Voices from an Urban Bush Sistah

By Imani Williams I've never been one for make believe, even as a kid. Instead of made up bedtime stories and fairy tales about gallant princes saving damsels in distress I asked my storyteller to [...]

By |2018-01-23T12:56:43-05:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

Division, Derision and a Decision

by Sean Kosofsky Equal numbers of people showed up to support and oppose the anti-gay resolution proposed by Macomb County Commissioner Nicholyn Brandenburg last night. There were religious leaders, fathers, mothers and activists on both [...]

By |2018-01-16T16:28:32-05:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

Editorial: Pain and hopefully progress

Organizations have a life cycle, not unlike people do, and for both the "teen/adolescent" phase can sometimes be the hardest. The Ruth Ellis Center has apparently reached organizational puberty, and it's not pretty. The founding [...]

By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

The biggest sin of all

By Joe Kort For the past seven years, I've taught a course at Wayne State University for Master's level social workers on how to help their gay clients learn to be comfortable about their orientation. [...]

By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

Brett and Butter: A New Beginning

By Bretton Barber Between The Lines has provided the LGBT community with an important resource for many years now. They are not afraid to cover a story, and the reporting it has is diverse and [...]

By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

2003 Fall Home Guide

These advertisers want to do business with the GLBT community and would welcome your business. So whether you have some small home projects, or you're interested in doing a complete redesign, we recommend you use [...]

By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

Luxury living comes naturally

By Sharon Gittleman ROYAL OAK - While most people know the dangers of harsh chemicals and man-made additives in our food and water, many don't think about the harm these substances can cause when they [...]

By |2018-01-16T07:54:31-05:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

Art & Around

AA Ganis waterslide: An exhibit of photographer John Ganis' work is now on display at Ferndale's Revolution Gallery. Pictured here is "Waterslide, Mountain, Texas" (1986). Courtesy of Revolution gallery, Ferndale. Two exhibitions open at Revolution [...]

By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

Concert Connections

The Alison Brown Quartet will be at The Ark in Ann Arbobr on October 23. Dick Siegel Trio wsg Caroline HErring will be in Ann Arbor on October 24 at The Ark. Gordon Bok will [...]

By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

Curtain Calls

By John Quinn Review: 'The Gravity of Honey' The season that almost wasn't: Meadow Brook's grave situation turns to honey Meadow Brook Theatre avoided a major reordering this year. The financially strapped Oakland University was [...]

By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

Curtain Calls XTRA

UMS presents exclusive U.S. performances of 'Boris Godunov' ANN ARBOR - The University Musical Society (UMS) presents six performances of "Boris Godunov" at the University of Michigan Sports Coliseum. Declan Donnellan's critically-acclaimed production of Alexander [...]

By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

Men Of Color hosts Matrix Movie Night

By Brent Dorian Carpenter DETROIT - Men Of Color Motivational Group, Inc., the Detroit-based HIV/AIDS outreach organization is hosting a movie night at the Phoenix Theater to promote its HIV counseling and testing services. The [...]

By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

Deep Inside Hollywood

By Romeo San Vicente Alec Baldwin will star and co-produced the remake of "The Swimmer." © 1996 Castle Rock Entertainment. 'The Swimmer' does another lap In 1968's "The Swimmer," Burt Lancaster played a Connecticut advertising [...]

By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

GOTCHA at The Hayloft Saloon

Photos by Danielle The Hayloft Saloon hosted a fundraiser for the Detroit Together Men's Chorus Sunday, aall day. Hosted by Nickki Stevens, and featureing a sexy chest contest. photos by Danielle.

By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

Nite Out

Thursday Friction with Tom Newman at The Works. Rumors Nightclub hosts College night with DJ Gemini in Grand Rapids. Latino Night comes to the R&R Saloon with $1 cover. Get Thirsty with X-Cel at Thirsty [...]

By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

Now Playing

George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones fall in love in "Intolerable Cruelty." © 2003 Universal Pictures. Just Out Intolerable Cruelty In this screwball romance, divorce attorney Miles Massey (George Clooney) falls in love across the conference [...]

By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

GOTCHA at Stilettos

Photos by Danielle This years Mr.contest at Stilettos was as tough as it gets, with great suits, hott talent and perfectly trimed beards, five contestants exhibited the very best in imagination and pure excitement to [...]

By |2018-01-23T15:03:54-05:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

Community Clipboard

Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center 195 West Nine Mile, Ferndale, MI 48220 Phone: (248) 398-7105 Fax: (248)541-1943 Email: info@GoAffirmations.org Web: http://www.GoAffirmations.org NEWS AT THE CENTER Women's Rap at Affirmations Revamped The women's rap group [...]

By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

Dear Jody

By Jody Valley Readers sound off on 'one too many' (A 35-year-old gay man wrote recently saying that he was married with children and had a lover who was also happily married with childrenÑboth wives [...]

By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

Q Scopes for men

By Jill Dearman Stir up trouble, Virgo! ARIES (March 21 to April 20): The Sun, moon, and Mercury will all be transiting your house of serious relationships during late October. In love matters, don't hedge [...]

By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

Q Scopes for women

By Jill Dearman Stir up trouble, Virgo! ARIES (March 21 to April 20): The moon in your house of love on Oct. 23 and 24 bodes well for a romantic rendezvous. Work can wait; your [...]

By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

’10 Smart Things’ tops charts

A new book by local psychotherapist Joe Kort is doing well at bookstores across the country. "10 Smart Things Gay Men Can do To Improve Their Lives" is now the number one selling book for [...]

By |2018-01-15T19:00:55-05:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

Calling all GLBT youth and allies

TAYLOR - PFLAG Downriver has announced a youth outreach project that will be hosted by Grace Episcopal Church, in a partnership with Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center. The group will meet starting in November [...]

By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

Affirmations hires new staff person

By Imani Williams FERNDALE - Kalvin Scarber has joined Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Center as the AmeriCore/Volunteer/HIV Educator. A Detroit native, Scarber, 37, said he is returning to his passion - youth work. He had [...]

By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

Sparks fly at Ferndale forum

By Sharon Gittleman FERNDALE - Some less than good-natured sparring between City Council incumbent Craig Covey and candidate Dawn Ptaszynski brought some gasps from the audience at the Friends and Neighbors of Ferndale Candidate Forum [...]

By |2018-01-16T17:21:53-05:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

Anti-Bush tour rocks Ann Arbor

By Eartha Melzer Ann Arbor - Around 1200 people filled the Power Center at the University of Michigan campus to hear Michael Moore speak Sunday as part of the tour for his new book "Dude, [...]

By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

Out in the U.P.

MARQUETTE - If Randi Sherman could change one thing about the city she lives in, she might very well wish for a 24-hour restaurant. That is, after she's created a Gay-Straight Alliance in every Northern [...]

By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|


Politics: Contractors must offer DP benefits in California SACRAMENTO - California is the first state to require businesses with large state contracts to offer domestic partners the same benefits that spouses enjoy, though the law [...]

By |2018-01-16T06:06:33-05:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

Gay prisoner free after parole fight

Ed Walsh An ailing gay prisoner was freed last week after winning his 3-year-long battle against California Governor Gray Davis for parole. Mark Smith, 47, walked out of prison on Thursday, September 25, for the [...]

By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|

HRC dedicates headquarters

By Bob Roehr Blue and yellow confetti filled the air as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) raised its flag for the first time over its new headquarters building in Washington, DC, on Coming Out Day, [...]

By |2003-10-23T09:00:00-04:00October 23rd, 2003|Uncategorized|