Gay rodeo promotes animal abuse, not community

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

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, [...]

Holland City Council feels the pressure of failed vote

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

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 [...]

What the folk?

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

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

Deep Inside Hollywood

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

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 [...]

Q Scopes: Stay clear, Cancer!

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

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 [...]

Brutus and Julius

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

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 [...]

Gays arrested at Russian Embassy in Paris

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

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

LGBTs picket Russian Embassy in London

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

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 [...]

Same-sex marriage campaign launches in Uruguay

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

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 [...]

Hugs and drugs

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

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 [...]

Between Ourselves: Erin Wilson

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

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 [...]

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell dies again

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

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 [...]

Rhode Island civil-union law takes effect

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

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 [...]

Stop listening to Gary Glenn

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

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 [...]

Linda Harvey

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

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 [...]

Constructive criticism for BTL

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

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 [...]

No harm in gay rodeo

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

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 [...]

Mamacitas! Mujeronas!

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

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, [...]

Politics and rights

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

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 [...]

A model pronoun

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

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 [...]

California Gov. signs LGBT education bill

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

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 [...]

Obama supports Respect for Marriage Act

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

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 [...]

DOMA repeal hearing shows heated debate

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

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 [...]