House votes to keep benefits for domestic partners

By |2011-03-24T09:00:00-04:00March 24th, 2011|News|

By Tara Cavanaugh State Democrats tried out being the "party of No" today, and it worked to their advantage. State Republicans were working to overturn a decision to allow live-in partners of state employees [...]

Pride divided?

By |2011-03-24T09:00:00-04:00March 24th, 2011|News|

By Tara Cavanaugh Motor City Pride's move from Ferndale to Detroit's Hart Plaza this year has caused quite the controversy in the community. While some celebrated the move as a way to gain more space, [...]

Judith Slotkin loses life to cancer

By |2018-01-16T10:13:52-05:00March 24th, 2011|News|

Judith Slotkin, 64, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., died on March 14, 2011. The funeral was held at Ira Kaufman Chapel on Thursday, March 17 at 12:30 p.m. Slotkin, who was very involved in the Jewish [...]

Gay politician arraigned in tea party ballot scandal

By |2011-03-24T09:00:00-04:00March 24th, 2011|News|

By Tara Cavanaugh Michael McGuinness, the former chairman of the Oakland County Democratic Party and Jason Bauer, the party's former operations director, were indicted on March 16 for forgery and perjury, reported the Detroit Free [...]

Dear Jody: Fishy situation

By |2018-01-16T17:53:04-05:00March 24th, 2011|Entertainment|

Dear Jody Q: My partner and I have been together for 15 years. We got together in our freshman year at college. We have been very happy - or so I thought. We have many [...]

Book Marks

By |2011-03-24T09:00:00-04:00March 24th, 2011|Entertainment|

by Richard Labonte "The Empty Family," by Colm Toibin. Scribner, 288 pages, $24 hardcover. Master Irish storyteller Toibin queers it up, after last year's essentially straight novel, "Brooklyn," in this collection of nine haunting, stunning [...]

Vegan street food hits local courtyard

By |2018-01-16T08:59:37-05:00March 24th, 2011|Entertainment|

The Lunch Room, the vegan foods brainchild of Phillis Engelbert and Joel Panozzo, recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance a food cart opening in April. facilitates the raising of start-up funds for creative [...]

Oh Boy!

By |2011-03-24T09:00:00-04:00March 24th, 2011|Entertainment|

A lot has been written about Boy George in the last 10 years, but not much of it's pointed to what made the icon a pop phenomenon. Drugs, jail and an escort run-in are what [...]

Deep Inside Hollywood

By |2011-03-24T09:00:00-04:00March 24th, 2011|Entertainment|

By Romeo San Vicente Wonder Woman + Elizabeth Hurley = love? If she comes from an already man-free, lesbian-leaning place called Paradise Island, are we surprised that the rebooted "Wonder Woman" TV project from David [...]

Q Scopes: You can do it, Pisces!

By |2011-03-24T09:00:00-04:00March 24th, 2011|Entertainment|

By Jack Fertig Neptune and Saturn remain in hard aspect, confusing boundaries of logic/science and religion/art/fantasy. Venus and Jupiter can usually be counted on to improve most situations, but they're also in hard aspects complicating [...]

Proud Parents

By |2011-03-24T09:00:00-04:00March 24th, 2011|Entertainment|

Across 1 Guy embraced by homophiles? 5 Put out 9 Continental coins 14 Go from one gay bar to another, e.g. 15 Ironically-named burning software 16 Dick's running mate 17 Vivacity 18 Eat beaver-style 19 [...]

Broadway Cares in Ferndale

By |2011-03-24T09:00:00-04:00March 24th, 2011|Entertainment|

For the past several years, theatergoers throughout the state have been asked to donate to an organization called Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS - but I suspect many in the audience haven't a clue what the [...]

Canada inserts gays into citizenship guide

By |2018-01-16T04:17:23-05:00March 24th, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Canada has added a gay sentence to "Discover Canada," the nation's official citizenship study guide. According to the national LGBT lobby group Egale, the sentence says, "Canada's diversity includes gay [...]

Guyana keeps gay sex ban, opposes discrimination

By |2018-01-16T07:23:29-05:00March 24th, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS The government of the South American nation of Guyana said March 10 that it opposes both anti-gay discrimination and advocacy of gay "lifestyles." Gay activists called the statement inadequate and [...]

Isle of Man passes civil-partnership law

By |2018-01-16T06:57:36-05:00March 24th, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS A same-sex civil-partnership law has passed the parliament of the Isle of Man, a self-governing British crown dependency in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland. The law, which [...]

Gaga censored in Malaysia

By |2018-01-16T08:45:05-05:00March 24th, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Malaysia's largest chain of non-government-owned radio stations has removed gay lyrics from Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" for fear of being fined by government censors. The words "No matter gay, [...]

Moldovan anti-discrimination bill under attack

By |2018-01-16T12:36:16-05:00March 24th, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS A government-supported bill to ban anti-gay and other discrimination has come under attack in Moldova's Parliament, where it is being debated. According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and [...]

St. Lucia apologizes to gay Americans

By |2018-01-16T13:49:38-05:00March 24th, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS The Caribbean island of St. Lucia on March 11 apologized to three American gay men who were violently attacked and robbed inside a vacation villa by assailants who called them [...]

Speaking the unspeakable

By |2011-03-24T09:00:00-04:00March 24th, 2011|News|

By Jack VanHecke DETROIT- Sixty people met at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit to take part in a series of discussions about the experiences of black LGBTs in church on March 16. The series, [...]

Back in the closet

By |2011-03-24T09:00:00-04:00March 24th, 2011|News|

By Tara Cavanaugh The Older Adult Summit on April 6 will address the specific issues faced by today's older LGBT adults. Those health, financial and legal issues, if not properly prepared for, sometimes force older [...]

Judy Shepard to speak in Ann Arbor

By |2011-03-24T09:00:00-04:00March 24th, 2011|News|

ANN ARBOR- The mother of Matthew Shepard, the student who died in 1998 after being tortured in Laramie, Wyo., will speak at an April 2 fundraiser for the Jim Toy Community Center (formerly known as [...]

BTL welcomes all to “Fools Welcome”

By |2011-03-24T09:00:00-04:00March 24th, 2011|News|

Come celebrate "Fools Welcome," the Mardi Gras event of the season, with friends and supporters of BTL on Friday, April 1 at The Roostertail in Detroit. The festivities kick off at 7 p.m. and include [...]

Between Ourselves: Alex Krasicky

By |2018-01-15T18:53:51-05:00March 24th, 2011|News|

By Tara Cavanaugh Alex Krasicky, 19, works as an intern at Transgender Michigan as a part her service on the AmeriCorps HIV/AIDS Team Detroit. Tell us about Transgender Michigan. What does it do? Our main [...]

Toronto hosts international gay bowl-fest in May

By |2018-01-16T11:30:24-05:00March 24th, 2011|News|

Torontonians are ready to host the 2011 International Gay Bowling Organization's annual bowling event that will take place in their city from May 25-30 this year. The early bird registration fee, which closes on April [...]

DOMA repeal bills introduced in Congress

By |2011-03-24T09:00:00-04:00March 24th, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner U.S. NEWS Bills were introduced in both houses of the U.S. Congress on March 16 to repeal the Clinton-era Defense of Marriage Act. The act prohibits the federal government from recognizing states' [...]

Majority of Americans support same-sex marriage

By |2011-03-24T09:00:00-04:00March 24th, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner U.S. NEWS Another national poll has found that a majority of Americans now support same-sex marriage. The Washington Post-ABC News poll, released March 18, found that when asked, "Do you think it [...]

Victoria Jackson

By |2011-03-24T09:00:00-04:00March 24th, 2011|Opinions|

Creep of the week I used to love Saturday Night Live when I was a kid. By far one of my favorite cast members was Victoria Jackson. I thought she was hilarious. Granted, she mostly [...]

Bell, book, scandal (Pt. 2)

By |2018-01-16T12:55:45-05:00March 24th, 2011|Opinions|

For most Christian evangelicals - and probably all fundamentalists, such as Southern Baptists - if a sinner hasn't been born again (accepted Jesus as "personal savior"), he or she will spend an eternity roasting in [...]

Discrimination and violence

By |2011-03-24T09:00:00-04:00March 24th, 2011|Opinions|

Compiled by Howard Israel S/he said "This case's precedent would put religious beliefs above the law and other First Amendment guarantees if Ward wins. If a counselor can deny health services to a LGBT student [...]

The word is out

By |2011-03-24T09:00:00-04:00March 24th, 2011|Opinions|

By Leslie Robinson At Wayne State University in Detroit, the Word Warriors wave the banner on behalf of the English language's neglected words. Last year the Warriors released a list of words they hoped to [...]

ENDA reintroduced in House

By |2011-03-24T09:00:00-04:00March 24th, 2011|Uncategorized|

By Lisa Keen U.S. Rep. Barney Frank re-introduced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act today, characterizing it as "winnable." But the bill, which seeks to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by employers, is [...]