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Pride Source Votes Schauer Says LGBTs Valued, Needed In His Administration

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and running mate Lisa Brown sat down with BTL publishers Jan Stevenson and Susan Horowitz prior to the Michigan Democratic Convention for a wide-ranging conversation about their campaign, what a SchauerBrown administration would be like for the LGBT community and who would be included. They addressed LGBT civil rights, health issues, senior care, marriage equality and how both of them have come to be such vocal allies of the LGBT community. Here is a recap of Schauer's words on these concerns. READ MORE.

Health and Wellness Smoking: Critical Health Issue For LGBT Michiganders

MICHIGAN - A recent study by Affirmations Community Center and the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center, funded by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), facilitated eight focus groups with LGBT-identified individuals that helps shed light on tobacco use within the LGBT community. READ MORE.

Features Q&A: Lisa Kudrow On Judging 'Drag Race' (As Valerie Cherish!) & Gays Being Biologically 'Superhuman'

Ten years without our favorite cupcake-wearing gonzo, Valerie Cherish, is 10 years too long. But the wait's over. You were heard. A decade after "The Comeback" first premiered, the hilariously cringe-y HBO trailblazer that lasted just one season in 2005 - and starred Lisa Kudrow as Val, a D-lister reaching for (everything underneath) the stars - returns to the network with the "Friends" actress back as our beloved hot mess. READ MORE.

Columnists
To Vote Or Not To Vote. What's The Question?

In Michigan, 976,000 people did not vote in 2010 who had voted in 2008. That's like almost a million for all you math whizzes! Just because it wasn't a presidential election and Obama wasn't on the ballot, Michigan voters stayed home, did their hair, wrote their memoirs - whatever was more important that day than exercising their right to vote. READ MORE.

Parting Glances Imagine! If You Can.

About a dozen days ago tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow - at my age how can I be sure? - I was gifted with a pair of John Lennon type glasses. Gold rimmed. Sunset orange. Autumn tinted, to be sure. READ MORE.

Creep of the Week: Steve King

I don't believe in God. But I have a good enough handle on his discography to know that "Heaven" is one of his greatest hits and that for his fans, Heaven is a B.F.D. READ MORE.

Theater 'Motown The Musical' Comes To Motown The City

The gala opening night of "Motown the Musical" at the Fisher Theatre found Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and other luminaries watching themselves being portrayed onstage. Afterwards all three spoke to the audience, and Wonder even sang a bit of "I Wish." It was a thrill for first-nighters, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. READ MORE.

Political Hors Doeuvres
Dave Agema: Arab Fighter Pilots Are 'Camel Jockeys'

Oh there goes that Dave Agema again. The erstwhile National GOP Committeemen from West Michigan posted on his private Facebook page on Oct. 18 a screed against Arabs and their abilities to fly modern fighter jets. In the screed, he refers to them as "camel jockeys." Republican political activist Joe Munem released the private post and condemns Agema's actions. In an exclusive statement to Between The Lines, Munem went much further. READ MORE.

Republican State House Candidate Has History Of Scandal

Mike Webber, the Republican candidate for Michigan's 45th House District and current Rochester Hills vice president, left a history of scandal following his term as chair of Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU). Webber's leadership term from 1999-2000 was roiled with allegations he sexually harassed a female co-worker at the undergraduate student government, illegally refused to pay an employee for work she had done for the organization and that he used the ASMSU facilities and resources to launch an ill-fated bid as a write-in candidate for the East Lansing City Council. READ MORE.

Anonymous Flier Lambasts Sam Singh

East Lansing Democratic State Rep. Sam Singh and his Republican opponent are both being lambasted by anonymously distributed fliers for failing to respond to Public Advocate's "Family Values Survey." READ MORE.

Pets Memoir Chronicles Gay Writer's Journey With Dog

Openly gay author Benoit Denizet-Lewis brings his observational writing to the world of pets with his recently published memoir, "Travels With Casey." READ MORE.

Business Spotlight Foreign Exchange Students Seek LGBT Host Families In Michigan

International Experience USA (iE-USA) is recruiting Michigan families to host foreign nationals, ages 14-18, during the 2014-2015 academic school year. In many cases, these students may find more acceptance and welcome in the United States than in their home countries. In May, BTL interviewed a gay exchange student from Italy staying in Lansing. That student, Federico, had said "As far as being gay, I've never had a single problem here. I do feel more accepted here in Michigan." READ MORE.

Special Section: Health and Wellness
Smoking: Critical Health Issue For LGBT Michiganders

MICHIGAN - A recent study by Affirmations Community Center and the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center, funded by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), facilitated eight focus groups with LGBT-identified individuals that helps shed light on tobacco use within the LGBT community.

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