Dear Jody

By Jody Valley Family ties bind? Q: Jody, you will never guess what my sister did to me. Last week after a family dinner, she told my girlfriend that I was cheating on her. My [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|Opinions|

In A Family Way: Trans-Parent

By Ari Lev In my work in the transgender community, I often have the experience of people cozying up to me at social events and, in hushed voices, asking questions or disclosing information about themselves [...]

By |2018-01-16T03:51:36-05:00January 26th, 2006|Opinions|

Yoo ‘an enemy to humanity’

Dear BTL, Your quote from John Yoo in the Jan. 12, 2006 SHe Said column may lead some readers to believe that he is an ally of gay people. Everyone should know that Yoo was [...]

By |2018-01-16T15:07:30-05:00January 26th, 2006|Opinions|

Blues Fest to show true face of Ferndale

Dear BTL, Allow me to add some thoughts and information that will complement Sean Kosofsky's Jan. 19, 2006 column regarding the upcoming Super Bowl. In addition to sports fans, athletes, groupies and jocks coming to [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|Opinions|

Gay ghetto outdated

Dear BTL, I think in this day and age the idea of a gay ghetto similar to the likes of Boys Town in Chicago or different areas around the country is outdated, especially when we [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|Opinions|

‘Brokeback’ not a drag

Dear BTL, In their respective editorials on the "Brokeback Mountain" movie, John Corvino ("The 'Brokeback Buzz," Dec. 21) and Charles Alexander (Jan. 12's "Seven Golden Gropes!") seem a little flummoxed by its success. As Corvino [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|Opinions|

Art & Around for the period Jan. 26-Feb. 4

AA1 Renunciation.jpg: "Renunciation" by Misha Gordin is part of "The Robinson Committee Collects" exhibition at Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. Photo: BBAC AA2 Louis Lortie New 2.jpg: Pianist Louis Lortie plays an all-Chopin concert at Hill [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|Entertainment|

Concert Connections

This Week: Ann Arbor Folk Festival The Robert Cray Band, Iris Dement, Catie Curtis, more Fri. 1/27/06 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Folk Festival Lyle Lovett Trio, Cheryl Wheeler, Jonatha Brooke, more Sat. 1/28/06 [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|Entertainment|

Curtain Calls

Preview: 'Guest Artist' Jeff Daniels' tenth play is a challenge "It's one of those that I just had to write." If there's one thing that theatergoers expect from a new Jeff Daniels' play, it's the [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|Entertainment|

Curtain Calls ONLINE

Review: 'Uncoupled' Romance ads generate laughs at Improv Inferno It's such a simple concept, really: A short while before "Uncoupled" hits the Sunday evening stage at Ann Arbor's Improv Inferno, two audience members are each [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|Entertainment|

Now Playing

Just Out Glory Road Hired to coach the basketball squad at El Paso's Texas Western, Don Haskins (Josh Lucas) aggressively recruits African-American players. The new policy scandalizes the alumni, but the Cinderella team goes all [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|Entertainment|

Meet Rocky the BTL pet of the week

Rocky is an adorable three-year-old Bichon Frise mix. He is looking for a new home because his previous family no longer had time for him. This fun-loving guy enjoys playing with toys and will need [...]

By |2018-01-23T07:08:17-05:00January 26th, 2006|Entertainment|

Q Puzzle

Changing Roles Across 1 Like a hisser shaped like a pisser 6 Head of "the Family" 11 Swallow alternative 15 De Wolfe of design 16 Ross of "The Wiz" 17 Irish tongue 18 Food, clothing, [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|Entertainment|

Q Scopes

By Jack Fertig Settle family problems, Scorpio! The long-running Jupiter-Neptune square feeds spiritual commitment and extremism. Venus in Capricorn briefly offers pragmatic applications to rein in - or materialize - the more fantastic idealist impulses. [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|Entertainment|

Theater Events for the period Jan. 26-Feb. 4

Professional Theater/Opera: Bad Dates How one woman copes with that bizarre social ritual between men and women. BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., Jan. 26-Feb. 12. $21-$33. 517-484-7805. Blast A celebration of movement and musicborn on [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|Entertainment|

The Detroit Artists Market presents Stylize

DETROIT - The Detroit Artists Market have announced the opening of Stylize, an exhibition featuring custom motorcycles, fashion, furniture, jewelry, and functional, sculptural and ornamental objects. In addition, there will be a "gas tank" boutique [...]

By |2018-01-16T15:17:30-05:00January 26th, 2006|Entertainment|

Folk Festival celebrates roots

ANN ARBOR - The 29th Annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival presents the rare opportunity to hear many artists that are undiscovered, and there's always at least one breakout that leaves Ann Arbor, and the whole [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|Entertainment|

‘Spear’ no evil

By Gregg Shapiro Out actor Chad Allen grew up on television. Beginning in 1983, when he was eight years old, Allen portrayed Tommy, the autistic son of one of the doctors on the acclaimed TV [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|Entertainment|

The real gay cowboys

By John Polly As "Brokeback Mountain," director Ang Lee's heartbreaking film tracking the ill-fated relationship of two ranch-roaming cowboys in rural Wyoming, continues to stack up awards and nominations for its powerful love story and [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|Entertainment|

Laughing at ‘The Big Picture’

Somewhere between getting three children off to school and ruining a frozen pizza, Paula Poundstone finds time to give us "The Big Picture." When asked, though, Poundstone isn't so optimistic about her place in it. [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|Entertainment|

Creep of the Week: Janet Parshall

While discussing the "Brokeback Mountain" buzz on CNN's Larry King Live on Jan. 17, guest Janet Parshall, host of the radio program Janet Parshall's America, took the opportunity to bash gay and lesbian families. Once [...]

By |2018-01-15T23:24:14-05:00January 26th, 2006|News|

SHe Said Jan. 26, 2005

"In 2004, the religious right was concerned about re-electing George W. Bush. They couldn't come to black churches to talk about the war, about health care, about poverty. So they did what they always do [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|News|

Judy Shepard coming to SVSU

SAGINAW - Thanks to a donation from PFLAG Tri-Cities, Saginaw Valley State University's Gay-Straight alliance is bringing Judy Shepard to SVSU Feb. 1. Shepard, an advocate of LGBT equality and a national speaker against hate [...]

By |2018-01-15T17:03:04-05:00January 26th, 2006|News|

Stronger together

By Melinda Haus LYONS Mich. - Twenty activists, representing the LGBT and disability rights communities, gathered in December at the Leaven Center, in Lyons Michigan, to participate in a weekend dialogue that focused on becoming [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|News|

Crystal Meth support group available

FERNDALE - Crystal Meth Anonymous, a support group to help people deal with addiction to the drug, meets at Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center on Monday nights. The group has been in existence since [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|News|

Meth use impacts county hospitals

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman WASHINGTON - Crystal meth is having a negative impact on the budgets of county-run hospitals. That was the conclusion of a report released Jan. 16 by the National Association of Counties. [...]

By |2018-01-16T07:51:01-05:00January 26th, 2006|News|

Secretary of State worried about Real ID Act

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman DETROIT -- Newly obtained documents reveal that Michigan state officials are concerned that federal legislation called the Real ID Act will require extensive changes to existing practices at the Secretary of [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|News|

Judge strikes down Maryland anti-gay marriage ban

By The Associated Press BALTIMORE - A Baltimore judge struck down a 33-year-old state law against marriage for gays and lesbians Jan. 20, declaring it violates the Maryland Constitution's guarantee of equal rights. Circuit Judge [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|News|

National News Briefs

Compiled by Dawn Wolfe Gutterman Politics Gay civil rights bill passed OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington House on Jan. 20 passed a bill banning discrimination based on sexual orientation, sending the measure to the Senate, [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|News|

In the best interests of the child

Last week in Maryland, Baltimore Circuit Judge M. Brooke Murdock struck down a 33-year-old state law against marriage for gays and lesbians, and in so doing she rejected the argument that the "traditional family" is [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|Uncategorized|

Community Connections

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 [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|Uncategorized|

Black gays ask clergy for tolerance

By The Associated Press ATLANTA, Jan. 21 - Churches have an obligation to help end the "poisoned atmosphere" surrounding the acceptance of gay men and lesbians, the Rev. Al Sharpton said at a weekend summit [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|Uncategorized|

University expels gay student

by The Associated Press SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. - A former John Brown University student said he was expelled from the school where his parents work after the administration raised questions about his homosexuality and imposed [...]

By |2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00January 26th, 2006|Uncategorized|