LGBT rights advocates across the country on Saturday took part in protests against President Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. Human Rights Campaign Foundation Director of Faith Outreach and Training Lisbeth Meléndez Rivera, National Center for [...]
LANSING – Voters Not Politicians celebrated the work of its all-volunteer grassroots army of petition circulators last week after the Board of State Canvassers placed on the Nov. 6 ballot the proposal to provide transparent, non-partisan process for redistricting. The process would include a commission of citizens drawing legislative and congressional lines.
There’s been a lot of talk about “civility” lately which was triggered by the owner of a restaurant asking a woman who is known worldwide for lying on the behalf of a white supremacist administration headed by a man who is trying to, and succeeding in, turning America into a dictatorship.
A 14-member delegation that included former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and an LGBTI rights activist from D.C. traveled to Cuba earlier this month. The Center for Democracy in the Americas delegation arrived [...]
When Nick Daughtry first visited Metropolitan Community Church – Detroit four months ago, it was absolutely the right fit. “It was one of things where going in I instantly knew that it was where I belonged,” he said. “It’s a very calming feeling when you find a spiritual place and you know you belong there.”
Jussie Smollett’s Empire State of Mind: Out Actor-Activist Talks Defying Hollywood Limitations, Using His Voice For Good, and Pride Past and Present
Really, aside from a fame-catapulting role on "Empire" and a dreamy croon so velvety you could rest your head on it at night, Jussie Smollett is just like you. Or was: He remembers going to [...]
Q&A: Jennifer Nettles Talks Celebrating the Queer Community with New Sugarland Album & Why ‘Tolerance’ Isn’t Enough
Just before releasing a hotly anticipated new album with Sugarland bandmate Kristian Bush, duo frontwoman Jennifer Nettles summed up her history of progressive politics and queer advocacy and love for chicken with one defiant tweet: [...]
The Human Rights Campaign released the results of their 2018 National Survey of LGBTQ Teens at a special press conference that took place at the Ruth Ellis Center in Highland Park on May 16. HRC President Chad Griffin attended the conference along with Ellen Kahn, director of HRC’s Children, Youth and Families Program.
Q&A: Adam Rippon on Finding His Gay Power, What Inspires His Costume Design (‘Sex Stuff’) & His Post-Olympics Clapback For Guys Who Once Ghosted Him
“Yes, this is an interview,” a schoolgirl-giggly Adam Rippon deadpans to fellow figure skater Charlie White who, naturally, is curious about the current topic of conversation: sex and harnesses, and how both come together to [...]
Rachel Weisz’s Quest for Queer Stories – and Why She Thinks It’s ‘Essential’ LGBTQ Films Reach Out to Gay Press
Rachel Weisz has strong feelings on makers of queer films discussing their work with queer media. To not do so, she says, would be “ridiculous and wrong and unthinkable.” The topic is broached in light [...]
With Ferndale Pride 2018 just around the corner on June 2, festival organizers are still welcoming interested volunteers to help facilitate one of metro Detroit’s biggest LGBTQ+ celebrations of the year.
It’s been 65 years since I last saw the young man who now sits across from me. He has at age 19 what a friend calls “the lyric poetry of youth:” a freshness of look that’s a joy to see.
The Family Research Council posits itself as nonprofit advocacy group advancing “faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview.” Citing FRC’s words and actions, the Southern Poverty Law Center [...]
A U.S. Army sergeant flies the American flag from the back of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter over southern Kandahar province, Afghanistan. The pilots and crew chiefs fly American flags to present with certificates to service [...]
That’s something she has a knack for, apparently. Doing or saying totally reprehensible things that no decent human would do and then offering a weak apology. Case in point her recent Twitter tantrum in which she made fun of Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg because he didn’t get accepted by colleges he applied to.
On the Jan. 14 episode of ABC's "Shark Tank," Michelle Winowich of Bloomfield Hills came away with almost half a million dollars. Winowich, the founder of G.O.A.T. Pet Products, pitched her pet speaker to the [...]
Joe Kort Teams up with Modern Sex Therapy Institutes to Offer LGBTQ-Affirmative Therapy Certification Program
Royal Oak psychotherapist Joe Kort has teamed up with the Modern Sex Therapy Institutes to begin offering an LGBT-affirmative therapy certification program. Designed for those in the mental health and medical fields, the 50-hour online [...]
‘OK, Pumpkin?’: Toni Braxton Isn’t Kidding About These Untold Stories – and the Janet and Mariah Duets That Could’ve Been
When you have seven Grammys and an iconic voice that can drop to ocean depths, it’s your God-given right to also have a no-wings-in-my-dressing-room policy. This is Toni Braxton in 2018, still decrying the existence of [...]
RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro Councilwoman Marielle Franco was killed on March 14 at around 9:30 p.m. local time after attending and speaking at a black women’s empowerment event in the city. Franco [...]
LGBT politicos nationwide were struck by the March 15 announcement that National Center for Lesbian Rights executive director Kate Kendell was stepping down after more than 22 years of service advancing social and economic justice [...]
Trey Pearson is living the out gay life he never thought he could. After 20 years as the frontman of the Christian rock band Everyday Sunday, Pearson — a father of two who was married [...]
ICON Detroit is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. Unlike the average leather club, this nonprofit was established in February 1993 by the “Original Six” – friends with a keen interest in leathermen and S&M.
The University of Michigan's Stamps School of Art & Design prides itself on its "diversity, equity and inclusion." The school, which requires an "international experience" for each of its students to make them more worldly, describes itself as an institution that prepares students to "think in new ways, to educate them to become concerned world citizens, and to equip them with the skills for life-long accomplishment."
That Britney album better come quick – preferably before the world combusts from nuclear warfare. On the horizon for the rest of what’s shaping up to be a very gay 2018 outside of Brandi Carlile’s [...]
A judge on the Panama Supreme Court who drafted a ruling against marriage rights for same-sex couples has withdrawn it. Justice Luis Ramón Fábrega last October in his draft ruling wrote the provisions of Panama’s [...]
EAST LANSING — A new production of the play “Lungs” will round out Wharton Center’s new Illuminate series this February. “Lungs” will be performed in Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre Thursday, Feb. 15 through 18.
FERNDALE — The Ringwald Theatre’s Sondheim Spring begins with a five-week run of Merrily We Roll Along on Feb. 16, playing through March 19. Merrily—aka the show they were doing in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird [...]
Members of the community will hold a peaceful protest outside the Metro City Church Riverview Campus during the hours of what many are calling a conversion therapy workshop. In a Facebook post that’s since been [...]
Justin Tranter’s Delusion Come True: Hitmaker on Career Reinvention & How His Queerness Nurtures Pop Princesses
Who needs awards when you have Oprah? True, walking away with a shiny, golden statue has its own perks, but for songwriter-to-the-stars Justin Tranter, just being nominated for a Grammy and a Golden Globe this [...]
by Patrice Nolan, Encore Michigan FERNDALE – Slipstream Theatre Initiative has created an original, home-grown theatrical experience that explores the unique aspects of pursuing an acting career in the Pure Michigan manner. Tales from the [...]
Sharron Fincher didn't always work in sexual assault advocacy. In fact, she held positions across many fields, like healthcare and banking. But according to her, she never really held much passion for those jobs. She [...]
Local LGBTQ Organization Expands; Grand Rapids Pride Center Hires Executive Director, Sets Goals to Expand Services and Partnerships.
Grand Rapids, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Pride Center (GRPC) has hired a new Executive Director, Thomas Pierce, LLMSW, MPA, effective Jan. 2, 2018. The position is the second paid, full-time position at the GRPC, [...]
Tina Saycosie Carries on Mother's Values and Traditions at Pasong's Cafe For many, a love of food is learned, but for Chef Tina Saycosie, 42, it was in her blood. After all, not only is [...]
Â Columbus, OH âThe Supreme Court of Ohio last week let stand an appeals court ruling affirming the enforceability of a court-approved child custody agreement in a case involving lesbian mothers. "The Court has expressly [...]