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Shirvell asks for dismissal of lawsuit

By Tara Cavanaugh Andrew Shirvell, Michigan's former assistant attorney general who was fired last fall, asked on May 6 that the lawsuit filed against him by University of Michigan graduate Chris Armstrong be dismissed. Last [...]

By |2018-01-15T17:43:20-05:00May 19th, 2011|News|

House members attempt to delay DADT repeal

By Lisa Keen The full U.S. House Armed Services Committee approved three amendments on May 11 that seek to delay implementation of repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and to reiterate Congress's support for the [...]

By |2011-05-19T09:00:00-04:00May 19th, 2011|News|

Cocktail Chatter: The Saketumi

By Ed Sikov "Don't tell me you've never heard of Judy Carne!" Craig roared at Kyle, who shook visibly from the shock. "I can't believe how, how, how deficient you are in culture - in [...]

By |2018-01-16T14:30:14-05:00May 19th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Chrome Cat closes its doors

By Hannah Schwab After serving Lansing's lesbian crowd for two years, the Chrome Cat closed its doors on April 31 - for good. Owners Lisa Whitehead and Michelle Taylor shut down after back taxes and [...]

By |2018-01-15T21:12:10-05:00May 19th, 2011|Entertainment|

Deep Inside Hollywood

By Romeo San Vicente Jane Lynch swaps tracksuit for Wimple in 'Stooges' Jane Lynch knows a thing or two about playing terrifying teachers, what with her Emmy-winning stint as cheerleading taskmaster Sue Sylvester on "Glee." [...]

By |2011-05-19T09:00:00-04:00May 19th, 2011|Entertainment|

Q Scopes: Work your charm, Leo!

By Jack Fertig Mercury, Venus and Mars are all lined up in Taurus and trine to Pluto. Folks are digging in their heels, planting roots, not budging. Are you being any less intransigent? Try to [...]

By |2011-05-19T09:00:00-04:00May 19th, 2011|Entertainment|

Korean Creed

Across 1 NG: Take the essentials of 8 Discrimination lawsuit reward 15 "South Pacific" setting, broadly 16 NG: Subject for civic improvement 17 Start of a quote about the deity 18 More of the quote [...]

By |2018-01-16T03:05:29-05:00May 19th, 2011|Entertainment|

MOT kills with ‘Rigoletto’

James Valenti in "Rigoletto." Photo: John Grigaitis I have to come clean about something: It's been so many years since my last visit to the Michigan Opera Theatre that I have no clear memory [...]

By |2018-01-15T23:07:24-05:00May 19th, 2011|Entertainment|

Argentine gay leader honored by city

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS The president of the long-standing organization Argentine Homosexual Community, Cesar Cigliutti, was recognized May 17 by the Buenos Aires City Council as a Distinguished Citizen of the City of Buenos [...]

By |2018-01-16T07:28:29-05:00May 19th, 2011|News|

Euro court slaps Hamburg over pensions

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice slapped the city of Hamburg, Germany, on May 10 for paying smaller pensions to same-sex registered partners than to married people. [...]

By |2018-01-16T01:22:43-05:00May 19th, 2011|News|

Gays march in Scotland

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Some 2,000 people took to the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland, May 7 for gay pride. The procession began on East Market Street and ended at the Omni Centre. Officers from [...]

By |2011-05-19T09:00:00-04:00May 19th, 2011|News|

Southeast Asian LGBTIQs stage summit

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Forty people from eight nations attended the first ASEAN Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer People's Caucus from May 3 to 5 in the run-up to the Association of [...]

By |2018-01-16T16:52:46-05:00May 19th, 2011|News|

Sex ed vote postponed

By Jeremy Martin SAUGATUCK- A scheduled vote by the Saugatuck school board on changes to the eighth grade sexual education curriculum has been postponed until Monday, June 20. The planned vote on deciding whether or [...]

By |2011-05-19T09:00:00-04:00May 19th, 2011|News|

Ogemaw bullying case settlement disclosed

Anti-bullying activists say the details of a federal settlement in a bullying case at Ogemaw High School renews the urgency for the state to pass comprehensive legislation addressing bullying. The agreement, reached in January, was [...]

By |2018-01-16T06:31:21-05:00May 19th, 2011|News|

Ferndale Pride updates

By BTL Staff Ferndale Pride, which runs from June 3-5 this year, continues to add sponsors and events to its list of activities. Ferndale hosted Motor City Pride for the past decade until this year, [...]

By |2011-05-19T09:00:00-04:00May 19th, 2011|News|

Between Ourselves: Julie H. Lynch

by Tara Cavanaugh Julie H. Lynch is the author of http://gendersense.com. Lynch, a 30-year-old transgender woman from Ypsilanti, is currently seeking a second bachelor's degree in nursing from Eastern Michigan University. Her first bachelor's degree [...]

By |2018-01-16T05:34:01-05:00May 19th, 2011|News|

Delaware governor signs civil-union bill

by Rex Wockner U.S. NEWS Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed the state's civil-union bill into law May 11 at World Cafe Live at The Queen theater in Wilmington. "Tonight we say to loving and committed [...]

By |2018-01-16T12:04:16-05:00May 19th, 2011|News|

Say yes to sex ed

Saugatuck schools were scheduled to hold a vote Monday night to include "alternative lifestyles" - a.k.a. homosexuality - in its eighth-grade sex-education lesson. If approved, kids would basically learn that gays exist, by watching a [...]

By |2011-05-19T09:00:00-04:00May 19th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Dwight Probasco

Creep of the Week When Wasilla High School Principal Dwight Probasco told the jazz choir they could not perform Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" at graduation, the kids in the choir got kind of pissed off. After [...]

By |2018-01-15T18:54:35-05:00May 19th, 2011|Opinions|

Mary: it’s a grand old name

Parting Glances "I read your last column with interest," says my unannounced guest who appears in my art studio suddenly, unexpectedly - putting it mildly - on my birthday, May 12. Probably flew in through [...]

By |2018-01-16T03:28:33-05:00May 19th, 2011|Opinions|

Coming out, ‘It Gets Better’

Compiled by Tara Cavanaugh S/he Said "I'm scared. I'm talking about something that people might shun me for, ostracize me for. It's about the worst thing you can be in black culture. You're taught you [...]

By |2011-05-19T09:00:00-04:00May 19th, 2011|Opinions|

Here’s to the death of power lists

Viewpoint The definition of insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" is generally attributed to Albert Einstein. Regardless of who originally coined this adage, it continues to ring [...]

By |2011-05-19T09:00:00-04:00May 19th, 2011|Opinions|

TN gov. signs anti-gay law

By Tara Cavanaugh NASHVILLE- Tenn. Gov. Bill Haslam signed a controversial bill into law Monday night that bans cities from creating anti-discrimination policies that are stricter than state anti-discrimination law. The city that will be [...]

By |2011-05-19T09:00:00-04:00May 19th, 2011|Uncategorized|