Parting Glances: The mind boggles

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 [...]

By |2018-01-16T10:47:51-05:00July 13th, 2006|Opinions|

The Gay Moralist: Lemonade from New York

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 [...]

By |2018-01-16T05:26:41-05:00July 13th, 2006|Opinions|

Dear Jody

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 [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|Opinions|

Art & Around for the period July 13-22

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" [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|Uncategorized|

Theater Events for the period July 13-22

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 [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|Uncategorized|

Concert Connections

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 [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|Uncategorized|

All God’s children

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 [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|Opinions|

Curtain Calls ONLINE

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 [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|Entertainment|

Q Scopes

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 [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|Entertainment|

‘Candy’ is dandy

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 [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|Entertainment|

Soul sisters

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," [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|Entertainment|

Now Playing

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 [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|Entertainment|

Playing with Dolls

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 [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|Entertainment|

‘Drama’ queens

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 [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|Entertainment|

John Ottman does ‘Superman’

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? [...]

By |2018-01-16T02:07:56-05:00July 13th, 2006|Entertainment|

Q Puzzle

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 [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|Entertainment|

Windover reaches milestone

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 [...]

By |2018-01-16T06:47:33-05:00July 13th, 2006|Entertainment|

National News Briefs

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 [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|News|

SHe Said July 13, 2006

"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 [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|News|

It’s a race in 9th district!

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 [...]

By |2018-01-16T01:56:56-05:00July 13th, 2006|News|

One United Michigan seeks Primary Day volunteers

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 [...]

By |2018-01-16T16:08:53-05:00July 13th, 2006|News|

Join JGN for Shabbat dinner

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 [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|News|

Shock game to raise funds for Michigan Equality

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 [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|News|

Peninsula Group seeks community input

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 [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|News|

AFA, Thomas More attack MSU’s DP benefits

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 [...]

By |2018-01-16T13:02:52-05:00July 13th, 2006|News|

Ferndale ordinance raises questions

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 [...]

By |2018-01-16T00:09:03-05:00July 13th, 2006|News|

Gay Games Guide

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 [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|News|

Swim club members to compete in Chicago

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 [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|News|

Affirmations executive director recovering

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, [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|News|

HOPE Fund grants reach $1 million mark

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, [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|News|

Marriage equality suffers triple loss

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 [...]

By |2018-01-16T09:23:14-05:00July 13th, 2006|News|

Michiganders gear up for Gay Games

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 [...]

By |2018-01-15T22:40:56-05:00July 13th, 2006|News|

City Manager Tom Barwin moves on

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 [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|News|

Team spirit

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 [...]

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|Uncategorized|