A colorful existence

By Jessica Carreras In the downtrodden Michigan automotive world, there's one General Motors employee who isn't worried about losing his job - at least not to a straight man. "Being gay is about who you [...]

By |2007-10-18T09:00:00-04:00October 18th, 2007|Uncategorized|

Something’s wrong with Linda

By Lena Thompson Hello everyone! I am back. I have been on hiatus since the beginning of the year, suffering from writer's block and other stuff (being single and loving it). The Engine Performance classes [...]

By |2018-01-16T09:26:59-05:00October 18th, 2007|Uncategorized|

U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg on YouTube

Cheif of Staff Wisecup blows up on camera ROCHESTER - Within 48 hours of being taped and loaded onto YouTube, U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-9th District) attracted over 23,000 viewers. He was caught on tape [...]

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Billy Masters: Hollywood

"You are a pig. A sad jobless pig who is sad and talentless, and, um, oh yeah, sad and jobless and evil and a bad mom. So go fuck yourself, you sad jobless pig." - [...]

By |2007-10-18T09:00:00-04:00October 18th, 2007|Opinions|

Dear Jody: Panty problems

by Jody Valley Panty pilferer seeks hiding place Q: I have this habit. If anyone found out it would be very embarrassing to me. First, let me tell you that I am 36, female and [...]

By |2018-01-15T16:38:57-05:00October 18th, 2007|Opinions|

Three for Oscar (#2)

Parting Glances Oscar Wilde's full name is Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde: a bit grand for an Irish wit, playwright. And, gay man! But it does have a nice ring of blarney to it. Wilde [...]

By |2007-10-18T09:00:00-04:00October 18th, 2007|Opinions|

Basking in the sunshine of change

Viewpoint I have been fortunate, actually blessed, in my lifetime to bask in the sunshine of giants - James Boggs, Ruth Ellis, Jim Toy, Eric Alva, Ilana "Invincible" Weaver, Betty Couvetier - just to name [...]

By |2007-10-18T09:00:00-04:00October 18th, 2007|Opinions|

Billy Masters: Hollywood

"You are a pig. A sad jobless pig who is sad and talentless, and, um, oh yeah, sad and jobless and evil and a bad mom. So go fuck yourself, you sad jobless pig." - [...]

By |2007-10-18T09:00:00-04:00October 18th, 2007|Uncategorized|

Q Puzzle: Getting Older

October 15, 2007 Across 1 Mounts, to Maria von Trapp 5 Gay wedding guide author Ayers 9 Prefix with sexual 14 Ring out 15 Island of Barrie's land 16 Like phone sex 17 Salvo in [...]

By |2018-01-15T20:00:37-05:00October 18th, 2007|Uncategorized|

PrEP to prevent HIV infection

by Bob Roehr "Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is the most important concept in the [HIV] prevention field today," Robert Grant told the Infectious Disease Society of America at their annual meeting in San Diego. The concept [...]

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Two Australian women end up married

by Rex Wockner A married couple in Australia has become a married lesbian couple after the Administrative Appeals Tribunal allowed a transgender woman to change the sex designation on her passport, SX magazine reported Oct. [...]

By |2007-10-18T09:00:00-04:00October 18th, 2007|News|

Britain plans to ban incitement of hatred against gays

by Rex Wockner British Justice Secretary Jack Straw says the government plans to prohibit incitement of hatred against gay, lesbian and bisexual people. The proposed law would ban words, writings, video, audio and behavior purposefully [...]

By |2018-01-16T07:38:54-05:00October 18th, 2007|News|

Iranian president was not mistranslated

by Rex Wockner A spokesman for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Oct. 10 that Ahmadinejad was misquoted when he said at Columbia University in New York on Sept. 24 that there are no homosexuals in [...]

By |2018-01-16T11:21:53-05:00October 18th, 2007|News|

5,000 march in Johannesburg

by Rex Wockner Some 5,000 people took part in the 18th Joburg Pride Parade in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Oct. 6. "The fact that thousands braved the rain and cold to assert the importance of [...]

By |2007-10-18T09:00:00-04:00October 18th, 2007|News|

Singaporeans call for legalization of gay sex

by Rex Wockner Thousands of Singaporeans have signed an online open letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong urging legalization of gay sex. Parliament reportedly is planning to decriminalize oral and anal sex between heterosexuals [...]

By |2018-01-15T20:58:12-05:00October 18th, 2007|News|

Swedish parties support same-sex marriage

by Rex Wockner Sweden's three opposition parties introduced a motion in Parliament Oct. 5 to legalize full marriage for same-sex couples. The opposition Social Democrats, Greens and Left Party support the move, along with three [...]

By |2007-10-18T09:00:00-04:00October 18th, 2007|News|

National HRC had few bright spots

The Human Rights Campaign board meeting the weekend of October 5, 2007 was hard, painful, tearful and complex. ENDA and HRC's work in diversity and inclusion took center stage in all discussions. Seeing Sean Kosofsky [...]

By |2018-01-15T23:54:33-05:00October 18th, 2007|Opinions|

Violence not the answer

It appears that Ms. Brown (What's in the "Jena 6" for us? BTL Oct. 11), and many, many others have missed the point, either by intent or otherwise. First let me state that the white [...]

By |2007-10-18T09:00:00-04:00October 18th, 2007|Opinions|

Gloves come off in fight over ENDA

By Lisa Keen WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Barney Frank said Tuesday evening that House leadership has agreed to strategy on the ENDA bill to insert gender identity through an amendment to the bill once [...]

By |2007-10-18T09:00:00-04:00October 18th, 2007|Uncategorized|

Arnold dumps on gays again

News analysis by Rex Wockner He did it again. On Oct. 12, for the second time in three years, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill passed by the state legislature legalizing same-sex marriage. And [...]

By |2018-01-15T18:53:09-05:00October 18th, 2007|Uncategorized|

Two for the price of one!

Art at Affirmations Kevin Voog Tobin, 18, has a twin brother, David. They share an A+ gay gene (if indeed there is one). Kevin also has a gift: his art. (David studies biology at Wayne [...]

By |2007-10-18T09:00:00-04:00October 18th, 2007|News|

Covey campaign goes into high gear

FERNDALE - The Covey campaign for mayor of Ferndale is preparing to enter "high gear" with literature drops every weekend until the election. Folks willing to drop literature at Ferndale homes can contact the campaign [...]

By |2018-01-15T22:53:16-05:00October 18th, 2007|News|

Roasting Rachel

FERNDALE - A roast in honor of Rachel Crandall and the 10th anniversary of TransGender Michigan is being planned for Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. This fundraiser will benefit the ongoing work of TransGender [...]

By |2007-10-18T09:00:00-04:00October 18th, 2007|News|

2007 Midwest Trans youth conference coming

FERNDALE- Youth leaders and activists from around the Midwest will converge at Affirmations Community Center in Ferndale around the theme, "Revolutionary Voices, Transforming Choices" at the first Midwest Trans Youth Conference, October 19-21. The conference [...]

By |2007-10-18T09:00:00-04:00October 18th, 2007|News|

Halloween candidate benefit

FERNDALE - Just4Us, Between The Lines newspaper, Michigan Equality and "9" will host a Halloween fundraiser for "Out and Ally LGBT candidates" for public office on Oct 31. Local candidates throughout the state will be [...]

By |2018-01-16T03:12:38-05:00October 18th, 2007|News|

U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg on YouTube

Cheif of Staff Wisecup blows up on camera ROCHESTER - Within 48 hours of being taped and loaded onto YouTube, U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-9th District) attracted over 23,000 viewers. He was caught on tape [...]

By |2007-10-18T09:00:00-04:00October 18th, 2007|News|

New Triangle interim director sees opportunities

Capitol Correspondent DETROIT - While a volunteer in the Peace Corps, Kate Runyon was stationed in Gambia. Once, during a sexuality-education session held by the Gambians, she asked if there were any homosexuals. The response [...]

By |2018-01-15T23:10:59-05:00October 18th, 2007|News|

‘Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights’

Capitol Correspondent LANSING - Pamela Zeller-Drake remembers when her then-14-year-old son came home from school with a smiley-face button and a rainbow ribbon on his shirt. "I said to him, 'Honey is there anything you [...]

By |2007-10-18T09:00:00-04:00October 18th, 2007|News|

Covey good choice for Ferndale

BTL Editorial Craig Covey is the best choice for Mayor of Ferndale in the Nov. 6 election. He has proven his abilities to lead in the public and private sectors. He has served on the [...]

By |2007-10-18T09:00:00-04:00October 18th, 2007|Uncategorized|

Art & Around for the period Oct. 18-27

FALL ARTS FESTIVALS: Michigan Renaissance Festival Enter the turreted gates of Hollygrove and roam the festive marketplace, partake in games of skill or enjoy non-stop entertainment. Open weekends and Labor Day through Sept. 30. $17.95/adults;$8.95/children. [...]

By |2007-10-18T09:00:00-04:00October 18th, 2007|Entertainment|