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.

Auto Companies Recognize Same Sex Marriages, Regardless of State Bans

When Bill Huffaker and his husband Darin Severns moved from San Franscisco to the Detroit area a year ago, they gave up the legal recognition of their marriage by the state. They'd been married in 2004, and that marriage was ruled invalid. They [...]

History Month Exhibit Reminder Of Path Toward Equality

In 1990, Frank Colasonti, Jr. told his bosses that he expected to keep his job and not be treated any differently than he had before. He also wanted the ability to be open about his sexuality and to advocate for gay teachers and kids. He wanted to [...]

Senate Could Pass Bill Against Cyberbullying

A rumor posted on Twitter. A barrage of insulting text messages. A fake Facebook profile in your child's name. Embarrassing pictures posted without permission. Nasty emails that can reach your kid at any hour of the day or night. These are just [...]

Royal Oak Human Rights Ordinance Passes

"I cannot stress too much how important tonight is to the City of Royal Oak," said Mayor Jim Ellison as he addressed the crowd at the victory party for several local campaigns including the proposal for the Human Rights Ordinance. "We put this [...]

Election Round Up: WIN IN ROYAL OAK

Angelo Berlasi and Caitlyn Stephenson working the polls today in Royal Oak. Photo John Hardwick. One Royal Oak Wins: Human Right Ordinance Affirmed Royal Oak has affirmed its Human Rights Ordinance tonight with 54% of the vote. Proposal A protects [...]

Ann Arbor VA Offers Dignity To Those Who Served

VA employee Andrew Hunter Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country have made strides in the service they offer to LGBT veterans thanks to Federal mandates pushed by the Obama administration. But over and above the call of duty, the folks at the [...]

Jim Rasor Exits Royal Oak City Commission

In March Royal Oak City Commissioner Jim Rasor spoke out against opposition to a recently passed human rights ordinance. Enough signatures were collected to put the issue before Royal Oak voters Nov. 5. Rasor is urging the community to vote YES on [...]

Get Your Volleyball On

Metro Detroit Vollyball League plays every Wednesday in Warren. Ready to get your volleyball on? Metro Detroit Volleyball League, organized through Stay and Play Social Club (SPSC), is currently looking for teams, players and sponsors for their [...]

The Classes Continue: Clinical Issues And Sexual Orientation Therapist Trainings at Affirmations

Knowledge is power, and a series of continuing education classes being offered at Affirmations Community Center is working to empower psychologists, social workers and therapists on how to better care for their LGBT and questioning clients. The [...]

VIDEO: A Growing Hope Postponed For Hazel Park Couple & Supporters

DETROIT - At a rally before their court case on Oct. 16, Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer were cautiously optimistic. "This is the beginning of the end for our journey. We know we have a long fight, but we're hoping that we get some start of an [...]

VIDEO: Dustin Lance Black Shares Coming Out Story At Affirmations

FERNDALE - The importance of LGBT community centers can sometimes be taken for granted, but the center partners and other donors who keep Affirmations Community Center doors open seem to 'get it.' So does award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance [...]

Lake Orion Students Grow Support System To Prevent Suicide

George Edwards believes that "everything happens for a reason." And though his son Ryan died on Nov. 9, 2011 of suicide at the age of 22, he hopes that his death might be a wake-up call to save the lives of other young people. Edwards came together [...]