Cocktail Chatter: A Really Big Surprise

By | 2010-12-02T09:00:00+00:00 December 2nd, 2010|Uncategorized|

by Ed Sikov "Who is Lady Gaga?" I asked in imperfect innocence, thus driving the table of six to a jolting silence. They gaped at me. "What?" I shouted. Heads swiveled around the restaurant. I [...]

Homo for the Holidays

By | 2010-12-02T09:00:00+00:00 December 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

Dec. 3 The Polar Express (ABC Family; 8:30 p.m.) Dec. 4 A Christmas Carol (1938) (TCM; 9 a.m.) Surviving Christmas (TBS; 1:30 p.m.) Celebrity Holiday Homes (HGTV; 8 p.m.) Get a glimpse inside the homes [...]

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2010-12-02T09:00:00+00:00 December 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

By Romeo San Vicente Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell play master and servant Fans of unintentionally homoerotic man-on-man-on-man action movies have something new to look forward to in early 2011. It's called "The Eagle" and [...]

Q Scopes: Be sensible, Libra!

By | 2010-12-02T09:00:00+00:00 December 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

By Jack Fertig Mars in Sagittarius provokes us to speak and act out in search of new perspectives. He's squared to Uranus, though, provoking accidents, rash statements and decisions we'll regret later. The greatest adventures [...]

Writers of the Violet Quill

By | 2010-12-02T09:00:00+00:00 December 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

Across 1 "Look out ..." 5 Kisses the ass of 13 Robert of the Violet Quill 15 Tickled-pink feeling 16 The Violet Quill writer 18 Pitching stat 19 Fishy yarn 20 Triple X, for Caesar [...]

Russian pride event attacked

By | 2010-12-02T09:00:00+00:00 December 2nd, 2010|News|

By Rex Wockner International News About 100 people demonstrated against Russia's first legal gay pride event Nov. 20 in St. Petersburg. Some of the protesters threw eggs at the 15 gay ralliers, tore up signs, [...]

Vienna gay ball set for imperial palace

By | 2018-01-15T18:42:30+00:00 December 2nd, 2010|News|

By Rex Wockner Vienna's traditional LGBT Rainbow Ball will take place in the Hofburg imperial palace in February. HOSI Wien photo International News Vienna's traditional LGBT Rainbow Ball will take place in the Hofburg [...]

HIV specific criminal law manual now available

By | 2018-01-16T11:55:41+00:00 December 2nd, 2010|News|

By BTL Staff NEW YORK - In November, The Center for HIV Law and Policy released the first comprehensive analysis of HIV-specific criminal laws and prosecutions in the U.S. The publication, Ending and Defending Against [...]

16 Days Lansing combines arts and activism

By | 2018-01-16T07:55:40+00:00 December 2nd, 2010|News|

LANSING - 16 Days Lansing is part of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, an international movement created by the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University. The 2010 theme addresses the intersection [...]

Between Ourselves: Missy Summers

By | 2018-01-16T01:04:14+00:00 December 2nd, 2010|News|

Missy Summers is a financial planner in Grand Rapids, Mich., who leads Bank of America's employee affinity group for the state. 1) How did you first become involved in BofA's employee group?? A few years [...]

Free screening Dustin Lance Black film

By | 2010-12-02T09:00:00+00:00 December 2nd, 2010|News|

HOLLAND - Dustin Lance Black is returning to Holland. Well, his voice anyway. Black is the narrator of "8: The Mormon Proposition," which will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the Park [...]

Classy fundraiser to honor Ruth Ellis Center

By | 2018-01-16T15:18:58+00:00 December 2nd, 2010|News|

DETROIT - The agency for LGBT African Americans, also known as KICK, will hold its eighth annual "Holiday in December" fundraiser and holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 6 to 11 p.m. Festivities will [...]

Senate to revisit Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

By | 2010-12-02T09:00:00+00:00 December 2nd, 2010|News|

by Rex Wockner Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal, round 2, starts Dec. 2 in the U.S. Senate when Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will testify [...]

Prop 8 is back in court

By | 2010-12-02T09:00:00+00:00 December 2nd, 2010|News|

by Rex Wockner Proposition 8, the California constitutional amendment that re-banned same-sex marriage in 2008, returns to the federal courtroom Dec. 6 - this time at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San [...]

N.H. same-sex marriage law could be repealed

By | 2018-01-16T03:55:18+00:00 December 2nd, 2010|News|

by Rex Wockner New Hampshire's law that legalized same-sex marriage could be repealed if some Republican legislators get their way. In the November elections, Republicans took control of both houses of the Legislature and have [...]

Keys, Lady Gaga to sign off Twitter for charity

By | 2010-12-02T09:00:00+00:00 December 2nd, 2010|News|

By MESFIN FEKADU Associated Press Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga take charity work seriously, and they're going offline to prove it. Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Usher and other celebrities have joined a new campaign called Digital [...]

BTL Editorial: Where do we go from here?

By | 2018-01-16T04:22:10+00:00 December 2nd, 2010|Uncategorized|

The LGBT community in southeastern Michigan faces daunting challenges. The recent election seated one of the most unsupportive state legislatures in the country, and our Supreme Court has shifted back to a Republican majority. There [...]

Creep of the Week: John McCain

By | 2010-12-02T09:00:00+00:00 December 2nd, 2010|Opinions|

I wish I still had my dog-eared and tattered copy of Conduct Unbecoming so I could send it to John McCain. Not that he'd bother to read it. The U.S. military's vicious anti-gay history with [...]

Parting Glances: We got soup to purrrrrr for

By | 2018-01-16T14:40:24+00:00 December 2nd, 2010|Opinions|

"Freaks of nature, odd crimes, shocking deaths, devastating disasters, bloodcurdling rites, crazy conspiracies & much, much more ..." Golly. Gee! Who could resist the "Ultimate Book of Bizarre Lists: fascinating facts and shocking trivia on [...]

Letter: Keeping Our Eye on The Prize

By | 2018-01-16T06:23:33+00:00 December 2nd, 2010|Uncategorized|

"When the winds of change blow, some people build walls, others windmills." - Chinese Proverb The winds of change are blowing through our LGBT community. During these challenging times, Affirmations and Equality Michigan are being [...]

Teen out-protests Westboro Baptist Church

By | 2018-01-15T16:06:48+00:00 December 2nd, 2010|News|

Tara Cavanaugh A teenager in East Lansing was awarded a resolution by the East Lansing City Council on Dec. 7 for helping organize a peaceful protest against the Westboro Baptist Church's protest outside his high [...]