OBITUARY: Edward Johnson

By | 2013-04-12T09:00:00+00:00 April 12th, 2013|Michigan, News|

(Editor's note: Funeral services for Johnson will take place Monday, April 15th, at 3 p.m. at the James H. Cole Home for Funerals, located at 16100 Schaefer Hwy. in Detroit.) DETROIT - Community activist, dancer [...]

Old Town Lansing Brings The Scrap Back

By | 2013-04-11T09:00:00+00:00 April 11th, 2013|Entertainment|

Ten thousand pounds of scrap metal, 20 teams, two weeks and one intense competition. That defines the Old Town Lansing Scrapfest. Artists interested in participating in the fifth annual Old Town Scrapfest, a competition in [...]

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2013-04-11T09:00:00+00:00 April 11th, 2013|Entertainment|

By Romeo San Vicente Ari Graynor. Photo: Focus Features Sara Gilbert moonlights with 'Bad Teacher' Success breeds success. As a child star on "Roseanne," Sara Gilbert won over the coveted sullen teen demographic with [...]

You Said A Mouthful

By | 2013-04-11T09:00:00+00:00 April 11th, 2013|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Across 1 Disneyland feature 5 R. Nureyev's land, once 9 Bug spray victim 13 Bucatinsky's "All ___ the Guy" 14 Icy coating 15 Buffalo's lake 16 Silents vamp Theda 17 Boy Scout ties 19 Start [...]

More ‘Fish,’ Please

By | 2013-04-11T09:00:00+00:00 April 11th, 2013|Entertainment, Theater|

By Dana Casadei Sequels tend to fall in one of two categories: failures (pick any one of the "Bring it On" or "American Pie" films) or huge successes ("Harry Potter," "Star Wars," or "Toy Story"). [...]

A Second Chance To ‘Shine’

By | 2013-04-11T09:00:00+00:00 April 11th, 2013|Michigan, News|

{ITAL This article was originally published in April, 2013 Rayya Ellias will be appearing at Barnes & Noble in Royal Oak on Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. for her book, Harley Loco's release.} Author Rayya [...]

Meet Volunteer Eddie Mulak

By | 2013-04-11T09:00:00+00:00 April 11th, 2013|Michigan, News|

By Crystal Proxmire Between Ourselves The Director of Security for Ferndale Pride is a 30-year-old former farm boy who came to "Faggoty Ferndale" at 18 so he could freely be himself. Now, a dozen years [...]

Nobody Moves Like Family

By | 2013-04-11T09:00:00+00:00 April 11th, 2013|Michigan, News|

By Dawn Wolfe '... there is a real pulse of community here.' - Eric Swanson, co-founder of the professional music ensemble Motif. BTL Photo: Andrew Potter As a journalist for BTL and, back in [...]

‘Faggot’ Still Acceptable

By | 2013-04-11T09:00:00+00:00 April 11th, 2013|Michigan, News|

Last November BTL reported on a website tracking derogatory terms called http://www.nohomophobes.com. Here Tweets with the words "so gay," "faggot," "dyke," and "nohomo" are aggregated into a feed and tallied. While the innovative website continues [...]

Soul Force Conference This Weekend

By | 2013-04-11T09:00:00+00:00 April 11th, 2013|Michigan, News|

Inclusive Justice Michigan, a state-wide, faith-based coalition that advocates for equitable rights for all LGBTQ individuals, will host "A One Stop Pop Up Shop for Justice" conference April 13 at Eastern Michigan University. The event [...]

Louie Gohmert

By | 2013-04-11T09:00:00+00:00 April 11th, 2013|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

Creep Of The Week There are few topics that raise the collective temperatures of Americans on all sides as much as gun control and gay marriage. At first blush, it seems like the two debates [...]

Letter: Royal Oak Ordinance

By | 2013-04-11T09:00:00+00:00 April 11th, 2013|Opinions, Viewpoints|

All the recent hope n' hoopla about gay marriage pretty quickly dissolves when one hears that "progressive, hip" Royal Oak can't keep even the most basic of anti-discrimination ordinances in effect for more than a [...]

The Thrill Of It

By | 2013-04-11T09:00:00+00:00 April 11th, 2013|Opinions, Viewpoints|

By Abby Dees Thinking Out Loud Last night my partner and I watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the sweet, slightly retro coming-of-age film featuring Emma Watson in her big post-Potter debut. The plot [...]