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Community Connections

Get connected! Non-profit organizations are encouraged to send listings of ongoing events to Community Connections via email at, fax at 248-615-7018 or postal mail: 20793 Farmington Rd., Ste. 25, Farmington, MI 48336. FORTY WORD [...]

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Marriage News from Around the Country

Compiled by Dawn Wolfe Arizona: The state already has a law prohibiting equal marriage rights, but some activists are pushing for a state constitutional amendment to provide a safeguard against any court rulings. A spokesperson [...]

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National News Briefs

Compiled by Dawn Wolfe Politics Specter under fire by conservative groups WASHINGTON - Sen. Arlen Specter's move up to chairman of the committee that handles White House judicial nominees is on the line this week [...]

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Art & Around

Opera House presents 'The Nutcracker' danced by the Joffrey Ballet DETROIT - The Detroit Opera House proudly announces the return of one of the area's most beloved holiday traditions: "The Nutcracker." Danced by the world-acclaimed [...]

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Concert Connections

This week: Diana RossThurs. 11/18/04 8 p.m.Detroit Opera House Arcade FireThurs. 11/18/04Magic Stick, Detroit PixiesThurs. 11/18/04 6:30 p.m.State Theatre, Detroit Bob MouldFri. 11/19/04 9:30 p.m.Blind Pig, Ann Arbor R. Kelly & Jay-ZSat. 11/20/04 8 p.m.Joe [...]

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Curtain Calls

Review: 'Coming to Life' 'Throwaways' come back to life in DRT season opener Five old ladies sitting around sharing their feelings in a weekly discussion group sounds as exciting as, well, watching wet paint dry. [...]

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Curtain Calls XTRA

Preview: 'Topdog/Underdog' African Renaissance out to prove who's 'top dog' When you're one of the "new kids" in town - that is, you're the producer of one of Detroit's newest up-and-coming professional theater companies - [...]

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Deep Inside Hollywood

By Romeo San Vicente 'Rent' is due for Diggs and Rapp If you've been feeling a little nostalgic for the '90s lately - and who hasn't been, really? - then your retro yearning is about [...]

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Happy anniversary Massachusetts

It's been a year now since the historic marriage decision came down in Massachusetts (Goodridge v Department of Health). On Nov. 18, 2003, the world seemed to stand still for LGBT people and their allies. [...]

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International News

By Rex Wockner American jailed in Afghanistan for gay sex freed An American working in Afghanistan who was jailed for engaging in gay sex in September has been released after it was determined he is [...]

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Now Playing

Just Out Alfie By day, Alfie (Jude Law) chauffeurs Manhattan's elite, but by night he "is" the elite - a sought-after bachelor whose many conquests include a wealthy older woman (Susan Sarandon) and his best [...]

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Q Puzzle Clues

Head Turners Across1 Engage in some water sports5 Moby Dick chaser9 Stud14 Composer Boulanger15 Fairy story16 Come together17 Dry as a bone18 Early lesbian newspaper publisher Ben19 Prejudice and homophobia20 Strips promiscuously?23 Madonna's pair24 Start [...]

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Q Scopes

By Jack Fertig Buy lottery tickets, Virgo! Jupiter in Libra aids cooperation. Until December 14, he is in trine (120-degree angle) to dreamy, eccentric Neptune in Aquarius. It's a great time to open up and [...]

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SHe Said:

"These are the nominal Christians whose Bibles are so long on judgment yet so short on compassion, the soldiers of the new American theocracy who want to force creation 'science' on the schools and deportation [...]

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Theater Events for the period Nov. 18 – 27

Professional Theater: A Christmas Carol Nineteenth century London comes alive as Ebenezer Scrooge encounters the Spirits of Christmas in this original adaptation by Geoffrey Sherman. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing, Nov. [...]

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Transmissions: No time to play it safe

By Gwendolyn Ann Smith For me, November is dominated by two things. Seven years ago, I founded a project called Remembering Our Dead, focusing on anti-transgender violence. It is from this project that the Transgender [...]

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Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale at Affirmations

FERNDALE - On Thursday, Dec. 9 from 6-9 p.m., Affirmations Lesbian & Gay Community Center is hosting its annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale at the Pittmann-Puckett Gallery. The Pittman-Puckett Gallery is a small, nonprofit [...]

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How does it make you feel?

Dear BTL, When the election results were tallied this year I found myself really angry. Yes, I was sad and disappointed that so many people would vote to discriminate against me - everyone knew there [...]

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AIDS remembrance tradition continues

On Friday, Dec. 10, St. John's Episcopal Church in Royal Oak will host the 20th annual liturgical celebration for People Who Care About People with AIDS at 7 p.m. The main celebrant of the service, [...]

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A reluctant hero

Civil Libertarian of the Year is a pretty lofty title for someone who doesn't like publicity. But that's just what the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is naming Ann Arbor attorney Deborah LaBelle for [...]

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A reader’s thanks

Dear BTL, Many thanks for the editorial entitled "LGBT community will not be scapegoats" in the Nov. 11 edition of BTL. I enjoy your publication very much, but this column spoke to me in a [...]

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CARE moves forward

Dear BTL, We wanted to take this opportunity and thank all the people who put forth such great efforts during this election season. Although Prop. 2 passed, we were able to educate over 1 million [...]

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Take Michigan back

Dear BTL, After taking a good friend's advice, my anger and mourning are over. I am gradually gaining a sense of how to channel my anger and frustration about all aspects of this election into [...]

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You know you ‘Want Two’

By Gregg Shapiro To fully appreciate the talents of Rufus Wainwright, one should experience him in both audio and video formats. With the release of his eagerly anticipated new CD and DVD set, "Want Two" [...]

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Visionary leaders honored by WRAP

By BTL Staff ANN ARBOR - The Ann Arbor LGBT community joined together Nov. 12 to celebrate local leaders and to remember the victims of hate crimes in Michigan in 2004. Coming just a week [...]

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