Boehner wants DOJ to pay House to defend DOMA

By | 2018-01-23T13:09:34+00:00 April 21st, 2011|News|

By Tara Cavanaugh House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, wrote in a letter to Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today that the House "plans to protect taxpayers from any cost associated with the Obama administration's refusal to [...]

Coming out – as a family

By | 2011-04-21T09:00:00+00:00 April 21st, 2011|Entertainment|

Dear Jody Q: My girlfriend "Julie" and I are having a disagreement and I am thinking this may be a "deal breaker" for me, so I hope you can give us some sage advice that [...]

Ann Arbor Summer Festival announces 28th season

By | 2011-04-21T09:00:00+00:00 April 21st, 2011|Entertainment|

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival recently announced its headlining indoor performances as well as a special outdoor attraction for the 2011 season. From Hollywood celebrities and hip-hop circus to sequined drag artists and inflatable sculptures, [...]

Gov. Snyder killed my career

By | 2011-04-21T09:00:00+00:00 April 21st, 2011|Entertainment|

By Eric A. Haynes This January, as I was moving to the Detroit area from Los Angeles, everyone asked me why I was heading to Michigan. To work in film production, duh! With Governor Snyder's [...]

Exclusive: Sex and the Seedy

By | 2011-04-21T09:00:00+00:00 April 21st, 2011|Entertainment|

There's not much city in "Meet Monica Velour," but there's sex - and a trailer park and a very haggard-looking Kim Cattrall. The "Sex and the City" actress plays the title character, a washed-up porn [...]

PBS to air ‘Stonewall Uprising’

By | 2018-01-16T05:03:32+00:00 April 21st, 2011|Entertainment|

In 1969, homosexual acts were illegal in every state except Illinois and gays frequently found themselves being hauled off to jail, their names splashed in the next day's newspaper. The vast majority of medical authorities [...]

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2011-04-21T09:00:00+00:00 April 21st, 2011|Entertainment|

By Romeo San Vicente Watch Out, Betty White's going to punk you NBC wants to be back in the Betty White business. And who can blame them? The 89-year-old spent seven seasons with The Peacock [...]

Q Scopes: Pace yourself, Scorpio!

By | 2011-04-21T09:00:00+00:00 April 21st, 2011|Entertainment|

By Jack Fertig Mercury turning direct while conjunct Mars in Aries will open up daring, impulsive ideas. Both planets are opposing Saturn in Libra so those ideas are sure to hit walls of critical feedback. [...]

Taylor-made for the Big Screen

By | 2018-01-16T09:22:00+00:00 April 21st, 2011|Entertainment|

Across 1 Eagle or chicken hawk 5 "Life Goes On" daughter 10 Susan B. Anthony dollar, e.g. 14 Be reminded of S&M, e.g. 15 Minnesota state senator Spear 16 Kinky coif 17 Ps on the [...]

A full-throttle ‘Full Monty’

By | 2018-01-16T04:28:10+00:00 April 21st, 2011|Entertainment|

By Martin F. Kohn Jason Cabral, Cal Schwartz and Adam Crinson in "The Full Monty." Photo: Robert Lima Editor's note: Generally, Between The Lines does not review shows produced by the state's college and [...]

“Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.”

By | 2018-01-16T05:20:12+00:00 April 21st, 2011|Entertainment|

By John Quinn The headline is a well-known quote in comedy circles. These "last words" are attributed to theatrical types ranging from actor Edmund Gwenn to playwright George Bernard Shaw. Whoever it was, he was [...]

Dutch university gives transgender man new diploma

By | 2018-01-15T20:37:32+00:00 April 21st, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS The president of the executive board of the University of Amsterdam, Karel van der Toorn, presented transgender activist and alumnus Justus Eisfeld with a new diploma reflecting his correct gender [...]

Euro Parliament scolds Macedonia

By | 2018-01-16T08:47:16+00:00 April 21st, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS In adopting its annual report on Macedonia's progress toward joining the European Union, the European Parliament on April 7 told the nation to legally ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. [...]

Gay groups denounce draft of Hungarian Constitution

By | 2018-01-16T01:32:12+00:00 April 21st, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Hungary's Parliament was scheduled to vote April 18 on a new national constitution that LGBT groups say is problematic. ILGA-Europe - the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, [...]

Moscow Pride: 6th time’s the charm?

By | 2018-01-16T10:50:29+00:00 April 21st, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Gay activists will try again next month to stage a gay pride march in Moscow. This time, they are armed with a final ruling from the European Court of Human [...]

Day of Silence speaks volumes

By | 2011-04-21T09:00:00+00:00 April 21st, 2011|News|

By Ruchi Naresh Jay Theden, 20, participated in the April 15 Day of Silence. She said after losing her best friend, she was silenced by death. BTL photo: Ruchi Naresh DETROIT- Observed across the [...]

A vulnerable triple threat: Senior, black, gay

By | 2011-04-21T09:00:00+00:00 April 21st, 2011|News|

By Ruchi Naresh There is a triple threat facing the elder African American LGBT population in the Detroit area. Even though small in number, this particular group of people encounters difficulties in finding retirement homes, [...]

Local activist to speak at national NAACP forum

By | 2018-01-16T03:30:20+00:00 April 21st, 2011|News|

DETROIT- Curtis Lipscomb, the new executive director of KICK, the agency for LGBT African-Americans, will speak as a panelist at a national NAACP forum in Detroit on Saturday, April 30. Speakers and participants at the [...]

Gay rodeo gears up for July

By | 2018-01-16T03:18:16+00:00 April 21st, 2011|News|

The Michigan International Gay Rodeo Association will again produce the Greater Motown International Rodeo July 22-24 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Belleville, Michigan. It is an amature gay rodeo run under the guidelines of [...]

Support local GLSEN at June fundraiser

By | 2018-01-23T12:51:29+00:00 April 21st, 2011|News|

GLSEN of Southeast Michigan is planning a fundraising event on June 18 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Detroit Yacht Club. The evening will include appetizers, a cash bar, and a raffle along with a [...]

Between Ourselves: Emily Dievendorf

By | 2018-01-16T13:51:00+00:00 April 21st, 2011|News|

by Tara Cavanaugh Emily Dievendorf joined Equality Michigan as Director of Policy in 2010. Prior to that, she worked in the Michigan House of Representatives, since 2002, for Democratic state legislators Alexander C. Lipsey (Kalamazoo) [...]

House holds ‘defending marriage’ hearing

By | 2011-04-21T09:00:00+00:00 April 21st, 2011|News|

By Lisa Keen Democrats came out swinging Friday, April 15, during a House subcommittee hearing titled "Defending Marriage," about the Department of Justice announcement that it would curtail its defense of the federal ban on [...]

CA Senate bill mandates gay history in schools

By | 2018-01-22T22:02:26+00:00 April 21st, 2011|News|

By Lisa Leff SACRAMENTO, Calif.- Gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people would be added to the lengthy list of social and ethnic groups that public schools must include in social studies lessons under a landmark [...]

Delaware approves civil unions

By | 2011-04-21T09:00:00+00:00 April 21st, 2011|News|

By BTL staff DOVER- Delaware is now the seventh state to allow same-sex civil unions after winning approval in the House of Representatives April 14. The bill now goes to the governor to sign. After [...]

Chicago elects 2nd gay alderman

By | 2018-01-15T18:42:55+00:00 April 21st, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner U.S. NEWS Chicago voters elected the city's second openly gay alderman April 5. James Cappleman will represent the 46th Ward on the North Side. Gay Alderman Tom Tunney has represented the heavily [...]

Gay bills introduced in Congress

By | 2011-04-21T09:00:00+00:00 April 21st, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner U.S. NEWS Two recurring LGBT-rights measures were introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in April - the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the Uniting American Families Act. ENDA would ban [...]

Maryland trans rights bill dies

By | 2011-04-21T09:00:00+00:00 April 21st, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner U.S. NEWS A transgender nondiscrimination bill that had passed the Maryland House of Delegates died in the Senate on April 11. Senators voted 27-20 to return it to committee. The development took [...]

William Donohue

By | 2011-04-21T09:00:00+00:00 April 21st, 2011|Opinions|

Creep of the Week Are all Catholic priests child molesters? No, of course not. Are some Catholic priests child molesters? Yes, indeed. But you know what? There are child molesters in schools and in other [...]

A petrifying fairy tale

By | 2018-01-16T12:34:45+00:00 April 21st, 2011|Opinions|

Parting Glances Once upon a time there was a forest. It was a small forest with only twelve trees. Over the years - perhaps a hundred or two - the forest sheltered both foreign born [...]

Health, humor, history

By | 2011-04-21T09:00:00+00:00 April 21st, 2011|Opinions|

Compiled by Howard Israel S/he said "It is important for Afro American and African Diasporic gay men to understand that they have a history of loving and desiring one another that is worth acknowledging and [...]

Will gay marriage undermine monogamy?

By | 2018-01-16T16:36:39+00:00 April 21st, 2011|Opinions|

By John Corvino Recently I received the following inquiry via my website: "As a single older closeted gay man, I don't understand how we can ask for marriage rights when so many gay couples don't [...]