Chris Armstrong sues Andrew Shirvell

By Tara Cavanaugh ANN ARBOR- A gay University of Michigan student has filed a lawsuit against the state's former Assistant Attorney General in the Washtenaw County Circuit Court. Chris Armstrong, the student body president at [...]

By |2011-04-14T09:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2011|News|

Judge Walker acknowledges to reporters he’s gay

By Lisa Keen U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker, who last August declared California's same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, acknowledged to a small group of reporters Wednesday, April 6, that he is gay. The [...]

By |2011-04-14T09:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2011|News|

No more hiding

By Ruchi Naresh It's been 41 days since the Congregational Church of Birmingham welcomed the Rev. Louise R. Ott as its first openly gay pastor. This is also the first time Ott has been out [...]

By |2011-04-14T09:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2011|Entertainment|

Labor of love

Chris Bathgate took just over two years - and lots of coffee-fueled nights - to create "Salt Year," the Michigan singer-songwriter's fourth full-length album. It was one of the most intense, and expensive, periods of [...]

By |2011-04-14T09:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2011|Entertainment|

Deep Inside Hollywood

By Romeo San Vicente Ellen is going to 'Sing You Home' Jodi Picoult's new novel, "Sing You Home," has a new (future) home: multiplexes. That's because Ellen DeGeneres has obtained the rights to make it [...]

By |2011-04-14T09:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2011|Entertainment|

Q Scopes: Think of yourself, Pisces!

By Jack Fertig The Sun is aligning with Eris stoking competition and identity issues. Venus in Pisces is in semi-sextile with both helping to show keys to cooperation and conciliation. Consider how your own achievements [...]

By |2011-04-14T09:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2011|Entertainment|

Taxing Problems

Across 1 Rainbow, to some 5 Oats for a stallion, e.g. 9 Sculptor Stebbins 13 City near Tahoe 14 Composer Edouard 15 Songwriter Holly 16 Chip off the old flock? 17 Ice house (var.) 18 [...]

By |2011-04-14T09:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2011|Entertainment|

Two friends, one garden

By Tara Cavanaugh Tucked away in the east side of Lansing is a lush, bountiful garden. Heirloom flowers crowd the front yard, and nearly any vegetable or herb you could imagine - from squash to [...]

By |2011-04-14T09:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2011|Guides|

Detroit hotel delights visitors with history

By Andrea Poteet The Inn on Ferry Street, which opened in 2001, sits among iconic landmarks like Wayne State University in a Detroit neighborhood rich with history. But behind its brick facade is a history [...]

By |2018-01-16T05:22:45-05:00April 14th, 2011|Guides|

‘Million Dollar’ Man

These are hard times for real estate agents, so starring in a reality show doesn't hurt. Josh Flagg was one of three sellers on season four of Bravo's "Million Dollar Listing," which wrapped at the [...]

By |2011-04-14T09:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2011|Guides|

Master gardener lectures Saturday

KALAMAZOO- The Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center presents Jill Ongley, a master gardener, on April 16 from 1-3 p.m. at Wenke's Greenhouse at 5071 Market St. Ongley, who has been a master gardener for [...]

By |2018-01-16T08:13:17-05:00April 14th, 2011|Guides|

Gems or junk?

By Hannah Schwab Whether you are a broke college graduate trying to furnish a first apartment or just trying to change the look of a generic room, vintage shopping offers one-of-a-kind pieces at reasonable prices. [...]

By |2018-01-16T06:38:58-05:00April 14th, 2011|Guides|

Get Your Deck Ready For Spring And Summer

HOME & GARDEN As the days get longer, there's nothing like barbequing and entertaining friends on your deck. But before you pass out those invitations, make sure your deck has weathered the winter and is [...]

By |2011-04-14T09:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2011|Guides|

Extend Your Home’s Living Spaces Outdoors

HOME & GARDEN As the weather warms, Americans spend more time in their backyards and gardens, taking advantage of their outdoor living and dining space. Recent decorating trends are helping homeowners create inviting outdoor spaces. [...]

By |2018-01-16T09:13:05-05:00April 14th, 2011|Guides|

4 Overlooked Spots To Spring Clean

HOME & GARDEN Is your spring cleaning routine sufficient? Or do you suspect dirt may be lurking in places you've never even put on your to-do list? If you're like most Americans, chances are you [...]

By |2018-01-16T06:21:23-05:00April 14th, 2011|Guides|

Council of Europe to protect LBT women

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on April 6 adopted a convention to protect women from violence, including violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The [...]

By |2011-04-14T09:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2011|News|

Euro Court hears another Russian gay case

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS The European Court of Human Rights is hearing a case brought by the LGBT group Rainbow House in Tyumen, Russia, over local officials' refusal to register the group as a [...]

By |2018-01-16T15:30:33-05:00April 14th, 2011|News|

Euro Parliament updates asylum system

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS The European Parliament on April 6 updated the European Union's system for examining asylum claims and now plans to categorize people fleeing persecution based on sexual orientation or gender identity [...]

By |2018-01-16T04:58:21-05:00April 14th, 2011|News|

Irish partnerships begin

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Gay and lesbian couples began entering into civil partnerships in Ireland April 5. The law took effect Jan. 1, but requires couples to give three months' notice prior to tying [...]

By |2011-04-14T09:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2011|News|

Korean military sodomy law upheld

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS South Korea's Constitutional Court on March 31 upheld the army's ban on gay sex, saying it is not "unnecessarily discriminatory" and helps maintain order. Violators of the ban can be [...]

By |2018-01-16T05:15:36-05:00April 14th, 2011|News|

Liechtenstein OKs registered partnerships

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Liechtenstein's Parliament has passed a registered-partnership law that will take effect in September. The tiny European nation is between Switzerland and Austria. All political parties supported the law, which could [...]

By |2018-01-16T08:52:50-05:00April 14th, 2011|News|

Police raid Shanghai gay bar

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Police raided the gay club Q Bar in Shanghai, China, April 3 and detained more than 70 people. They were taken to the Xiaodongmen police station, held for more than [...]

By |2018-01-15T18:08:17-05:00April 14th, 2011|News|

Same-sex marriage bill introduced in Uruguay

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Buoyed by the legalization of same-sex marriage in next-door Argentina, activists in Uruguay have arranged the introduction in Parliament of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. The measure was introduced [...]

By |2011-04-14T09:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2011|News|

BTL Letters: Opinions on Ferndale Pride

By Craig Covey After reading "Pride divided?" in the March 24 edition, I was disturbed by the reactions of some in our own community. In particular, people who have been around long enough to know [...]

By |2011-04-14T09:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2011|News|

Aging anything but a gay old time

FERNDALE- A summit addressing issues faced by older LGBT adults was held at Affirmations on April 6. A panel of seniors shared their experiences and fears about growing old, and Jay Kaplan of the ACLU [...]

By |2011-04-14T09:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2011|News|

Elder summit for black LGBTs this weekend

DETROIT- KICK, the agency for black LGBTs in Detroit, is sponsoring an elder summit to address problems in the community and to highlight activists and resources. "We feel that they are the forgotten community. Everything [...]

By |2018-01-16T10:51:09-05:00April 14th, 2011|News|

Anti-discrimination town hall meeting in Port Huron

PORT HURON- On Wednesday, April 20, you can join former State Senator Buzz Thomas, Executive Director of Equality Michigan Denise Brogan-Kator and Legislative Director of the Michigan ACLU Shelli Weisberg for a free event that [...]

By |2018-01-16T07:21:40-05:00April 14th, 2011|News|

Girls Rock Our World Conference April 20

LANSING- Equality Michigan's Department of Victim services will lead a workshop on meeting the needs of female-identified sexual minority youth with the juvenile justice system. A panel of experts and activists will illustrate the special [...]

By |2018-01-16T16:23:18-05:00April 14th, 2011|News|

Learn about LGBT harassment in schools

HUNTINGTON WOODS- Equality Michigan, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Department of Justice will discuss what forms of harassment are prohibited by law and what steps schools should take to protect students on Thursday, April [...]

By |2011-04-14T09:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2011|News|

Ties Like Me tweets away

FERNDALE- Marx Layne & Company, a full-service marketing and public relations firm, will showcase the real-time application of Twitter and be available to discuss social media services at the next Ties Like Me networking event [...]

By |2011-04-14T09:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2011|News|

Affirmations hosts planning meeting for women

FERNDALE- Affirmations, Metro Detroit's community center for LGBTs and allies, is hosting a planning meeting for women who support the center on Tuesday, April 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The center encourages women [...]

By |2011-04-14T09:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2011|News|

Another gay rights battle for California

by Rex Wockner U.S. NEWS Activists who oppose gay rights are more riled up than usual about a bill working its way through the California Legislature, says Equality California, which has shepherded 76 pro-LGBT measures [...]

By |2011-04-14T09:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2011|News|

Prop 8: Back to the ballot in 2012?

by Rex Wockner U.S. NEWS Equality California on April 4 launched a campaign to gauge community support for heading back to the ballot in 2012 to try to undo Proposition 8. Approved by voters in [...]

By |2018-01-16T01:19:15-05:00April 14th, 2011|News|

For Pete’s sake, come out!

Ahem. We mean outside. The sun's finally out, the world is warming up, and our home and garden issue shows a bazillion ways to enjoy the great outdoors and to beautify the great indoors. OK, [...]

By |2018-01-16T02:30:47-05:00April 14th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Bob Vander Plaats

A common talking point of anti-gay activists is that being gay is a public health risk. Whether trying to derail anti-discrimination legislation, protesting against letting gays marry each other, or trying to shut down a [...]

By |2011-04-14T09:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2011|Opinions|

Rethinking creativity

Parting Glances A recent issue of Scientific American carries an article on creativity. One main point is that it takes approximately ten years for whatever you're doing -- art, music, cooking, golf, bowling -- for [...]

By |2011-04-14T09:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2011|Opinions|

LGBT History, population

Compiled by Howard Israel S/he Said "Why is there always this push to keep history as white, male and straight as possible? And why is it that so many of us who are not white [...]

By |2011-04-14T09:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2011|Opinions|