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It might sound hyperbolic to say that community can save your life, but that was the experience of some members of Kalamazoo’s Lavender Morning. Founded in 1979, the lesbian group, which organized dances and published a newsletter, included women whose families ostracized them for being gay.

Members of the Small Town Allies & LGBTQ group sit in front of some of the crafts they'll make at their upcoming event
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If you’re LGBTQ in a small town, where do you go for support? The group Small Town Allies & LGBTQ has filled that need for almost 10 years. It’s holding a Valentine craft and coffee event on Thursday, February 8th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Allegan County Technical & Education Center.

State Capitol - file photo
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(MPRN-Lansing) A teen was recently attacked in Muskegon County. Officials say it was because he’s gay. Now some prosecutors and lawmakers are calling on the legislature to expand the state’s hate crimes law. 

Courtesy of Ken Arthur

The Pastor of Phoenix Community Church in Kalamazoo says he was taught that God was loving, but also was going to send non-believers to hell. Ken Arthur says that thinking caused to leave the church for a while.

Attorney General Bill Schuette - file photo
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(MPRN-Lansing) The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is asking state Attorney General Bill Schuette for a formal ruling on whether it has the authority to extend housing and employment protections to gay, lesbian, and transgender people. That’s after an attorney from his office torpedoed a proposal the commission was on the cusp of adopting.