A nutty holiday at the Ringwald

By | 2018-01-16T07:02:33+00:00 November 4th, 2010|Entertainment|

FERNDALE - Things are always a little kooky around The Ringwald, and this holiday season is no exception! Opening Nov. 19 at Ferndale's Ringwald Theatre for an exclusive four-week engagement is Harry Kondoleon's wacky comedy, [...]

Chatty Kathe

By | 2018-01-15T21:29:43+00:00 November 4th, 2010|Entertainment|

By Samantha White "You have to show up for love" is one of the themes of Kathe Koja's latest novel, "Under the Poppy." The story centers around childhood friends and lovers Istvan, a puppeteer, and [...]

Getting to Know Pamela Means

By | 2010-11-04T09:00:00+00:00 November 4th, 2010|Entertainment|

Curve Magazine has praised Pamela Means as "one of the fiercest guitar players and politically-rooted songwriters in the music industry today" - and ain't that the truth. The Brooklyn-based, internationally touring musician performs in East [...]

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2010-11-04T09:00:00+00:00 November 4th, 2010|Entertainment|

By Romeo San Vicente Neil Patrick Harris, director? Neil Patrick Harris has already done everything else in show business short of escaping Houdini-style from a locked trunk at the bottom of a lake (and don't [...]

Q Scopes: Get sick and twisted, Leo!

By | 2018-01-15T15:39:44+00:00 November 4th, 2010|Entertainment|

By Jack Fertig Mercury is trine to Jupiter, opening the mind to wonderful new ideas and observations. But both are in water signs, so those new "ideas" will be more artistic, intuitive and emotional than [...]

Short Nap

By | 2010-11-04T09:00:00+00:00 November 4th, 2010|Entertainment|

Across 1 "Femme's Guide to the Universe" author Rednour 5 Type of room at a bathhouse 10 "West Side Story" gang 14 Cry of pride 15 The Scales, astrologically 16 Blade name 17 Cross-dressing comedian [...]

Miller classic closes Stages of the Law

By | 2010-11-04T09:00:00+00:00 November 4th, 2010|Entertainment|

Lansing Community College Performing Arts Department presents "A View From the Bridge" by Arthur Miller at Dart Auditorium, 500 N. Capitol Ave, Lansing, beginning Nov. 5. "A View From the Bridge" is Arthur Miller's taut [...]

Student Rush Tickets for ‘Plaid Tidings’

By | 2018-01-15T20:27:35+00:00 November 4th, 2010|Entertainment|

In true big-city fashion, Detroit's Gem Theatre will offer Student Rush Tickets to all performances of "Plaid Tidings," the holiday sequel to the monumentally successful off-Broadway musical "Forever Plaid." In this holiday treat, The Four [...]

Australians support free vote on gay marriage

By | 2010-11-04T09:00:00+00:00 November 4th, 2010|News|

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Nearly 80 percent of Australians support letting legislators vote their consciences rather than their party's position on same-sex marriage, an Oct. 22 poll found. The Galaxy poll was commissioned by [...]

Gays march in Tecate

By | 2018-01-16T09:29:38+00:00 November 4th, 2010|News|

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS About 150 LGBT people staged a pride march and protest in Tecate, Mexico, Oct. 24. The city, famous for its beer, sits on the California border about 40 miles southeast [...]

Hong Kong judge rules against trans marriage

By | 2018-01-16T05:11:21+00:00 November 4th, 2010|News|

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS A trial court judge in Hong Kong ruled against letting a postoperative male-to-female transsexual get married Oct. 5. Judge Andrew Cheung expressed worry about the consequences of recognizing sexual-reassignment surgery [...]

Intersex Awareness Day

By | 2010-11-04T09:00:00+00:00 November 4th, 2010|News|

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Oct. 26 was International Intersex Awareness Day. That's the 'I' in LGBTI. ILGA-Europe - the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association - said the [...]

Lithuania may ban public promotion of homosexual relations

By | 2018-01-15T19:05:33+00:00 November 4th, 2010|News|

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Lithuania's parliament, the Seimas, is considering legislation to criminalize "promotion of homosexual relations in public places," says the Lithuanian Gay League. One bill says that "a person promoting homosexual relations [...]

Between Ourselves: Heidi Lovy

By | 2018-01-16T01:03:07+00:00 November 4th, 2010|News|

Heidi Lovy is doing communications work for Equality Michigan out of Traverse City. She is passionate about her work and loves "being the straight girl" advocating for LGBT full equality. She expects Traverse City will [...]

Getting help with bullying

By | 2010-11-04T09:00:00+00:00 November 4th, 2010|News|

A variety of organizations are reaching out to try to help LGBT youth facing crisis, including: The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network launched a campaign aimed at creating a safe space for LGBT youth. [...]

Michigan ‘not listening’ to bullied kids

By | 2010-11-04T09:00:00+00:00 November 4th, 2010|News|

By Jim Larkin The parents of some of the Michigan children whose lives were claimed by bullycide attended the first performance of "The Bullycide Project." From left to right are Tom and P.K. Harrison, parents [...]

Bullying legistaion 2011

By | 2018-01-15T18:55:12+00:00 November 4th, 2010|News|

By Jim Larkin {ITAL Contributing writer} Whether or not Michigan joins 45 other states in adopting an anti-bullying law next year may well depend on how state residents voted on Nov. 2. State Sen. Alan [...]

Donor: Aims to eradicate homophobia

By | 2018-01-16T04:22:04+00:00 November 4th, 2010|News|

by Tara Cavanaugh YPSILANTI - Dr. Timothy Dyer, former regent and alumnus of Eastern Michigan University, hopes to eradicate homophobia with education. Dyer has pledged a $1.5 million gift to EMU to establish a Chair [...]

Affirmations takes a step back

By | 2010-11-04T09:00:00+00:00 November 4th, 2010|News|

FERNDALE - An era of growth and expansion has come to a halt at Affirmations Community Center, where new leadership has taken a look at the organization's books and greatly reduced the hours and the [...]

Breaking the silence

By | 2010-11-04T09:00:00+00:00 November 4th, 2010|News|

Memorial service: 'God we just don't get it' FERNDALE - The Metroplitan Community Church congregation was silent when Rev. Deb Dysert asked if anyone from Corey Jackson's family or circle of friends wanted to share [...]

LGBTs in the church subject of new film

By | 2018-01-15T19:56:35+00:00 November 4th, 2010|News|

DETROIT - The LGBT Faith Project of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion in conjunction with the Arcus Foundation announced the release and premiere of the DVD "Embracing Inclusion in Communities of Faith." The [...]

Retreats to build LGBT Afro-Amer. community

By | 2018-01-16T03:03:00+00:00 November 4th, 2010|News|

DETROIT - Healing Detroit, a series of retreats for Detroit area LGBT African-Americans, is set to launch its fourth round of retreats in Feb., April and June 2011. This next series is supported by a [...]

PFLAG endows LGBT Scholarship at Kent State

By | 2018-01-16T02:01:03+00:00 November 4th, 2010|News|

AKRON - The Akron chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgendered individuals has given $30,000 to endow a scholarship for students in Kent State University's LGBT Studies minor. The gift [...]

Obituary: Frank G. Martin

By | 2018-01-15T22:52:14+00:00 November 4th, 2010|News|

April 5, 1938 - Oct. 23, 2010 HUNTINGTON WOODS - Frank G. Martin, 72, spent 54 years living with and loving Al Vezza. For friends and LGBT community members, Frank and Al were role models, [...]

Florida adoption ruling will not be challenged

By | 2010-11-04T09:00:00+00:00 November 4th, 2010|News|

By BTL Staff MIAMI - Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum announced Friday that he will not appeal last month's ruling by a state appellate court striking down a state law barring gay people from adopting. [...]

BTL Editorial: Maybe this time…

By | 2018-01-16T01:54:48+00:00 November 4th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Maybe it will happen this time. Maybe the new state government installed in Lansing in January 2011 will pass anti-bullying legislation. Maybe they will listen this time to the young people who have endured bullying [...]

Creep of the Week: Clint McCance

By | 2018-01-16T17:52:15+00:00 November 4th, 2010|Opinions|

You know the old saying, "If you don't have anything nice to say, say it on Facebook?" Well, Arkansas Midland School District vice president Clint McCance took it to heart recently when he posted some [...]

Parting Glances: Holy douchebags.com!

By | 2010-11-04T09:00:00+00:00 November 4th, 2010|Opinions|

A century ago Mark Twain popularized the saying, "There are three kinds of falsehoods: lies, damned lies, and statistics." As far as LGBTs are concerned - and often persons of non-Christian faiths - these categories [...]

Gay Moralist: All or Nothing?

By | 2018-01-16T02:53:44+00:00 November 4th, 2010|Opinions|

by John Corvino I've been engaging in quite a bit of dialogue lately with conservative Christians. It usually involves their asking me a question along the following lines: "Look, we feel awful about the recent [...]

AG Cox fires UM student harasser Shirvell

By | 2018-01-22T20:48:34+00:00 November 4th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Former assistant attorney general Andrew Shirvell, seen harassing UofM student body president Chris Armstrong in May. Andrew Shirvell, Michigan's assistant state attorney general, was finally fired on Monday. Shirvell made national news after word [...]