Todd Heywood

Dec. 7, 2006: MSU Student Club Likely Hate Group

That 2006 report by BTL was a warning of the rise of a new form of white supremacy.

Arsonist Who Burned Pride Flag in Lansing Caught on Video, Almost Ends Up in Flames

Whoever has been targeting LGBTQ Pride flags on Michigan Avenue near US-127 in Lansing struck again on Monday night.But this time, police may have some help putting an end to the thefts and vandalism that have marred Pride Month for local residents: [...]

Racial, Gender Representation Missing From Top Michigan HIV Policy Department

Staffing at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service Division on HIV and STIs is woefully unrepresentative of those living with or at risk for HIV, new data reveals.While Black men who have sex with men and transgender women of color [...]

Todd A. Heywood: Down the Right-Wing Rabbit Hole: How did the Video of Rep. Cynthia A. Johnson go Viral?

Updated, 3:12 p.m., 12/10/20 It started with a Facebook Live Video that was sucked into the underbelly of the internet. There it churned and clipped and passed from person to person. Someone slapped a label on the video accusing the speaker of being [...]

Michigan HIV/AIDS Agencies Struggle to Reimagine Service Delivery, Support During COVID-19

As Michigan's capital city was flooded with thousands of cars, causing backups and snarling traffic for hours in late April to protest to governor's stay-at-home order, Jake Distel was caught off guard when he recognized the familiar sense of loss [...]

No Right to Consent': Michigan's Plan to Control, End HIV Raises Privacy Concerns

Editor's Note: This article has been updated for clarification by request from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Michigan health officials have been rolling out a comprehensive new strategy to control and end the HIV crisis for [...]

Fight to Keep Redistricting Proposal on Ballot at Supreme Court

A movement that started with a Facebook post by an earnest 28-year-old woman, and blossomed into a full-fledged citizen run movement which collected over 430,000 valid signatures for a ballot initiative, is facing its final and perhaps largest [...]

Independent Seeks Ballot Access for AG Race

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Graveline is trying to get on the ballot as an independent candidate for state attorney general. But he has a serious burden to overcome first: he has to collect 30,000 signatures from valid registered [...]

Follow The Rainbow: City of Lansing Surprises Pridegoers with Announcement of Permanent Rainbow Crosswalks

LANSING — Lansing's new Mayor Andy Schor was in rare form as he served as Michigan Pride's Grand Marshall Saturday. He rejected a ride in a convertible, opting instead to join a bevy of supporters and his family walking the route wearing rainbow [...]

When There Were Seven

What We Learned About the Seven Candidates Vying to Be the Next Governor NEWS ANALYSIS Come Jan. 1 there will be a new governor, but for now, there are seven competing for the position. And, with all seven people vying to occupy the office sitting [...]

Jackson McDonald's Drive-Thru Stop Degrades to Anti-LGBTQ Slur

Three Jackson-area residents were subjected to a homophobic slur and refused service at the West Avenue McDonald's Saturday. Andrew Munroe, 25, Charles Kilgore, 23, and Amanda Versluys stopped at the fast food location, 1105 N. West Ave., after [...]

A Hookup Gone Wrong: Michigan's HIV Criminalization Negatively Affects Michiganders

Jeremy Merithew's life took a turn for the worse when what was intended to be a casual hookup earned him a brush with discrimination and substantial jail time. That's because He was HIV-positive and his hookup, Dwayne Cook claimed Merithew failed to [...]