BTL’s Arts, Beats & Eats Must-Sees

By | 2018-01-16T00:20:50+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

Michigan Lottery Stage: National Music Stage Friday, Sept. 3 5:30 p.m. Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra (Classical) Sunday, Sept. 5 10 p.m. Macy Gray (R&B/Soul) Made in Detroit Stage at ROMT Friday, Sept. 3 7:30 p.m. [...]

Tastes, sights, sounds – and gays?

By | 2018-01-16T09:33:42+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

by Jessica Carreras Jon Witz knows a thing or two about discrimination: The Arts, Beats & Eats festival producer says he dealt with unnecessary negative stigma for years when his festival was held in Pontiac. [...]

Art gallery opens in Royal Oak

By | 2010-09-02T09:00:00+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

Gallery U, a new contemporary art space located in downtown Royal Oak, will hold its grand opening during Arts, Beats & Eats weekend, from 6-10 p.m. Sept. 4. Formed by its parent company, Universal Institute, [...]

Crazy Sexy Cool

By | 2010-09-02T09:00:00+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

Gerrification with Gerry Visco 9 p.m. Sept. 3, Free Five15 Media Mojo & More 515 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak http://www.gerryvisco.com There's a way to emancipate yourself without popping happy pills - and Gerry Visco [...]

Pay(ton) It Forward

By | 2018-01-15T20:10:26+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

Barbara Payton 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 Arts, Beats & Eats Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Stage, Royal Oak http://www.artsbeatseats.com People can't believe that Barbara Payton hasn't carried her dreams out of Detroit. But the Motown [...]

Macy Gray

By | 2010-09-02T09:00:00+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

Macy Gray 10 p.m. Sept. 5 Arts, Beats & Eats National Music Stage Seventh and Center Streets, Royal Oak http://www.artsbeatseats.com Maybe you forgot about Macy Gray. Not that anyone could: She's a loopy, 6-foot-tall standout [...]

Q Scopes: Just be yourself, Virgo!

By | 2010-09-02T09:00:00+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

By Jack Fertig Venus and Mars dancing through Libra while opposing Eris boost competition and conflict. Mercury retrograding past the Sun in Virgo brings egotistical miscalculations into the picture. Go slow, easy and careful. Be [...]

Turn of Phrase

By | 2010-09-02T09:00:00+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

Across 1 Pitcher's rubber 5 Whitman's dooryard bloomers 11 Get ready for action 15 Succotash bean 16 Tennis star Mauresmo 17 "Little Caesar" gangster 18 Crude cartel 19 "Scent of a Woman" Oscar winner 20 [...]

The OutField: Rippin’ Gaysurfers.net

By | 2018-01-16T13:09:54+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

By Dan Woog With its chill, let-it-all-hang-out image - and its show-off-that-bodacious-body beach environment - you'd think surfing would offer a welcome haven for gay men in the larger, often homophobic sports world. Think again. [...]

Out of Town: Alaska

By | 2018-01-16T03:40:08+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|Guides|

by Andrew Collins Cruising and Touring Alaska - A Primer on Gay Travel in America's Last Frontier I recently returned from my second trip to America's largest and least populated (by density) state, Alaska. These [...]

2,000 at Kathmandu pride parade

By | 2010-09-02T09:00:00+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|News|

by Rex Wockner Some 2,000 people turned out for the first large-scale gay pride parade in Kathmandu, Nepal, Aug. 25. Openly gay Member of Parliament Sunil Babu Pant led the procession, riding an elephant. British [...]

Australian election seen as good for gay marriage

By | 2018-01-16T13:36:20+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|News|

by Rex Wockner Australian marriage equality advocates welcomed the Aug. 21 federal election results, saying the nation is "a huge step closer" to allowing same-sex marriages. Australian Marriage Equality spokesperson Alex Greenwich said that with [...]

Gays, Catholics clash in Guadalajara

By | 2018-01-15T18:49:40+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|News|

by Rex Wockner Gays and Catholics clashed outside the Roman Catholic cathedral in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Aug. 21 and 22 after Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez called gays "faggots" ("maricones") and accused Mexico City Mayor Marcelo [...]

Thousands march in Dublin for same-sex marriage

By | 2010-09-02T09:00:00+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|News|

by Rex Wockner Several thousand people marched in Dublin, Ireland, Aug. 22 demanding legalization of same-sex marriage and denouncing the nation's new same-sex-partnership law for conferring a second-class status. The march, from City Hall to [...]

EU lawsuit seeks equal employment benefits

By | 2010-09-02T09:00:00+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|News|

by Rex Wockner A case before the European Court of Justice seeks spousal employment benefits for same-sex couples in the 27 nations of the European Union. The case, Jürgen Römer vs. City of Hamburg, argues [...]

Moscow activists file Euro court case

By | 2010-09-02T09:00:00+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|News|

by Rex Wockner Moscow Pride organizers filed suit against Russia in the European Court of Human Rights on Aug. 23 alleging violations of their right to freedom of assembly as guaranteed by the European Convention [...]

LGBT Caucus proves influential at Dem Convention

By | 2018-01-16T09:26:49+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|News|

DETROIT - "Michigan does not need a CEO - a Chief Executive Outsourcer," intoned Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Benero at the Michigan Democratic Convention's opening press conference Aug. 28 at Cobo Hall. Bernero's feisty style [...]

Convention nominations

By | 2010-09-02T09:00:00+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|News|

Republicans Lieutenant governor: Brian Calley, 33, of Portland Credentials: Banker and state representative Attorney general: Bill Schuette, 56, of Midland Credentials: Former state Court of Appeals judge, congressman, state senator and state Agriculture Department director [...]

17 charged in medical marijuana raids

By | 2010-09-02T09:00:00+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|News|

"We aren't going anywhere," the silver-haired matriarch of Clinical Relief states, less than 24 hours after being forced face-down on the floor and handcuffed by drug-enforcement officers with ski masks and guns. Barbara Agro, 70, [...]

Speak Out: Making value-smart purchases

By | 2018-01-15T19:55:36+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|News|

by Eric Rader HRC's Corporate Equality Index: http://www.hrc.org/issues/cei.htm Text of the DISCLOSE act: http://tinyurl.com/342j3gn Contact Sens. Levin Stabenow to voice support for the DISCLOSE Act: Sen. Levin: http://levin.senate.gov/contact/ Sen. Stabenow: http://stabenow.senate.gov/email.cfm Earlier this year, the [...]

Covey to leave Michigan AIDS Coalition

By | 2010-09-02T09:00:00+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|News|

By Jessica Carreras After over 22 years in the field of HIV/AIDS work, Michigan AIDS Coalition Chief Operating Officer Craig Covey has announced that he is resigning from the nonprofit organization. His last official day [...]

Between Ourselves: Crystal Proxmire

By | 2010-09-02T09:00:00+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|News|

Crystal Proxmire is a freelance writer for Between The Lines. But what many readers may not know is that she also runs a website dedicated to her hometown, Ferndale. The 31-year-old resident covers city politics, [...]

Ken Mehlman comes out

By | 2010-09-02T09:00:00+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|News|

by Rex Wockner Ken Mehlman, George W. Bush's 2004 campaign chief and the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, came out as gay Aug. 25 in an interview with The Atlantic. He is the [...]

Proposition 8: What matters now?

By | 2018-01-15T17:14:17+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|News|

by Rex Wockner Various legal documents will be filed and then the federal Proposition 8 case will be argued in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals the week of Dec. 6. And there's little [...]

Scott Long leaves Human Rights Watch

By | 2010-09-02T09:00:00+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|News|

by Rex Wockner Scott Long resigned Aug. 23 as director of Human Rights Watch's LGBT Rights Program. In a note to friends, Long wrote: "In mid-July I suffered a pulmonary embolism of a fairly unpleasant [...]

There’s no place like home

By | 2010-09-02T09:00:00+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|Uncategorized|

It's no secret that the LGBT and arts communities are intrinsically linked. From the studios of Hollywood to the community theaters of Michigan, from renowned artists throughout history to local up-and-coming art galleries, gay and [...]

Creep of the Week: Charlie Crist

By | 2010-09-02T09:00:00+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|Opinions|

Look, I don't know if Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is gay. And while it really should be a non-issue because being gay is not this scandalous thing that makes a person unfit for public office [...]

The Gay Moralist: Complicity and redemption

By | 2018-01-16T02:32:13+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|Opinions|

by John Corvino In some circles, Ken Mehlman's coming out as gay (http://bit.ly/cYRKv8) this week was about as shocking as Rosie O'Donnell's coming out in 2002, or Ricky Martin's coming out earlier this year. Others [...]