Dear Jody: Leave me alone!

By | 2018-01-15T19:38:09+00:00 October 29th, 2009|Entertainment|

Q: I was sitting in my class and this guy behind me started whispering something that I couldn't initially understand. It was distracting, and I couldn't hear the professor. Finally, I figured out what the [...]

Cocktail Chatter: All About Absinthe

By | 2009-10-29T09:00:00+00:00 October 29th, 2009|Uncategorized|

By Camper English Despite sampling nearly every brand of absinthe available for sale in the United States, I have yet to see any green fairies outside of the LGBT contingent at the annual St. Patrick's [...]

The ‘Lions’ Queen

By | 2009-10-29T09:00:00+00:00 October 29th, 2009|Entertainment|

By Gregg Shapiro The first new album of all-original material in four years from out jazz-rock-folk musician Erin McKeown - "Hundreds of Lions" - is cause for roaring. The plucked strings and woodwinds of "To [...]

Slow and easy does it, Taurus!

By | 2009-10-29T09:00:00+00:00 October 29th, 2009|Entertainment|

By Jack Fertig Q Scopes Saturn leaving Virgo should offer some relief to the economy (despite still much larger problems!). But in Libra he brings three years of greater social conservatism, including stronger formalization of [...]

Late for a Date

By | 2009-10-29T09:00:00+00:00 October 29th, 2009|Entertainment|

Across 1 Mabius of "The L Word" 5 Controversial path for same-sex partners 10 Tennessee Williams' _"Summer and Smoke" heroine 14 Ani DiFranco's "___ Pretty Girl" 15 Fly cry 16 Retreat for D.H. Lawrence 17 [...]

Creepy fun from The Abreact’s all stars

By | 2018-01-15T19:33:31+00:00 October 29th, 2009|Entertainment|

By D. A. Blackburn What are theater administrators to do when their annual Halloween production meets the axe at the hands of space and scheduling conflicts? If said theater administrators happen to be Chuck Reynolds [...]

Brussels, Belgium

By | 2009-10-29T09:00:00+00:00 October 29th, 2009|Guides|

By Andrew Collins Out of Town As the headquarters of NATO and the European Union, Brussels ranks among the most international and sophisticated cities in the world. Though founded in the seventh century, Brussels is [...]

Michigan ACLU to host annual dinner

By | 2009-10-29T09:00:00+00:00 October 29th, 2009|News|

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is celebrating its 50th anniversary and will commemorate this milestone during its 2009 Annual Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 7. It will be held at the Westin Book Cadillac, [...]

Between Ourselves

By | 2009-10-29T09:00:00+00:00 October 29th, 2009|News|

by Jessica Carreras Monica Bowman is the owner of Ferndale art gallery The Butcher's Daughter. Situated in the LGBT-friendly city, Bowman seeks to explore issues such as gender and creativity through the contemporary art shown [...]

Going ‘Beyond Intolerance’

By | 2018-01-16T04:26:49+00:00 October 29th, 2009|News|

KALAMAZOO - For years there has been a sense that youth are emotionally effected by the reactions of their families when they come out as gay or trans, but never before has there been hard [...]

The Duel is on

By | 2009-10-29T09:00:00+00:00 October 29th, 2009|News|

In what has been dubbed "the cooking event showdown of the season," from 6-10 p.m. on Nov. 7, Affirmations LGBT community center and the Triangle Foundation will battle it out - with pots, pans, utensils [...]

Full Truth in big trouble

By | 2009-10-29T09:00:00+00:00 October 29th, 2009|News|

by Jessica Carreras Things are quite cold - literally and figuratively - at the Full Truth Fellowship of Christ Church of Detroit. The heat is off due to an outstanding bill of over $4,000, and [...]

Terry Kuseske runs for Kalamazoo City Commission

By | 2018-01-15T15:46:17+00:00 October 29th, 2009|News|

Past and present affiliations, in part: Cass County Commissioner (1978-1982), Kalamazoo Public Safety Review Board (2001-2003), City of Kalamazoo Planning Commission, Michigan Equality Board of Directors, Kalamazoo Alliance for Equality, One Kalamazoo Steering Committee What [...]

Out for office

By | 2009-10-29T09:00:00+00:00 October 29th, 2009|News|

by Jessica Carreras For the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, it seems that every year is a record year. The national organization, which specializes in supporting and training LGBT leaders running for all levels of [...]

Greg Pawlica runs for Ferndale City Council

By | 2009-10-29T09:00:00+00:00 October 29th, 2009|News|

Past and present affiliations, in part: Ford Motor Company GLOBE, Police and Fire Board, Ferndale Community Foundation, Steppin' Out Board of Directors, Ferndale Elks Club, Sierra Club What made you decide to run? After the [...]

Obituary: Douglas Pizzala

By | 2018-01-16T04:12:52+00:00 October 29th, 2009|News|

Doug Pizzala of Pleasant Ridge died on Monday, Oct. 26 at Henry Ford Hospital. Mr. Pizzala was the longtime companion of Ken Pape, HIV/AIDS coordinator for the State of Michigan Department of Human Services. Pizzala [...]

Pugh under fire

By | 2009-10-29T09:00:00+00:00 October 29th, 2009|News|

DETROIT - "I've been through a lot worse, and I'll get through this," said media personality and current Detroit City Council candidate Charles Pugh, speaking Sunday to supporters at a fundraiser organized by the Billionaire [...]

A legacy continued

By | 2009-10-29T09:00:00+00:00 October 29th, 2009|News|

by Jessica Carreras DETROIT - The Ruth Ellis Center celebrated its 10th anniversary on Oct. 22 with a gala at the Scarab Club in Detroit, where local dignitaries and longtime supporters of the center gathered [...]

Jim Rasor runs for Royal Oak City Commission

By | 2018-01-16T11:44:29+00:00 October 29th, 2009|News|

Past and present affiliations, in part: Royal Oak Zoning Board of Appeals, lawyer, Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, Steppin' Out AIDS Walk What made you decide to run? Being a lawyer and a fan of [...]

Treated equally?

By | 2009-10-29T09:00:00+00:00 October 29th, 2009|Uncategorized|

It's hard to trust Detroit politicians. With the constant scandal and history of falsehoods being told to the city's constituents, even the most honest and worthy candidate can get caught up in Detroit's bad image [...]

Creep of the Week: Ken Cuccinelli

By | 2018-01-15T20:22:39+00:00 October 29th, 2009|Opinions|

Looking for a good Halloween costume? Why not go as Ken Cuccinelli, Republican candidate for Virginia Attorney General. As Joe Sudbay of America Blog puts it, "He's very scary." Why is he so scary? Well, [...]

Parting Glances: Ghosts on parade

By | 2009-10-29T09:00:00+00:00 October 29th, 2009|Opinions|

For five dynamic years - 1940 to 1945 - Detroit was the Arsenal of Democracy, a vital source of war material. First for England's defense. Later, for our own. Automotive factories focused on round-the-clock, nonstop [...]

The Gay Moralist: The homosexual agenda

By | 2009-10-29T09:00:00+00:00 October 29th, 2009|Opinions|

John Corvino Gay marriage opponents claim that we gay folk are trying to influence your children. In one sense, they are quite right. We are not trying to "recruit" your children, if by that you [...]

When we act out of love

By | 2009-10-29T09:00:00+00:00 October 29th, 2009|Uncategorized|

by Beverly Davidson "Love is a relationship founded on the realization that we are all connected, that everyone matters, that every single person is precious. True love does not stop at feeling; it cannot stop [...]

Obama ends last vestige of HIV travel ban

By | 2009-10-29T09:00:00+00:00 October 29th, 2009|Uncategorized|

By Lisa Keen Friday, Oct. 30 - President Obama announced today that his administration will end the long-standing policy at Health and Human Services that banned immigration by people with HIV infection. He announced the [...]

Victory in Kalamazoo

By | 2009-10-29T09:00:00+00:00 October 29th, 2009|News|

by Jessica Carreras KALAMAZOO - There was much to celebrate in Kalamazoo on Nov. 3. In local government, Mayor Bobby Hopewell will be holding his spot for a second two-year term, while incumbents staying on [...]

President Pugh

By | 2009-10-29T09:00:00+00:00 October 29th, 2009|News|

DETROIT - Change has come. Five new faces will grace the council table in Detroit next year. Voters elected newcomers to the top three spots and placed an openly gay man at the head of [...]

Rasor wins council seat in Royal Oak

By | 2009-10-29T09:00:00+00:00 October 29th, 2009|News|

ROYAL OAK - Attorney Jim Rasor was elected to one of three open seats on the Royal Oak Commission, becoming the second openly gay man to win a seat on that city's commission. Gary Lelito, [...]