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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.

Why Motor City Pride Performer DJ LiXxer Has Earned the Title of 'Your Favorite Damn DJ in the Land'

Being a DJ during a pandemic is tough. But Taylor "DJ LiXxer" Anderson has learned a few things during her decade-long DJ career. So when weddings and other events started getting canceled and clubs closed their doors, DJ LiXxer did what so many [...]

How Sabin, Detroit Drag Royalty and Motor City Pride's Veteran Host, Learned to Fly Again

Never underestimate the power of a hug. It just might save your life. Tyler T. Cooper, best known as Detroit's beautiful, bald and bold drag queen Sabin, knows this all too well.  See, Cooper was supposed to be a dancer. Was a dancer, in fact. [...]

This Lesbian TV Series Creator Made a Show with a Non-Binary Bison and a Strong Female Lead

Is there really anywhere cooler to live than in a treehouse situated inside the natural history museum your mom helps to run? Especially if the exhibits in the museum came to life at night providing you with endless adventure and one-of-a-kind [...]

Radical Right Has Perfected the Political Art of 'I Know You Are But What Am I?'

Do you remember that scene in "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" when Pee-wee Herman and Francis, in an argument about Pee-wee's bike, end up insulting each other and then shouting, "I know you are, but what am I?" over and over? That's basically the radical [...]

Actor Garrett Clayton, a Dearborn Native and Oakland University Alum, Marries Boyfriend Blake Knight

You've likely seen Garrett Clayton, Dearborn native and alum of Dearborn Heights' Crestwood High School and Oakland University, on screens large and small. The versatile actor has starred in Disney's "Teen Beach Movie" and "Teen Beach Movie 2," [...]

He Became Known as the 'Pregnant Man.' Now Trystan Reese Tells His Story About Trans Pregnancy.

Once upon a time, two men fell in love. By the next day, they were parenting two toddlers. OK, it wasn't the next day. But Trystan Reese, now 38, and his husband Biff Chaplow, now 35, who call themselves "the accidental gay parents," became dads [...]

You'll Never Guess Who This Extremist Pastor Is Blaming for COVID

There are two things I need to say right up front. One, getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent yourself and others from getting really sick and possibly dying. Two, no good conversation ever starts with, "I'm going to tell [...]

This Highland Park Queer Painter Was Just Named a WDET 'Artist Next Door'

Highland Park-based queer artist Allison Scout Waite tells Pride Source it's "amazing" to be named one of six "Artists Next Door" by WDET, Detroit's National Public Radio station. The program, according to WDET, "illuminates and celebrates Detroit [...]

People Who Hate Gays More Likely to Hate Vaccines in Totally Weird Coincidence

It's the moment we've all been waiting for! The Pfizer vaccine has been officially FDA approved.  Finally, those completely reasonable and rational people who've been refusing to get the shot until it was upgraded from "emergency use [...]

Infrastructure Week: It's Here, It's Queer, Oh God, Will It Ever End?

Have you ever driven or walked across a bridge? Have you ever turned on your faucet and received water that you could reasonably expect was safe to drink and/or to bathe in? Have you ever flushed a toilet and watched the water swirl into oblivion [...]

This Ypsilanti-Raised Queer Trans Asian Actor Is Changing the Face of 'The L Word'

Representation matters. And since media representation has a long reach, it matters a whole lot. Leo Sheng knows this all too well, which is why his role playing Micah Lee on "The L Word: Generation Q" is such a big deal. It isn't every day that [...]

Michiganders Pete and Chasten Buttigieg Announce They're Becoming First-Time Parents

Raise a glass and make a toast: U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten are going to be parents! On Aug. 17, Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay Senate-confirmed Cabinet member, made the announcement via Twitter. "For [...]