytown Concert House Push Boundaries with Transgender Opera ‘As One’

By | 2018-03-28T13:39:15+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Ann Arbor, Entertainment, Michigan, News, Theater|

Thinking of opera, one might imagine a knight in shining armor, a damsel in distress or Brunnhilde — a woman with a viking helmet and blonde braids belting out some massive vocal power. And, in many ways, opera is still representative of those traditional characters, but it's also an ever-changing medium that is growing with the times.

Detroit Gears Up Early for Creating Change 2019

By | 2018-03-28T13:34:49+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Michigan, News|

For more than 30 years, the National LGBTQ Task Force has been ensuring that members of the LGBTQ community have a place to familiarize themselves with pertinent issues, politics, organizations and leadership with the Creating Change conference.

Joy Geng: LGBTQ Activist

By | 2018-03-27T13:14:54+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Michigan, News|

The year was 1991, and long-term plans were being set in motion. The Michigan Organization of Human Rights (MOHR) had created the MOHR Foundation as a separate legal entity to fight discrimination against the LGBTQ [...]

Dan Savage Knows a Lot, but He’s No ‘Sex Moses’

By | 2018-03-14T20:33:03+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Picture this scenario: you're 18, you've been watching porn for a while and you don't know if your varied preferences are crossing the line. Now this: it's year 10 of a fairly sexless marriage, and you're seeking a third to spice things up. Lastly: you're a woman in her 60s who's ready to make the plunge into lesbian relationships, but you don't know where to turn. For each of these scenarios and more, Dan Savage has an answer.

LGBTQ Wedding Expo Attracts Hundreds

By | 2018-03-14T20:29:50+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Michigan, News, Wedding|

Ashley Howe and her fiance Justine Simpson have been to several bridal shows, but none quite like the Ultimate LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo held on Sunday, March 11, in MotorCity Casino's state of the art ballroom in Detroit.

Bill Banning Conversion Therapy in Washington State Enters Final Phase

By | 2018-03-14T14:41:51+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Washington is now in the final stages of becoming the 10th state to outlaw gay conversion therapy on minors. The Washington state Legislature voted 33-16 in favor of Bill 5722, which would ban licensed therapists from performing conversion therapy on patients under 18. Regulating such practices will, according to the bill, “protect the physical and psychological well-being of minors, including LGBT youth."

Second Annual Queer Prom in Traverse City Seeks Funding

By | 2018-03-14T14:33:38+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Michigan, Neighborhoods, News, Traverse City|

The second annual Queer Prom in Traverse City, a high schooler-exclusive dance that celebrates LGBTQ youth and their allies, is expected to draw in more than 200 attendees from communities near and far. John Young, the vice-chairperson at Polestar LGBTQ+ Community Center in Traverse City, was the driving force behind the first Queer Prom in 2017. He anticipates this year’s dance to see double or even triple the number of attendees compared to last year’s — a rare figure for queer proms at large.

Gloria Steinem Emphasizes that Feminism and LGBT Rights Linked

By | 2018-03-14T14:30:33+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Activist, journalist and feminist Gloria Steinem has been actively campaigning for women's rights since the 1960s. Not only has she imprinted her legacy when she helped found longstanding publications like Ms. and New York Magazines, she has aided in the formation of the National Women's Political Caucus, produced films on such topics as child abuse and the death penalty and is the author of many lauded books and articles.