With HIV continuing, in the US, to disproportionately impact gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men as well as trans women, Michigan’s Between The Lines newspaper decided to launch it’s own.
An alleged attack on a 20-year-old gay man at Detroit’s Motor City Pride was caught on tape over the weekend. Footage of the violence shows Christin Howard, who is openly gay, being beaten by a group of attackers along Detroit’s Riverwalk, …
Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday urged legislators to consider updating Michigan’s civil rights law to prohibit discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity, applauding companies and the state’s two largest regional chambers of commerce for joining a business-backed push to amend the law.
With the uncertain status of a proposed nondiscrimination ordinance, some advocates of Saginaw, Mich.’s LGBT rights ordinance are considering removing some trans protections as a means to sway voters.
The victim’s body was found in a trash can behind a bar; her identity remains unknown.
A former assistant attorney general for the state of Michigan who was fired after expressing hostility toward a gay University of Michigan student government president has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the state’s current attorney general and his predecessor.
The former Tea Party mayor of Troy, Michigan, who was recalled after her homophobia was revealed, was defeated last night in her run for Troy City Council.
Gov. Rick Snyder dodged questions regarding his stance on LGBT workplace discrimination, before admitting it did not rank high on his list of priorities.
A southwestern Michigan community is considering an ordinance that would ban discrimination in employment, public accommodation and housing practices.
Two men who married one another on an American Indian reservation in Michigan, which bans same-sex marriage, have been invited to the White House.
The official stance of the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival indicates that the Festival is open only to cisgender women and that transgender women are not officially allowed on the grounds as volunteers or attendees. This is in accordance with a long-standing policy of exclusion that founder and producer Lisa Vogel confirmed as recently as 2006.
Although in the past some of the staff has “looked the other way,” the policy against trans women that is in place has cultivated a climate of transphobia at the Festival. This situation is unwelcoming and unsafe for transgender women and has become a divisive influence on feminist communities, both at Fest and around the US. The reality is that Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival is not safe for any women until it is welcoming for all women.
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A prominent Michigan Republican was not backing down or apologizing Thursday as he faced calls for his resignation over an antigay posting on his Facebook page. Republican national committeeman Dave Agema’s post Wednesday, during U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments on same-sex marriage, was based on an online article titled, “Everyone Should Know These Statistics on Homosexuals,” which appeared under the byline Frank Joseph, M.D.
The post depicts gay people as sexually promiscuous, rife with sexually transmitted diseases and responsible for “half the murders in large cities.” It cites 30-year-old studies for some of its statistics and sources such as the Congressional Record and special-interest groups for others. Kalamazoo County Republican Chairman David Worthams was among those who called Thursday on Agema to resign.
"I basically find what Agema has said to be very reprehensible," Worthams told the Free Press. "It makes my job more difficult as the county chair," and it appears "his ego will not allow him to apologize."
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By: Sunnivie Brydum
Michigan Radio reports that after Johnson allowed students in the Diversity Club to post a display highlighting gay and lesbian celebrities, the school board ordered the display to be removed, saying it was in conflict with Corunna’s values. The ACLU challenged the decision, prompting the school district to reverse its decision and permit the display. But that’s when Johnson found herself ostracized and eventually fired, alleges the suit.
"They wanted to punish her for exercising her First Amendment rights," Johnson’s lawyer, Jon Marko, told Michigan Radio. "And because they disagreed with her, they were going to drive her out. And that’s what they ultimately did and she was ultimately fired."
Michigan does not have any employment or nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people, but Marko told Michigan Radio that Johnson’s suit alleges the district discriminated against Johnson based on her sex, and violated her First Amendment and Equal Protection rights.
"First Amendment is freedom of speech," said Marko. "That doesn’t mean that because you disagree with someone’s viewpoint or their speech that you can retaliate against them."
EQUALITY MICHIGAN: AND TODAY WE…WIN! NO LICENSES TO DISCRIMINATE WILL BE ISSUED TO ADOPTION AGENCIES OR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS.
Under pressure from thousands of Equality Michigan members, the Michigan legislature opted to kill discriminatory bills which would harm those most in need.
At 4 AM this morning it was official - the Michigan legislature did not hold final votes on House Bills 5763 and 5764, which would have provided adoption agencies with licenses to discriminate based on a moral or religious conviction, or on Senate Bill 975, which would have provided similar licenses to discriminate to healthcare professionals. I was proud to be there for that moment and today we celebrate with our supporters - along with all LGBT families across Michigan and our friends within partner organizations from Unity Michigan, labor, education, and other human rights movements!
The bills, introduced by extremists from both chambers, were three of many bills introduced this legislative session to promote an agenda of intolerance over compassion. You helped us defeat them, but we still need your help!
While extremists in the legislature seem suspiciously motivated to keep hurling a wrecking ball at the rights of Michiganders, their colleagues recognized that Michigan citizens would not let harm to ANY families go unrecognized and unpunished and heeded your call to put an end to these offensive bills.
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QPOC Tumblr Meet UP! @ the Allied Media Conference in Detroit (6/30)
Greetings folks. I figured it was about time I started advertising that I’m going to be holding space at the Allied Media Conference this year for a gathering of self-identified queer black and brown folks from tumblr and you’re all invited!
The Queer People of Color Tumblr Meet UP! will be an opportunity for QPOC to come together to discuss our experiences navigating the interesting arena of online space that so heavily mimics the complexities of IRL queer organizing communities, in power dynamics and more, known as Tumblr. My hope is that folks will leave having answered these questions:
- What do networks of survival look like for people of color navigating online blogging space?
- What does solidarity with other people of color, specifically against anti-Black racism, look like in tumblr space?
And some other things that I haven’t quite thought of yet!
5:30PM - 8:00PM / SAT (6-30) DINNER BREAK
(CASS COMMUNITY COMMONS)
ps. I’d absolutely love to partner with some awesome (and way more prominent) qpoc tumblr folks on this! Send me an ask here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in collaborating or just need more info.
And signal boost please!
I’ll be there!