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.

Where Will You Be On The Day of Decision?

IC See updates at end of this article. The U.S. Supreme Court could rule any day on the two cases that affect the LGBT community, and community centers across Michigan are in the process of figuring out how to serve as gathering places for people [...]

Christina Takes Charge Of The Network

GRAND RAPIDS – Stepping in to save the day brought Christina Wade more good fortune than she could have imagined. The 33 year-old recently became the new executive director of The Network in Grand Rapids, taking over from longtime leader Pat [...]

Evolve Shares The Love

KALAMAZOO – Tammy Collins and Amy Perricone have seen first-hand the impact of supporting LGBT and questioning youth. Even though they have experienced some challenges being a lesbian couple in a small community, the idea that their involvement [...]

New Funding Campaign Sees AIDS Service Agencies Come Together

APM Chief Operating Office William VanHemert and MAC Chief Operating Officer Terry Ryan both recently moved into the leadership positions at their respective organizations. They are collaborating on a fundraising project launched this month. BTL [...]

Sticking Up For LGBT Victims Of Violence

Yvonne Siferd is Director of Victim Services and Sara Spurgeon is a Victim Services Advocate at Equality Michigan. (On June 5, 2013 the NCAVP Annual Report was issued. You can download the report here: DETROIT – Victimization [...]

Balloons, Powdered Paint And Politics At Ferndale Pride

For more Ferndale Pride pictures, click here. FERNDALE – Pride month kicked off in Michigan with Ferndale Pride June 1. The event brought over 6,000 people to the four square mile city which is home to [...]

Monica Mills Ferndale Pride Volunteer Coordinator

Between Ourselves Monica Mills and her husband Larry are instrumental to the success of events like Ferndale Blues Festival, Ferndale Pub Crawl and others. Monica is a strong ally who has been with what is now called Michigan AIDS Coalition for [...]

The Community Center Network's Big Ride: Shore 2 Shore

The statewide collaboration continues as the Community Center Network announces Shore 2 Shore - a cross-state bike ride benefitting LGBT centers throughout Michigan. The ride goes from Ferndale to Saugatuck, and takes place Sept 4-7. It is limited [...]

What's New At Your Community Center: The Aff Store & More!

Mike LaSage and Rick Harris found true love late in life. LaSage had been married, but his wife passed away. Harris is divorced. They began dating four years ago and for the past two years they have been in the printing and apparel business [...]

Women In Love And Some Really Great Pizza

Jennifer Stark and Maureen McNamara bought the pizzeria eight years ago from Stark's brother, and all told the establishment is celebrating its 20th year. BERKLEY - "Girl Power" is the theme behind an upcoming Cooking Channel show called Pizza Cuz. [...]

Affirmations Changes Name and Structure

FERNDALE - Affirmations has shortened its name and changed the bylaws of the organization to create a board directorship model of governance. At the May 22 annual meeting, members voted unanimously to make the changes, which board directors say [...]

Second Class Citizen' Photo Shoot Will Kick Off Ferndale Pride

Ferndale Pride is kicking off with a strong political statement, "I am not a second class citizen." As part of fundraising for the documentary "Second Class Citizens," filmmaker Ryan Yezak will be at Affirmations on May 31 from 7 pm. - 10 p.m. for [...]