JCC comes out in school
OAK PARK – On Wednesday, March 26, at the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit a lesbian principal, a gay male middle school teacher and a lesbian student will share their experiences being out in the school setting.
The program is free and open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m.
Dr. Don Spivak of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Foundation, LGBT Liaison Committee will facilitate the discussion.
Panelists will be Marlowe Robinson B’sheart, director of Community High School – an alternative high school for “at risk” students in the tri-county area; Michael Chiumento, middle school music educator in Plymouth-Canton; and Kate Werner, a student at Oakland Community College and 2000 graduate of West Bloomfield High School.
For more information, call Kim Roth, program director of the Michigan Jewish AIDS Coalition at 248-594-MJAC (6522).
Women, girls the topic
ANN ARBOR – On Thursday, March 20, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan will be hosting “Women & Girls, the law and social change” conference at the University of Michigan in the Michigan League Ballroom.
The conference panel discussions will touch on access to health care; domestic and sexual violence; women and girls in the criminal system; lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights; and women and political participation; along with many others.
For an online registration form and information, visit http://www.aclumich.org/events/events.htm. The conference is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Other sponsors include the University of Michigan Center on Education of Women, the U of M Women’s Studies Department, the U of M Institute on Women and Gender and the Women Lawyer’s Association of Michigan Foundation.
Gender march fast approaching
LANSING – The National Association for the Advancement of Transgender People in partnership with the Michigan Transgender Advocates Group will sponsor the first bi-annual “March for Change” gender march.
The march will be held on Saturday, March 8 at 1 p.m. The march will start at Capitol Avenue at Lapeer Street and will follow Capitol Avenue to the Michigan State Capitol.
The march is to recognize the need for change in Michigan’s Civil Rights and Hate Crimes laws to include “Transgendered Persons” and “Gender Identity” within the context.
For more information, contact the NAATP at 517-371-1103 or email [email protected] or [email protected] or visit the website at http://www.melissarobinsonco.com.
Registration opens in March for Detroit race
DETROIT – Registration for the 2003 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Detroit Race for the Cure starts in March, after organizers announced the event will take place Saturday, June 21.
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Detroit Race for the Cure, presented locally by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, is Michigan’s largest foot race and one of the top 15 races in the United States and internationally. The race raises funds to support local breast cancer screening, education and treatment programs as well as national research.
The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, operating the Meyer L. Prentis Comprehensive Cancer Center of Metropolitan Detroit, is one of the nation’s leading cancer research, treatment, education and outreach centers. The Institute is affiliated with the Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University and supported by the United Way.
For more information on the Komen Detroit Race for the Cure, visit http://www.karmanos.org/raceforthecuredetroit or call 800-KARMANOS (527-6266).
Out night returns to Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR – A celebration of gay and lesbian programming returns to the Ann Arbor Film Festival for Out Night on Wednesday, March 12 at the Michigan Theater.
Sponsored by the at Bar; the Washtenaw Rainbow Action Project; and Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbian and Gays-Ann Arbor, Out Night will consist of two programs of short films beginning at 8 and 10 p.m. in the screening room.
A reception at the at Bar in downtown Ann Arbor will follow the later screening.
The films featured at the 8 p.m. screening include, “Sing Along San Francisco,” a campy tribute to the gay Mecca; “The Great Yiddish Love,” a story reassembled from Hollywood, German UFA and Yiddish films from the 1930s and 1940s starring Marlene Dietrich and Zarah Leander; and “Dragzilla,” about New York’s own 50-foot drag queen.
The 10 p.m. screening, “Queers on the Verge,” is a program dedicated to showing films which explore the human imagination.
The 41st Ann Arbor Film Festival takes place March 11-16 at the Michigan Theater, located at 603 Liberty St. in Ann Arbor.
Tickets are $7 for screenings, $5 for student admission and $50 for a week pass and will be available at the box office one hour before showtime.
For more information, call 734-995-5356 or email [email protected]