Dear Jody: Horny all the time

By | 2018-01-16T12:27:12+00:00 July 21st, 2011|Entertainment|

by Jody Valley Q: I bet you haven't received a letter like mine before. I've been in a relationship with "Richard" for 12 years. We had a commitment ceremony five years ago. I love him [...]

Cocktail Chatter: The Vodka Tonic

By | 2011-07-21T09:00:00+00:00 July 21st, 2011|Uncategorized|

by Ed Sikov Kyle, Robbie, Phil Levine and some little wisp of a Thai twink on Phil Levine's lap were hot in conversation when I arrived on Friday evening. As I walked in I thought [...]

Shocantelle be-weaves in you

By | 2018-01-16T12:08:55+00:00 July 21st, 2011|Entertainment|

By Samantha White Gay hair, fades, braids and weaves - Shocantelle Brown has everything you need to be gay chic. "I do the frontal-hair that gay men like. If they want to use it to [...]

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2011-07-21T09:00:00+00:00 July 21st, 2011|Entertainment|

By Romeo San Vicente Cheyenne Jackson. Photo: Karl Simon It's abs ahoy for '300: The Battle of Artemisia' Remember when Sarah Silverman hosted the MTV Movie Awards and noted that the title "300" was [...]

Q Scopes: You could do better, Leo!

By | 2011-07-21T09:00:00+00:00 July 21st, 2011|Entertainment|

By Jack Fertig Relationships aren't a competitive sport. Venus in Cancer aspecting Mars in Gemini should be good for whispering sweet nothings, but Eris aspects both, and Mars is right on the South Node. Resist [...]

Come Rite to New York

By | 2011-07-21T09:00:00+00:00 July 21st, 2011|Entertainment|

Across 1 Game with two queens 6 Porgy and bass 10 They're good for tricks 14 "Brokeback Mountain" setting 15 "Diana" singer 16 Petty of "A League of Their Own" 17 "As You Like It" [...]

More ado needed for gender-bending play

By | 2011-07-21T09:00:00+00:00 July 21st, 2011|Entertainment|

By Bridgette M. Redman Would that our language possessed a gender-neutral pronoun that did not render the objectification of "it" or the stiltedness of "one." Such a pronoun would have greatly aided the actors in [...]

Musical parody is irreverent fun

By | 2011-07-21T09:00:00+00:00 July 21st, 2011|Entertainment|

By Judith Cookis Rubens "Bad subject matter? Or a bad title? That could kill a show pretty good," acknowledges Little Sally, the beggar girl/narrator of this delightfully dark musical that parodies revolutionary stories and numerous [...]

Fury dominates What a Do production

By | 2018-01-16T09:35:02+00:00 July 21st, 2011|Entertainment|

By Bridgette M. Redman The men of What a Do's latest production were angry beyond a reasonable doubt. The dozen jurors in the classic Reginald Rose story were hot, temperamental and quick to jump down [...]

2,700 same-sex marriages in Argentina

By | 2018-01-16T01:36:26+00:00 July 21st, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Some 2,700 same-sex couples have tied the knot in Argentina since same-sex marriage became legal a year ago. According to the Argentina LGBT Federation, that amounts to about 1 percent [...]

Australia continues to block overseas gay marriages

By | 2018-01-16T13:14:30+00:00 July 21st, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Australia is continuing to prevent its citizens from entering into a same-sex marriage abroad, the group Australian Marriage Equality said July 8. Specifically, Australia refuses to issue a "certificate of [...]

Lithuania reverses course on gay information ban

By | 2018-01-16T07:35:51+00:00 July 21st, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Lithuania's Parliament has banned discrimination based on sexual orientation in advertising. The move was a turnaround from earlier drafts of the same bill, which banned homosexual topics in advertising. The [...]

Fighting for family

By | 2011-07-21T09:00:00+00:00 July 21st, 2011|News|

By Tara Cavanaugh Jeffrey McLoughlin holds his adopted son Avon while playing with his adopted daughter Anala. Anala and Avon are half siblings. McLoughlin's husband, James McDonald, is a stay-at-home dad. BTL photo: Andrew [...]

Gay parent case goes to US Supreme Court

By | 2011-07-21T09:00:00+00:00 July 21st, 2011|News|

By Lisa Keen Lambda Legal Defense is taking its fight for same-sex families to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case, Adar v. Darlene Smith, involves a gay male couple, Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith, [...]

Hotter Than July kicks off with art exhibit

By | 2011-07-21T09:00:00+00:00 July 21st, 2011|News|

By Zach Childree DETROIT- On July 27, the Detroit Black Pride Society will kick off its annual Hotter Than July celebration with the opening of an art exhibit. The exhibit, produced in collaboration with the [...]

Youth protest homelessness

By | 2011-07-21T09:00:00+00:00 July 21st, 2011|News|

By Zach Childree DETROIT- Last Friday, members of the Campaign to End AIDS gathered outside Detroit City Hall to draw attention to the plight of homeless youth. Alfredo Smith, a spokesman for the group, said [...]

CARES appoints new executive director

By | 2011-07-21T09:00:00+00:00 July 21st, 2011|News|

KALAMAZOO- Community AIDS Resource and Education Services, a southwest Michigan organization that seeks to minimize the effects of HIV/AIDS on the community, appointed a longtime staffer as its new executive director. David Feaster most recently [...]

Equality Michigan announces annual dinner

By | 2011-07-21T09:00:00+00:00 July 21st, 2011|News|

DEARBORN- Equality Michigan will hold its State Equality Dinner, its biggest annual event, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. at The Henry. The dinner highlights advocacy work happening around the state, connects leaders in the movement [...]

Republican redistricting means trouble

By | 2011-07-21T09:00:00+00:00 July 21st, 2011|News|

By Eric Rader Speak Out Across the country this year, state legislatures are engaged in the process of congressional redistricting. Every ten years, following the constitution-mandated federal census, most states have to create new district [...]

Queer for Books picks summer reads

By | 2018-01-15T23:23:57+00:00 July 21st, 2011|News|

FERNDALE- The quickly growing Queer for Books Book Club has announced their book selections for July and August. On Saturday, July 23, the group will discuss "Band Fags!" by Frank Anthony Polito. The book follows [...]

Report finds increase in anti- LGBT violence

By | 2011-07-21T09:00:00+00:00 July 21st, 2011|News|

By Zach Childree Last year was the second highest year on record for murders of LGBT and HIV-affected communities, according to a report released July 12 by the National Coalition Of Anti-Violence Programs. The study [...]

New marriage campaign launched in Maryland

By | 2011-07-21T09:00:00+00:00 July 21st, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner U.S. NEWS Marylanders launched a new campaign July 12 to pass a same-sex-marriage law next year. A bill to legalize same-sex marriage passed the Senate this year but crashed and burned in [...]

We must take back ‘family’

By | 2011-07-21T09:00:00+00:00 July 21st, 2011|Uncategorized|

The word family has suffered a lot of abuse. Republicans have dubbed themselves the "family values party." Many conservative organizations have hid their bigotry behind the word, such as the American Family Association. In our [...]

Marcus Bachmann

By | 2011-07-21T09:00:00+00:00 July 21st, 2011|Opinions|

Creep of the Week Marcus Bachmann and the Christian counseling clinics he owns are not anti-gay. And if you say they are then you're just an anti-hetero hate crimer. Stop hate criming, gays! So hateful, [...]

Swami, swami, how I love ya!

By | 2018-01-15T21:17:03+00:00 July 21st, 2011|Opinions|

Parting Glances It's always a transcendental pleasure to report about uplifting talks, lectures, sermons, 90-minute Power Point presentations I'm frequently asked to cover because, somewhat curiously, no one else wants to at BTL. As a [...]

History and pop culture

By | 2011-07-21T09:00:00+00:00 July 21st, 2011|Opinions|

S/he Said "I'm not gay, but I was afraid to even let anyone have the thought. I can only imagine the agony - being a prisoner in your own mind - for someone who wants [...]

Gay man in the jury box

By | 2011-07-21T09:00:00+00:00 July 21st, 2011|Opinions|

By John Corvino The Gay Moralist "Are you married?" It seems like a simple question. But on closer glance, much depends on context. In this case, the context was jury duty. I was Candidate 13, [...]

VIDEO: DADT officially dead in 60 days

By | 2018-01-16T17:08:17+00:00 July 21st, 2011|News|

By The Associated Press President Obama signed the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" into law last year, but said repeal wouldn't be official until the military certified its readiness. Today Defense Secretary Leon Panetta [...]

David Blair found dead

By | 2011-07-21T09:00:00+00:00 July 21st, 2011|News|

By Tara Cavanaugh David Blair performing at the 2009 TEDxDetroit conference. The last time David Blair spoke with BTL was just after Michael Jackson died in 2009. The death of the King of Pop, [...]

Bachmann district

By | 2011-07-21T09:00:00+00:00 July 21st, 2011|News|

A Mother Jones expose published Monday shows how Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's district became a "suicide contagion area." Nine teens in the district have committed suicide in just two years, and four of the teens were [...]

Bachmann district called suicide contagion area

By | 2018-01-16T13:45:07+00:00 July 21st, 2011|News|

A Mother Jones expose published Monday shows how Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's district became a "suicide contagion area." Nine teens in the district have committed suicide in just two years, and four of the teens were [...]