HRC, SAGE Partnered to Form Long-Term Care Equality Index for LGBTQ Elders

By | 2019-05-01T16:07:06-04:00 May 1st, 2019|Michigan, News|

Announced officially last month, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the LGBTQ civil rights advocacy organization HRC, and SAGE, the world's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ older adults, joined forces in a partnership aimed at helping LGBTQ elders across the country. The inaugural project taken on by these groups is the Long-Term Care Equality Index: a nationwide assessment intended to rate the quality of life LGBTQ people have in long-term elder care facilities.

Amritha Venkataraman: From HRC to Hoadley Headquarters

By | 2019-04-26T12:38:31-04:00 April 25th, 2019|Michigan, News|

What do you do when you’re the Human Rights Campaign’s state political director who just oversaw Michigan’s blue wave and your old friend calls and asks you to manage his historic run for U.S. Congress? For Amritha Venkataraman, making the choice to leave a fulfilling job was tough, but the Bloomfield Hills native said she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pack up, relocate to Kalamazoo and join Team Hoadley.

Fighting Despite the Fear

By | 2019-04-25T14:41:13-04:00 April 24th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Bridget, better-known as LaKyra, Butts has faced violence and discrimination in every aspect of her life as a transgender woman of color. For her, it’s a harsh reality that women who make up her demographic get killed at disproportionately higher rates than any other group within the LGBTQ community — a fact that’s not lost on her."It's a scary feeling knowing you could die tomorrow," she said.

ACLU Files Federal Class Action Lawsuit Challenging Detroit Cash Bail System

By | 2019-04-24T14:32:52-04:00 April 24th, 2019|Michigan, News|

DETROIT — Last week the ACLU of Michigan, the national ACLU and the law firm Covington & Burling LLP filed a federal class action lawsuit against the 36th District Court in Detroit for violating the constitutional rights of people who are presumed innocent but are confined to jail because they cannot afford to pay bail following their arrest. The lawsuit seeks an overhaul of the cash bail system that discriminates against those who cannot pay enough money to go free.

BTL Hosts National LGBT Publishers

By | 2019-04-16T17:25:29-04:00 April 16th, 2019|Michigan, News|

DETROIT – Publishers of the 12 largest LGBT newspapers in America met in Detroit on April 10 and 11 for the annual meeting of the National LGBTQ Media Association. Jan Stevenson and Susan Horowitz, co-publishers [...]

Whitmer Declares April Sexual Assault Awareness Month

By | 2019-04-10T16:38:57-04:00 April 10th, 2019|Michigan, News|

LANSING – Raising public awareness about sexual assault and educating communities about how to prevent it are the center of the national campaign for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Michigan, joining advocates and communities across our state in playing an active role to prevent sexual assault.

1 in 5 New HIV Diagnoses Are Among Latinx Gay and Bisexual Men

By | 2019-04-10T16:38:48-04:00 April 10th, 2019|Michigan, News|

The O'Neill Institute is releasing a new policy brief titled, "Bolstering Latinx Gay and Bisexual Men to Promote Health and Reduce HIV Transmission." This follows the release of President Trump's budget request for fiscal year 2020 calling for a $291 million increase in funding for his plan to end the HIV epidemic over the next decade.

For Love and Faith

By | 2019-04-04T14:16:40-04:00 April 3rd, 2019|Michigan, News|

A United Methodist Church minister in Lansing has declared he will perform same-sex weddings despite a recent denominational decision continuing the prohibition of gay marriage. At the church’s annual conference, which took place last month in St. Louis, delegates voted 438-384 in favor of what was called the Traditional Plan. The Plan continues the church’s ban on the ordination of LGBTQ clergy and the performing of same-sex weddings.

Kelly Stough’s Murderer to Be Tried in Court

By | 2019-04-03T16:55:34-04:00 April 3rd, 2019|Michigan, News|

Albert Weathers, pastor of the Logos Church in Detroit, was ordered Friday, March 29 to stand trial for open murder in the death of Kelly Stough. Stough, a transgender woman, was shot and left to die in the area of Six Mile Road and Brush Street in the early morning hours of Dec. 7, 2018.

Trans, Gender Non-Conforming Community Celebrates ‘Artivism’ Revival

By | 2019-04-03T16:52:08-04:00 April 3rd, 2019|Michigan, News|

FERNDALE — Though the Transgender Day of Visibility has ended, two trans-led organizations, Transcend the Binary and Gender Identity Network Alliance, are celebrating a successful “Trans Day of Artivism” event and beginning plans for another event in 2020 due to an overwhelming response from the community this year.

Equality Michigan Announces Breakthrough Goals for 2019

By | 2019-03-28T02:35:56-04:00 March 28th, 2019|Michigan, News|

There’s no doubt the LGBTQ community can celebrate the political gains made in 2018, but the Trump administration's attacks on the LGBTQ community have escalated since then — particularly toward transgender people. And last year's midterm election results, while encouraging, do not reduce the imminent threats the LGBTQ community faces; there is a lot of work yet to do.

Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Great Lakes Chapter to Host Community Forum in Ypsilanti

By | 2019-03-28T02:28:44-04:00 March 28th, 2019|Michigan, News|

In the U.S. alone there are almost 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer's Disease and nearly 200,000 in Michigan alone. The Alzheimer's Association is a voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating the disease through research and the promotion of brain health; its Michigan branch is inviting Ypsilanti residents to learn more about the disease April 13.

State Settles Same-Sex Adoption Case

By | 2019-03-22T10:59:21-04:00 March 22nd, 2019|Michigan, News|

LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel today announced a settlement with the plaintiffs in Dumont et al. v Gordon et al. (Case No. 2:17-cv-13080), a case centering on some state-contracted foster care and adoption agencies’ [...]

NAGLREP Greater Detroit Launch Party Brings LGBTQ Professionals Together

By | 2019-05-23T10:58:46-04:00 March 20th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Originally established in 2007, the Florida-based 501(c)(3) National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals was started with the direct intention of not only bringing both allied and LGBTQ business professionals together, but to work on a legislative level to aid in the elimination of discriminatory housing practices in the U.S.

Michigan’s Arianna Morales Recognized as Engineer of the Year

By | 2019-03-13T14:45:46-04:00 March 13th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Along with three other awardees, Dr. Arianna T. Morales was highlighted for exemplary work by the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals Inc. As a result of her recognition, Michigan-based Morales received a 2019 LGBTQ+ Engineer of the Year Award for her work as a staff research scientist with General Motors.

International Transgender Day of Visibility Celebrates 10 Years March 31

By | 2019-03-13T14:36:29-04:00 March 13th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Now celebrated across the U.S. and in countries all around the world, the International Transgender Day of Visibility got its start 10 years ago when Michigan-based activist Rachel Crandall-Crocker felt the need to not only mourn the loss of members of the transgender community via the Day of Remembrance but to honor the living members of the community. Now, as she gears up for the 10th consecutive March 31 of celebrating the transgender community, Crandall-Crocker said she has two primary feelings: pride and disbelief.

Ruth Ellis Center’s Youth Advisory Board Visits UN

By | 2019-03-13T14:05:39-04:00 March 13th, 2019|Michigan, News|

A group of six members of the youth advisory board of the Ruth Ellis Center traveled to New York from Feb. 21 through 24 to take part in the 2019 U.N. Global Engagement Summit at the United Nation’s headquarters. The opportunity came about as part of a collaboration between attorney London Bell and the Bell Global Justice Institute and the Ruth Ellis Center. Bell, a member of the United Nations Association of Greater Detroit, had been preparing the youth for the trip since last June.