Cocktail Chatter: A Really Big Surprise

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 [...]

By |2010-12-02T09:00:00-05:00December 2nd, 2010|Uncategorized|

Homo for the Holidays

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 [...]

By |2010-12-02T09:00:00-05:00December 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

Deep Inside Hollywood

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 [...]

By |2010-12-02T09:00:00-05:00December 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

Q Scopes: Be sensible, Libra!

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 [...]

By |2010-12-02T09:00:00-05:00December 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

Writers of the Violet Quill

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 [...]

By |2010-12-02T09:00:00-05:00December 2nd, 2010|Entertainment|

Russian pride event attacked

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, [...]

By |2010-12-02T09:00:00-05:00December 2nd, 2010|News|

Vienna gay ball set for imperial palace

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 [...]

By |2018-01-15T18:42:30-05:00December 2nd, 2010|News|

HIV specific criminal law manual now available

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 [...]

By |2018-01-16T11:55:41-05:00December 2nd, 2010|News|

16 Days Lansing combines arts and activism

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 [...]

By |2018-01-16T07:55:40-05:00December 2nd, 2010|News|

Between Ourselves: Missy Summers

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 [...]

By |2018-01-16T01:04:14-05:00December 2nd, 2010|News|

Free screening Dustin Lance Black film

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 [...]

By |2010-12-02T09:00:00-05:00December 2nd, 2010|News|

Classy fundraiser to honor Ruth Ellis Center

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 [...]

By |2018-01-16T15:18:58-05:00December 2nd, 2010|News|

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

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 [...]

By |2010-12-02T09:00:00-05:00December 2nd, 2010|News|

Prop 8 is back in court

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 [...]

By |2010-12-02T09:00:00-05:00December 2nd, 2010|News|

N.H. same-sex marriage law could be repealed

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 [...]

By |2018-01-16T03:55:18-05:00December 2nd, 2010|News|

Keys, Lady Gaga to sign off Twitter for charity

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 [...]

By |2010-12-02T09:00:00-05:00December 2nd, 2010|News|

BTL Editorial: Where do we go from here?

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 [...]

By |2018-01-16T04:22:10-05:00December 2nd, 2010|Uncategorized|

Creep of the Week: John McCain

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 [...]

By |2010-12-02T09:00:00-05:00December 2nd, 2010|Opinions|

Letter: Keeping Our Eye on The Prize

"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 [...]

By |2018-01-16T06:23:33-05:00December 2nd, 2010|Uncategorized|

Teen out-protests Westboro Baptist Church

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 [...]

By |2018-01-15T16:06:48-05:00December 2nd, 2010|News|