Dear Jody

Family visit, or free Bed & Breakfast? Q: I have an issue with my current live-in girlfriend. "Sara" and I have been living together for three years. Last year we decided to buy a house [...]

By |2008-01-08T09:00:00-05:00January 8th, 2008|Opinions|

What a year in Kalamazoo

by Terry Kuseske Viewpoint Editor's note: We invited Terry Kuseske to share with BTL readers how KAFE achieved their success in passing an Equal Rights Ordinance in Kalamazoo which took effect Dec. 11. Where and [...]

By |2018-01-16T06:36:07-05:00January 8th, 2008|Opinions|

Sister’s bra 5Ks Madoff

I usually spend New Year's Eve alone. Just for old time's sake. Yes, hard to admit - popular raconteur and egad-about Spell Checker that I am - I sit in my art studio with a [...]

By |2008-01-08T09:00:00-05:00January 8th, 2008|Opinions|

S/he said

Compiled by Howard Israel "Don't look at us as gay Americans who have issues. Look at us as Americans who have been denied basic civil rights. This is how our second class citizenship should be [...]

By |2008-01-08T09:00:00-05:00January 8th, 2008|Opinions|

Best beats of ’08

Call it the Year of the Diva, or the Year I Became Just That Much Gayer. But how could you not feel overcome by big-female artist albums? Madonna, Mariah, Kylie, Celine, Cyndi - the list [...]

By |2008-01-08T09:00:00-05:00January 8th, 2008|Entertainment|

Toot your horn, Taurus!

By Jack Fertig Q Scopes Jupiter is starting his yearlong passage through Aquarius, where he inspires new visions of freedom and scientific exploration. This mini "age of Aquarius" is a year of great luck to [...]

By |2018-01-15T18:33:52-05:00January 8th, 2008|Entertainment|

Deep Inside Hollywood

By Romeo San Vicente Shankman Sails with "Sinbad" From big screen confections like "Hairspray" to the subversive online delight "Prop. 8: The Musical," gay director Adam Shankman thrives on spectacle. So it's a no-brainer that [...]

By |2008-01-08T09:00:00-05:00January 8th, 2008|Entertainment|

East Lansing goes blonde

EAST LANSING - Sorority star Elle Woods doesn't take "no" for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone more "serious," Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out [...]

By |2008-01-08T09:00:00-05:00January 8th, 2008|Entertainment|

Now Playing

NEW THIS WEEK Bedtime Stories Skeeter Bronson (Adam Sandler) is a maintenance man in a luxury hotel slated for expansion. That expansion, however, will take place at the expense of his niece and nephew's elementary [...]

By |2008-01-08T09:00:00-05:00January 8th, 2008|Entertainment|

Being black at Big Green

By Dan Woog The OutField Jamal Brown spent four years at Dartmouth College running, studying, and trying to figure out where he felt most comfortable: in its small gay community, or its equally tiny African-American [...]

By |2008-01-08T09:00:00-05:00January 8th, 2008|Entertainment|

Tail Twister

Q Puzzle Across 1 Gay horror writer Perry 6 Release from bondage 11 Be in the hole 14 Writer Wystan Hugh 15 Lincoln Center's Walter ___ Theater 16 Brown's " ___ Dirt" 17 Othello in [...]

By |2008-01-08T09:00:00-05:00January 8th, 2008|Entertainment|

Congrats to Triangle ED Skillman

Dignity Detroit is pleased to congratulate Alicia Skillman in being named executive director of Triangle Foundation. In almost 20 years of advocacy in the community, Triangle has been a bedrock in striving for LGBT equality [...]

By |2018-01-16T09:52:57-05:00January 8th, 2008|Opinions|

Failed anti-bullying laws to be reintroduced

BTL Staff report The Republican majority in control of the Michigan Senate refused to allow anti-bullying legislation to be voted on before the legislative session ended last month. By rule, the legislation is now dead [...]

By |2018-01-16T00:28:24-05:00January 8th, 2008|News|

Political Organizer Phil Volk

by Jessica Carreras Phil Volk is the lead organizer for the Washtenaw County Democratic Party's LGBT Interest Group. A long-time Democratic activist, Volk is focusing his post-election energy on pushing important LGBT rights issues in [...]

By |2008-01-08T09:00:00-05:00January 8th, 2008|News|

CARES honors compassionate artists in contest

by Jessica Carreras Earlier this month, the Community AIDS Resource and Education Services organization hosted their annual World AIDS Day juried art contest, centered each year on a different theme related to HIV/AIDS. This year's [...]

By |2008-01-08T09:00:00-05:00January 8th, 2008|News|

Send Pastor Rick Warren your story

BTL staff On Dec. 30, Faith In America called upon all Americans - gay and straight - to send Pastor Rick Warren their own personal stories of how religion-based bigotry and prejudice toward gay and [...]

By |2008-01-08T09:00:00-05:00January 8th, 2008|News|

Transition matters

By Lisa Keen Keen News Service STEP UP TO PAR: The transition team of President-elect Barack Obama on Monday, Jan. 5 announced the appointment of an openly gay man, Bradley J. Kiley, as director of [...]

By |2008-01-08T09:00:00-05:00January 8th, 2008|News|

Giving against the odds

by Jessica Carreras Like many other Michiganders this year, John Secor got the call on Sept. 2: he was out of a job. An editor and writer in the newspaper industry for many years, Secor [...]

By |2008-01-08T09:00:00-05:00January 8th, 2008|News|

A vision for Michigan

by Jessica Carreras Alicia Skillman isn't giving up on Michigan. Instead, with a new year, the new executive director of the Triangle Foundation is ushering in a new era for the LGBT community - one [...]

By |2008-01-08T09:00:00-05:00January 8th, 2008|News|

New year, new outlook

2009 is not a year for whiners. With all the negative buzz lately surrounding the Rick Warren decision by Obama, the failure of the Matt's Safe Schools and the second parent adoption bills in Michigan [...]

By |2008-01-08T09:00:00-05:00January 8th, 2008|Uncategorized|

Theaters struggle, but innovate in 2008

As the credit, banking, housing and auto industries crashed and burned in 2008, Michigan's performing arts troupes proved once again that when times get tough, theaters innovate. And while rumors of impending doom swirled throughout [...]

By |2018-01-16T10:52:14-05:00January 8th, 2008|Entertainment|

Best books of ’08

by Richard Labonte Book Marks At this time last year, two major gay-interest publishers - Harrington Park Press and Carroll & Graf - were defunct, and smaller queer presses were reeling from the financial fallout [...]

By |2008-01-08T09:00:00-05:00January 8th, 2008|Guides|

Gay in Numbers

4: The percent-per-year rate in which HIV infection in the metro Detroit area has risen between 2002 and 2006, as reported by The Michigan Department of Community Health. 40: The annual HIV infection rate is [...]

By |2008-01-08T09:00:00-05:00January 8th, 2008|Guides|


"The last time we played Detroit at the Magic Stick, I stumbled upon a used record store where I bought a record that still hangs in the middle of my kitchen wall today." - Amanda [...]

By |2008-01-08T09:00:00-05:00January 8th, 2008|Guides|

2008 with Jerry & St. Pete

by Sister Serena Scatterpin, RSM When Rev. Jerry Falwell entered heaven, 2008, planet earth was suddenly 300 pounds lighter, though few at Weight Watchers or Manpower Gyms of America took any particular notice. Jerry was [...]

By |2008-01-08T09:00:00-05:00January 8th, 2008|Guides|

Best quotes of 2008

"I'm proud to be a woman, I'm proud to be a black woman and I'm proud to be gay." - Wanda Sykes, comedian and actress, came out publicly while addressing a rally in Las Vegas, [...]

By |2008-01-08T09:00:00-05:00January 8th, 2008|Guides|

2008 timeline

by Jessica Carreras Jan. 9: The Ruth Ellis Center receives a $366,000 federal grant toward programming. The acquisition is punctuated by a visit by Michigan's U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, and National Gay and Lesbian Task [...]

By |2008-01-08T09:00:00-05:00January 8th, 2008|Guides|