Hate Crimes and Congressional Farce

By | 2018-01-15T22:56:02+00:00 August 13th, 2009|Opinions|

By Diane Silver Political IQ Get ready to laugh. I'm going to lead you through the twists and turns of one of the most ridiculous places known to humankind: the U.S. Congress. The purpose of [...]

Creep of the Week: Maggie Gallagher

By | 2009-08-13T09:00:00+00:00 August 13th, 2009|Opinions|

When beauty queen Miss California Carrie Prejean stood up at the Miss USA pageant and declared her support for "opposite marriage" I personally thought, "Who cares?" I mean, the fact that people got so angry [...]

S/he said

By | 2009-08-13T09:00:00+00:00 August 13th, 2009|Opinions|

compiled by Howard Israel "Outside the community, if a straight person attacks someone for being effeminate, we attack them, we're furious. But within our community, we're terrible to each other on the very same issue. [...]

The Sex Shack

By | 2009-08-13T09:00:00+00:00 August 13th, 2009|Entertainment|

The B-52s (from left) Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at DTE Energy Music Theatre. The B-52s 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 DTE Energy Music [...]

The Dating Diet: Two of farts

By | 2018-01-16T01:34:33+00:00 August 13th, 2009|Uncategorized|

By Anthony Paull Dad thinks it's OK if he farts in my face, because he's recovering from heart surgery and that's just part of my new full-time job as his personal assistant. You see, it's [...]

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2009-08-13T09:00:00+00:00 August 13th, 2009|Uncategorized|

By Romeo San Vicente 'Stargate' lesbians in space! The new series "Stargate Universe" will boldly explore a hitherto unexamined corner of TV's sci-fi landscape by including two principal lesbian characters. Ming Na ("ER") and Reiko [...]

Be clear, Cancer!

By | 2009-08-13T09:00:00+00:00 August 13th, 2009|Uncategorized|

By Jack Fertig Q Scopes Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Chiron and Eris are all in a lovely basket of harmonies, boosting energy, flamboyance, generosity and teamwork, but Saturn will have to intrude at hard angles! Take [...]

Scene Check @ Rainbow Room …

By | 2009-08-13T09:00:00+00:00 August 13th, 2009|Uncategorized|

1. Haley, Michelle and Michael 2. Nikki and Tim 3. Brad, Jordan and Peter 4. Miss Classic, Garnet January and Miss Amateur, Lucy Fire BTL photos: Danielle

Correction

By | 2009-08-13T09:00:00+00:00 August 13th, 2009|News|

In the Aug. 6 article "On the grow," Andrea Wilson was quoted as the executive director of S.P.I.C.E. This is incorrect. Wilson is the interim board chair.

Amsterdam mayor marries binational couples

By | 2018-01-15T20:17:03+00:00 August 13th, 2009|News|

by Rex Wockner Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen married five binational gay couples on a boat during the gay pride canal parade Aug. 1. The couples were purposefully composed of one Dutch citizen and one resident [...]

Australians march for same-sex marriage

By | 2009-08-13T09:00:00+00:00 August 13th, 2009|News|

by Rex Wockner A National Day of Action for Same-Sex Marriage saw demonstrations Aug. 1 in the Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne (pictured), Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra and Lismore. Photo provided by Equal Love [...]

Portuguese ban on same-sex marriage upheld

By | 2009-08-13T09:00:00+00:00 August 13th, 2009|News|

by Rex Wockner Portugal's Constitutional Court declined to strike down the ban on same-sex marriage July 31 in a 3-2 ruling. In a case brought by lesbian couple Teresa Pires and Helena Paixão, the court [...]

Romania enacts discriminatory laws

By | 2018-01-16T02:59:01+00:00 August 13th, 2009|News|

by Rex Wockner Romanian President Traian Basescu has signed a new Civil Code enacted by Parliament that discriminates against gay people. Ironically, Article 30 of the new code bans discrimination based on sexual orientation even [...]

World reacts to Tel Aviv shooting

By | 2018-01-15T23:11:11+00:00 August 13th, 2009|News|

by BTL Staff TEL AVIV - An estimated 70,000 people gathered at Tel Aviv's Rabin Square on Aug. 8 to mourn the deaths of Nir Katz, 26, and Liz Troubishi, 16, who were killed in [...]

Between Ourselves: Cleney Matlock

By | 2018-01-16T07:26:35+00:00 August 13th, 2009|News|

by Jessica Carreras Cleney Matlock is the most recent addition to the team at the Ruth Ellis Center. There, since April of this year, she has served as a Life Coach and Drop-in Center Manager [...]

Staying afloat

By | 2009-08-13T09:00:00+00:00 August 13th, 2009|News|

by Jessica Carreras In June, Common Language bookstore announced that it may have to close. However, community support has caused business to flourish and hopefully, create a sustainable business once more. BTL file photo. [...]

Upcoming events for Steppin’ Out

By | 2009-08-13T09:00:00+00:00 August 13th, 2009|News|

A kick-off party for Steppin' Out and AIDS Walk Detroit will be held Aug. 20 at Pronto! restaurant. The event will take place all day and will feature Steppin' Out staff and board members who [...]

Triangle works to reopen west Michigan office

By | 2009-08-13T09:00:00+00:00 August 13th, 2009|News|

by Jessica Carreras Following the announcement of receiving a $500,000 grant from Kalamazoo-based philanthropic group the Arcus Foundation, the Triangle Foundation has elaborated on several plans for the money - including one that should make [...]

Building ‘bridges of love’

By | 2009-08-13T09:00:00+00:00 August 13th, 2009|News|

People wave the gay community and Israeli flags as they gather for a rally in solidarity with victims of last week's gay youth club attack at Rabin's square in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, Aug. 8, [...]

ENDA introduced in Senate

By | 2009-08-13T09:00:00+00:00 August 13th, 2009|News|

By Lisa Keen An inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act is now on the move in the U.S. Senate. Long-time sponsor Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) introduced the bill on Aug. 5 along with Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) [...]

Sotomayor confirmed to high court

By | 2009-08-13T09:00:00+00:00 August 13th, 2009|News|

By Lisa Keen Sonia Sotomayor The U.S. Senate confirmed on Aug. 6 the appointment of federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court, with many Democrats emphasizing her credentials as a "moderate" and [...]

Gay businesses still need our support

By | 2009-08-13T09:00:00+00:00 August 13th, 2009|Uncategorized|

On the Human Rights Campaign's Web site, there is a bar graph showing the change in the number of employers with a 100 percent rating from the organization's Corporate Equality Index, which measures how LGBT-friendly [...]