Crystal A. Proxmire

Crystal Proxmire is the editor and publisher of The Oakland County Times. She loves covering municipal governance and cheering on community efforts.

Building Community in Holly: City Council Passes Pride Month Declaration

Without fanfare or discussion, the Village of Holly Council unanimously passed a resolution declaring June 2022 as LGBTQ+ Pride Month at their Feb. 8 meeting.Introduced by Council member Ryan Delaney, the resolution states that the Village [...]

Phoenix Rising in Pontiac as City Gets All New Council with LGBTQ+ Community Members

 “Started from the bottom; now we here.”Incoming councilperson Melanie Rutherford chose the popular Drake song lyrics as part of her swearing in speech Sunday. Rutherford is one of seven new Pontiac councilpersons after voters made a [...]

Love Wins Big in Small-Town Holly's First Pride

The Oakland County village of Holly's first Pride was a sea of smiling faces, rainbows and Pride Flags. For participants, the event, which took place on June 29, was much more meaningful than these outward displays of pride.  Despite all the [...]

Affirmations Updates Public on Programs, Finances and the Future

FERNDALE — When Dave Garcia came back to his old job as Executive Director of Affirmations community center after five years working for the nation's largest LGBTQ community center in the nation, his return was lauded as a lifeline for an [...]

Oakland County Expands Non-Discrimination Policy

PONTIAC – The Oakland County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday evening to update the County's non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity and gender expression. The newly approved policy states that the county is [...]

Pontiac Arts Center Celebrates LGBTQ "Kaleidoscope of Expression"

PONTIAC — Like the various shapes, colors and patterns that are part of a kaleidoscope, the artwork created and inspired by the LGBTQ community doesn't just form a rainbow but an ever-changing mosaic. This was celebrated Oct. 12 at the Pontiac [...]

Oak Park Approves Rainbow Flag, Sets Policy for Future Requests

This story originally appeared in Oakland County Times Oak Park – With Council members Carolyn Burns and Ken Rich voting no, Oak Park City Council adopted a policy to govern all flag-flying requests, as well as a request made by a young married [...]

Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter Gives Last State of the City Address

After nine years serving as Mayor of Ferndale, Dave Coulter will not be running for another term. He announced this decision at the State of the City Address Tuesday, April 16, at the Rust Belt Market.  Mayor Coulter previously served as County [...]

Drag Queen Story Time Supporters Pack Huntington Woods Meeting

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Over 150 residents and supporters packed the gymnasium of the Gillham Recreation Center for Tuesday night's Huntington Woods City Commission meeting after news broke over a California-based organization's intent to protest the [...]

Light in the Darkness: Jewish Ferndale Ceremony Honors Shooting Victims

Ferndale, Mich. – A crowed of mourners gathered on the front lawn of Jewish Ferndale for a ceremony Sunday afternoon. Rabbi Herschel Finman addressed the group. "In the face of adversity, we look for an opportunity to transform darkness into light," [...]

Huntington Woods Hosts Michigan's First Drag Queen Story Time, More to Come

HUNTINGTON WOODS, Mich. – Story time in Huntington Woods got a little more interesting with the announcement of guest readers for December, January and February. The Huntington Woods Library has begun hosting what is believed to be the first Drag [...]

AIDS Walk hopes to grow under new management

ROYAL OAK – AIDS Walk Detroit is under new management and kicking off 2012 with some big resolutions for the year. Their goals are to have 3,500 walkers and to raise $200,000 to help funding for organizations that deal with HIV/AIDS related [...]