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The Dating Diet: Bad Romance

Anthony Paull Patrick has always been one of my special friends. He's afraid of escalators. He refuses to drive 10 miles away from his house, and lately, he enjoys texting me that he's going to [...]

By |2010-02-11T09:00:00-05:00February 11th, 2010|Entertainment|

Our Dirty Own

You think you've seen it all, and then you see Scooby-Doo masturbating. But, hey, we go to the Dirty Show to be shocked. And from Feb. 12-20 at Bert's Warehouse Theater in Detroit, you can [...]

By |2010-02-11T09:00:00-05:00February 11th, 2010|Entertainment|

Deep Inside Hollywood

By Romeo San Vicente Margaret Cho, Queen of the 'Palace' Polymorphously perverse comedian Margaret Cho has been battling on the front lines for the right of same-sex couples to marry, but she hasn't turned her [...]

By |2010-02-11T09:00:00-05:00February 11th, 2010|Entertainment|

Don’t worry, Aries!

By Jack Fertig Q Scopes Mars retrograde in Leo sextile Saturn in Libra can help repair relationships and politics, but that takes humility and reflection! Jupiter in Pisces sextile Pluto in Capricorn should offer opportunities [...]

By |2010-02-11T09:00:00-05:00February 11th, 2010|Entertainment|

Valentine’s Gay Guide

'SKYN' IS IN They say abstinence makes the heart grow fonder. Or is it absence? Eh, who cares - you just wanna get lucky! And if you play your cards right, playa', you might just [...]

By |2010-02-11T09:00:00-05:00February 11th, 2010|Guides|


By Steven Petrow Help for Valentine's Day? Q: I have been going out with this new guy for about two weeks, and lo and behold Valentine's Day looms ahead. I'm kind of freaking out - [...]

By |2010-02-11T09:00:00-05:00February 11th, 2010|Guides|


They say abstinence makes the heart grow fonder. Or is it absence? Eh, who cares - you just wanna get lucky! And if you play your cards right, playa', you might just bring down the [...]

By |2010-02-11T09:00:00-05:00February 11th, 2010|Guides|


If you think "healthy" chocolate is an oxymoron, think again. Xoai: The Healthy Chocolate is produced with unprocessed, non-alkalized, non-lecithinized Belgian cocoa powder then combined with blueberry and aai berry to create a sweet treat [...]

By |2010-02-11T09:00:00-05:00February 11th, 2010|Guides|


What began as a hobby has become a boon for husband and wife entrepreneurs Kyle Morris and Nicole Mogyorosi, who started House of Hazelnut Papery four years ago as an alternative to their self-proclaimed "aversion [...]

By |2010-02-11T09:00:00-05:00February 11th, 2010|Guides|


Various florae have long been a staple of Valentine's Day, but what statement do they make about your "everlasting" love when a week later they're limper than you after a few shots of Smirnoff? Thought [...]

By |2010-02-11T09:00:00-05:00February 11th, 2010|Guides|


Looking for love in modern-day London has never been more charming. Billed as a "grown-up gay movie for smart gay audiences," "Mr. Right" follows a group of successful gay men - TV producer Harry, rugby [...]

By |2010-02-11T09:00:00-05:00February 11th, 2010|Guides|


One peek at him in 2wink's "Cool Devil" or "Hot Angel" undies - high-cut cotton-spandex boxer briefs available in red/white and blue/white respectively - and your mini-mate will be saluting "G'day." The only underwear brand [...]

By |2010-02-11T09:00:00-05:00February 11th, 2010|Guides|


An appropriately titled debut record if there ever was one, Cortes Alexander's "Swell" will cause your heart do the same with its 16-track collection of jazz, pop-rock and euro-lounge-inspired songs. This evocative, emotional escape of [...]

By |2010-02-11T09:00:00-05:00February 11th, 2010|Guides|


Butter makes everything better. And in the case of Boy Butter, a line of personal lubricants, a truer statement has never been made. A unique addition to the lube industry, Boy Butter fuses vegetable oil [...]

By |2010-02-11T09:00:00-05:00February 11th, 2010|Guides|


And now a little something for the ladies! Rosangel, a new tequila from The House of Gran Centenario, is infused with hibiscus then aged for a year to achieve the hooch's distinctive pink hue and [...]

By |2010-02-11T09:00:00-05:00February 11th, 2010|Guides|


Does Cupid have his arrow aimed at shy Mayson and his newfound crush Reiley - or will Reiley's penchant for chocolate scones cause Mason's cookie to crumble before they leave the coffee shop? Oh, the [...]

By |2010-02-11T09:00:00-05:00February 11th, 2010|Guides|


Give your lover the gift of life with a new device poised to revolutionize the tobacco smoking industry. Cigotine - an electronic cigarette that looks, feels and tastes like a real butt - delivers the [...]

By |2010-02-11T09:00:00-05:00February 11th, 2010|Guides|

Albania passes model law against LGBT discrimination

by Rex Wockner International News Briefs Albania's Parliament banned discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity Feb. 4. The law covers employment, housing, provision of goods and services, education and access to [...]

By |2018-01-15T22:18:06-05:00February 11th, 2010|News|

Canadian Cabinet minister outed

by Rex Wockner International News Briefs Canada's minister of transport, infrastructure and communities, John Baird, was outed on a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation live radio program Feb. 2. Host Andy Barrie asked guest Pamela Taylor, a [...]

By |2018-01-15T16:42:51-05:00February 11th, 2010|News|

Macedonia backtracks on LGB protections

by Rex Wockner International News Briefs The government of Macedonia unveiled revised anti-discrimination legislation Jan. 29 that deleted sexual orientation as a covered ground. Deputy Minister for Social Policy Spiro Ristovski downplayed the change, saying [...]

By |2018-01-15T17:14:36-05:00February 11th, 2010|News|

British group to sue for same-sex marriage

by Rex Wockner International News Briefs The London LGBT group OutRage! on Feb. 1 announced a dual legal challenge to the British bans on same-sex marriage and opposite-sex civil partnerships. Several gay and straight couples [...]

By |2010-02-11T09:00:00-05:00February 11th, 2010|News|

Sharing the Love

by Jessica Carreras For AIDS Partnership Michigan, Valentine's Day isn't about boxes of chocolates or tear-inducing Hallmark cards. It's about honoring their nearly three decades of work - begun on Feb. 14, 1983 - helping [...]

By |2010-02-11T09:00:00-05:00February 11th, 2010|News|

Mich. pastors sue to stop U.S. hate crime law

by Jessica Carreras BAY CITY, Mich. - Three Michigan pastors, along with American Family Association of Michigan head Gary Glenn, claim a new hate crime law infringes on their First Amendment rights and should be [...]

By |2010-02-11T09:00:00-05:00February 11th, 2010|News|

Coalition for a Fair Michigan finally files

by BTL staff The Coalition for a Fair Michigan has filed the campaign disclosure reports from the 2004 battle over Proposal 2, which amended the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The files were supposed [...]

By |2018-01-16T14:40:18-05:00February 11th, 2010|News|

Between Ourselves: John Di Donato

by Jessica Carreras John Di Donato is a life-long educator. After retiring from his job as a schoolteacher, the Warren-based advocate continued to educate people about the LGBT community. Now, he strives through various endeavors [...]

By |2018-01-16T08:26:31-05:00February 11th, 2010|News|

Volunteers needed for Trans Day of Empowerment planning

Transgender Detroit is looking for organizations and individuals who would like to get involved in planning this year's Transgender Day of Empowerment, scheduled to be held in late April. Transgender Detroit Executive Director Michelle Fox-Phillips [...]

By |2010-02-11T09:00:00-05:00February 11th, 2010|News|

OpenArms gathers HIV funds for Haiti

OpenArms, a non-profit HIV/AIDS support network based out of southeast Michigan, has begun a program to benefit Haiti and is asking for donations. Lead Coordinator Rick Wilson shared that the program aims to collect HIV/AIDS [...]

By |2018-01-15T20:57:43-05:00February 11th, 2010|News|

Works by Carole Morisseau to open at Affirmations gallery

Throughout the month of February, Affirmations' Pittmann-Puckett Gallery will feature artwork from award-winning African-American artist Carole Morisseau as a part of the Ferndale LGBT community center's month long series of programming in honor of Black [...]

By |2018-01-15T19:01:26-05:00February 11th, 2010|News|

Taste of Ferndale returns on Fat Tuesday

The second annual Taste of Ferndale fundraiser is headed to Via Nove at 6-9 p.m. Feb. 16. The event aims to raise money for the Ferndale Community Foundation. More than 12 of the area restaurants [...]

By |2010-02-11T09:00:00-05:00February 11th, 2010|News|

SF paper: Prop. 8 judge is gay

With no named sources and a "no comment" from the judge, the San Francisco Chronicle this week reported that it is an "open secret" in San Francisco that the federal judge presiding over the Proposition [...]

By |2018-01-16T03:11:12-05:00February 11th, 2010|News|

Crabs in a basket

Every day of our lives as impassioned, educated members of the LGBT community - and just as human beings - we are inundated with messages imploring us to help. Rescue victims of the Haiti earthquake. [...]

By |2010-02-11T09:00:00-05:00February 11th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Creep of the Week: Oliver North

If we let gays into the military, the terrorists have won. Or so thinks Oliver "Iran-Contra Affair" North, who wrote last week that by repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" President Obama was putting the "nation's [...]

By |2018-01-16T03:58:43-05:00February 11th, 2010|Opinions|

Transmissions: Statistically speaking

by Gwendolyn Ann Smith A recent nationwide survey of transgender-identified people conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality in conjunction with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force provided some very sobering statistics about [...]

By |2018-01-16T16:19:34-05:00February 11th, 2010|Opinions|