Gay rodeo promotes animal abuse, not community

RodeoFest 2011 (presented by the Michigan International Gay Rodeo Association) is promising a fun-filled weekend of entertainment later this month. However, for the animals involved in these shows, rodeos are anything but fun. In fact, [...]

By |2011-07-14T09:00:00-04:00July 14th, 2011|Opinions|

Holland City Council feels the pressure of failed vote

By Jeremy Martin HOLLAND- Last month, the Holland City Council turned down an anti-discrimination amendment that would have offered protections to LGBT citizens in housing and employment. But two groups of concerned citizens are refusing [...]

By |2018-01-16T13:30:33-05:00July 14th, 2011|News|

What the folk?

Abigail Stauffer and Chris Bathgate 8 p.m. July 15 The Ark ($15) 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor It felt like I'd known Abigail Stauffer for years. She greeted me with her friendly good-to-see-you [...]

By |2011-07-14T09:00:00-04:00July 14th, 2011|Entertainment|

Deep Inside Hollywood

By Romeo San Vicente Goldie Hawn sneaks a peak at 'The Viagra Diaries' Who sits down to watch TV instead of getting online or playing a video game? Baby boomers, that's who, and their sitcom [...]

By |2011-07-14T09:00:00-04:00July 14th, 2011|Entertainment|

Q Scopes: Stay clear, Cancer!

By Jack Fertig The sun in Cancer deepens our sense of identity with family and tribe. (And did you have a nice Pride celebration?) Sun squaring Eris, however, can increase tribalism and factionalism. Being with [...]

By |2011-07-14T09:00:00-04:00July 14th, 2011|Entertainment|

Brutus and Julius

Across 1 Acknowledge a queen 4 Choreographer Bob 9 Just out 12 Forget about 14 LuPone Broadway role 15 Jodie Foster's " ___ Driver" 16 Nathan of "The Producers" 17 Furnishings 18 River near Dunkirk [...]

By |2011-07-14T09:00:00-04:00July 14th, 2011|Entertainment|

Gays arrested at Russian Embassy in Paris

Five gay people were arrested outside Russia's embassy in Paris on July 8. They were attempting to present a petition from, signed by some 14,000 people, opposing Moscow's years-long ban on gay pride and [...]

By |2018-01-16T01:02:49-05:00July 14th, 2011|News|

LGBTs picket Russian Embassy in London

LGBT people picketed the Russian Embassy in London on July 1, urging that Russia's voting rights at the Council of Europe be suspended. Despite a European Court of Human Rights ruling this year that Moscow's [...]

By |2018-01-16T02:47:26-05:00July 14th, 2011|News|

Same-sex marriage campaign launches in Uruguay

Uruguay's Colectivo Ovejas Negras (Black Sheep Collective) has launched a TV-ad campaign featuring 34 Uruguayan celebrities saying they support legalization of same-sex marriage. A marriage-equality bill was introduced in Parliament three months ago. "The bill [...]

By |2018-01-16T05:10:29-05:00July 14th, 2011|News|

Hugs and drugs

By Tara Cavanaugh The generic liquor store along Plymouth Road in Redford looks like many others in the area. When you walk in, you see a wall of refrigerated alcohol beneath Bud Light plaques and [...]

By |2011-07-14T09:00:00-04:00July 14th, 2011|News|

Between Ourselves: Erin Wilson

Erin Wilson is a Grand Rapids resident who formed Until Love Is = after Holland's City Council voted against housing and hiring protections for LGBT residents. The group has received an outpouring of support, and [...]

By |2018-01-16T05:36:31-05:00July 14th, 2011|News|

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell dies again

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on July 6 lifted its stay of a federal District Court ruling that found the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military gay ban unconstitutional. As a result, DADT no [...]

By |2011-07-14T09:00:00-04:00July 14th, 2011|News|

Rhode Island civil-union law takes effect

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed a civil-union bill July 2 and it took effect immediately. Although it extends the rights of marriage to civil-union same-sex couples, gay activist groups opposed the law because of [...]

By |2011-07-14T09:00:00-04:00July 14th, 2011|News|

Stop listening to Gary Glenn

Last week, Gary Glenn went on Linda Harvey's radio show and proclaimed that gays aren't the "best or the brightest" employees. The earned Glenn, the head of Michigan's chapter of the American Family Association, coverage [...]

By |2018-01-15T21:54:03-05:00July 14th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Linda Harvey

If there's anything I love it's a good ol' Nazi allusion. It's the ultimate argument winner. All you have to do is link your opponent and Nazis in your audience's mind and you're golden. You [...]

By |2011-07-14T09:00:00-04:00July 14th, 2011|Opinions|

Constructive criticism for BTL

I very much appreciate Between The Lines and its coverage of LGBT issues in Michigan. I think that the juxtaposition of the social, cultural and political is very important for our community, and I look [...]

By |2011-07-14T09:00:00-04:00July 14th, 2011|Opinions|

No harm in gay rodeo

Kate Brindle wrote about the Michigan International Gay Rodeo Association's upcoming RodeoFest 2011 and her concern about the animals involved. It's great to be in a free country that allows for questions and the freedom [...]

By |2011-07-14T09:00:00-04:00July 14th, 2011|Opinions|

Mamacitas! Mujeronas!

I've returned after a heavenly week, all expenses paid, from Porta Bloomers, Texas, for the first international convention of Bilingual Drag Queens for Jesus. Hola-la-la! I flew first class with 50 lovelies, including Senorita Sinsational, [...]

By |2018-01-16T15:12:17-05:00July 14th, 2011|Opinions|

Politics and rights

Compiled by Howard Israel "While being lesbian or gay may not be a choice, being ignorant is. Pawlenty has either chosen to be ignorant of the reality or he has chosen to present himself in [...]

By |2011-07-14T09:00:00-04:00July 14th, 2011|Opinions|

A model pronoun

By Gwendolyn Ann Smith Newsweek magazine, in its June 12 issue, ran a profile on Brazilian model Lea T. Good in places and bad in others, the piece tells of her early years growing up [...]

By |2011-07-14T09:00:00-04:00July 14th, 2011|Opinions|

California Gov. signs LGBT education bill

By BTL staff SACRAMENTO- Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that makes teaching about LGBT individuals in social science lessons mandatory. The California Legislature passed the bill last week, but many were unsure if [...]

By |2011-07-14T09:00:00-04:00July 14th, 2011|News|

Obama supports Respect for Marriage Act

By BTL staff U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has introduced the Respect for Marriage Act. President Obama announced yesterday he supports the Respect for Marriage Act. The act, introduced by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein from [...]

By |2011-07-14T09:00:00-04:00July 14th, 2011|News|

DOMA repeal hearing shows heated debate

By Lisa Keen U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a legendary civil rights activist, led off Wednesday's hearing to discuss repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, likening it to laws decades ago that required separate water [...]

By |2011-07-14T09:00:00-04:00July 14th, 2011|News|