Heaven can wait

By |2017-10-31T06:39:24-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

ANN ARBOR - Mark Doty has been thinking about heaven a lot lately. Heaven, and also death, are recurring themes in the National Book Critics Circle Award winning poet's newest collection of poetry, "School of [...]

The marriage war

By |2017-10-31T06:39:24-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

By Lisa Keen It's hard to say who's winning, because the marriage war has erupted on so many fronts with such disparate results. But it's easy to see that, once again, the battles have escalated [...]

An exercise in coming out

By |2017-10-31T06:39:24-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman ROYAL OAK - Humor and serious ideas joined to create a spirited discussion at the April 6 diversity event hosted by Oakland Community College's Royal Oak and Southfield campus diversity committee. [...]

Brandy gives her best on new CD

By |2018-01-16T16:39:22-05:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

By BTL Staff LOS ANGELES - Music superstar, actress and performer Brandy is celebrating her first decade of hit-making with the release of THE BEST OF BRANDY, a first-of-its-kind, 18-track retrospective drawn from the Los [...]

SHe Said:

By |2017-10-31T06:38:37-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

"Most people hear them talk about a 'Christian nation' and think, 'Well, that sounds like a good, moral thing. What they don't know - what even most conservative Christians who voted for Bush don't know [...]

‘A party a day in the month of May’

By |2017-10-31T06:38:37-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

LANSING - The Lansing Area AIDS Network is marking its 20th year of service to mid-Michigan by hosting a month-long fundraising event called, "Night of 1000 Stars." To launch the special event an official kickoff [...]

HTJ, Karibu House looking for performers

By |2018-01-16T15:51:13-05:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Hotter Than July and Karibu House are looking for talent to audition April 23, 2005. Karibu House is holding a competition for local, amateur comedic talent from the LGBT communities of color (African-American, Latino, Native [...]

Anti-gay pastor announces Senate run

By |2017-10-31T06:38:37-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman SOUTHFIELD - During an appearance that felt as much like a religious revival as a political event, anti-gay Detroit pastor Keith Butler announced that he will run as a Republican for [...]

Nancy X takes the treatment

By |2017-10-31T06:38:37-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

By Sharon Gittleman ROYAL OAK - For the past 30 years, Nancy X, has had a nasty habit she dreamed of putting behind her. Last week, she took her first steps in a new direction. [...]

Crystal crisis

By |2017-10-31T06:38:37-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

By Mubarak Dahir It's a picture-perfect Saturday afternoon on South Beach the first weekend in March. There isn't a single cloud in the azure blue sky. It's the kind of day that reminds residents why [...]

Andrea Dworkin Dies at 58

By |2017-10-31T06:38:37-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

NEW YORK - Andrea Dworkin, a feminist who viewed pornography as a violation of women's civil rights and a direct cause of rape and violence died on April 9. She was 58. Dworkin had been [...]

Hear Me OUT April 2005

By |2017-10-31T06:38:37-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Martha Wainwright {ITAL Martha Wainwright (Zoe/Rounder)} Martha Wainwright is the daughter of famous folk artists Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III and the sister of Rufus. No pressure. Rufus fans are probably already aware of [...]

City of Kalamazoo halts DP benefits

By |2018-01-15T17:05:54-05:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman KALAMAZOO - On April 18 the city of Kalamazoo decided to stop offering benefits to the same-sex partners of its employees beginning Jan. 1, 2006. The decision comes on the heels [...]

Concert Connections

By |2017-10-31T06:37:50-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

This Week: Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings Thurs. 4/21/05 Magic Bag, Ferndale Kathleen Madigan Thurs.-Sat. 4/21-23/05 Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle, Royal Oak Moby Fri. 4/22/05 State Theatre, Detroit Alison Krauss and Union Station Fri. [...]

Community Connections

By |2017-10-31T06:37:50-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

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

Curtain Calls XTRA

By |2017-10-31T06:37:50-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Review: 'Savage in Limbo' Shanley's characters are afraid to move on, but to their credit, DET's actors aren't What do you do when you put on a play and nobody comes? That's the decision that [...]

Curtain Calls

By |2017-10-31T06:37:50-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Review: 'Bus Stop' 'That Old Black Magic' works its spell at the Purple Rose "Somehow, deep inside me, I got a funny feeling I'm gonna end up in Montana," a 19-year-old nightclub singer, known only [...]

Dear Jody

By |2017-10-31T06:37:50-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

By Jody Valley Going backwards with the church Q: My partner, "James," and I have been together for three years, actually, almost four. We are very committed to each other, in fact, we are surely [...]

Debt Free Diva

By |2017-10-31T06:37:50-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

By Dee Dee Sung To enter The Magic Money Makeover Contest for a chance to win 12 months mortgage payments visit http://www.debtfreediva.com. Sponsored by Paramount Bank - You've Never Seen A Bank Like This. Q: [...]

Deep Inside Hollywood

By |2017-10-31T06:37:50-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

By Romeo San Vicente Gus Van Sant's 'Time' machine Gus Van Sant's film about the early '90s grunge scene, "Last Days," is due to open in the United States this October, and the pioneering queer [...]

All politics is Loco

By |2017-10-31T06:37:50-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

By Sean Kosofsky {ITAL The Constitution of the United States, Article I, Section 9, paragraph 3 provides that: "No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law will be passed." Definition of Bill of Attainder: [...]

Marriage News from Around the Country

By |2017-10-31T06:37:50-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Compiled by Dawn Wolfe Gutterman California: Legislative committees in Sacramento were scheduled to hold hearings on a pair of bills that would ask voters to decide whether to enshrine marriage discrimination in the state's constitution. [...]

National News Briefs

By |2017-10-31T06:37:50-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Compiled by Dawn Wolfe Gutterman Politics ADL resolution supports equal access to civil marriage for same-sex couples NEW YORK - The Anti-Defamation League passed a resolution in support of equal access to civil marriage for [...]

Now Playing

By |2017-10-31T06:37:50-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Just Out Eros A Hong Kong tailor (Chang Chen) silently worships his favorite customer, a prostitute (Gong Li); a Manhattan adman (Robert Downey Jr.) visits a psychiatrist (Alan Arkin) to unlock the meaning behind a [...]

Meet Jasmine the BTL pet of the week

By |2017-10-31T06:37:50-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Jasmine is a beautiful eight-month-old German Shepherd mix. She is at the shelter looking for a new home because her previous guardian could no longer care for her. Jasmine loves people and is very affectionate. [...]

Q Puzzle Clues

By |2017-10-31T06:37:50-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Honorary Gays Across 1 Tori who sang "I am not from your tribe" 5 Former Oakland bookstore, ___ Bear's 9 Porter's "Where ___ Life That Late I Led?" 14 "Happy, Texas" actor 15 "___ a [...]

Q Scopes

By |2017-10-31T06:37:50-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

By Jack Fertig Relax, Taurus! Mars in Aquarius gets you way ahead of yourself, and that urge can become dangerously obsessive with Mars sextile to Pluto. Remember to look before you leap! ARIES (March 20 [...]

And so on, and so on…

By |2017-10-31T06:37:03-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

An old advertising campaign for hair products used to say, to paraphrase, "You tell two friends - and they'll tell two friends - and so on, and so on..." Joe Solmonese suggests we tell at [...]

Art & Around

By |2017-10-31T06:37:03-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

MSU Symphony Orchestra, choral ensembles, and four soloists to perform Verdi's 'Requiem' EAST LANSING- The MSU School of Music will present Verdi's "Requiem" Saturday, April 30 at 8 p.m. in Great Hall, Wharton Center on [...]