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.

U-M Students Join In Global Day Of Rage

Ann Arbor comes out in support of Global Day of Rage over Indias reinstatement of a code banning homosexuality. University of Michigan PhD student Rebecca Grapevine was in India as a Fulbright Scholar in 2009 when the High Court in Delhi struck down [...]

VIDEO: DNC Chair, Michigan Dems Rally For LGBT Equality

FERNDALE - As Republicans continue to condone the hateful, anti-gay comments of their Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema, Democrats brought out the big guns for a community forum at Affirmations featuring Democratic National Committee [...]

When Violence Happens, Call Equality Michigan

When violence happens to LGBT people, Equality Michigan is there to help. Their reporting Hotline - 866-962-1147 ext. 107 - is a place where victims can get resources and support, and where their voice can be heard by being part of the data [...]

Tracking What You Don't Talk About: Intimate Partner Violence In The LGBT Community

An 18-year-old high school senior is facing trial in Bloomfield, Connecticut, for stabbing his partner to death after what appears to be a history of manipulation and violence against him by the 27-year-old. Local news reports said the older man [...]

Affirmations Helpline Revamped

The Helpline services are being integrated into the front desk where staff and volunteers can coordinate and more efficiently help people calling in. BTL photo: Crystal Proxmire In the 25 years that the Affirmations Helpline has been serving the [...]

Eight Michigan Cities Included In HRC Municpal Equality Index

Eight Michigan cities have been included in a new report put out by the Human Rights Campaign, rating their LGBT-friendliness. The HRC Municipal Equality Index 2013 looked at 291 cities across the country and rated them based on a number of [...]

Transgender Day Of Remembrance Lists 242 Killed

On Friday Detroit area people gathered for Transgender Day of Remembrance. BTL photo: Crystal Proxmire 242. That is the number of transgender individuals whose murders and suicides have been reported in the past year around the world. Groups like [...]

Justice For Shelly: Civil Rights Complaint Filed Against Police In Gruesome Murder

Shelly Moore was brutally murdered. Her mother Lynice Nelson is suing law enforcement for disclosing Moores identity instead of protecting her in her role as an informant. MADISON HEIGHTS - The October 2011 death and dismemberment of 19 year-old [...]

KICK Health Expo Discussions Go Beyond The Basics

Kezia Curtis of Feedom Freedom, an urban farm near Jefferson and Manistique in Detroit, talked about food justice and the barriers some have to getting good meals as part of a day-long series of topics on health presented by KICK. BTL photo: Crystal [...]

Hope And Understanding For 'Unstably Housed' Youth

"Unstably housed." That's the term Ruth Ellis Center Executive Director Jerry Peterson uses to describe the living situation of many of the youth who seek out services at the drop in center and housing program. "Approximately 800 - 1,000 LGBTQ [...]

Ferndale Pride Changes Leadership: Covey Steps Down and Music Steps In

Craig Covey and Julia Music. File photo Crystal Proxmire Ferndale Pride is now under new leadership. Craig Covey has stepped down as Chairperson of the event, and Julia Music has taken over the role. Music is a 35 year-old community activist who [...]

STUDY: Health Risks High For LGBT People

There has long been a sense that LGBT people face greater health risks than their heterosexual counterparts, and studies over the years have pointed to this. But a recent review by the Williams Institute at UCLA shows the big picture for what LGBT [...]