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Dear readers, We would like to thank the many people who wrote, called and emailed their thanks for the BTL 2004 Voters' Guide. Our staff worked hard to get the guide completed in October, and [...]

By |2004-11-25T09:00:00-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Editorial: Choosing our legacy on AIDS

Unlike both Vice Presidential candidates in their 2004 debate, we here at BTL know that HIV/AIDS is spreading among African-American women at an alarming rate. And worldwide, AIDS hits women hardest in the world's poorest [...]

By |2018-01-16T12:34:08-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Art & Around

Second annual Wassailfest at Historic Players Playhouse DETROIT - What happens when you mix a circa 1910 men's club with Renaissance-period entertainers with over three decades experience inside an historic Mediterranean Renaissance style castle to [...]

By |2004-11-25T09:00:00-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Concert Connections

This week: The Kills & Blanche Fri. 11/26/04 9 p.m. Magic Stick, Detroit These Arms Are Snakes Sat. 11/27/04 Magic Stick, Detroit Badly Drawn Boy Sat. 11/27/04 8 p.m. St. Andrew's Hall, Detroit Sista Otis [...]

By |2004-11-25T09:00:00-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Curtain Calls

Review: 'She Loves Me' A sweet smell of success permeates Performance Network's holiday musical Look out tap-dancing Santas, sugar plum fairies and ghosts of Christmases past: There's a NEW holiday treat in town - and [...]

By |2004-11-25T09:00:00-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Curtain Calls TRIPLE XTRA

By John Quinn Review: 'Mother Courage and Her Children' There's no business like war business Bertolt Brecht, good communist that he was, wanted to overthrow the conventional theater and use it as a tool of [...]

By |2004-11-25T09:00:00-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Curtain Calls XTRA

By John Quinn Review: 'Cycling Past The Matterhorn' Mountains out of molehills: 'Matterhorn' tackles family ties Director David Regal sure has a way with the ladies. After directing last season's graceful "Talking With É" at [...]

By |2004-11-25T09:00:00-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Dear Jody

By Jody Valley Looking for camp stories Q: I am 51 years old. I can't tell you how happy I am for having the courage to come out. I know this sounds like a real [...]

By |2004-11-25T09:00:00-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Ask the Debt Free Diva

By Dee Dee Sung Open a checking or savings account by Dec. 15 and receive a copy of Dee Dee Sung's book "The Debt Free Diva...From Self Worth to Net Worth" as a gift from [...]

By |2004-11-25T09:00:00-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Deep Inside Hollywood

By Romeo San Vicente Fierstein on the roof Married, with children? Harvey Fierstein? It could happen if the Tony Award-winning "Hairspray" star steps into the role of Tevye in the Broadway revival of "Fiddler on [...]

By |2004-11-25T09:00:00-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Nite Out

Thursday Pronto hosts "Will & Grace" with $3 pints. Friction with Tom Newman at The Works. Martini Night at the Male Box. Rumors Nightclub hosts College night with DJ Gemini in Grand Rapids. Latino night [...]

By |2004-11-25T09:00:00-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Now Playing

Just Out After the Sunset Max (Pierce Brosnan) and Lola (Salma Hayek) are master thieves who like to steal expensive diamonds. After their final big heist, during which they are nearly captured by FBI guy [...]

By |2018-01-15T20:47:43-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Q Puzzle Clues

The Royal Treatment Across 1 Cole Porter's "Ridin' ___"5 "Mamma Mia!" band9 "The Merry Widow" composer14 Warhol pal ___ Sedgwick15 Shakespeare's "anon" updated16 Merchant's movie partner17 James of 3-Down18 Like a tight opening19 The Divine [...]

By |2004-11-25T09:00:00-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Q Scopes

By Jack Fertig Pursue depth, Pisces! Sun in sexy Scorpio is in a long, sensuous, sultry semi-sextile to Venus in Sagittarius, leading us to explore new depths of eros and philosophy. Both aspect Uranus this [...]

By |2004-11-25T09:00:00-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

SHe Said:

"Does America hate the gays? David Sedaris is a national phenomenon. That ol' carpet muncher Ellen DeGeneres has a hit TV talk show. A pole-smoker writes the most widely syndicated sex advice column in the [...]

By |2004-11-25T09:00:00-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

ACLU dinner draws record turnout

Photo captions: DEARBORN - Howard Dean, former Vermont Governor and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, called for action, involvement and a rededication to traditional Democratic ideals of fairness, justice and equality at the American [...]

By |2018-01-16T13:43:26-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Dancing in the face of death

By Tim Miller David Gere's extraordinary new book "How To Make Dances in an Epidemic: Tracking Choreography in the Age of AIDS" (published this month by University of Wisconsin Press) is a huge contribution toward [...]

By |2004-11-25T09:00:00-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Action alert from Pride At Work, AFL-CIO:

Collective bargaining agreements are under attack in Michigan thanks to the passage of the anti-gay Proposal 2, the so-called "marriage amendment." Although proponents of the amendment claimed they did not want to ban domestic partner [...]

By |2018-01-15T19:45:45-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Prominent PFLAG activist dies

Nelson served as PFLAG president for two years and was responsible for the largest ever Michigan Circle Conference in 2000. She is survived by her husband, Tom, also an activist for PFLAG. Cards can be [...]

By |2018-01-15T22:23:47-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Celebrate the solstice at Isle of Avalon

By Sharon Gittleman If you're dreaming of an old-fashioned celebration next month, commemorating the season in time-honored style you might want to visit Isle of Avalon Books and Goods in Royal Oak. Isle of Avalon [...]

By |2018-01-15T21:13:12-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Movie matinees for the whole family

ROYAL OAK - Landmark's Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak now has a weekly showing for parents, grandparents and other caregivers with babies called "Rattle & Reel," a specially designed day at the movies for [...]

By |2004-11-25T09:00:00-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Photo: Creating Change Conference

Triangle Foundation Development Director Kevin McAlpine, Ruth Ellis Center Executive Director Grace McClelland, and Affirmations Program Director Michael Larson at the Michigan Reception, sponsored by Triangle, at Creating Change Conference in St. Louis. 2,500 LGBT [...]

By |2004-11-25T09:00:00-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Thank you for being a friend

It's been almost 20 years since "The Golden Girls" debuted on NBC's Saturday night lineup. The series, which chronicled the escapades of four feisty senior citizens who shared a house, was a ratings grabber for [...]

By |2004-11-25T09:00:00-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Sexual healing

Social conservatives across the nation have their panties in a bunch over "Kinsey," the new biopic of the legendary sex-researcher starring Liam Neeson. We've come a long way since 1948, when Alfred Kinsey published the [...]

By |2004-11-25T09:00:00-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Letter: Beware the Court

Dear BTL, Many of us are discouraged at eleven states passing gay marriage bans. Numerous articles talk about how gay activists are doing some soul searching. The ACLU, Lambda, and HRC have stated that they're [...]

By |2018-01-16T09:28:32-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Letter: Protecting election integrity

Dear BTL, The votes cast by many voters in Ohio and other states are not being counted, according to thousands of complaints about obstructed votes, legitimate voters who were disqualified, malfunctioning computer voting machines, and [...]

By |2018-01-16T07:38:15-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Rouge Park revisited

DETROIT - Joseph Thompson doesn't like to drive anywhere near Rouge Park, and who can blame him? Three years ago, Thompson drove through it on his way to a wedding and made the mistake of [...]

By |2018-01-16T12:17:21-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Anger, sadness – and, perhaps, hope

By Dawn Wolfe FERNDALE - On Nov. 17, about a hundred people gathered at the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit to observe the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Outside, the front yard of the church was [...]

By |2004-11-25T09:00:00-05:00November 25th, 2004|Uncategorized|