The Gay Moralist: Bigotry?

by John Corvino "A vote for this amendment is a vote for bigotry, pure and simple." So said Senator Ted Kennedy in response to the so-called "Marriage Protection Amendment," which defines marriage as the union [...]

By |2018-01-15T23:57:47-05:00June 15th, 2006|Opinions|

Parting Glances: Suits moi to a T!

Suits moi to a T! Back in the mid-80s I met my first male-to-female T-person, Stephanie DuCharme, introduced to me by violinist Gordon Petersen, then Assistant Concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Stephanie was a [...]

By |2018-01-15T16:53:46-05:00June 15th, 2006|Opinions|

Dear Jody

By Jody Valley I don't want to wait Q: I've been dating a woman, "Sylvia," for two years now. I want to make a formal commitment and make a life together. I know that she [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|Opinions|

Theater Events for the period June 15-24

Professional Theater/Opera: The Aboriginal Treatment Center Poet/playwright Ron Allen's examination of the archetypical black man's mind. The Thick Knot Rhythm Ensemble at the former Furniture Factory, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through July 2. $20. 734-576-9547. Additional Particulars [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|Uncategorized|

Art & Around for the period June 15-24

Architecture/Design/Garden Tours: Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Special interest tours include "The First Great Modern American Landscape" (Wed., June 21) and "Modernism Style" (Fri., Jun 23). Open Tue.-Sun. Detroit: 313-884-4222. Arts & Summer Festivals: [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|Uncategorized|

Concert Connections

This Week: Brandi Carlile Fri. 6/16/06 Blind Pig, Ann Arbor Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band featuring Richard Marx, Billy Squier, Edgar Winter, Shelia E, Rod Argent and Mark Hudson Fri. 6/16/06 DTE Energy [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|Uncategorized|

Cover couple inspires

Dear BTL, Thank you for the inspiring and tender story of two very devoted, loyal and caring human brings sharing life together in your April 27, 2006 issue ("Staying Power: Local couple celebrates 50 years [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|Opinions|

Reality check for gay Republicans

Dear BTL, Last week was a harsh reality for "gay Republicans" out there who helped elect this president who ran on a campaign promise to support an amendment to our constitution that will ban same-sex [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|Opinions|

Bush: ‘Commander in Creep’

Dear BTL, Congratulations to D'Anne Witkowski for a fine column on a frightening subject (Creep of the Week in the June 8, 2006 issue of BTL). Truly, George W. Bush is a "creep" every week. [...]

By |2018-01-16T13:25:38-05:00June 15th, 2006|Opinions|

Congrats to PFLAG couple

Dear BTL, Re: "PFLAG parents get a second chance at love" in the June 1, 2006 issue of BTL: Good for you, that's great. I am so grateful to all the loving PFLAG parents. You [...]

By |2018-01-16T09:58:50-05:00June 15th, 2006|Opinions|

Curtain Calls

Review: 'The Glob' New musical oozes into Blackbird Theatre What's a horny, small-town teenager to do in uptight America of the early 1960s: Should Steve remain faithful to the beautiful, but virtuous girl he claims [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|Entertainment|

Michigan Pride Music Preview

LANSING - The 2006 Michigan Pride Festival on Saturday, June 24 in Lansing's Riverfront Park will feature a slew of musical acts to keep patrons dancing. Here's a preview of the festival's line up. Cherri [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|Entertainment|

Now Playing

NEW THIS WEEK: The Break-Up Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) and Gary (Vince Vaughn) are breaking up. Unfortunately, they co-own their very valuable apartment, and neither wants to be the first to move out. So they stay [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|Entertainment|

Q Puzzle

June 12, 2006 Auto Erotic Across 1 Caribbean pirate portrayer Johnny 5 Showing a tiny opening 9 Geena of "Commander in Chief" 14 Words before about 15 ___ fan tutte 16 Live and breathe 17 [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|Entertainment|

Q Scopes

by Jack Fertig June 12, 2006 "Strut your stuff, Capricorn!" Just after sunset you may notice two very bright stars low in the western sky. The larger, redder one is Mars; the other is Saturn. [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|Entertainment|

Mraz rocks Royal Oak

ROYAL OAK - Jason Mraz referred to his legions of college-aged fans on May 18 at Royal Oak's Music Theatre as "peeps," "bitches," and perhaps most endearing, "f--ckers." But with his boyish looks - shaggy [...]

By |2018-01-16T15:14:59-05:00June 15th, 2006|Entertainment|

Diana Dearest

By Lawrence Ferber Diana Scarwid earned herself a special place in queer pop culture by playing Joan Crawford's daughter, Christina, in the cult masterpiece "Mommie Dearest." Since its theatrical release 25 years ago, the mother [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|Entertainment|

Creep of the Week: Rep. John Stahl

Rep. John Stahl We've all heard the phrase, "Because I said so." It usually came from the mouth of one of our parents when the child we once were challenged their authority by asking, "Why?" [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|News|

SHe Said June 15, 2006

"Here's something I canÕt figure out. 51 percent of Americans are against gay marriage. But 71 percent of Americans don't approve of President Bush. So gay marriage is actually more popular than he is." - [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|News|

Adoption bills hearing causes acrimony

LANSING - A pair of controversial bills to amend the state adoption code received an acrimonious hearing before the House Family and Children Services Committee last week. The hearing, originally slated to begin at 2 [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|News|

Family event set for September

MILFORD - On Sept. 30, the Coalition for Adoption Rights and Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center will launch the first of an annual celebration of all families, Familypalooza. Over 100 families are expected to [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|News|

A more open house

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman DETROIT - Health Emergency Lifeline Program moved to a new location in December, and on June 9 the AIDS service provider hosted an Open House to re-introduce itself to the community. [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|News|

MAPP vs. Meth

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman FERNDALE - Armed with $36,000 in grant money, the Midwest AIDS Prevention Project is taking on one of the gay community's biggest plagues in what it hopes will be a successful [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|News|

People of faith lobby in Lansing

LANSING - As the United States Senate was debating an anti-gay marriage amendment to the Constitution on June 6, a group of twelve people of faith gathered in the Michigan Capitol to prepare for a [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|News|

Gay father takes on parenting research

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University professor Dr. Dennis Patrick and Northwestern University professor Dr. Kathleen Galvin will embark on a research project examining the lives of gay fathers. "There's so many negative beliefs about gay [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|News|

A ‘little light’ goes out

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman FERNDALE - On Monday, June 12, the LGBT community came together to say goodbye to one of its "lighthouses," Jamie Marie Phillips-Fox. Phillips-Fox, a prominent transgender activist, died unexpectedly of a [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|News|

Q Nightclub goes straight

FERNDALE - After a complete renovation nine months ago, Q Nightclub in Ferndale is going straight. "My philosophy in life is I always try to take the high road, and while we're disappointed that Q [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|News|

When worlds collaborate

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman BURT LAKE - They thought they were going in order to have fun in the woods. And, to be sure, fun was had - campfire stories, canoeing, fire building and at [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|News|

The Spirit of (Gay) Detroit

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman WARREN - They start things, they build things, they keep things going and grow them. Like the Motor City itself, they haven't stopped when things were tough. And because of them, [...]

By |2018-01-15T23:04:02-05:00June 15th, 2006|News|

This little light of ours

It's summer, right? That time of year when the darkness is supposed to seem as though it lives in fear of the ever-lengthening light? Funny. At least in some ways, this past week has felt [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|Uncategorized|

Curtain Calls ONLINE

Review: 'The Aboriginal Treatment Center' Life and theater isn't always black and white - or is it? There's something both comforting and vexing that occurs during the closing moments of "The Aboriginal Treatment Center," an [...]

By |2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00June 15th, 2006|Uncategorized|