Busted at the Seams In Detroit

"I have a commitment to humans. They come in all different shapes or sizes or whatever and if you want to wear a bra, who am I to say you can't wear a bra?" says Lee Padgett, owner of Busted Bra Shop. Busted opened in December 2013 and at the time was Detroit's only lingerie shop. Today the shop has cup sizes from AAA-O (as in the letter) and 26-56 available for band sizes. Padgett owned Cafe Detroit from 2003-2006 during a time when Meetup was really popular, as was speed dating. While it was open, the shop [...]

Gay Wedding Cakes: More Than Just Dessert

The "gay wedding cake" has practically become a symbol in the climb to same-sex marriage. From Religious Freedom Restoration Acts to grassroots "Protect Religious Freedom" movements, segments of the United States population have worked to put a stop to same-sex weddings both before and after Obergefell v. Hodges (the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court Case that made same-sex marriage legal in the country). The primary method these people seem to use is to cut vendor ties -- officiants have backed out from performing ceremonies last minute, reception halls have denied service, and perhaps most famously, bakers have failed to [...]

Conversation Sparks A Relationship, Communication Keeps It Strong

Antonio Johnson-Seals used to say he never wanted to get married. In fact, even though he had to pursue his now-husband, Rev. Jeffrey Seals, before he would agree to go out with him, he still told him he wasn't interested in getting married. But once the couple fell in love, all that changed. It didn't happen overnight. The couple met five years ago on a boat ride, and it wasn't smooth sailing right away. "Jeffrey acted like he didn't want to be bothered, so I had to make myself known to him," Antonio says. "I had another friend [...]

The Fairy Godmother Of Weddings

Fifteen models walked down the Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo runway March 21 donning elegant dresses paired with creative hair and make up, all thanks to longtime vendor B. Ella Bridal. Brittany Blase comes from a background in sales and was in the design program during her time in art school. Blase spent a few years in Los Angeles training to be a voice actor; however, the pull of Michigan was too great. Shortly after returning to Michigan and with the help of her mother, Blase decided to start a family business dedicated to helping dress the [...]

Here Come The Books

The Ins And Outs Of LGBT Weddings And Marriage In the not-too-distant past, all that spring weddings signified for the LGBT community were jobs: musicians, florists, bakers, caterers. But now, in 37 states, we're finally getting married. To plan for the occassion, or just to learn more about how we got this far, here are a few reads worth checking out.   Forcing The Spring: Inside the Fight For Marriage Equality   by Jo Becker, Penguin Press Jo Becker's book, "Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight For Marriage Equality," tells the remarkable story of the legal battle over [...]

Couples Celebrate 2016 LGBT Wedding Expo

Between the Lines/Pride Source hosted its largest LGBT wedding expo yet this past weekend, featuring over 110 vendors and nearly 800 attendees all packed into the lower level of MotorCity Casino Hotel. Couples and some singles, too, came from all over southeast Michigan to participate in the first LGBT Wedding Expo since marriage equality swept over the country last June. "When we got the notice about this we said, 'Jan (Stevenson) is really putting on a party this year. We can see there are 110 vendors here that are coming out to support us and we have a [...]

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