Harming Our Troops

By | 2017-08-31T09:00:00-04:00 August 31st, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY JAY KAPLAN On Monday morning, Aug. 28, the ACLU filed a lawsuit in the federal district court of Maryland challenging the constitutionality of the Trump Administration's transgender service member ban. The 39-page lawsuit states [...]

Positive Thoughts: Connected Action

By | 2017-08-10T09:00:00-04:00 August 10th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

By Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. Laurel Sprague, PhD, is the executive director of GNP+ (The Global Network of People Living with HIV). The Amsterdam-based organization works to improve the quality of life for all people [...]

Transmissions; Uniformly Bad

By | 2017-07-20T09:00:00-04:00 July 20th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY GWENDOLYN ANN SMITH Since prior to the last election, many have warned of the precarious position transgender law was on the federal level. While great strides were made during the Obama years on behalf [...]

The Tradition of Connectedness

By | 2017-07-20T09:00:00-04:00 July 20th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY CURTIS LIPSCOMB It is that time again, and after months of strategic planning and securing partnerships, Detroit comes alive. The summer heat, the creative energy, and the festivities are highlighted accomplishments and challenges of [...]

Who Speaks For Us?

By | 2017-07-13T09:00:00-04:00 July 13th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY GWENDOLYN ANN SMITH On a recent episode of Chelsea, a Netflix-based interview show, host Chelsea Handler asked guest Janet Mock about another transgender celebrity, Caitlyn Jenner. Days before the show, Jenner had joked about [...]

Two Years Later and Where Are We?

By | 2017-06-29T09:00:00-04:00 June 29th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY REV. ROLAND STRINGFELLOW June 26, 2015 - a day history was made. Crowds gather around their television sets waiting for the announcement from the High Court. A collective breath was held. Couples were holding [...]

Trans During Wartime

By | 2018-01-16T03:23:43-04:00 June 8th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY GWENDOLYN ANN SMITH There was a collective groan on the 8th of November 2016, as we saw Donald Trump take the presidency. With his victory, we knew that transgender rights won through the administration, [...]


By | 2017-05-25T09:00:00-04:00 May 25th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY GWENDOLYN ANN SMITH While you traverse your favorite social media site, you come across a post with an attached video. The clip shows a ten-year-old boy, as he expertly applies a face full of [...]

Don’t Cry Alone. There is Help.

By | 2017-05-25T09:00:00-04:00 May 25th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY TONYA Y. GRIFFITH, LMSW The LGBTQ community is still fairly silent when it comes to having conversations about mental health. As a trauma-focused therapist based in Harper Woods, I work closely with LGBTQ people [...]

Your Opinion Is Not Worth My Life

By | 2017-05-18T09:00:00-04:00 May 18th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY GWENDOLYN ANN SMITH Recently, Heineken put out a long for advertisement and accompanying website, titled "Worlds Apart." The premise was to set up two people with strong, diametrically-opposed viewpoints, have them work together on [...]

Flaming, But Not In a Good Way

By | 2017-05-04T09:00:00-04:00 May 4th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

STEPHANIE WILLIAMS, PH.D. You have probably heard this term thrown around a lot lately - Gaslighting. Gaslighting is a psychological term we, as a nation, know all too well - "Alternative Facts" taking the place [...]

Disclosure and Deception

By | 2017-04-27T09:00:00-04:00 April 27th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY GWENDOLYN ANN SMITH Caitlyn Jenner has an autobiography coming out, and sat down with Diane Sawyer to do an interview about her life as part of the promotional tour. I must admit that I [...]

Transmissions: Not Safe

By | 2017-04-06T09:00:00-04:00 April 6th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY GWENDOLYN ANN SMITH As I write this, I am packing and planning my trek to Orlando, Florida for the 2017 LGBT Media Journalists Convening. While I should only need concern myself with how to [...]

A Message from the Publishers

By | 2017-03-23T09:00:00-04:00 March 23rd, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY JAN STEVENSON AND SUSAN HOROWITZ This Sunday, hundreds of LGBT people will shop, dance, eat, drink and be merry at the 7th Annual Ultimate LGBT Wedding &Anniversary Expo at MotorCity Casino Hotel. There will [...]

A Tale of Two Dolls

By | 2017-03-16T09:00:00-04:00 March 16th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY GWENDOLYN ANN SMITH In 1976, as a Georgia peanut farmer was elected to the Presidency and America went into a patriotic fervor over its bicentennial, the Ideal Toy Company decided to cash in on [...]

LGBTQ Community Stands with Jackson

By | 2017-03-09T09:00:00-04:00 March 9th, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY CHAR DAVENPORT In response to petitioners blocking the non-discrimination ordinance in the city of Jackson on March 3, transgender advocate and special lecturer at Oakland University, Char Davenport delivers a message to the community. [...]

Transmissions: Tranifesto

By | 2017-03-02T09:00:00-04:00 March 2nd, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

BY GWENDOLYN ANN SMITH In its first major blow to transgender rights, the Trump administration has -- thanks to the Department of Education under Betsy DeVos and the Department of Justice under Jeff Sessions -- [...]

Viewpoint: Great, The Way We Were

By | 2017-02-23T09:00:00-04:00 February 23rd, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

By Hattie Alexander Our new President promises to "Make America great again." Greatness, I think, is a matter of perspective. Mr. Trump was born into the privileged, wealthy class. From his perspective America used to [...]

The Year We Fight Back

By | 2017-01-01T09:00:00-04:00 January 1st, 2017|Opinions, Viewpoints|

By Gwendolyn Ann Smith By now, the crowds have dispersed from Times Square, leaving behind heaps of confetti, deflated balloons and the odd, broken pair of "2017" sunglasses. College bowl games and tie-in parades are [...]

Transmissions: Deadnames

By | 2016-12-22T09:00:00-04:00 December 22nd, 2016|Opinions, Viewpoints|

By Gwendolyn Ann Smith On Dec. 2, a fire broke out in a warehouse building in Oakland, California. Its tenants knew the building as Ghost Ship; it housed an artists' collective. That's not uncommon in [...]