BTL’s Arts, Beats & Eats Must-Sees

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. [...]

By |2018-01-16T00:20:50-05:00September 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

Tastes, sights, sounds – and gays?

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. [...]

By |2018-01-16T09:33:42-05:00September 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

Art gallery opens in Royal Oak

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, [...]

By |2010-09-02T09:00:00-04:00September 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

Crazy Sexy Cool

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 [...]

By |2010-09-02T09:00:00-04:00September 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

Pay(ton) It Forward

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 [...]

By |2018-01-15T20:10:26-05:00September 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

Macy Gray

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 [...]

By |2010-09-02T09:00:00-04:00September 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

Q Scopes: Just be yourself, Virgo!

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 [...]

By |2010-09-02T09:00:00-04:00September 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

Turn of Phrase

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 [...]

By |2010-09-02T09:00:00-04:00September 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

The OutField: Rippin’ Gaysurfers.net

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. [...]

By |2018-01-16T13:09:54-05:00September 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

Out of Town: Alaska

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 [...]

By |2018-01-16T03:40:08-05:00September 2nd, 2010|Guides|

2,000 at Kathmandu pride parade

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 [...]

By |2010-09-02T09:00:00-04:00September 2nd, 2010|News|

Australian election seen as good for gay marriage

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 [...]

By |2018-01-16T13:36:20-05:00September 2nd, 2010|News|

Gays, Catholics clash in Guadalajara

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 [...]

By |2018-01-15T18:49:40-05:00September 2nd, 2010|News|

Thousands march in Dublin for same-sex marriage

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 [...]

By |2010-09-02T09:00:00-04:00September 2nd, 2010|News|

EU lawsuit seeks equal employment benefits

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 [...]

By |2010-09-02T09:00:00-04:00September 2nd, 2010|News|

Moscow activists file Euro court case

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 [...]

By |2010-09-02T09:00:00-04:00September 2nd, 2010|News|

LGBT Caucus proves influential at Dem Convention

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 [...]

By |2018-01-16T09:26:49-05:00September 2nd, 2010|News|

Convention nominations

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 [...]

By |2010-09-02T09:00:00-04:00September 2nd, 2010|News|

17 charged in medical marijuana raids

"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, [...]

By |2010-09-02T09:00:00-04:00September 2nd, 2010|News|

Speak Out: Making value-smart purchases

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 [...]

By |2018-01-15T19:55:36-05:00September 2nd, 2010|News|

Covey to leave Michigan AIDS Coalition

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 [...]

By |2010-09-02T09:00:00-04:00September 2nd, 2010|News|

Between Ourselves: Crystal Proxmire

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, [...]

By |2010-09-02T09:00:00-04:00September 2nd, 2010|News|

Ken Mehlman comes out

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 [...]

By |2010-09-02T09:00:00-04:00September 2nd, 2010|News|

Proposition 8: What matters now?

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 [...]

By |2018-01-15T17:14:17-05:00September 2nd, 2010|News|

Scott Long leaves Human Rights Watch

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 [...]

By |2010-09-02T09:00:00-04:00September 2nd, 2010|News|

There’s no place like home

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 [...]

By |2010-09-02T09:00:00-04:00September 2nd, 2010|Uncategorized|

Creep of the Week: Charlie Crist

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 [...]

By |2010-09-02T09:00:00-04:00September 2nd, 2010|Opinions|

The Gay Moralist: Complicity and redemption

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 [...]

By |2018-01-16T02:32:13-05:00September 2nd, 2010|Opinions|