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Brian Stone
Brian is a gay U.S. Navy veteran who lives in Metro Detroit. During his time in the Navy, he worked as a Mass Communications Specialist in Southeast Asia.

Entries by Brian Stone

Governor Snyder, Donald Trump and the Bankruptcy of American Values

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 2:33 PM

On a chilly day in Michigan a refugee from Syria walked from the airport terminal onto the green land of his new home. He was greeted by a handful of people with signs, a newspaper journalist or two and a Facebook message from our governor.

This man, known as "The...

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Equal Employment in Michigan: The Time Is Now

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 6:04 PM

A little over seven years ago I was brought into an office and fired for cause. The reason I was let go was because, of all things, I was honest with a coworker when asked if I was gay. This is not an uncommon story.

Even after the historic Supreme...

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A Tale Of Two Cities: Sterling Heights vs. Dearborn, Mich.

(14) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 6:12 PM

"I wish they'd go to Dearborn."

This phrase was shouted at a recent zoning board meeting in Sterling Heights, Mich. over the proposed construction of a mosque. The local zoning board and mayor are the latest faces of Islamophobia as they show opposition to the site for a...

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Dear Lansing: Stop Screwing Each Other and Fix the Damn Roads

(4) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 12:38 PM

Michigan is a mess. Everybody's talking about Tea Party Republican State Representatives Cindy Gamrat, Todd Courser and their freaky-deaky love affair.

First, it was the fake gay sex email scandal. Then, they fired a staffer for having actual morals. Then, it was claims of blackmail. Now,...

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Dearborn's Legacy Is More Than a Statue

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2015 | 12:47 PM

A few nights ago a cool summer breeze wafted down Barrie Street on the east side of Dearborn. I was sitting on a porch with my friend, Steve, sipping ice cold water and enjoying a full belly after a feast for Eid. It was his 70th birthday and Steve, a...

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Detroit's Air Quality Fix? Hookah Pipes on Smokestacks

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 8:09 PM

So, I finally figured it out. You know those epidemic levels of asthma in Detroit and Dearborn? You know those massive, pollution-causing factories and their smoke stacks? Well, I found the perfect, slightly snarky, fix.

Put a hookah pipe on it!

Don't believe me? Let me explain.

Here in Metro-Detroit,...

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Oh Lord, Spare Me! Another Anti-Gay, Anti-Semitic, Islamophobic Pastor Is Coming to Dearborn, Mich.

(5) Comments | Posted June 20, 2015 | 1:16 AM

Ramadan is in full swing and Dearborn, Mich. has more all-you-can-eat halal buffets than we have people. Call it the "Midwestern-style" Ramadan. Unfortunately, I'm not here to talk about delicious Mediterranean food or this great season of Muslim charity. Rather, I'm here to let you know crazy season has returned...

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Freedom to Discriminate? Michigan Business Under Fire for Anti-Gay Ad

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 4:20 PM

Most people believe in freedom of speech. Most people also believe that a business shouldn't have the right to discriminate against customers for their religious and political beliefs. But what if you were faced with a situation where you had to choose?

Right now in Dearborn, Mich. a local business...

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Biting the Bullet: Lansing Needs Plan B for Prop1

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 6:23 AM

I've said it before and I'll say it again: The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has a real pair of you-know-whats to ask Michigan voters for sacrifice when they're giving nothing up themselves.

Proposition 1 could go either way in the upcoming May 5 election, but most likely it's going to...

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Rush Limbaugh, Dearborn and the Muslim Baker Bigotry Myth

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 5:09 PM

Honestly, this is so stupid I'm not even sure where to start.

Rush Limbaugh had a rant about how the LGBT community is afraid of "battling" Muslims over wedding cakes, because our real goal is an "all-out assault on Christianity." His single point of reference? A

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How Dearborn Schools Became a Model for America

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 2:11 PM

I woke up this morning to find out I'm the happiest gay Buddhist under Sharia Law, sipped my "America is doomed" latte (which tastes a lot like peppermint mocha) and read some wonderful news about the state of education here in metro Detroit.

Here in Dearborn, Michigan, we're...

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Hilarious: Army Veteran Debunks Conservative "Sharia Law" Claims

(12) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 12:20 AM

In case you hadn't heard, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins has joined the chorus of conservatives claiming that my hometown, Dearborn, Michigan, is under "Sharia Law." Since this is absolutely ridiculous it deserves a ridiculous response.

That's why my friend Adam Joliff (an Army veteran)...

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Love At First Sight? Joe Biden and Merging Detroit Transit

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 9:59 PM

Every once and a while a headline is buried beneath the local talk of the international auto show, truck sales and... well, whatever else the wise guys in Detroit's newspapers seem to think is more important.

This time, the big news wasn't even put in print, but if you...

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Why Racial Profiling at Airports Is Surrender to Terrorism

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 3:56 PM

You'd think racial profiling was a thing of the past, but recently the Obama administration re-affirmed the right to profile by race and religion at airports, border crossings and immigration checkpoints. It's not just disappointing -- it's part of a long-standing surrender to fear.

After all, if terrorism...

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LGBT Rights: Let's Quit Waiting on the Supreme Court

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 5:36 PM

Our laws are still broken, so why does everyone seem to be waiting for the Supreme Court to fix them? I get it, I get it -- if the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) rules on gay marriage it'll be a heckuva a lot easier. But honestly, the...

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Struggle Against LGBT Rights Shows Immorality, Just Not The Way They Think

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 1:00 AM

In the struggle against LGBT rights, many have tried to make love an evil and ruthlessness a good. In the middle, between the ideologues, are a mass of people who in the last twenty years have come around to the light and realized that perhaps love is just love.


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Why Michigan's LGBT Community Can't Afford to Lose the Senate

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 1:06 PM

I was standing at a bus stop in one of the safest, pro-LGBT communities in the state of Michigan. Even there, I still could hear the word: faggot.

I checked my surroundings. My entire body tensed up. I looked to see if any police or campus security were around. Two...

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Gov. Snyder's Casual Response to #Floodageddon Is Michigan's 'Katrina'

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 11:25 AM

Imagine this: An international terrorist group detonates explosives that cause damage to every major freeway in Metro-Detroit and force fleeing citizens to abandon more than a thousand cars on the street. At the same time, they pump thousands of homes and businesses with biochemical agents that contain high levels of...

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LGBT Elites Need to KISS

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 3:23 PM

No, not like that. By KISS I mean Keep It Simple and Stupid. Anybody else notice that we're getting a little verbose?

I'll be called out as a hetero-normative cisgender supporter of the patriarchy for saying this, but it would be nice if we could use English to talk...

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"Speech Is Power" At Military's First Official Pride Month

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2014 | 8:13 AM

Five years ago I became a Mass Communications Specialist, representing the Navy publicly while struggling with the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy privately. Recently I came back to the place that trained me as the keynote speaker for a celebration of the Department of Defense's first official LGBT History Month....

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