Man convicted in killings of 2 gay men, transgender woman

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ABOVE: Devon Robinson’s undated booking photo via the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

DETROIT (AP) | A 19-year-old Detroit man has been convicted of gunning down two gay men and a transgender woman who authorities believe were targeted because of their sexual orientation and gender identity last year following a house party.

A Wayne County jury convicted Devon Kareem Robinson on Tuesday of first-degree premeditated murder, assault with intent to murder and felony firearm in the killings of 21-year-old Alunte Davis, and 20-year-olds Timothy Blancher and Paris Cameron, The Detroit News reported.

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Michigan teacher won’t let student write about same-sex marriage

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MONTROSE, Mich. (AP) | A Michigan teacher has denied a request from a student with two mothers to write about same-sex marriage for a class assignment.

Destiny McDermitt, a junior at Hill McCloy High School in Montrose, was given an assignment earlier this month to write a speech discussing an issue they felt strongly about and to take a stand for or against it, M-Live reported.

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First female, lesbian leads Michigan Episcopal diocese

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DETROIT (AP) | The Michigan diocese of the Episcopal Church has its first female and openly lesbian bishop.

The Rev. Bonnie A. Perry was consecrated and ordained Feb. 8 during a ceremony in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn.

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Detroit development to offer housing to LGBTQ homeless

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DETROIT (AP) – Several dozens apartments meant mainly for homeless members of the LGBTQ community are being developed in Detroit, according to a weekend newspaper report.

The Detroit News reported Feb. 2 that the more than $10 million project should be completed in the middle of next year.

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Michigan may add non-binary option to driver’s licenses

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) | Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office is working to add a third gender option on Michigan licenses.

The possibility to add a non-binary option might be complete by 2021, according to The Detroit News. Michigan would become the 14th state to make such a change.

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Body of Michigan man who went missing Christmas Eve is found

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SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. (AP) | A suburban Flint man who went missing on Christmas Eve has been found dead, according to police.

The body of 25-year-old Kevin Bacon of Swartz Creek was found Dec. 28 in a Bennington Township residence, authorities said.

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Grand Rapids-area pastor denies Holy Communion to gay judge

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EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) | The Roman Catholic Church in western Michigan is defending a priest’s decision to deny Holy Communion to a popular judge in a same-sex marriage.

Judge Sara Smolenski said the Rev. Scott Nolan privately informed her on Nov. 23, about a week after last receiving Communion from him at St. Stephen Church in East Grand Rapids. It has been her lifelong parish – she gave $7,000 for a building project – although she said she hadn’t regularly attended the church for months.

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Transgender woman in Supreme Court case is ‘happy being me’

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FERNDALE, Michigan (AP) | Aimee Stephens lost her job at a suburban Detroit funeral home and she could lose her Supreme Court case over discrimination against transgender people. Amid her legal fight, her health is failing.

But seven years after Stephens thought seriously of suicide and six years after she announced that she would henceforth be known as Aimee instead of Anthony, she has something no one can take away.

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HRO targeting biased crime reports passes in Michigan city

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) | A human rights ordinance approved for a west Michigan city includes penalties for violators, including those who dial 911 to try to use police to enforce their own bigotry.

The Grand Rapids City Commission passed the updated ordinance Aug. 27 following months of work to develop and revise the measure, which takes effect Dec. 1.

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YouTuber buys ‘Hell, Michigan,’ changes name to ‘Gay Hell’ in Trump protest

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ABOVE: Elijah Daniel. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Gay YouTuber Elijah Daniel decided to protest the Trump Administration’s ban on U.S. embassies flying Pride flags by buying a whole town.

Daniel, 25, purchased Hell, Michigan from its owner John Colone. He is only the temporary owner of the town, which is a five-acre commercial property with an estimated population of 70 people. It’s unclear how much Daniel paid to be the temporary owner of the town but Colone did have the town listed on the market for $900,00 back in 2016.

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Ex-Chicago sergeant faces felony counts in gay club fight

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CHICAGO (AP) _ A former Chicago police sergeant has been charged in an attack at a gay club last year that left two men seriously injured.

Chicago police said on May 7 that 45-year-old Eric J. Elkins faces two felony aggravated battery counts in the Sept. 29 attack. Another man, 34-year-old Giovanni Rodriguez of Chicago, also faces felony counts.

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Gay rights activist accused of setting own home on fire

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JACKSON, Mich. | Michigan police say a transgender, gay rights activist tried to fabricate a hate crime by setting his home on fire.

Nikki Joly’s attorney, Daniel Barnett, says the evidence is circumstantial. The 54-year-old Joly was charged last year with first-degree arson in the August 2017 fire that killed five pets. The Detroit News reports that a hearing is scheduled for March 8.

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