Dear Jody

By Jody Valley Mother may I? Q: My girlfriend, "Lydia," doesn't have the gumption to tell her mother to quit interfering with her life (which translates into Our Life)! Lydia talks to her mother every [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|Opinions|

All Politics is Loco

By Sean Kosofsky Courtroom reality television shows typically show an angry, animated or sometimes funny judge presiding over some pathetic situation where ridiculous people are made fun of and are shamed by the judge. Although [...]

By |2019-11-14T13:26:40-05:00June 22nd, 2006|Opinions|

Art & Around for the period June 22-July 1

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 |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|Uncategorized|

Theater Events for the period June 22-July 1

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 |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|Uncategorized|

Concert Connections

This Week: Ani DiFranco Fri. 6/23/06 Power Center, Ann Arbor Cherish The Ladies Fri. 6/23/06 Interlochen Arts Festival The Constantines Sat. 6/24/06 Mac's Bar, Lansing Rory Block Sat. 6/24/06 The Ark, Ann Arbor Michael Feinstein [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|Uncategorized|

Gwen’s story opens minds

Dear BTL, I just finished watching "A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story," and I must say I was appalled. It even made me cry. It was absolutely HORRIBLE what they did to Gwen. [...]

By |2018-01-16T15:47:20-05:00June 22nd, 2006|Opinions|

A very scary world

Dear BTL, There's not much I can say that hasn't already been said about "A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story," but this world is getting so bad that I'm very scared to bring [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|Opinions|

Open letter to TLGB community

Dear all, Many of you know you know I lost the love and shining light of my life, Jamie Marie Phillips-Fox. She was a proud member of the transgender, lesbian, gay, and bi community and [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|Opinions|

We’re all in this together

Dear BTL, Though I abandoned the Republican Party back in 1992 (when they did verbal gay-bashing from the convention) I was a bit annoyed with J. Dietrich's letter in the June 15 Between The Lines. [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|Opinions|

Moved by Gwen’s story

Dear BTL, I just finished watching "A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story," on Lifetime Television. I was very anxious to watch this film because I remember watching the news one day and learning [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|Opinions|

Camp story lifts spirit

Dear BTL, The article "When worlds collaborate" in the June 15 issue of BTL about the YMCA camp during the Memorial Day weekend for Detroit's Ruth Ellis Center kids was beautiful. It was a lot [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|Opinions|

Curtain Calls ONLINE

Professional Theater News from Around Town: Acclaimed playwright to give keynote speech at Michigan Theatre Festival ROCHESTER - On Friday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m., Allan Knee, the acclaimed playwright of "The Man Who Was [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|Entertainment|

Curtain Calls

Review: 'Additional Particulars' Comedy with heart opens at Williamston I suspect that for the most part, the employees we encounter at our local Farmer Jack and Dollar General stores are simply nameless, faceless people we [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|Entertainment|

Rocker in the storm

When Hurricane Katrina sent New Orleans residents fleeing for safety, folk singer Ani DiFranco did the same. As she watched from her Buffalo, N.Y. home, the storm surged feelings through DiFranco that she chronicles, like [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|Entertainment|

You can take it with you

LANSING - When Marilyn Gard watched as Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, separating friends and family, she felt obliged to help out. "Hurricane Katrina hit and drove home the sad fact that we, as individuals, [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|Entertainment|

‘Graduation’ Gay

Having two gay men tie the knot and lock lips in Head Automatica's "Graduation Day" video, a before and after look at high school graduates, wasn't a difficult decision for lead vocalist and guitarist Daryl [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|Entertainment|

Driving Mr. Aiken

Kathy Griffin doesn't regret driving Gay, er, Clay Aiken out of L.A. "He's on the cover [of TV Guide] talking about how he just wants to get married and have kids, and how he can't [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 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 |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|Entertainment|

Furtado gets ‘Loose’

After Canadian-born Nelly Furtado's mainstream overexposure at the onset of the millennium, many hoped that she'd actually metamorphsize into a bird, like the song, and flutter away. In a way, she did. Her 2003 failure [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|Entertainment|

Now Playing

June 19, 2006 NEW THIS WEEK: A Prairie Home Companion Folksy G.K. (Garrison Keillor) hosts another episode of the radio show A Prairie Home Companion with special guests: singing sisters Yolanda (Meryl Streep) and Rhonda [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|Entertainment|

Michigan Pride At-A-Glance

June 23. 8 p.m. The comedy show will feature Dan DeCapua, Leslie Thompson, Crystal P. and Phenecia Banks. Tickets are $15. Dinner will also be served at the event at an additional cost. To make [...]

By |2018-01-16T17:45:30-05:00June 22nd, 2006|Entertainment|

Q Puzzle

June 19, 2006 "Three Days in June" Ê Across 1 Fruit ___ (gay district) 5 Amigo of Lorca 9 Org. for Etheridge and lang 14 Current currency of Ibiza 15 One ___ (kids' game) 16 [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|Entertainment|

Q Scopes

by Jack Fertig June 19, 2006 "Use your charm, Virgo!" Ê Mercury in Cancer is sextile Venus in Taurus, raising charm and bonhomie, especially when good food is near. Both planets quincunx Pluto, challenging all [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|Entertainment|

National HIV Testing Day June 27, 2006

An estimated 250,000 people in the United States are HIV/AIDS positive and donÕt even know it. National HIV Testing Day is critical to the fight against HIV/AIDS because it presents an opportunity for people nationwide [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|News|

Creep of the Week

The Pentagon No matter what your opinion on the Iraq war, you've got to admit it's a good thing we're not fighting it with slingshots and pots of boiling tar. The Pentagon consumes a gluttonous [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|News|

SHe Said June 22, 2006

"We are making progress, but we have a hell of a long way to go." - Allan Gilmour on the advancement of gays, minorities and women in the corporate world, as quoted by the Denver [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|News|

David Hecker: Equality is a job and a passion

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman Ask David Hecker why the LGBT civil rights movement is important to him, and the answer comes easily and forcefully. "It's civil rights," he says, "and there is no difference in [...]

By |2018-01-16T01:57:40-05:00June 22nd, 2006|News|

LGBT employee resource group to meet June 27

ROYAL OAK - Do you have an LGBT employee resource group at work? Are you interested in forming one, or looking at expanding your current group? Would you enjoying networking with others who have forged [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|News|

PFLAG to march in July 4 Parade

WYANDOTTE - This year PFLAG will be celebrate its chapter's 10 year anniversary by again participating in Wyandotte's 4th of July Parade at 10 a.m. July 4. At the parade, there will be a float [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|News|

Bullying legislation receives mixed support

LANSING - The Michigan State Board of Education called for stronger legal tools to prevent bullying in Michigan's public schools on June 13, but some Republican representatives don't believe a currently-proposed legislative tool is necessary. [...]

By |2018-01-16T14:07:40-05:00June 22nd, 2006|News|

Conference to address LGBT Law in America

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman LANSING - Current and former members of Michigan Equality will be on hand to address the legal rights of LGBTs and their families at "Sexual Orientation and the Law: LGBT Law [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|News|

Grand Rapids shows its Pride

By B.J. Reichert Special to Between The Lines GRAND RAPIDS - Sarah Hunt gazed into McKenzie Hill's eyes as if they were the only people on earth. Little did it matter that more than a [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|News|

Lighting her way

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman FERNDALE - How do you keep a candle lit on a windy evening? You protect it with great care and attention, moving your hand to shield that small, gentle light from [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|News|

Muskegon holds first ever Pride event

By BJ Reichert Special to In Between The Lines MUSKEGON - A continuous rainstorm didn't prevent more than 30 people from gathering on the beach Sunday to celebrate Muskegon's first Gay Pride event. Earlier in [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|News|

Pentagon regulation calls gays mentally ill

By Bob Roehr WASHINGTON - The Pentagon listed homosexuality as a "mental illness" among the reasons for separation or retirement for physical disability, in an 88-page set of instructions issued in November 1996. The document [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|News|

Results show where Prop. 2 failed

DETROIT - Triangle Foundation recently released the final Proposal 2 results, which break down votes by city and county and show that 48 Michigan municipalities and two counties voted against the ban on marriage equality. [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|News|

Rainbow House Project begins building

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman YPSILANTI - The foundation walls are in, and $50,000 has been raised. Now, the volunteers of the Rainbow House Project need three things: volunteers, donated goods, and more money. Volunteers are [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|News|

Local student awarded LGBT scholarship

EAST LANSING - When Lauren Beach received word that she had won the 2006 Point Scholarship, which is granted to students marginalized because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, she jumped up and down [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|News|

Time Warp raises spirits, but less money

By BTL Staff DETROIT - It was all glitter and glitz at the 2006 Time Warp June 10 at the Roostertail. Co-Chairs Florine Mark, President and Chairman of Weight Watchers, and Marcie Brogan, owner of [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|News|

International News

by Rex Wockner Warsaw gays march legally After banning Warsaw's gay pride parade in 2004 and 2005, officials allowed it to take place this year. Police said 3,000 people marched on June 10. Organizers said [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|News|

Standing up to bullies

If you were ever bullied in school, you know that it didn't matter whether the kids who were insulting or attacking you did so because you wore the wrong clothes, had the wrong hair style, [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|Uncategorized|

Community Connections

Need more Connections? See the complete list online at! Get connected! Non-profit organizations are encouraged to send listings of ongoing events to Community Connections via email at, fax at 248-615-7018 or postal mail: [...]

By |2006-06-22T09:00:00-04:00June 22nd, 2006|Uncategorized|