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.

Hundreds Gather in Ferndale to Stand up for Love, Share Ideas

Over 500 people packed the First United Methodist Church of Ferndale and the lawn in front overlooking Woodward Ave. Sunday evening to share a message of love and justice following violence in Charlottesville, VA connected to a rally by white [...]

Ferndale Pride Donates $11,000 to Local Charities

Ferndale Pride committee members. Photo courtesy of Ferndale Pride FERNDALE – Ferndale's annual celebration of love and diversity for the LGBTQ community – Ferndale Pride – is not just an event that brings people together. It's an event that raises [...]

Holly Lanes Hosting LGBT and Friends Night to Connect Around Equality

Following the Oct. 11 decision by the Village of Holly Council not to adopt a human rights ordinance that would have given LGBT people the same civil rights at other marginalized groups, the folks at Holly Lanes are welcoming the LGBT community and [...]

Village of Holly Votes 6-1 Against Human Rights Ordinance

Holly – The Village of Holly voted 6-1 against adopting a human rights ordinance that would have prohibited discrimination against LGBT people. Several members of the public spoke against the ordinance. "There's a natural, inherent conflict because [...]

Village of Lake Orion Now Prohibits LGBTQ Discrimination

Lake Orion residents listen as comments are heard on moving ahead with a Human Rights Ordinance. Photo: Crystal A. Proxmire Updated Tuesday, Sept. 27 The Village of Lake Orion on Sept. 26 joined the growing list of local units of government in [...]

Standing Up For Gay Catholics

On March 7 and 8, a peaceful vigil was held protesting the Courage workshops put on by Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Detroit. DETROIT – When Tom Nelson and Linda Karle-Nelson learned that Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Detroit was [...]

Affirmations Silver Jubilee Tickets on Sale Now

Cass Varner joined Affirmations staff when it was still housed at the Frontier Building. She is currently working on a number of activities to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Center. File photo: Andrew Potter What started as a helpline in a [...]

When Sex Is A Crime And Spit Is A Dangerous Weapon

FERNDALE – The criminalization of HIV is a reality with far-reaching consequences, and it's time to have a serious discussion about it. A coalition of LGBT and HIV specific groups are hosting a community forum called "When Sex is a Crime and Spit [...]

ENDA Lobbying Comes to Michigan

Human Rights Campaign Michigan Field Organizer Allison VanKuiken who was one of the organizers of the One Royal Oak Campaign. BTL photo: Crystal Proxmire "We need to live in a country where you can get married on a Friday and not have to worry about [...]

The Time Is Now: Deadline To Enroll In Affordable Care Approaches

Enrollment opportunities and campaigns encouraging people to sign up for insurance coverage on the Healthcare Exchange are everywhere, but for LGBT individuals it can be a daunting task. "Many LGBT individuals and their families have been left out [...]

Surveys Say: LGBT Dollars And Health Going Up in Smoke

{ITAL "The LGBT communities have an excellent health infrastructure, but when you ask our leaders about our top health issues, smoking is rarely even in the list. It really is time for smoking to come out of the closet as the top issue health issue [...]

Clawson United Methodist Recovering After Congregation Flight

Clawson United Methodist Reverend Peggy Garrigues. BTL photo Crystal Proxmire CLAWSON – When Clawson United Methodist Reverend Peggy Garrigues issued a challenge to her congregation in August, she had no idea what the cost would be. "This past [...]