Michael Suarez

“The LBGTRC is a home away from home for a lot of queer and trans students across campus,” says Jesse Beal, director of MSU’s Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Resource Center. “We have a family room, where people are often found napping or watching endless YouTube videos, but mostly just hanging out and connecting with one another and finding community because chosen community is so important to us in the LGBTQA+ community. We do a lot of trainings and workshops.

Police Lights

A 26-year-old Detroit man has been charged in an attempted robbery and shooting that left one gay man dead and another wounded after they were contacted through a dating app.

Don Savolainen photo
Alec Gerstenberger / WKAR/MSU

The Stonewall uprising in New York happened fifty years ago today. For many, the modern gay rights movement began that day.

To look back at those days, WKAR’s Scott Pohl spoke with a man who remembers the place where gay men congregated at the time.

Tim Retzloff photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

The police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City fifty years ago this week, and the ensuing violence, is often credited with sparking the modern gay rights movement. To mark the 50th anniversary, WKAR is exploring gay life in Michigan in those days.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks about that with Tim Retzloff of MSU’s Center for Gender in Global Context. He’s a historian who has done extensive research on gay and lesbian history.

Attorney General Dana Nessel

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is not bound by a 2018 state opinion that says LGBT people have no protection under an anti-discrimination law, Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office said Tuesday, citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s pending consideration of whether sex-based discrimination covers sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lansing Celebrates 30th Michigan Pride Event

Jun 17, 2019
People marching in front of the capitol building in Lansing, Michigan
Ray Garcia / WkAR-MSU

On Saturday, the Michigan Pride Festival celebrated its 30th year in Lansing. Upbeat music and rainbow flags were spread out throughout march, which began on Grand Avenue and ended on the steps of the State Capitol building. Those in attendance included drag queens, local politicians, several churches and many families.

Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Members of a controversial Kansas church returned to mid-Michigan Monday to picket students at Lansing Eastern High School and Michigan State University. 

Rainbow Flag
File Photo / WKAR

More than 65 elected officials from all over Michigan are supporting proposed state legislation to give gay and transgendered stronger legal protections.