Military chaplains can perform gay weddings

By | 2018-01-16T08:59:05+00:00 September 30th, 2011|News|

A memo released Friday by the Department of Defense allows military chaplains to perform same sex marriages - only if the chaplain agrees to do so. "A military chaplain may participate in or officiate any [...]

State Equality Dinner award winners announced

By | 2011-09-29T09:00:00+00:00 September 29th, 2011|News|

By BTL Staff DEARBORN- On Oct. 22, Equality Michigan will present the highly anticipated 2011 State Equality Dinner at The Henry in Dearborn. The gala evening is Equality Michigan's signature fundraiser. In addition to a [...]

Partner benefits for state employees could cost $600K

By | 2018-01-16T07:15:54+00:00 September 29th, 2011|News|

By Tara Cavanaugh LANSING- Republicans against offering benefits for partners of state employees have decried the cost, but a recent estimate shows the benefits will cost much less than projected. State employees have until Sept. [...]

Dear Jody: My bipolar problem

By | 2018-01-16T00:17:12+00:00 September 29th, 2011|Entertainment|

My bipolar problem Q: First, let me start by saying that I'm 36 years old; not a spring chicken as my mother would say. I came out as lesbian when I was 17 years old, [...]

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2011-09-29T09:00:00+00:00 September 29th, 2011|Entertainment|

By Romeo San Vicente 'Dirty Dancing' partner: Maria Maggenti For now, let's put aside the fact that a "Dirty Dancing" remake is even happening at all. If you're upset about it you can just refuse [...]

Q Scopes: Exercise, Taurus!

By | 2011-09-29T09:00:00+00:00 September 29th, 2011|Entertainment|

By Jack Fertig Fresh into Libra, the Sun and Mercury stimulate friendly conversation but they're opposite Uranus and squaring Pluto; any dialogue can turn fiercely argumentative or deliciously wicked. Either way, secrets will be revealed! [...]

Is Plutonium Far From Uranus

By | 2018-01-16T14:14:20+00:00 September 29th, 2011|Entertainment|

Across 1 It's for Colette 5 Make an emotional discharge 9 Bone separator in the back 13 Italian wine region 14 Soprano Gluck 15 Initial stake 16 Hetero 19 Sticker on a rose 20 Voyeur's [...]

From closeted activist to Detroit dynamo

By | 2011-09-29T09:00:00+00:00 September 29th, 2011|News|

By Desiree Cooper Detroiter Kirsten Ussery is not afraid of a challenge. At 33, she has done communications work for a global auto supplier, for a group of top-flight Michigan business leaders, and even for [...]

AIDS Walk Michigan raises more than $100K

By | 2011-09-29T09:00:00+00:00 September 29th, 2011|News|

By Tara Cavanaugh and Zach Childree Dressed head to toe in a bright red pantsuit, Debbie Dingell looked like a walking AIDS ribbon at Sunday's AIDS Walk in downtown Ann Arbor. "My best friend was [...]

Progress is possible

By | 2011-09-29T09:00:00+00:00 September 29th, 2011|News|

By Eric Rader The military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy finally ended last week, thanks to the persistent hard work of many brave heroes. Though it was originally intended as a compromise aimed at allowing [...]

Ask Lamdba Legal: Can we be foster parents?

By | 2011-09-29T09:00:00+00:00 September 29th, 2011|News|

Dear Ask Lambda Legal, My partner and I live in Illinois and are in a civil union. We are thinking about becoming foster parents, but have heard about problems with certain child welfare agencies. Should [...]

Rick Santorum

By | 2011-09-29T09:00:00+00:00 September 29th, 2011|Opinions|

Creep of the Week Say what you want about Republicans, but they sure do keep us in suspense about how high the homophobic ceiling is inside of their "big tent." I once interviewed Dan Savage [...]

Gay youth becomes a god

By | 2011-09-29T09:00:00+00:00 September 29th, 2011|Opinions|

Parting Glances Almost 125 years before the birth of Jesus a handsome youth named Antinous was declared a god by the Roman emperor Publius Aelius Hadrian. Antinous was born to a Greek family in Bithynion-Claudiopolis, [...]

Politics, discrimination

By | 2011-09-29T09:00:00+00:00 September 29th, 2011|Opinions|

Compiled by Howard Israel S/he Said "I was like, 'I don't know, should I talk about it or what?' How many things could I have? I'm black, then lesbian. I can't be the poster child [...]

Who you calling a hater?

By | 2018-01-15T18:05:02+00:00 September 29th, 2011|Opinions|

By Abby Dees Thinking Outloud I've always had a sort-of wincing reaction to the word "hate" in LGBT rights messaging. Like those bumper stickers that say, "Hate is not a family value." Or the newest [...]

An open letter to Mark

By | 2011-09-29T09:00:00+00:00 September 29th, 2011|Opinions|

I have known you for 20 years, as friend, pastor, activist, lately a troubled person dealing with serious health issues, who turned to alcohol and drugs for release from nonstop pain to body, mind, troubled [...]

The Teachings of Tori

By | 2011-09-29T09:00:00+00:00 September 29th, 2011|News|

Tori Amos doesnÕt do anything straight. Regarded as one of the premier singer-songwriters of our time, the gay iconÕs veered off every which way — into babe-blasting-piano rock and baroque-influenced orchestrations; not to mention seasonal [...]

Sixth Circuit hears Julea Ward case

By | 2018-01-15T22:34:15+00:00 September 29th, 2011|News|

By Tara Cavanaugh The Sixth Circuit heard a case yesterday involving a woman who was dismissed from a counseling program at Eastern Michigan University. Julea Ward was a graduate student in EMU's counseling program in [...]