‘Our youth need us’

By | 2011-10-06T09:00:00+00:00 October 6th, 2011|News|

By Zach Childree and Tara Cavanaugh DETROIT- A dozen young Detroiters staged a protest Monday after an effective and popular program of AIDS Partnership Michigan was forced to close its doors. The program, REC Boyz [...]

Cocktail Chatter: Irene

By | 2018-01-16T01:01:52+00:00 October 6th, 2011|Uncategorized|

by Ed Sikov "Jack Fogg started it," I whined. "You sound like a 6-year-old," Dan replied. "But he did! It wasn't my fault." "Oh yes it was," Dan said with finality. "He held out the [...]

Not-So-Nervous But Excited

By | 2018-01-15T23:40:50+00:00 October 6th, 2011|Entertainment|

Nervous But Excited's Sarah Cleaver started a song while she was coming out, and then let it sit for nine years. A banjo she received as a birthday gift helped her turn those long-lost lyrics [...]

Q Scopes: Care for yourself, Pisces!

By | 2011-10-06T09:00:00+00:00 October 6th, 2011|Entertainment|

By Jack Fertig Mercury conjoins Saturn in Libra raising knowledge and articulation of what our relationships are about and where they're going. Feeling limited can create arguments or healthy productive discussions. Stay focused on what [...]

Project Mercury

By | 2011-10-06T09:00:00+00:00 October 6th, 2011|Entertainment|

Across 1 Sprint at the Gay Games 5 Marlon Brando's hometown 10 Fruit ___ (gay district) 14 Really a fan of 15 Significant others 16 Cube designer Rubik 17 With 25-Across, Freddie Mercury song 19 [...]

Charity begins at U of D Mercy

By | 2018-01-16T10:24:12+00:00 October 6th, 2011|Entertainment|

By Michael Margolin Robert Anderson wrote a play some 40 years ago that was made into a distinguished film with Melvyn Douglas and Gene Hackman. Called "I Never Sang for My Father," it was a [...]

GVSU offers gender neutral housing

By | 2018-01-15T17:32:24+00:00 October 6th, 2011|News|

By Tara Cavanaugh ALLENDALE- After a student-led push, Grand Valley State University now offers gender neutral housing in its campus dorms. A group of students formed a group called the Gender Neutral Housing Coalition and [...]

Show your pride this fall

By | 2011-10-06T09:00:00+00:00 October 6th, 2011|News|

By Guy Barast Eye on Equality Can you believe it's already October? As I sit here and contemplate the changing weather that is just outside the door, several thoughts run consecutively through my mind: Summer [...]

Motown Invitational Classic returns Oct. 7 – 9

By | 2018-01-16T05:55:42+00:00 October 6th, 2011|News|

By BTL Staff CANTON- The Motor City will pay homage to Hollywood this weekend with the start of the 26th annual Motown Invitational Classic, Michigan's largest LGBT bowling tournament. The series of competitive bowling events, [...]

Learn about foster care and adoption Oct. 12

By | 2018-01-16T01:17:52+00:00 October 6th, 2011|News|

Family Service & Children's Aid invites prospective parents to learn about foster care and adoption at an informational session on Oct. 12. Two sessions are available from 9 a.m. to noon and from 5 p.m. [...]

James Buchanan: America’s first gay president?

By | 2018-01-16T17:52:09+00:00 October 6th, 2011|News|

By Timothy Cwiek More than 150 years before America elected its first black president, it most likely had its first gay president: James Buchanan. Buchanan, a Democrat from Lancaster County, Pa., was the 15th president [...]

A lesson in forgiveness

By | 2011-10-06T09:00:00+00:00 October 6th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Last week, stories about local pastor Mark Bidwell could be found all over the Internet and on the nightly news. As we already know, the story is the textbook definition of scandalous. It has sex. [...]

Keith Ablow

By | 2011-10-06T09:00:00+00:00 October 6th, 2011|Opinions|

Creep of the Week Full disclosure: I do not watch "Dancing With the Stars." In fact, I can't even say I've ever intentionally viewed it unless you count a YouTube clip of Bristol Palin dancing [...]

An open letter to Mark

By | 2011-10-06T09:00:00+00:00 October 6th, 2011|Opinions|

Parting Glances 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, [...]

Gender issues, Republicans

By | 2011-10-06T09:00:00+00:00 October 6th, 2011|Opinions|

Compiled by Howard Israel S/he Said "You have to understand, this has nothing to do with your sexuality and everything to do with who you feel like inside. At the start of every LGBTQQA meeting, [...]

Uncovering America’s gay history

By | 2011-10-06T09:00:00+00:00 October 6th, 2011|Opinions|

By Mark Segal Viewpoint October is Gay History Month, and we're celebrating it with the largest gay history project ever. The Philadelphia Gay News is partnering with 28 newspapers across the country (including BTL) to [...]

PAC announces 2011 pro-equality friendly endorsements

By | 2018-01-23T00:34:24+00:00 October 6th, 2011|News|

Equality Michigan Pride PAC announced Oct. 5 the public endorsement of 16 pro-equality candidates who are running for office in local municipal elections this year. Equality Michigan Pride PAC is Michigan's premiere funding source that [...]

DontChangeYourself.com comes out

By | 2011-10-06T09:00:00+00:00 October 6th, 2011|News|

LANSING- In honor of National Coming Out Day, local advocacy groups launched the "Don't Change Yourself. Change the Law" campaign Oct. 11 to raise awareness that in Michigan you can still be fired if your [...]

Supreme Court refuses couples appeal

By | 2011-10-06T09:00:00+00:00 October 6th, 2011|News|

By Lisa Keen The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear a case that challenged a sort of "back door discrimination" against a gay couple by a Louisiana state official. The case, Adar v. [...]