Day of Decision: Video

A retrospective video on Michigan’s Day of Decision was prepared! Enjoy.

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Get your tickets for Jim Toy’s Birthday Bash!

Help us celebrate Jim Toy’s birthday on April 25, 2014 at Arbor Brewing Microbrewery (formerly Corner Brewery), 720 Norris Street, Ypsilanti, MI at 7:30 PM. Join us for cupcakes, conversation, raffles, door prizes, entertainment and more! Cash bar available (beer/wine only). $100 or more gets you an invite to the Host Reception, which begins at 6:30 PM. For others, a suggested donation of $25 ($15 for students) can be made online.

Jim Toy’s Birthday Bash


To join the host committee, please contact Jason Morgan. Minors must be accompanied by parent (brewery policy)

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March 22, 2014: Retrospective and photo gallery

Kim Borger and Audrey Wojtkowiak have posted a retrospective, complete with many photographs, of the day of marriage equality in Michigan, when hundreds of same-sex couples were able to marry in Washtenaw, Oakland, Ingham, and Muskegon counties. Check it out here.

March 22, 2014: Celebrants in Washtenaw County

March 22, 2014: Celebrants in Washtenaw County

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SafeHouse Center’s LGBTIQ Speak Out Event

The team at SafeHouse is planning a Speak Out focused on providing domestic violence survivors within the LGBTIQ community an opportunity to share their experiences and receive support from the community. The Speak Out will focus on survivors’ experiences with sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and/or intimate partner violence.

The event will be held at SafeHouse on April 22nd and will last from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. SafeHouse Center is located at 4100 Clark Rd., Ann Arbor, MI, 48105. 

The Speak Out will consist of a mix of both large group and small group meetings. The goal of this event format is to present survivors with different venues to share their experiences that best accommodates their individual needs. Also, the small group setting will be an opportunity for survivors and allies to share, listen, and provide individual support to one another. For more information, visit the the event’s Facebook page.

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Tomorrow!

The Washtenaw County Clerk will be issuing Michigan marriage licenses tomorrow, Saturday, March 22, from 9 AM to 1 PM. More information here.

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LGBT Programming at the 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival

Out Night
Wednesday March 26, 9:30 PM
Michigan Theater Main Auditorium
The 13th edition of Out Night at the Ann Arbor Film Festival includes short 
animated, narrative and documentary films from Morocco, Turkey, Canada and 
the US including the most recent work from Chris Vargas, whose Liberacion was 
awarded Funniest Film at the 51st AAFF.
 
Touch
Saturday March 29, 7PM
Michigan Theater Screening Room
The recent feature film by Shelly Silver, has been screened at prominent film 
festivals including Rotterdam, the Cinéma du Réel, in Paris, France (where it won 
the Grand Prize) and Los Angeles OutFest where it premiered in their Platinum 
section.
 
After 50 years away, a gay man returns to his old neighborhood – New York 
City’s Chinatown — to care for his dying mother. Like him, the city has changed 
and yet the past still haunts his familiar streets. Touch is a poignant and lyrical 
video diary, a tapestry of vérité camerawork, stolen moments and probing 
observations, challenging the manner in which we engage with the communities 
that created us and how we embrace and chronicle images of the everyday. -
Bradford Nordeen, Outfest
 
Penelope Spheeris Films 1965-1998
Thursday March 27, 9:15pm
Michigan Theater Screening Room
A program of short films by independent films by Penelope Spheeris, who will be 
in attendance. The program includes her early films I Don’t Know and Hats Off 
to Hollywood, which screened at the AAFF in the early 1970s. Spheeris’s early 
work was ahead of its time in playing with the boundaries of fiction and 
documentary as well as depicting an emerging queer culture of the 1970s.
 
Steve Anker Juror Presentation
Wednesday March 26, 12:30 Free
Michigan Theater Screening Room
Includes a very rare screening on Super 8mm of Sodom by Luther Price, whose 
work was the subject of a retrospective at the 2012 Whitney Biennial. 
Sodom uses found footage gay porn and physical carvings into the small 8mm 
material itself, to create a horrifying glimpse into a particular imaginary hell. 
Price’s sensational imagery is both confrontational meditative, and Sodom recalls 
such earlier films as Jack Smith’s Flaming Creatures or Barbara 
Rubin’s Christmas on Earth.
 
‘Power, control, brutality – all are there, companions to lust and pleasure – even 
the sex and death equation whether related to AIDS or not… Sade and Bataille 
both explored the darker side of sex, as has Kenneth Anger. It seems to me that 
Luther Price has upped the ante. I see Sodom as part of a tradition whose 
precursors, perhaps, are Anger’s Fireworks and Genet’s Un Chant d’Amour. 
These films, now distanced by history, challenged received notions of sexual 
portrayal and were controversial in their time. There have been few films that 
dealt with gay sexuality since.’ - Michael Wallin
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Buy Tickets now! Equality Cabaret!

The Jim Toy Community Center is proud to present the Equality Cabaret to make marriage equality a reality in Michigan.  We need to raise critically needed funds for the DeBoer-Rowse Family to legally co-adopt their three children.  A benefit for the Michigan Marriage Challenge, presented by the Jim Toy Community Center will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1pm at The ARK, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI, 734-761-1800.   Join us at the event or make a donation to help the family!!

For more detailed information (including press release), please visit our Facebook event page.

Equality Cabaret Final lineup photo

Tickets can be purchased online!

  • $250 – Benefactor floor front row reserved-name on program and from the stage
  • $100 – Supporter reserved seating and name on program
  • $25 – General Admission

 

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Please donate to promote Marriage Equality!

To learn more about the family and the case, please visit:  http://www.michiganmarriagechallenge.com/

To donate directly, visit: http://www.gofundme.com/marriageequalitymichigan

Help the DeBoer-Rowse Family: Hazel Park lesbian couple April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse are suing the state of Michigan for the right to legally wed and thereby co-adopt their three children. Their case represents a direct, effective and rapid means of securing marriage equality in Michigan.

The state licensed the two nurses as a couple to serve as foster parents of their three special needs children, but Michigan law allows only legally married couples to jointly adopt children.  This civil right, afforded all others in Michigan, is not available to the DeBoer-Rowse family due to Michigan’s constitutional ban on state recognition of same-sex couples.  Because they are prohibited by law to adopt jointly, Rowse adopted their two sons, and DeBoer their daughter.

A team of attorneys is working hard on the family’s case; however, bringing in expert witnesses to demonstrate to the court that same-sex couples are fit parents is expensive. The lawyers estimate the witnesses and other legal expenses could cost 500,000 to $700,000. Federal Judge Bernard A. Friedman, of the Eastern District of Michigan, will begin hearing evidence in DeBoer v. Snyder in late February. The team of attorneys includes Carole Stanyar, Dana Nessel, Ken Mogill, Robert Sedler, and Mary Bonauto.

 

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Equality Cabaret’s PRE-BENEFIT PHOTOSHOOT – Saturday, January 25, 2014 between 11:00a.m. and 3:00p.m.

Eq Cabaret Pre Photoshoot Logo

Prior to the Equality Cabaret, The Jim Toy Community Center is having a free PRE-BENEFIT PHOTOSHOOT for all families who support marriage equality.  All couples and families are invited, regardless of sexual orientation.  Photographs will be used as part of the Equality Cabaret on February 23, 2014 at the Ark in Ann Arbor.

The Equality Cabaret is a benefit of the Michigan Marriage Challenge presented by the Jim Toy Community Center. Proceeds will be used to help fund legal expenses associated with the DeBoer v. Snyder lawsuit. The DeBoer case represents a direct, effective and rapid means of securing marriage equality in Michigan and the trial is scheduled to kickoff soon.

The Pre-Benefit photoshoot will be held at the Jim Toy Community Center at 319 Braun Court, Ann Arbor, Michigan on

Saturday, January 25, 2014
between 11:00a.m. and 3:00p.m.

Attendees will hold signs showing their first names and the amount of time they’ve been together. Obtaining marriage equality in Michigan is about YOU, so please take time to come show your support!

More information, including how to buy tickets to the Equality Cabaret, is available here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/441179332649684/

At the photoshoot, we will also have special supporter and benefactor tickets available for purchase, along with general admission seats.

If you cannot attend the photoshoot, but would like your family’s photo to be considered for the benefit, please email a high resolution photograph to kerene.moore@gmail.com. Don’t forget to include your names and the number of years you’ve been together!

To learn more about the family and the case or to donate on-line: http://www.michiganmarriagechallenge.com/

To donate directly to the cause: http://www.gofundme.com/marriageequalitymichigan

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Equality Cabaret: Making Marriage Equality a Reality — Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1pm

Equality Cabaret: Making Marriage Equality a Reality

Presented by Jim Toy Community Center to benefit Michigan Marriage Challenge.

(From left) Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer with their children, Ryanne, 3, Nolan, 4 and Jacob, 3, in their Hazel Park home on March 6. The Oakland Press/VAUGHN GURGANIAN.

(From left) Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer with their children, Ryanne, 3, Nolan, 4 and Jacob, 3, in their Hazel Park home on March 6. The Oakland Press/VAUGHN GURGANIAN.

Sunday, February 23, 2014 1:00PM at the Ark in Ann Arbor.

Ticket prices:

  • $250 – Benefactor floor front row reserved-name on program and from the stage
  • $100 – Supporter reserved seating and name on program
  • $25 – General Admission

Purchase tickets here: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=8950eb5a29a3edcd1511ac30fa841cc8

PRESS RELEASE – Line-Up Announced:

 For immediate release: Line-Up Announced

Press contact: CYNTHIA DUNITZ 734-604-0396. cynthia@flemingartists.com

Equality Cabaret Making Marriage Equality a Reality

Jan. 22, 2014—Artists from Southeast MI are fighting to make marriage equality a reality in Michigan. In partnership with the Jim Toy Community Center, the artists have given their time and talent to raise critically needed funds for the DeBoer-Rowse Family to legally co-adopt their three children.  A benefit for the Michigan Marriage Challenge, presented by the Jim Toy Community Center will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1pm at The ARK, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI, 734-761-1800.   Tickets:  $250 Benefactor – reserved seating house floor front & center, $100 Supporters – reserved seating house center and $25 General Admission. Tickets on sale at the Michigan Union Ticket Office 734-763-TKTS or online at https://www.vendini.com/ticketsoftware.html?t=tix&e=8950eb5a29a3edcd1511ac30fa841cc8

This benefit is an opportunity for supporters of marriage equality to help make it a reality. Emceed by U of M Professor Holly Hughes, the evening will feature artists, such as: singer songwriter Vienna Teng (viennateng.com/), folk duo Nervous But Excited in a greatly anticipated re-union (nervousbutexcited.com), Mr. B, Chris Good & the Sweet Insurrection, Eleni Kelakos, Mark Brown as Sylvia, Dueling Divas, Dawn Richberg & Vanessa Marr, Max Brown & Family, and Matt Rice.

Help the DeBoer-Rowse Family: Hazel Park lesbian couple April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse are suing the state of Michigan for the right to legally wed and thereby co-adopt their three children. Their case represents a direct, effective and rapid means of securing marriage equality in Michigan.

The state licensed the two nurses as a couple to serve as foster parents of their three special needs children, but Michigan law allows only legally married couples to jointly adopt children.  This civil right, afforded all others in Michigan, is not available to the DeBoer-Rowse family due to Michigan’s constitutional ban on state recognition of same-sex couples.  Because they are prohibited by law to adopt jointly, Rowse adopted their two sons, and DeBoer their daughter.

A team of attorneys is working hard on the family’s case; however, bringing in expert witnesses to demonstrate to the court that same-sex couples are fit parents is expensive. The lawyers estimate the witnesses and other legal expenses could cost 500,000 to $700,000. Federal Judge Bernard A. Friedman, of the Eastern District of Michigan, will begin hearing evidence in DeBoer v. Snyder in late February. The team of attorneys includes Carole Stanyar, Dana Nessel, Ken Mogill, Robert Sedler, and Mary Bonauto.

To learn more about the family and the case or to donate on-line: http://www.michiganmarriagechallenge.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/441179332649684/

 

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