Leadership change at Michigan Equality?

By | 2008-12-11T09:00:00+00:00 December 11th, 2008|Uncategorized|

Though not all details were confirmed as of press time, anonymous sources confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Derek Smiertka is no longer the executive director of Michigan Equality. The future of the organization remains uncertain. An [...]

Dear Jody

By | 2008-12-11T09:00:00+00:00 December 11th, 2008|Opinions|

Does he have HIV, too? Q: I have a sexually transmitted disease and I think I may have passed it onto my boyfriend. (For a little background info: he is 6-feet-3-inches and has a great [...]

Mombian: A season of thanks

By | 2018-01-16T15:24:58+00:00 December 11th, 2008|Opinions|

By Dana Rudolph It is supposed to be a time to give thanks, but the news is getting grim. Papers are carrying stories about children of same-sex parents worried that their families will fall apart [...]

The Crunch Who X’d Christmas

By | 2018-01-15T19:58:45+00:00 December 11th, 2008|Opinions|

ONCE UPON A TROUBLED TIME, there was a Crunch (distant cousin of a Grinch) who with malice of no thought kept poking an X into Christmas, like so: Christ(X)mas! X-mas Crunch really, truly thought of [...]

S/he said

By | 2008-12-11T09:00:00+00:00 December 11th, 2008|Opinions|

Compiled by Howard Israel "The reality is that to a very large part of the country, and even in the bluest parts of the bluest states, homosexuality is not seen as normal and gay relationships [...]

The Dating Diet

By | 2008-12-11T09:00:00+00:00 December 11th, 2008|Entertainment|

By Anthony Paull We're plunging like bargain-basement prices in post-election recessionary America. It's Jake and me, and we're spiraling down a dark, air-free tunnel where we feed on the other's edible soft spots, wallowing in [...]

Holiday Hear Me Out

By | 2008-12-11T09:00:00+00:00 December 11th, 2008|Entertainment|

No matter how many times you've heard the line "make the yuletide gay," it takes on a different - definitely more literal - meaning when Melissa Etheridge sings it. Yeah, I did go there, and [...]

Now Playing

By | 2008-12-11T09:00:00+00:00 December 11th, 2008|Entertainment|

NEW THIS WEEK Cadillac Records The likes of blues guitarist Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright) and rocker Chuck Berry (Mos Def) find stardom at Chicago-based Chess Records, while label founder Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody) fulfills his [...]

Washington embraces trans athletes

By | 2018-01-15T17:13:56+00:00 December 11th, 2008|Entertainment|

By Dan Woog The OutField Before the 2006-07 school year, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association had never fielded a question about transgender athletes. That year, they received four inquiries about whether teenagers with non-traditional gender [...]

‘Wicked’ ride

By | 2008-12-11T09:00:00+00:00 December 11th, 2008|Entertainment|

"You grow up pretty fast when you have naked people around you," says Robert Spaniolo, recalling - at just 8 years old - starring in his first show, "Pippin." Before that he pursued community theater [...]

Meditate, Pisces!

By | 2008-12-11T09:00:00+00:00 December 11th, 2008|Uncategorized|

By Jack Fertig Q Scopes The Sun and Mars are aligned in Sagittarius, boosting energy tremendously, but it's too easily all over the place. As this pair aspects Chiron in Aquarius and Uranus in Pisces, [...]

Andy’s 15 Minutes

By | 2008-12-11T09:00:00+00:00 December 11th, 2008|Uncategorized|

Q Puzzle Across 1 "East of Eden" director Kazan 5 Moisten with spray 9 Oscar movie for Whoopi Goldberg 14 Dogs do it when they're hot 15 CK One emanation 16 Carrie Chapman Catt, by [...]

Five15 donates online proceeds to Affirmations

By | 2018-01-16T13:12:33+00:00 December 11th, 2008|News|

ROYAL OAK - Five15, an independent book, music, movie and gift store in Royal Oak launches its newly renovated Web site with an unprecedented gesture of good will during these tough economic times. Dubbed "The [...]

Big changes for gays at CMU

By | 2008-12-11T09:00:00+00:00 December 11th, 2008|News|

by Jessica Carreras MT. PLEASANT - The Office of Gay and Lesbian Programs at Central Michigan University has switched hands again - and new director Shannon Jolliff says things are about to change. "The position [...]

Gay rights: A ‘Non-Issue’?

By | 2018-01-16T08:38:41+00:00 December 11th, 2008|News|

by Jessica Carreras Since the Nov. 4 election, California's Proposition 8 has dominated news pages, columns, blogs and letters to the editor nationwide. Taking the short-lived rights of marriage from gay and lesbian Californians, Prop. [...]

Woman sues after being fired for writing column

By | 2008-12-11T09:00:00+00:00 December 11th, 2008|News|

by Rex Wockner The University of Toledo's former associate vice president for human resources, Crystal Dixon, filed a federal lawsuit Dec. 1 over being fired after writing a newspaper column that suggested "the homosexual lifestyle" [...]

Grumpy elves and Christmas form letters

By | 2018-01-16T13:17:39+00:00 December 11th, 2008|Entertainment|

By D. A. Blackburn If the holiday season has already begun to grate on your nerves - the round-the-clock Christmas music, the crowded malls filled with crying children, the obnoxiously cheery sales clerks, etc. - [...]

Same-sex partner benefits attacked as part of Big 3 bailout

By | 2018-01-16T09:25:26+00:00 December 11th, 2008|News|

Conservative activists at http://www.RightMichigan.com have started blogging about a "cost saving" idea for the Big 3 bailout: Eliminate same-sex partner benefits. The pundits at http://www.RightMichigan.com argue the elimination of the benefits would save the Big [...]

Poll: Americans support gay rights

By | 2008-12-11T09:00:00+00:00 December 11th, 2008|News|

by Rex Wockner A Harris Interactive poll released Dec. 3 found that Americans support a range of policies and protections for gay people. The Pulse of Equality survey, commissioned by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance [...]

Leadership change at Michigan Equality?

By | 2008-12-11T09:00:00+00:00 December 11th, 2008|Uncategorized|

Though not all details were confirmed as of press time, anonymous sources confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Derek Smiertka is no longer the executive director of Michigan Equality. The future of the organization remains uncertain. An [...]

Big changes for gays at CMU

By | 2008-12-11T09:00:00+00:00 December 11th, 2008|Uncategorized|

by Jessica Carreras MT. PLEASANT — The Office of Gay and Lesbian Programs at Central Michigan University has switched hands again - and new director Shannon Jolliff says things are about to change. "The position [...]

SAGE Announces $1.5 million in new funding

By | 2008-12-11T09:00:00+00:00 December 11th, 2008|Uncategorized|

BTL staff NEW YORK, NY - On Thursday, SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders) announced significant new support from the Atlantic Philanthropies and The Calamus Foundation. Both grants represent multi-year [...]