Winter Blast launches in February

DETROIT - The Motown Winter Blast returns to Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit for the seventh consecutive year Feb. 11-13. The celebration of winter and family fun, dining and music welcomes several new sponsors, [...]

By |2018-01-16T12:38:29-05:00January 5th, 2011|Entertainment|

Deep Inside Hollywood

By Romeo San Vicente Robert Downey Jr. gets next to the 'Normal' guys At this point in his career, all Robert Downey Jr. wants to do is sing. Good thing he's already terrific at that [...]

By |2011-01-05T09:00:00-05:00January 5th, 2011|Entertainment|

Q Scopes: Stay focused, Aries!

By Jack Fertig Mars and Eris in a square provoke war and strife, but Mercury turning direct in Sagittarius opens new ways to negotiate through troubles. Mars is in Capricorn, better placed than Mercury and [...]

By |2011-01-05T09:00:00-05:00January 5th, 2011|Entertainment|

The ‘Hole’ Story

By Lawrence Ferber In "Rabbit Hole," a little boy's death tears his parents' lives apart. Actor-turned-filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell ("Shortbus," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch") connected deeply with the material - adapted by David Lindsay-Abaire [...]

By |2011-01-05T09:00:00-05:00January 5th, 2011|Entertainment|

He Loves You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

Across 1 Three-men-in-a-tub event 5 Oral attention getter 9 So-so grade 14 Point of view intro, at 15 "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" singer 16 Prayer starter 17 Hides of hairy guys? 19 Workers [...]

By |2011-01-05T09:00:00-05:00January 5th, 2011|Entertainment|

Ring in the ‘Blue’ year!

FERNDALE - Who Wants Cake? kicks off the new year with a fresh look at John Guare's classic dark comedy, "The House of Blue Leaves." Playing at Ferndale's Ringwald Theatre for an exclusive three-week run [...]

By |2011-01-05T09:00:00-05:00January 5th, 2011|Entertainment|

Euro Parliament again denounces Ugandan anti-gay bill

By Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS The European Parliament on Dec. 16 again denounced the pending "Anti-Homosexuality Bill" poised to pass Uganda's Parliament. The legislation would imprison for life anyone convicted of "the offense of homosexuality," [...]

By |2018-01-16T07:13:45-05:00January 5th, 2011|News|

Moscow blocks gay rally

By Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Moscow City Hall banned a gay rally that was planned for Dec. 17. Members of the Russian LGBT Network wanted to gather in front of the headquarters of the former [...]

By |2011-01-05T09:00:00-05:00January 5th, 2011|News|

The quiet leader

By Tara Cavanaugh "You've got the spokespeople, the ones who give the inspirational speeches. And then you've got the actual leaders - the ones who lead the movements behind the scenes." -Laura Wernick SALINE- With [...]

By |2011-01-05T09:00:00-05:00January 5th, 2011|News|

Stepping up for social justice

"Decisions are made by the people who show up,"-Ian Hoopingarner EAST LANSING- The week before the notorious Westboro Baptist Church showed up to protest at Ian Hoopingarner's high school, he said the student body was [...]

By |2011-01-05T09:00:00-05:00January 5th, 2011|News|

Bullied into action

"So many kids are in support of this club and it's completely changed our school. I think that our school is safe now for kids."-Kyle Sims SWARTZ CREEK - Middle school was not a lot [...]

By |2011-01-05T09:00:00-05:00January 5th, 2011|News|

Teens for justice

Think teens these days only care about texting and Facebook? Think again. We happen to know a few high school students who are working their tails off for social change. In the past year, Emma [...]

By |2011-01-05T09:00:00-05:00January 5th, 2011|News|

2010 Highlights and lowlights

While lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people saw gains at the federal level in 2010, Michigan saw the ugly side of anti-gay animus with straight pride celebrations in local schools, a rash of national and [...]

By |2011-01-05T09:00:00-05:00January 5th, 2011|News|

Ruth Ellis Center hosts foster parent orientation

Ruth Ellis Center, the Midwest's only agency dedicated to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth who are lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender or questioning, is partnering with the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services and Wayne [...]

By |2018-01-16T15:23:44-05:00January 5th, 2011|News|

Equality Michigan receives $160,000

Equality Michigan received a financial boost last month, thanks to a $160,000 grant from the Arcus Foundation. "This grant clearly illustrates the Arcus Foundation's continuing support for fairness and equality in our state," said Equality [...]

By |2018-01-16T02:24:41-05:00January 5th, 2011|News|

Peace Prom seeks donations

The Jackson High School GSA needs help funding its second annual Peace Prom. The Peace Prom allows LGBT youth to attend a prom without harassment from their teachers or peers. More than one hundred teens, [...]

By |2018-01-15T15:36:25-05:00January 5th, 2011|News|

Affirmations reaches for financial goals

FERNDALE- Affirmations announced Monday it has received a total of $540,000 in contributions and planned collections for its $1.25 million pledge campaign, Campaign for the Future. "The campaign is really starting to pick up steam [...]

By |2011-01-05T09:00:00-05:00January 5th, 2011|News|

Let’s keep fighting for equality

By Eric Rader While progress can seem slow, the LGBT community has made enormous strides toward greater equality in the past two years. The most obvious achievement was the recent repeal of "don't ask, don't [...]

By |2011-01-05T09:00:00-05:00January 5th, 2011|News|

UN General Assembly overturns anti-gay vote

By Rex Wockner The United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 21 overturned its recent vote that removed a reference to sexual orientation from a resolution against extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. The resolution urges member [...]

By |2018-01-16T13:26:34-05:00January 5th, 2011|News|

2011 looks hopeful

By Lisa Keen If past is prologue, 2011 should turn out to be a fairly decent one for the LGBT community. It's not that everything turned out so rosy for the community in 2010, but [...]

By |2011-01-05T09:00:00-05:00January 5th, 2011|News|

It takes a village

The beginning of almost every New Year has that soulful, energized feeling for many of us. The slate is wiped clean with a full 365 days ahead to accomplish our agendas. For 2011, our community [...]

By |2011-01-05T09:00:00-05:00January 5th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Creep of the Week: Michael Medved

Happy New Year, everybody! And just in case you wondered if 2011 would find the anti-gay right as fixated on the complicated genital equation of penis + penis/ vagina + vagina ≠ penis + vagina, [...]

By |2018-01-15T15:53:20-05:00January 5th, 2011|Opinions|

Heard on Facebook

Discrimination is getting worse, according to a new survey in Michigan. Do you agree? From a straight point of view, I think things have gotten much better, especially with young people who seem to be [...]

By |2011-01-05T09:00:00-05:00January 5th, 2011|Opinions|

A HD is forever!

Arriving in the afterlife one unexpected Sunday, the result of a left turn onto a one-way street, Mr. Average Southern Baptist Joe was met at the Pearly Gates by an angel of great radiance, who [...]

By |2018-01-16T06:28:36-05:00January 5th, 2011|Opinions|

More to do after DADT repeal

Compiled by Howard Israel S/he said "The end of 'don't ask, don't tell' will finally allow our brave women and men in uniform to defend their country without having to defend or hide their true [...]

By |2011-01-05T09:00:00-05:00January 5th, 2011|Opinions|

2010: Hope to be found

By Gwendolyn Ann Smith When I sat down to write about 2010, I wanted to tell you how horrible the year was. With the election year politics, the Tea Party, the return of the Right [...]

By |2018-01-15T20:38:53-05:00January 5th, 2011|Opinions|