Dear Jody

By Jody Valley Safe family space Q: This has been a long hard year for my family and me. People say that adversity brings people closer, but in my family that hasn't been happening. It [...]

By |2005-09-25T09:00:00-04:00September 25th, 2005|Opinions|

The Gay Moralist: The Church’s Shame

by John Corvino Back in the 1980s, I aspired to the Roman Catholic priesthood. After investigating various orders, I eventually gravitated toward the Franciscans, not so much on theological grounds as for having clicked well [...]

By |2018-01-16T14:10:22-05:00September 25th, 2005|Opinions|

In A Family Way

In June when classes end, students yell "School's Out," but now that school is starting up again, I can't help but wonder who is out in the schools, and how out one can actually be. [...]

By |2005-09-25T09:00:00-04:00September 25th, 2005|Opinions|

Concert Connections

This Week: System of a Down Thurs. 9/29/05 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit Beth Nielsen Chapman and Alison Brown Thurs. 9/29/05 The Ark, Ann Arbor Ray LaMontagne Thurs. 9/29/05 Majestic Theatre, Detroit Bob Mould Sat. 10/1/05 [...]

By |2005-09-25T09:00:00-04:00September 25th, 2005|Uncategorized|

Theater Events for the period Sept. 29-Oct. 8

Professional Theater/Opera: Altar Boyz A holy-inspiring musical comedy about five small-town boys trying to save the world one screaming fan at a time. City Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun. through Dec. 18. $22.50-$45. 313-872-1000. Broadway Bound [...]

By |2005-09-25T09:00:00-04:00September 25th, 2005|Uncategorized|

Letter: Granholm good for gays?

Dear BTL, I read Sean Kosofsky's All Politics is Loco column often and he rarely holds back, so it was a surprize to see him tread so gently with a governor who was nowhere to [...]

By |2018-01-15T18:58:49-05:00September 25th, 2005|Opinions|

Letter: On religious acceptance

Dear BTL, GLBT and religion. Many would say we are mixing water with oil. I disagree. I will always stand on the side of our constitution and the individual's right to chose a religion, or [...]

By |2005-09-25T09:00:00-04:00September 25th, 2005|Opinions|

Stop religious zealotry

Dear BTL, We are, as humans, caught up in and must find the courage and awareness to fight the lions, tigers and other beasts and ilk of humankind who are in the United States preparing [...]

By |2018-01-16T10:19:53-05:00September 25th, 2005|Opinions|

Dragonchuk deliberates?

Dear BTL, We already know the outcome of the Proposal 2 trial in Kalamazoo. Judge Joyce Dragonchuk's handling of this obscene trial gives this illegal law credibility that the framers of it intended. That she [...]

By |2018-01-16T04:26:24-05:00September 25th, 2005|Opinions|

Castro memories

Dear BTL, Charles Alexander's "Parting Glances: Reruns as metaphor (Pt. 2)" from the Sept. 15 issue of BTL was like boarding the reversible light year train to a time it was just arriving in [...]

By |2005-09-25T09:00:00-04:00September 25th, 2005|Opinions|

Fall into queer music

DETROIT - October will be a queer music fan's dream come true when some of the hottest LGBT acts head to Detroit and Ann Arbor. Here's a run down of shows you won't want to [...]

By |2005-09-25T09:00:00-04:00September 25th, 2005|Entertainment|

Lily Tomlin comes to EMU Oct. 1

YPSILANTI - Award-winning comedian and actress Lily Tomlin will grace the stage at Pease Auditorium at Eastern Michigan University for a performance of "classic" Tomlin on Saturday, Oct. 1. For a minimum $100 donation to [...]

By |2018-01-16T03:52:31-05:00September 25th, 2005|Entertainment|

Curtain Calls XTRA

By John Quinn Review: 'Broadway Bound' Simon says: Dying is easy, comedy is hard I've just read a Mark Twain story in which a painter fakes his own death to increase the value of his [...]

By |2005-09-25T09:00:00-04:00September 25th, 2005|Entertainment|

Curtain Calls

Review: 'Ice Glen' Icy hearts thaw in season opener "Letting go of anything is painful." And it's never easy, playwright Joan Ackermann's explains in her latest work, "Ice Glen," now playing at Ann Arbor's Performance [...]

By |2005-09-25T09:00:00-04:00September 25th, 2005|Entertainment|

Now Playing

Just Out Just Like Heaven Elizabeth Masterson (Reese Witherspoon) is a young doctor who goes into a coma following a head-on collision with a truck. Stuck between life and death, her spirit decides to inhabit [...]

By |2018-01-16T10:04:25-05:00September 25th, 2005|Entertainment|

Q Puzzle

Ar Not! Across 1 You may play him on your organ 5 Master 10 Sources of anal probes? 14 "___ Walked Into My Life" ("Mame") 15 Not straight up? 16 Communicate with the body 17 [...]

By |2005-09-25T09:00:00-04:00September 25th, 2005|Entertainment|

Q Scopes

By Jack Fertig Accept a challenge, Gemini! There's tremendously sexy tension as Venus in Scorpio opposes Mars in Taurus. To make it even more interesting, they aspect Pluto in Sagittarius, pushing for erotic adventure (or [...]

By |2005-09-25T09:00:00-04:00September 25th, 2005|Entertainment|

Creep of the Week: The Pentagon

The Pentagon Last week it was the Vatican, this week it's the Pentagon. I'm on a roll taking on mega-big institutions. I'm keeping an eye out for black helicopters piloted by Cardinal Maida outside of [...]

By |2005-09-25T09:00:00-04:00September 25th, 2005|News|

SHe Said Sept. 29, 2005

"[Director] Ang [Lee] was very respectful of the love scenes that we shot. It was a very intimate process. We didn't have playbacks, we didn't have any of that. We were really like working organically. [...]

By |2005-09-25T09:00:00-04:00September 25th, 2005|News|

AIDS Walk Michigan to walk farther this year

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman DETROIT - It's that time of year again. The leaves will soon start turning, the breeze will carry an undercurrent of crisp, and dedicated volunteers will put on their best walking [...]

By |2018-01-16T11:01:00-05:00September 25th, 2005|News|

Tri-Cities PFLAG celebrates 15 years

By Dale Merkle MIDLAND - If your son and his best friend were dumped in your front yard beaten and tattered and you had to get them to the hospital to be stitched and bandaged, [...]

By |2018-01-15T16:36:02-05:00September 25th, 2005|News|

OutFest captures the energy of equality

by R.J. Beaumia ANN ARBOR - There was a beautiful blond guy in a tight athletic tee dancing, bounding really, in the middle of Fourth Avenue in Ann Arbor last Saturday at OutFest. He kept [...]

By |2018-01-16T01:36:35-05:00September 25th, 2005|News|

LGBTs raise thousands for Stabenow

By BTL Staff SOUTHFIELD - Over 80 LGBT people and a few straight friends came out on a rainy afternoon Sept. 25 to support U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow's reelection campaign. She will be running for [...]

By |2018-01-15T20:46:29-05:00September 25th, 2005|News|

ACLU battles to protect LGBT families’ rights

BY Sharon Gittleman SOUTHFIELD - Last November, one little girl watched Michigan's election results on TV and heard the news she'd dreaded. Voters had approved Proposal 2 - creating a constitutional amendment in the state [...]

By |2005-09-25T09:00:00-04:00September 25th, 2005|News|

12th Annual LAHR Prism Awards Oct. 12

LANSING - The Lansing Association for Human Rights will present the 12th Annual Prism Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 12. According to LAHR, the awards are a way to honor "incredible community members and allies who [...]

By |2018-01-15T22:10:52-05:00September 25th, 2005|News|

National News Briefs

Compiled by Dawn Wolfe Gutterman Religion Vatican: document on barring gay priests expected before end of year VATICAN CITY - A Vatican document will be released in the coming weeks that reaffirms the Catholic Church's [...]

By |2005-09-25T09:00:00-04:00September 25th, 2005|News|

Coming out embraces family values

A small child is frightened at night and a loving parent hugs and comforts them through the thunderstorm. A teenager struggles in high school, and a parent provides a tutor and the encouragement to make [...]

By |2005-09-25T09:00:00-04:00September 25th, 2005|Uncategorized|