Queer Rising shuts down Manhattan Traffic

By Tara Cavanaugh NEW YORK - Queer Rising, an LGBTQ activist organization in New York, staged a protest at the intersection of 42nd Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan on Tuesday morning, holding a 75-foot [...]

By |2018-01-15T19:43:46-05:00March 3rd, 2011|News|

Cocktail Chatter: The Aviation

by Ed Sikov "So, mutatis mutandis, the LGBT community..." Ted was lecturing about marriage equality from his podium on our living room couch. "What?" I blurted. Cocktail "hour" was pushing 90 minutes. I should have [...]

By |2011-03-03T09:00:00-05:00March 3rd, 2011|Uncategorized|

Born This Way

Imagine all the gay jokes told in the last 15 years of Michigan's Lesbian and Gay ComedyFest, Equality Michigan's annual laugh-out-loud event. Get ready for more at 6 and 9:30 p.m. March 5 at Dearborn's [...]

By |2011-03-03T09:00:00-05:00March 3rd, 2011|Entertainment|

Mindy Cohn: Proud to be a ‘fag hag’

By Anthony Paull Infamous for her role as Natalie Green, the fresh-faced teen of the 1980s sitcom "The Facts of Life," Mindy Cohn is best known as the bubbly Tootie-sidesick, generally pleasing television audiences with [...]

By |2018-01-15T20:36:15-05:00March 3rd, 2011|Entertainment|

Deep Inside Hollywood

By Romeo San Vicente A Blake Lively reboot of 'Sex and the City'? From the Makes Perfect Sense Department: In the wake of last year's "Sex and the City 2" debacle (horrible reviews, disappointing box [...]

By |2011-03-03T09:00:00-05:00March 3rd, 2011|Entertainment|

Q Scopes: Open yourself, Taurus!

By Jack Fertig Venus entering Aquarius opens new aesthetic opportunities and challenges. Be daring and adventurous in your own presentation and your choices for entertainment and art. The North Node entering Sagittarius opens new challenges [...]

By |2011-03-03T09:00:00-05:00March 3rd, 2011|Entertainment|

Gay Youth of Old

Across 1 Go lickety-split 5 Apple that isn't a fruit 9 One way to San Francisco 13 Abba of Israel 14 Dusk in Dijon 15 Took to the air 16 '90s teen drama 19 It [...]

By |2011-03-03T09:00:00-05:00March 3rd, 2011|Entertainment|

Not strictly ballroom at the Fisher

By Michael H. Margolin "Burn the Floor" continues at Detroit's Fisher Theatre through March 6. Photo: Beyton Erkman "Burn the Floor" opened at the Fisher Theatre Feb. 22 and I am still exhausted from [...]

By |2018-01-16T03:43:49-05:00March 3rd, 2011|Entertainment|

Brazilian government launches homophobia helpline

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Brazil's government launched a homophobia helpline Feb. 19 to deal with complaints of anti-gay discrimination and violence. Brazilians can dial 100 from any phone. The launch ceremony featured an official [...]

By |2018-01-16T12:36:04-05:00March 3rd, 2011|News|

Gay guesthouses investigated in UK

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Following the recent case in which a straight Christian couple were fined because they refused to rent a room in their bed-and-breakfast to a gay couple, the United Kingdom government [...]

By |2018-01-16T06:34:37-05:00March 3rd, 2011|News|

Irish support same-sex marriage

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Sixty-one percent of the Irish support legalization of same-sex marriage, according to a new Irish Independent/Millward Brown Lansdowne survey. Only 27 percent oppose it. Support is strongest among young people, [...]

By |2011-03-03T09:00:00-05:00March 3rd, 2011|News|

Jamaican gay bar raided

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Police raided the only gay bar on the touristy Hip Strip in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on Feb. 20, according to the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, or J-FLAG. [...]

By |2018-01-16T12:17:05-05:00March 3rd, 2011|News|

Portugal approves pro-trans policies

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Portugal's Parliament on Feb. 17 approved a law making life easier for transsexuals. Within a couple of weeks, those who want to change their name or legal sex can go [...]

By |2018-01-15T23:44:40-05:00March 3rd, 2011|News|

Trinidad and Tobago debates same-sex unions

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS The Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago is in the midst of a debate about recognition of same-sex unions. The matter arose when some senators objected to the fact [...]

By |2018-01-16T07:17:01-05:00March 3rd, 2011|News|

Alliance provides guiding light

By Alexa Stanard In a year of news reports about suicides by LGBT youth and the bullying that targets them, metro Detroit LGBT teens are banding together to support each other, educate their communities and [...]

By |2018-01-16T10:40:35-05:00March 3rd, 2011|News|

EMU: Protecting LGBTQ students and faculty?

Eastern Michigan University is one of the few state universities that include sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity in its equal opportunity and non-discrimination policy. But its policy also includes some ambiguous language that [...]

By |2018-01-16T05:17:24-05:00March 3rd, 2011|News|

Death to DOMA!

by Eric Rader Since President Obama took office 25 months ago, some in the LGBT community have complained about his administration's slow progress in fulfilling his campaign pledges on issues of equality. The president, however, [...]

By |2018-01-16T00:03:11-05:00March 3rd, 2011|News|

College conference promotes activism for equality

By Lucy Hough ANN ARBOR - This year's Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference, which took place at the University of Michigan from Feb. 25-27, attracted 1,500 attendees. The conference theme, "justice or [...]

By |2011-03-03T09:00:00-05:00March 3rd, 2011|News|

Statussexy.com campaign turns heads

By Jack VanHecke The website statussexy.com http://www.statussexy.com/ launched on Valentine's Day this year - but it's not what you'd think. The website is part of AIDS Partnership Michigan's and the HIV/AIDS Resource Center's latest campaign [...]

By |2011-03-03T09:00:00-05:00March 3rd, 2011|News|

Obama stops defending DOMA

By Lisa Keen The Obama administration made a blockbuster announcement Feb. 23, saying it has concluded that one part of the Defense of Marriage Act will not be able to pass constitutional muster in the [...]

By |2018-01-23T02:43:59-05:00March 3rd, 2011|News|

Maryland Senate passes same-sex marriage bill

by Rex Wockner Maryland's Senate passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage Feb. 24. The vote was 25-21. "This is a historic and proud moment in Maryland's history," said lead sponsor Sen. Rob Garagiola. "I [...]

By |2011-03-03T09:00:00-05:00March 3rd, 2011|News|

The kids aren’t all right

There's something up with the youth nowadays. The kids aren't all right, and they aren't all right with not feeling all right. Get what we mean? These kids know the world they're growing up in [...]

By |2011-03-03T09:00:00-05:00March 3rd, 2011|Uncategorized|

John Boehner

Creep of the Week Well, he did it. President Barack Obama announced his administration will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court, essentially firing up the big Gay Bat Signal over America, [...]

By |2011-03-03T09:00:00-05:00March 3rd, 2011|Opinions|

Leave diapers behind!

Parting Glances It was bound to happen sooner or later. After 40 years of the spearheading Ex-Gay Movement - founded in 1970 during the onset of the so-called Sexual Revolution - heterosexuals are finally demanding [...]

By |2018-01-15T16:58:10-05:00March 3rd, 2011|Opinions|

Law and LGBT rights

S/he said "You can't say you are for equality and yet acquiesce in exclusion from the central social and legal institution of this and virtually every society. All prejudice, all discrimination, is painful and wrong, [...]

By |2011-03-03T09:00:00-05:00March 3rd, 2011|Opinions|

From Tahrir Square to Hart Plaza

Like the rest of the world, I was glued to the television watching the events in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. The 18-day protest against the rule of former President Hosni Mubarak ultimately led to [...]

By |2018-01-16T03:56:53-05:00March 3rd, 2011|Opinions|

Openly gay fathers needed for study

Romi Mann, a graduate student and doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, Calif., is conducting a survey to learn how fatherhood affects gay men's relationship with their own parents. The [...]

By |2011-03-03T09:00:00-05:00March 3rd, 2011|Uncategorized|

POSTPONED: APRIL 1 FOOLS WELCOME!

Join in the fun when BTL pulls together some of the best food, entertainment and attendees in this Second Annual Mardi Gras Event. The Roostertail in Detroit will behome to this year's event once more [...]

By |2018-01-15T19:00:06-05:00March 1st, 2011|Uncategorized|