Cocktail Chatter

by Ed Sikov "Let's go to Italy," Dan suggested out of the blue. "Yay!" I cried and jumped onto his lap. He was reading "The Economist," which got badly crushed, and he spilled his seltzer, [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Simply Cher

They don't make 'em like Cher anymore. The superdiva, and queen of all gay icons, has been able to successfully pull off singing and acting throughout her nearly 50-year career - and she does both [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|Entertainment|

Deep Inside Hollywood

By Romeo San Vicente Does Tom Cruise wanna 'Rock'? When you think of Tom Cruise and the 1980s, what's the first thing that comes to mind? "Cocktail" is the right answer, obviously, and it's clearly [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|Entertainment|

Q Scopes: Don’t change now, Capricorn!

By Jack Fertig Venus turning direct in Libra offers new chances to fix love affairs, creative projects and political efforts that have been recently going nowhere. Embrace new ideas and inspirations, even if they may [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|Entertainment|

Beyond Brady

Across 1 Well endowed 5 Cole Porter's Indiana hometown 9 Tie it to become wife and wife 13 Seesaw sitter of verse 14 Sparkle 15 Wilde land 16 Harvey Milk portrayer Sean 17 Send tumbling [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|Entertainment|


Ramona Singer infamously called Kodak antiquated, much to the chagrin of Jill Zarin, who was hosting an event on the company's behalf during a season three episode of The Real Housewives of New York. Points [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|Guides|


Shower time is sacred. And simplehuman aims to make it even better with its twin wall mounts with basket. Wide openings on the shampoo and conditioner dispensers prevent messy spills (is there a such thing [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|Guides|


If you're still buying bottle water on a daily basis, you're behind the times. Not only is it expensive, but it's also bad for the environment. In fact, you probably own a small part of [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|Guides|


Picture it: You're at your fave guppie's Chrismukkah party (because he's still "in lurve" with Seth Cohen) when tragedy strikes; the batteries in the electric bottle opener have died and your sanity is in danger. [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|Guides|


Go green while gettin' down with Solar Sound 2, the new and improved sun-powered portable speakers from pioneering company Devotec. Building upon the success of the original Solar Sound, this upgrade promises a superior listening [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|Guides|


There are digital photo frames, and then there's the CEIVA digital photo frame. What's the difference? For starters, CEIVA frames come preloaded with your favorite pics, so when the recipient opens the box your pearly [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|Guides|


Paging Peg Bundy! Al's trophy wife loved her some bonbons - but probably not this kind. Moulton's Bon Bons are truffle-shaped mounds of clay and organic compost combined with seeds. The Garden pack features two [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|Guides|


Small children do exactly three things - eat, sleep and wail. That is, when they're not relieving themselves wherever they want like incontinent animals. Since you can't outfit the kid with an electronic collar that'll [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|Guides|


Crate & Barrel and Bed Bath & Beyond deserve mad props - mostly because they've got the wedding-gift market on lock. Think about it. Even when you don't know where a dear friend (or a [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|Guides|


Sexy ladies have long had a love affair with motorcycles. Seems unlikely, but examine the evidence; nobody's forcing those busty blonds and brunettes to bend over the handlebars in every bike rag sitting on newsstands. [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|Guides|


This ain't your daddy's razor. The Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D uses GyroFlex 3D technology to enable three-dimensional contouring that pivots around, tilts inward and flexes outward to adjust seamlessly to every curve of the face [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|Guides|


It's no secret that gays pamper their pets. Custom feeders, top-of-line leashes, sherpa-lined winter parkas - we go all out when it comes to our furbabies. And why not? They're loyal, they don't talk back, [...]

By |2018-01-16T14:00:43-05:00November 18th, 2010|Guides|


Unless your dentist looks like John Stamos, you'd rather stay away. Which presents a problem if you covet bright white chompers. Sure, there are over-the-counter bleaching methods - and they're relatively inexpensive - but they're [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|Guides|


While movie tickets continue to climb, the ultimate in home-viewing entertainment gets more accessible. The Toshiba WX800 Cinema Series 3D LED HDTV delivers an impressive three-dimensional experience within a premium, ultra-thin package. Beyond its luxe [...]

By |2018-01-16T06:12:53-05:00November 18th, 2010|Guides|

LGBT issues included in EU accession reports

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS LGBT issues figure prominently in the European Commission's Nov. 9 progress reports on the hoped-for addition to the European Union of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Iceland, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, [...]

By |2018-01-16T04:45:31-05:00November 18th, 2010|News|

Lesbian couple denied marriage license in London

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS A lesbian couple who tried to get a marriage license were turned away at the Greenwich registry office in southeast London on Nov. 2. Sharon Ferguson and Franka Strietzel were [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|News|

Muslims protest for sexual rights in 12 nations

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Members of the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies staged simultaneous actions in 12 nations Nov. 9 under the theme "One Day One Struggle." Hundreds of members [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|News|

Tasmania to see same-sex marriage bill

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS The Tasmanian Greens party said Nov. 7 that it will introduce a bill in the Australian state's Parliament to legalize same-sex marriage. "If we are fair dinkum about removing discrimination [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|News|

U.S. defends its human rights record to U.N.

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS More than 30 U.S. officials, including senior officials from 11 federal departments and agencies, defended the country's human rights record before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva Nov. [...]

By |2018-01-15T20:16:01-05:00November 18th, 2010|News|

‘How could it get that bad?’

FERNDALE - Announcements of cut hours and services at Affirmations have sent shock waves through the community, leaving many to wonder what has been happening at the Center. "Personally I am very concerned the cutbacks [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|News|

Oakland U moves forward on DP benefits

ROCHESTER - Oakland University has come one step closer to restoring domestic partnership benefits to LGBT employees, though that won't be what they're called and there's no set date for their restoration. However, with the [...]

By |2018-01-16T05:43:09-05:00November 18th, 2010|News|

Gay flag burned at Albion College

BTL Staff Report BATTLE CREEK - Students and alumni reacted sharply to reports that three students will not be punished for allegedly burning a gay flag Oct. 18 on the campus of Albion College. The [...]

By |2018-01-16T09:26:08-05:00November 18th, 2010|News|

DVD partners embrace in faith

DETROIT - Two ten minute, thought-provoking DVD videos, "Embracing Inclusion in Communities of Faith" and "Come As You Are," premiered in Detroit last week, co-sponsored by the Arcus Foundation and the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity [...]

By |2018-01-16T14:26:52-05:00November 18th, 2010|News|

Arcus Foundation names new CEO

by BTL staff NEW YORK - Following an extensive search, the Arcus Foundation named Dr. Yvette C. Burton as its new chief executive officer, effective Jan. 4, 2011. She replaces Urvashi Vaid, who left in [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|News|

East Lansing High target of Westboro hate

EAST LANSING - As BTL goes to press the community in East Lansing and around the region, have been meeting and discussing the best way to respond to the announcement by Westboro Baptist Church of [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|News|

Between Ourselves: Chene Koppitz

Chene Koppitz is a doctoral student in Womens' Studies and Communication at the University of Michigan Dearborn. She is active in both the women's organizations and the GSA on campus. As a former staffer at [...]

By |2018-01-16T06:46:36-05:00November 18th, 2010|News|

Supremes refuse to block DADT

By Rex Wockner The Supremes are keeping Don't Ask, Don't Tell in force. The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 12 refused to vacate an order from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that suspended [...]

By |2018-01-16T11:22:53-05:00November 18th, 2010|News|

Gays sue feds over marriage again

by Rex Wockner The New England legal group Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders filed a multiplaintiff lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act on Nov. 9. In Pedersen v. Office [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|News|

It’s our job to help our Center

Affirmations is going through a really tough time. Because of severe budget cuts, the Center has been forced to drastically cut its hours and to lay off a number of staffers. People who rely on [...]

By |2010-11-18T09:00:00-05:00November 18th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Creep of the Week: Cindy McCain

For about a day Cindy McCain was literally a poster woman against anti-gay bullying. She appears, along with a bunch of celebrities including Gene Simmons, Dr. Drew, Slash, - and a lot of young and [...]

By |2018-01-16T01:17:56-05:00November 18th, 2010|Opinions|

Parting Glances: Is your restroom SAVED?

This just in from Wacco TX. Headline: Undercover cops make Sunday surprise restroom arrests. Source: Lone Star Police Gazette & Badge Polisher. Mark your activist desk calendar... ...While thousands were inside the Hallelujah Handclap of [...]

By |2018-01-15T19:24:12-05:00November 18th, 2010|Opinions|