Susan J. Demas: Don’t be fooled. Conservatives are still on a mission to destroy LGBTQ+ rights.

BY: - August 5, 2021

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage six years ago, many Republicans and conservative outfits have shifted their rhetoric from gleefully declaring LGBTQ+s deserve scorn instead of basic human rights, to couching their bigotry in more genteel terms and desperately rooting out wedge issues. That’s the odd way we seem to mark progress […]

College athletes score a big win in the U.S. Supreme Court in NCAA dispute

BY: - June 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that the National Collegiate Athletics Association cannot limit educational compensation to student athletes due to their amateur status. The 9-0 decision in NCAA v. Alston was delivered by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who said the college athletics body is not exempt from antitrust law. “Put simply, this […]

‘Biological females are one of our nation’s greatest treasures,’ says backer of anti-trans sports bill

BY: - May 25, 2021

A state Senate bill that aims to prevent transgender athletes in Michigan high schools from competing on sports teams that align with their gender identity landed condemnation and support during a legislative hearing in Lansing Tuesday afternoon.  Senate Bill 218, which was introduced in March by state Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) and is co-sponsored by […]

Judge rules against challenge to COVID-19 protocols for student athletes

BY: - April 29, 2021

A state Court of Claims judge on Wednesday rejected a request to halt COVID-19 testing of Michigan school athletes and other steps ordered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). An injunction is not appropriate at this stage because the plaintiff, Let Them Play Michigan, and its allies are unlikely to win […]

Whitmer calls for voluntary 2-week pause for schools, sports, as COVID-19 cases continue to surge

BY: - April 9, 2021

Michigan has reached the milestone of 5 million vaccinations administered, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expressed concern Friday that the state is now experiencing its largest surge of COVID-19 cases yet and has become a “national hotspot” — fueled in part by the newer, more contagious B-1.1.7. variant of the disease. However, Whitmer did not announce […]

CDC urges new health restrictions in Michigan amid surge

BY: - April 8, 2021

As Michigan leads the nation in the number of cases and the highest rates of hospitalizations for COVID-19, the head of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending new health restrictions. “I would advocate for sort of stronger mitigation strategies … to sort of decrease the community activity, ensure mask-wearing, and we’re […]


Families say athletic bans would exact a toll on rural transgender youth

BY: - April 1, 2021

Katy Binstead’s 13-year-old transgender daughter, Emily Wilson, enjoyed playing basketball recreationally this past summer. When school reopened, she decided to try out for the girls basketball team at her middle school on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The school denied Emily the chance, her mother recalled, telling her to try out for the boys team instead, […]

Longtime Detroit Tigers vendor won’t be at opening day game, but some workers and fans will 

BY: - April 1, 2021

Amzie Griffin worked as a vendor at Detroit Tigers opening day games every year between 1960 and 2019. However, the COVID-19 pandemic ended his streak of 60 consecutive seasons last year. And Griffin, 86, will not be at the game as a vendor Thursday when the Tigers take on the Cleveland Indians. Naturally, a part […]

Whitmer: COVID-19 cases surging due to sports, young people

BY: - March 19, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Friday that student athletes will be required to be tested before practices and competitions due to the latest surge in Michigan’s COVID-19 cases largely associated with sports teams.  Case rates across the board have been increasing in Michigan for the last four weeks, but the 10 to 19 age group has […]

Local health depts. call Whitmer to veto bill that strips DHHS power

BY: - March 5, 2021

The Michigan Association for Local Public Health penned a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Thursday asking her to veto a bill that would decentralize powers of the public health system away from the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). House Bill 4049, which is heading to Whitmer’s desk and is tie-barred to a […]

House COVID plan requires vaccine recipients be notified if aborted fetuses were used in development

BY: - February 4, 2021

Republicans who control the Michigan House approved a plan Thursday that would require recipients of a COVID-19 vaccine administered using funds from the supplemental to be informed if development of the vaccine utilized aborted fetal tissue. House Bill 4019 allocates a total of $868.5 million of federal funds – significantly less than the $3.6 billion […]

Michigan allows youth contact sports to resume

BY: - February 4, 2021

A new trend of favorable COVID-19 metrics in Michigan has led the state to allow youth contact sports to resume, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday. “I’m pleased to share because of the steps that we’ve taken, and because of your actions as well, our numbers are now in a place where we can allow our […]