General Gayety: Grooms who are men’s men

By | 2018-01-15T19:37:07+00:00 July 13th, 2006|Opinions|

By Leslie Robinson If you'd like some positive news about same-sex marriage to offset the recent court decisions in New York and Georgia, I can provide it. In the countries where gay marriage is allowed, [...]

Parting Glances: The mind boggles

By | 2018-01-16T10:47:51+00:00 July 13th, 2006|Opinions|

A recent Canadian study finds there's indication that boys born into families of older brothers — presumably straight and butch — statistically are often likely to be gay. As an only child, I can't say [...]

The Gay Moralist: Lemonade from New York

By | 2018-01-16T05:26:41+00:00 July 13th, 2006|Opinions|

by John Corvino By now you've probably heard about the New York Court of Appeals' decision that their state's constitution does not require equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. Problem is, much of what you've [...]

Dear Jody

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 2006|Opinions|

By Jody Valley Whitewash Q: My boyfriend "George" has so many great qualities. He's handsome, well-built, smart, sociable, a great dancer, a good cook, has a great job and is talented in many ways. I [...]

Art & Around for the period July 13-22

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 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 July 13-22

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 2006|Uncategorized|

Professional Theater/Opera: Additional Particulars A comedy about four employees at the Save-A-Bundle Discount Store. Williamston Theatre, Williamston. Thu.-Sun., through July 16. $15-$22. 517-655-7469. http://www.williamstontheatre.org. All Childish Things It's "Star Wars" fanaticism gone too far when [...]

Concert Connections

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 2006|Uncategorized|

This Week: Dresden Dolls and Panic! At the Disco Thurs. 7/13/06 Delta Plex, Grand Rapids Dresden Dolls and Panic! At the Disco Fri. 7/14/06 State Theatre, Detroit India.arie Fri. 7/14/06 Chene Park, Detroit Concert of [...]

All God’s children

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 2006|Opinions|

Dear BTL, Re: Protestors don't faze Michigan Pride attendees in the June 29, 2006 issue of BTL: I am so happy for my fellow brothers and sisters in the movement! I just hope that one [...]

Curtain Calls ONLINE

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 2006|Entertainment|

CCO Manos Playhouse.jpg: "Where The Wilde Things Are" is one of two short one-acts brought to life by Flint area young people in "Mano's Children's Playhouse" at Buckham Alley Theatre. Photo: Courtesy Buckham Alley Theatre [...]

Q Scopes

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 2006|Entertainment|

by Jack Fertig July 10, 2006 "Swagger and strut, Scorpio!" Venus opposing Pluto pushes us toward challenges in relationships - maybe way too hard! Mars points to vigorous physical activity - sex, athletics, or dance [...]

‘Candy’ is dandy

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 2006|Entertainment|

Amy Sedaris is a lot like her "Strangers with Candy" character Jerri Blank - a 47-year-old ex-prostitute and junkie returning to, gasp, high school. She's innocent. She's forgetful. She's a survivor. "But I'm not a [...]

Soul sisters

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 2006|Entertainment|

When the Indigo Girls first hit the folk scene in the late '80s, people were hushed about homosexuality. "They were scared to talk about it, record companies were scared to have people write about it," [...]

Now Playing

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 2006|Entertainment|

A Scanner Darkly Bob Arctor (Keanu Reeves) is an undercover cop addicted to the drug he's been assigned to eradicate, a fictional high known as "Substance D." In his world are two highly verbose junkies [...]

Playing with Dolls

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 2006|Entertainment|

By Peter Galvin Try as you might, it's pretty damn impossible to categorize the music of The Dresden Dolls. Sure, many labels have been bandied about: theatrical rock, punk cabaret, manic-musical, neo-glam-torch. But forget about [...]

‘Drama’ queens

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 2006|Entertainment|

By Yale Wagner After 10 years away, Bananarama have stepped back into the spotlight on the international stage. Their new album "Drama" is as hot on the inside as it is on the outside, and [...]

John Ottman does ‘Superman’

By | 2018-01-16T02:07:56+00:00 July 13th, 2006|Entertainment|

By Jason Victor Serinus How else can a gay journalist begin a phone conversation with the openly gay composer and editor of "Superman Returns" without addressing the multi-leveled speculation that the "new" Superman is gay? [...]

Q Puzzle

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 2006|Entertainment|

July 10, 2006 "Call Me" Across 1 Kudrow of "Happy Endings" 5 S/M unit 9 "The Bride of Frankenstein" director James 14 Baseball's Blue Moon 15 NCAA home of the Bruins 16 Gay porn star [...]

Windover reaches milestone

By | 2018-01-16T06:47:33+00:00 July 13th, 2006|Entertainment|

OWENDALE - Windover Resort Campground for Women reaches a milestone this weekend as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. Festivities at the lesbian resort July 14-16 will include a bar-be-cue, ice cream and cake, said Judy [...]

National News Briefs

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 2006|News|

Compiled by Dawn Wolfe Gutterman Politics Stonewall picks Wyrick as executive director Washington, DC - The board of directors of the National Stonewall Democrats has announced the appointment of Jo Wyrick to serve as executive [...]

SHe Said July 13, 2006

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 2006|News|

"They believe that the world should be made a very very uncomfortable place for gays and lesbians so that we don't come out. Not so that we don't exist, but so that we don't come [...]

It’s a race in 9th district!

By | 2018-01-16T01:56:56+00:00 July 13th, 2006|News|

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman FARMINGTON HILLS - One of Congress' most anti-gay, pro-Bush U.S. Representatives may be in for a surprise this November. Or even this August. At least, that's what his opponents and at [...]

One United Michigan seeks Primary Day volunteers

By | 2018-01-16T16:08:53+00:00 July 13th, 2006|News|

STATEWIDE - One United Michigan is looking for volunteers to inform voters about the potential impact of the mis-named Michigan Civil Rights Initiative on Primary Day, Aug. 8. According to the One United Michigan email [...]

Join JGN for Shabbat dinner

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 2006|News|

WEST BLOOMFIELD - The Jewish Gay Network of Michigan will be celebrating Shabbat at a private home in West Bloomfield at 6:30 p.m. July 28. This informal Shabbat experience will include a kosher meal, socialization [...]

Shock game to raise funds for Michigan Equality

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 2006|News|

AUBURN HILLS - The Sacramento Monarchs and the Detroit Shock will compete in a Women's Basketball Fundraiser to promote equality and eliminate discrimination at 7:30 p.m. July 26 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. WNBA [...]

Peninsula Group seeks community input

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 2006|News|

The Peninsula Group, a volunteer strategic planning team formed in Michigan following the passage of Proposal 2 in 2004, has created an online survey to learn about the values and beliefs of Michigan's LGBT community [...]

AFA, Thomas More attack MSU’s DP benefits

By | 2018-01-16T13:02:52+00:00 July 13th, 2006|News|

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman LANSING - Gay family activists are calling a new lawsuit to prevent Michigan State University from providing domestic partner benefits to families headed by same-sex couples "a mean-spirited attempt to harm [...]

Ferndale ordinance raises questions

By | 2018-01-16T00:09:03+00:00 July 13th, 2006|News|

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman FERNDALE - Does it or doesn't it cover gender identity? That was the question that members of Detroit's transgender and allied community were asking about Ferndale's proposed human rights ordinance over [...]

Gay Games Guide

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 2006|News|

14-22 July Arts Festival. Chicago's finest cultural institutions will present special events during Gay Games week. Venues throughout Chicago. 15 July The International Rainbow Memorial Run. Rainbow Run will be staged throughout the diverse ethnic [...]

Swim club members to compete in Chicago

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 2006|News|

By John Quinn ROYAL OAK - A dozen or so members of Team Detroit Aquatics plan to step up into competitive swimming as they ready to participate in Gay Games VII, opening July 15 in [...]

Affirmations executive director recovering

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 2006|News|

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman FERNDALE - Three back surgeries and a slowly-healing right leg later, Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center Executive Director Leslie Thompson is temporarily down, but she's not out. She is worried, [...]

HOPE Fund grants reach $1 million mark

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 2006|News|

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman DETROIT - On July 10 the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan announced grants totaling $44,735 from The Hope Fund to assist agencies and organizations that support the needs of lesbian, gay, [...]

Marriage equality suffers triple loss

By | 2018-01-16T09:23:14+00:00 July 13th, 2006|News|

By Lisa Keen There was a triple-whammy loss for same-sex marriage during the past week. The highest state courts in New York, Georgia and Massachusetts issued rulings that marked significant setbacks for efforts to secure [...]

Michiganders gear up for Gay Games

By | 2018-01-15T22:40:56+00:00 July 13th, 2006|News|

FERNDALE - About 40 Michigan athletes scheduled to compete in Gay Games VII in Chicago gathered for a meet-and-greet at Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center on July 6. Bob Knight, who will compete in [...]

City Manager Tom Barwin moves on

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 2006|News|

BY SHARON GITTLEMAN FERNDALE - When Tom Barwin finishes his last day of work as Ferndale's city manager this month after nearly nine years on the job, many lesbian and gay residents will be sorry [...]

Team spirit

By | 2006-07-13T09:00:00+00:00 July 13th, 2006|Uncategorized|

Some people care about sports; others - well, some of us know they exist. Here at BTL, the staff seems roughly divided between those who can list the scores and plays of the last three [...]