General Gayety: Double boiler

By |2018-01-16T15:33:35-05:00June 29th, 2006|Opinions|

Leslie Robinson So far in this century, it's never a dull moment with those Episcopalians. Which is ironic, since they used to be considered some of the dullest folks around. As they opened their national [...]

Love lifted my skirt

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|Opinions|

"DEAR DIARY: Well, after my nagging wife, my dodo sister-in-law, and Pastor Verner Blitzkrieg subjected me to an intervention last month, I finally got up nerve to attend my first Cross Dressers Anonymous for Jesus [...]

Sending a hug to Heaven

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|Opinions|

I was busy at Motor City Pride. That's no excuse, but it's true. There since 8 a.m., I spent several hours helping to set up BTL's gigantic tent and then, just about the time all [...]

Dear Jody

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|Opinions|

By Jody Valley New grad Q: I just graduated from college this June. That's a good thing, I know. But, somehow, my "good things" always seem to not feel that good. The reason for this [...]

Art & Around for the period June 29-July 8

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|Uncategorized|

Architecture/Design/Garden Tours: Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Summertime Behind the Scenes tours include "Staff Life on the Estate," "The Secrets Behind the Paintings" and "Cotswold Architecture"; plus Special Interest Tours "Modernism on the Cutting Edge" [...]

Theater Events for the period June 29-July 8

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Affirmations offers Ballroom Dance

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|Uncategorized|

FERNDALE - Beginning July 7, Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center patrons will the opportunity to learn how to glide across the floor with the best of them. Affirmations is offering Ballroom Dance classes, to [...]

Gwen deserved to live

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|Opinions|

Dear BTL, I saw "A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story" this weekend. I sobbed like it was happening to one of my own. I had never really known much about transgender issues until [...]

A painful story

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|Opinions|

Dear BTL, "A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story" was painful. What Gwen went through was terrifyingly horrible. People are so hateful. It is only God's place to judge anyone. God Bless the Araujo [...]

Praise for Jason Michael

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|Opinions|

Dear BTL, What a well-written article ("'A Girl Like Me' leaves viewers haunted" by Jason Michael in the June 15, 2006 issue of BTL). I have been waiting for the movie to air since they [...]

Curtain Calls ONLINE

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|Entertainment|

Professional Theater News from Around Town: 'Citizen Improv': True tales from Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje ANN ARBOR -- On July 5 at 8 p.m., Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje will be the guest monologist [...]

Curtain Calls

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|Entertainment|

Review: 'All Childish Things' Fun times at a theater not far, far away Luke Skywalker, as every "Star Wars" aficionado knows, would never abandon his friends, nor would he fail to save them from every [...]

Concert Connections

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|Entertainment|

This Week: Head Automatica, Taking Back Sunday, Angels And Airwaves, The Subways Thurs. 6/29/06 Meadow Brook Music Festival, Rochester Hills DeVotchKa Thurs. 6/29/06 Kraftbrau Brewery, Kalamazoo The New Cars & Blondie Fri. 6/30/06 DTE Energy [...]

‘Devil’ is heavenly comedy

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|Entertainment|

It usually won't fly when an interviewee seeking a job in the realm of fashion - where models prance around in baby-sized clothing and nibble on celery sticks - dresses like an older Pippi Longstocking. [...]

“Doll yourself up, Gemini!”

By |2018-01-15T19:27:43-05:00June 29th, 2006|Entertainment|

By Jack Fertig IN Venus and Jupiter are in a tug of war between flirtiness and cravings for deep commitment. The Sun in Cancer harmonizes to both, so trust your sense of self and your [...]

Now Playing

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|Entertainment|

NEW THIS WEEK: Click Workaholic architect Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) thinks he has resolved his career-vs.-family conflict when his new universal remote control allows him to manipulate time. But then the device begins fast-forwarding on [...]

The ‘Devil’ made her do it

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|Entertainment|

By Christopher Wallenberg Fashion-conscious homos will no doubt be flocking to see the fizzy new summertime flick The Devil Wears Prada, based on the best-selling lampoon of the fashion industry by Lauren Weisberger. In the [...]

Q Puzzle

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|Entertainment|

"Vacation Destination" Across 1 ___ Springs (Southern California resort) 5 Lesbian romance book publisher 10 Where the Mets wave their sticks 14 R.E.M.'s "The ___ Love" 15 From the top 16 Fashion designer Oldham 17 [...]

Out, out and away

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|Entertainment|

By Cornelius A. Fortune Some hard core fans of the original Christopher Reeves film are going to want to call it a simple rehash updated with special effects (and a new star), but "Superman Returns" [...]

Fishin’ for ‘Secrets’

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|Entertainment|

The All-American Rejects' punk-pop music might be therapeutic to some fans, but none of the band members are trained shrinks - even to fans that dish their problems to them. When the band decided to [...]

Six feet under with Blair

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|Entertainment|

DETROIT - Musician and poet Blair is about to trek through the U.S. to California where he'll play a few shows, including the Queer Arts Festival, before his Taste Fest gig in Detroit and the [...]

Comerica TasteFest

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|Entertainment|

What? The Comerica TasteFest is a five-day outdoor food and entertainment festival with activities for children and a marketplace of unique Detroit products and memorabilia. When? June 30 - July 4 Where? Detroit's New Center [...]

SHe Said June 29, 2006

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|News|

"Some people come into this world with affections ordered toward other people of the same gender and some people come into this world with affections directed at people of the other gender." - Bishop Katharine [...]

Michigan Republican Pride PAC seeks donations

By |2018-01-15T23:11:35-05:00June 29th, 2006|News|

FERNDALE - Want to vote Republican, but can't stand social conservatives who want to deny you your rights? Michigan Republican Pride PAC, the political action arm of the Log Cabin Republicans, has a plan to [...]

Warren man wins Saugatuck prize

By |2018-01-16T06:08:42-05:00June 29th, 2006|News|

FERNDALE - Keith Mercier from Warren was the lucky winner of a weekend trip to Saugatuck, compliments of Paramount Bank. He was awarded his prize package June 14 by John McQuiggin, the new branch manager [...]

DTMC Spring concert a success

By |2018-01-16T02:45:55-05:00June 29th, 2006|News|

SOUTHFIELD - On June 17, Detroit Together Men's Chorus performed their 24th annual Spring concert at Southfield Lathrup High School. The group performed "Misbehavin,'" a jazz, blues and swing medley which, according to a release [...]

DeRoche blocks anti-bullying bill

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|News|

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman LANSING - According to a report from the Triangle Foundation, House Speaker Craig DeRoche (R-Novi) has refused to allow movement on House Bill 5616, which if passed would protect Michigan's schoolchildren [...]

A (temporary) new home

By |2018-01-15T21:46:21-05:00June 29th, 2006|News|

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman PONTIAC - On Father's Day, congregants of Divine Peace Metropolitan Community Church held their first worship service in the church's new Pontiac home. The new home came to them, indirectly at [...]

Group’s talk zeros in on early LGBT battles

By |2018-01-16T16:17:25-05:00June 29th, 2006|News|

BY SHARON GITTLEMAN FERNDALE - LGBT activism didn't begin with New York's Stonewall confrontation in 1969. In the 1950s, Michigan gays took their first steps to standing up for their rights when they founded a [...]

Slightly swinging doors

By |2018-01-16T10:28:16-05:00June 29th, 2006|News|

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman On Wednesday, June 21, Episcopalians in Columbus, Ohio decided to close the door a bit on the nomination of additional gay bishops. On the same day in Birmingham, Alabama, the General [...]

Anti-gay play yanked by church

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|News|

BJ Reichert MUSKEGON - A West Michigan church has announced it has canceled a public performance of a controversial religious drama that portrays a murderous lesbian with AIDS who is a victim of incest being [...]

Activist, author Eric Rofes dies

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|News|

WASHINGTON - On June 27 the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announced the death of Eric Rofes, whom the NGLTF release described as, "a leader, activist, visionary, former board member and dear friend to [...]

More endorsements for Serra

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|News|

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman DETROIT - Judge Rudy Serra, Michigan's first openly-gay jurist and the only judge facing opposition in the primary contest for 36th District court, recently picked up endorsements from former mayoral rivals [...]

Real family values

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|Uncategorized|

This week, gentlemen and ladies, the homosexual agenda is once again focused on protecting children. What? You thought the Christian right was working to protect children? Think again. As evidence we present for your enlightenment [...]

Book Marks

By |2006-06-29T09:00:00-04:00June 29th, 2006|Uncategorized|

By Richard Labonte "The Good Neighbor," by Jay Quinn. Alyson Books, 298 pages, $24.95 hardcover. Will and Rory are the gay neighbors: Will is the over-achieving careerist, while laid-back Rory works part-time from home and [...]