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D'Anne Witkowski

D'Anne Witkowski is a writer living in Michigan with her wife and son. She has been writing about LGBTQ+ politics for nearly two decades. Follow her on Twitter @MamaDWitkowski.

Celebrating the Rich History of Drag Elders in Ann Arbor

It took Donna Personna a long time to get up the nerve to put on a dress.“It took me 59 years to have the bravery to be who I really feel that I am: a female, a woman, a girl,” she tells Pride Source by phone from her home in San [...]

Golden Con in Chicago Will Thank You For Being a Fan, and Honor Betty White's Life and Legacy in the Process

Zack Hudson is not a "Golden Girls" fan. Nope. When it comes to the sitcom featuring four women of a certain age living together in Miami that aired from 1985 to 1992 (but we don't have to tell you that), Zack Hudson is a superfan.“I’d [...]

Former Lt. Gov. of NY, Betsy McCaughey, Shares Regressive Views on 'Transgender Militants,' Explains All the 'Cool' Kids in School Are LGBTQ+

I discovered a really cool book over the weekend called "Bodies Are Cool" by Tyler Feder. My sister bought a copy for her daughter, who is almost 2. It is one of her favorite books, second only to "Wheels on the Bus," with which she has a fanatical [...]

These Ann Arbor Artists and Longtime Partners Are Sharing an Exhibit For the First Time

Art brought John Gutoskey and Peter Sparling together 31 years ago. Sparling was teaching dance at the University of Michigan. Gutoskey ran the costume shop in the university's theater department. "Anybody who wanted to borrow costumes had to go [...]

There Are More Guns Than People in the U.S. — Republicans Call This a 'Good Start'

These are dark times.  The Supreme Court is going to either overturn or completely gut Roe v Wade, making abortion illegal, or at least impossible to get, in states across the country. We're still in a pandemic which has killed well over [...]

Funeral Held in Michigan For Former Plymouth Local, 26-Year-Old Suraj Mahadeva, a Queer Man Shot and Killed in Chicago

A funeral mass was held at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Canton on Dec. 21 for Suraj Mahadeva, a 26-year-old former Plymouth resident who was shot and killed on Dec. 11. Various news outlets report that Mahadeva was standing in front of a [...]

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch Says Vaccines Are Bad Just Like Making Cake For Gays Is Bad

A lot of people are dead in this country. In two years, more than 800,000 people have died as a result of COVID-19, and yet we still have folks declaring it their God given right to get Covid and spread it to as many people as they want to. If we [...]

Christmas Tree Set on Fire as Part of Fake War in a Very Stupid Time to Be Alive

Ho ho ho, it's the height of the War on Christmas. What have you done to subvert this struggling holiday so that it can finally be replaced by a Winter Pride Festival featuring parade Grand Marshall Hermey, the elf who aspired to be a dentist in [...]

Ann Arbor Folk Festival Performer Gina Chavez Is the Boss in Both English and Spanish

You can call 2020 Latin Grammy nominee Gina Chavez a lot of things: Queer. Catholic. Bilingual. Singer. Songwriter. Pop rock artist. Social justice advocate. She's also very much in love.  All you have to do is watch the video for her song [...]

Why a Straight Artist Is Dedicating Profits to Detroit LGBTQ+ Youth Center

Artist Ludwin Cruz thinks in images.  "I don't talk to myself in my head, it's just visuals of situations that are happening," he tells Pride Source. "That's just my language internally: It's all visions." Cruz's unique way of seeing is also [...]

Montana Senator Wants to Know Why LGBTQ+ Keep Hitting Themselves

Do you have the devil in you? If not, then what are you waiting for? 'Tis the Season, after all. Flu shot season, that is. And COVID-19 vaccination booster season. And if saving your own life or the life of someone else — not to mention keeping [...]

Plymouth City Commissioner Alanna Maguire on Why She's Married to Local Government (and Dana Nessel)

Local government matters. Who sits on your city commission is important because those are the people who make the decisions that are closest to your front door. Municipal races don't get the kind of breathless horse-race coverage that, say, a [...]