Your Equality Minute

I don’t know about your neighborhood, but it’s a beautiful day here in mine. All the sunshine is making me think about rainbows! Stick a frilly umbrella in your beverage of choice and let’s talk about what’s going on in the fight for LGBT equality, shall we? Earlier today State Sen. Rebekah Warren introduced a […]

LGBT Nondiscrimination Ordinance Coming to Muskegon

(Hey–remember me? I used to write about LGBT issues occasionally. Heh. Muskegon is my home turf and LGBT issues are my thing, so here I am!) Tonight the Muskegon City Commission directed City Manager Bryon Mazade to work with the city’s attorney to draft a trans-inclusive LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance. That’s been done before–Kalamazoo, Traverse City, […]

Two MI Cities Named “Gayest in America”

You wouldn’t know it by the recent actions of the Michigan Legislature and Gov. Snyder, but Michigan is actually home to a pretty large and vibrant LGBT community. As much as they may try to sweep us under the rug, pretend that we don’t exist, or pray us away (*giggle), we’re here, we’re queer…and it’s […]


Looks like the audacious Tahrir Square -> Occupy Wall Street spirit is making its way to the Mitten State this week. Yesterday the state senate voted on anti-bullying legislation, and State Sen. John Gleason was so outraged by the response from the rest of the senate that he actually locked himself in Sen. Minority Leader […]

*EPIC* Federal Ct. Ruling Re: Domestic Partner Benefits…

Stop me if you’ve heard a version of this story before… In 2008 Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano ordered the state government to offer domestic partner benefits to same-sex partners of state employees. In early 2009 President Obama tapped Gov. Napolitano to be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and upon Napolitano’s confirmation at DHS, […]

Your Equality Minute

Sixty seconds…five stories…all designed to help you get a handle on what’s going on in the struggle for LGBT equality. We’re everywhere! We’re everywhere! Since 1990 the US Census Bureau has provided the opportunity for people to identify themselves as being a member of a same-sex couple. Get this: from 2000 to 2010, the number […]

Four MI Schools Rated Top LGBT-Friendly Schools in the US

This hit my Facebook feed a few minutes ago courtesy of the lovely and talented Colette Beighley, director of the LGBT Resource Center at Grand Valley… Via Between the Lines: According to the 2011 Campus Pride Climate Index, four Michigan universities are among the top gay-friendly schools in the nation. Eastern Michigan Univeristy, the University […]

The President’s Coming to Town–Again

Yesterday the White House announced that President Obama will be making a pit stop at Johnson Controls in Holland next week to highlight the importance of alternative energy investment in the reformation and reinvention of America’s economy. The visit comes as Johnson Controls ramps up their staffing from their current 75 employees to over three […]

Your Equality Minute

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday…and pardon my ignorance, but when did July disappear? We just had January a couple weeks ago, and now we’re into August already? What happened to 2011? Anyway, as the minutes continue to tick by, use one of them to read about and maybe take some action for equality, eh? In February 2008, […]

Your Equality Minute

Good Saturday morning, BFMers! It’s time for Your Equality Minute… Supporters of Holland’s non-discrimination ordinance are planning a march on Holland City Hall on August 3rd. Meanwhile they’re contacting Holland-area businesses and drumming up support for the ordinance. More details can be found on their website or Facebook page. Aaaaand the big kahuna: as of […]

Your Equality Minute

I’m going to try to do this weekly. It’ll give me a reason to blog on a regular schedule, and I tend to do better on schedules. If you’ve got news or notes you think I should add, feel free to drop me a line. Top stories making news in the LGBT equality arena this […]

Team 95%

Christine’s been (unwittingly) taunting me via Twitter all day with talk of Dave Agema and his idiotic domestic partner benefits obsession, and I finally got incensed enough to blog. So place your tongue firmly in your cheek and join me… An open letter to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people employed by the State […]