Dear Jody: Family drama at Xmas

By | 2018-01-16T02:24:21+00:00 December 16th, 2010|Entertainment|

Q: Last Christmas was a nightmare like you wouldn't believe. It could have been a movie script from a crazy movie called "Christmas in the House of Horrors." I don't want to ever be a [...]

Spreading the holiday queer

By | 2010-12-16T09:00:00+00:00 December 16th, 2010|Entertainment|

Nervous But Excited will perform "silly" takes on holiday classics for "Happy HoliGAYs" show in Ann Arbor. The most wonderful time of the year - if you believe that song - is about to [...]

Homo for the Holidays

By | 2010-12-16T09:00:00+00:00 December 16th, 2010|Entertainment|

Annie Lennox performs during Dec. 17's "Christmas in Washington" on TNT. Dec. 16 Gift of the Magi (Hallmark; 8 p.m.) Yes, Virginia (CBS; 8 p.m.) CGI animation steals the spotlight in this re-telling of [...]

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2010-12-16T09:00:00+00:00 December 16th, 2010|Entertainment|

By Romeo San Vicente Gus Van Sant to 'Boss' around Kelsey Grammer Gus Van Sant's career can be divided into high-profile successes like "Milk" and "Good Will Hunting" on one side and arthouse hits like [...]

Comeback for Coming Out

By | 2010-12-16T09:00:00+00:00 December 16th, 2010|Entertainment|

Across 1 Supporters in the bedroom 6 Bump off 10 Like someone blown away 15 Scroll at Beth Chayim Chadashim 16 Giggling Muppet 17 Capone rival 18 Capital of Ghana 19 Groups of games, to [...]

Judges hint at Prop 8 case twists and turns

By | 2018-01-15T17:03:10+00:00 December 16th, 2010|News|

The effort to undo California's Proposition 8 inched forward Dec. 6 when a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals entertained nearly three hours of oral arguments from the attorneys in the [...]

Lesbian couple honored at State Department

By | 2010-12-16T09:00:00+00:00 December 16th, 2010|News|

A U.S. lesbian diplomat and her partner who helped found Albania's gay movement while stationed there were honored at the State Department on Dec. 2 with the Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Overseas. [...]

Same-sex couples marry on SAS flight

By | 2018-01-16T08:44:35+00:00 December 16th, 2010|News|

A German gay couple and a lesbian Polish couple were married on an SAS flight over Sweden on Dec. 6. Germans Aleksander Mijatovic and Shantu Bhattacharjee, and Poles Ewa Tomaszewicz and Gosia Rawinska were married [...]

Straight couple denied civil partnership in London

By | 2010-12-16T09:00:00+00:00 December 16th, 2010|News|

A heterosexual couple was refused a civil partnership at London's Camden Register Office on Dec. 8. The registrar cited the legal ban on opposite-sex civil partnerships as the reason for the refusal. Stephanie Munro and [...]

U.S. Senate again blocks DADT repeal

By | 2018-01-16T06:35:50+00:00 December 16th, 2010|News|

The U.S. Senate voted again Dec. 9 against taking action to authorize repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on open gays in the military. The vote was 57-40. Sixty votes were needed to [...]

Between Ourselves

By | 2010-12-16T09:00:00+00:00 December 16th, 2010|News|

By Tara Cavanaugh Jessica Best is a senior at the University of Michigan. She's a straight ally to the LGBT community and an intern at U of M's Spectrum Center. Here, Jessica chats with us [...]

World-class bowler gives back

By | 2018-01-16T11:53:43+00:00 December 16th, 2010|News|

By Alexa Stanard Aleta Sill, right, and her partner Michelle Mullen. Here are a couple of fun facts about Detroit: It's the Mecca of the bowling world, and home to the all-time best female [...]

David Coulter to lead AIDS advocacy group

By | 2018-01-15T21:35:37+00:00 December 16th, 2010|News|

David Coulter, who lost his re-election bid for Oakland County Commissioner in November, will be the new policy director of the group Michigan Community AIDS Advocates. MI-CAA is a group formed by the Michigan AIDS [...]

State considers health benefits for unmarried partners

By | 2018-01-22T21:47:42+00:00 December 16th, 2010|News|

The Michigan Civil Service Commission is considering a proposal to extend health insurance benefits to unmarried, live-in partners of all state employees, regardless of sexual orientation or relationship. Under the proposed policy, negotiated by the [...]

BTL welcomes news editor

By | 2010-12-16T09:00:00+00:00 December 16th, 2010|News|

At any job interview, there's that moment when the applicant is asked if he or she has any questions. It's an important moment: Employers often gauge how prepared and interested a candidate is in the [...]

One on one with Sassafras Lowrey

By | 2010-12-16T09:00:00+00:00 December 16th, 2010|News|

Sassafras Lowrey is an international author, educator and artist. She edited the Kicked Out anthology, which tells the stories of homeless LGBT youth. She spoke at the kickoff of the ACLU of Michigan and Ruth [...]

Creep of the Week: William Donohue

By | 2010-12-16T09:00:00+00:00 December 16th, 2010|Opinions|

If there's one thing that makes America uncomfortable, it's art. Because art is gay in a very literal, serious, and horrible way. And it must be stopped. Especially if Jesus is involved. Which is why, [...]

S/he said

By | 2010-12-16T09:00:00+00:00 December 16th, 2010|Opinions|

Compiled by Howard Israel "The message in the DVD conflicts with core Christian values of love, compassion, tolerance, and respect. Jesus' essential teaching is 'love one another.' This DVD threatens the well-being of gay and [...]

Trans-Portation Security

By | 2018-01-16T09:22:57+00:00 December 16th, 2010|Opinions|

Gwendolyn Ann Smith 'Tis the season: The time of ornaments on pine trees - not to mention bell ringers, packed shopping malls, and the same 15 songs you've heard every December since you were a [...]