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.

Vote Equal's Marriage March in Grand Rapids Attracts Over 150 People

A Grand Rapids rally brought out over 150 local residents in support of marriage equality March 23. Photo courtesy of Vote Equal. On March 23, Vote Equal (formally known as Marriage Michigan PAC) hosted a March for Equality in downtown Grand Rapids. [...]

Moral Objection Bill Moves Out of Committee

Protesters gathered outside State Sen. Tanya Schuitmaker??'s Kalamazoo office last week to encourage her to vote against SB 136. The bill could be voted on in as little as two weeks. Members of the Michigan Senate's Committee on Health Policy held a [...]

Big News for Battle Creek Pride

BATTLE CREEK – While many were expecting Battle Creek Pride's big project to be moving their annual Pride celebration from a picnic in the park to a full-blown downtown celebration, those plans have been put on hold. Instead the group is [...]

Equal Marriage Supporters Light the Way to Justice

1234567891011121314ÔÑÑÔÑÖ DETROIT – Raymond Shepherd was in awe of the crowd that gathered with him on the steps of the Federal Courthouse Tuesday for the Light the Way to Justice Rally he organized in support of marriage equality. [...]

What Healthcare Reform Means for LGBT Communities

The biggest challenge with healthcare reform is the abundance of rumor and misinformation that is out there. That's why Michigan Consumers for Healthcare and the Center for American Progress are traveling around the state explaining the law to [...]

Odawa Indians Perform First Michigan Same-Sex Marriage

After thirty years as a couple, Tim LaCroix, 53, of Boyne City, and his partner Gene Barfield, 60, originally of Long Island, New York became the first same-gender couple to marry in Michigan thanks to new recognition of same-sex marriage by the [...]

Conference Addresses LGBT Issues in Education

Oakland University's conference area was packed with counselors, teachers and school administrators for the second annual SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) Issues in Education Conference earlier this month. The daylong series of [...]

Supporter of Human Rights Bishop Coleman McGehee Dies

The Rev. H. Coleman McGehee, 89, a retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, died March 14 after a short illness. McGehee, of Bloomfield Hills, served with the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan from 1973 to 1990 and continued his activism [...]

Training For A New Life

Kimo Frederiksen (back) teaches Kyle Williams how to be a personal trainer. BTL photo: Crystal A. Proxmire When Kyle Williams lost his breath walking up a flight of stairs, he got scared and knew that something had to change. At 300 pounds he did [...]

Light The Way To Justice Rally Planned For March 26

DETROIT – Raymond Shepherd has never considered himself a leader, but the issue of same-gender marriage has brought the 65-year-old Ferndale man out of his shell for what he hopes will be a proud moment of support for the LGBT community. Shepherd [...]

Signatures Put Royal Oak Inclusive Ordinance At Risk

Update: Video from the educational gathering below. Update: Unity Michigan will host an educational gathering in defense of the inclusive ordinance at 2 p.m. March 14 in front of the Royal Oak Post Office. ROYAL OAK – The battle for equal rights [...]

MCC Windsor Celebrates 25 Years Of Service

WINDSOR, ONTARIO – Nestled in the heart of Windsor, in space rented from the Westminster United Church, 1680 Dougall Ave., Metropolitan Community Church is celebrating 25 years as a congregation. Rev. Martha Daniels has been with MCC Windsor [...]