Baptists plan exodus from Boy Scouts

By Daniel Burke CNN (CNN) - For Southern Baptist pastor Tim Reed, it was Scripture versus the Scouts. "God's word explicitly says homosexuality is a choice, a sin," said Reed, pastor of First Baptist Church [...]

By |2013-06-04T09:00:00-04:00June 4th, 2013|National, News|

ExxonMobil Rejects LGBT Discrimination Ban

By Blake Ellis (CNN) - For the 14th year in a row, shareholders at oil giant ExxonMobil overwhelmingly shot down a proposal that would specifically prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The [...]

By |2013-06-04T09:00:00-04:00June 4th, 2013|National, News|

13 Year Old’s Suicide Shocks Kalamazoo

BTL Staff On May 19, thirteen year old Isabella "Bella" Angelique Bruinekool of Kalamazoo took her own life. Just weeks before she had uploaded a video to You Tube where she talked about herself, [...]

By |2013-05-31T09:00:00-04:00May 31st, 2013|Michigan, News|

Pink Gin

By Ed Sikov Cocktail Chatter Straight gin has such a degenerate reputation that to drink it without mixing in some other ingredient is to invite either derision or an intervention. I have no idea why. [...]

By |2013-05-30T09:00:00-04:00May 30th, 2013|Uncategorized|

An Anthem For Change

By Sam White Chris Anthem performs at 1:55 p.m. June 1 in Ferndale. Last summer, it was considered groundbreaking when soul crooner Frank Ocean revealed in an open letter on his Tumblr page that [...]

By |2013-05-30T09:00:00-04:00May 30th, 2013|Entertainment|

A New Transition

By Christopher J Treacy Lucas Silveira of The Cliks. They made a hilarious joke about it on "The Brady Bunch." But when your voice is your true moneymaker, sudden shifts in range are nowhere [...]

By |2013-05-30T09:00:00-04:00May 30th, 2013|Entertainment|

Not Just Another Manic MonDay

By Jerome Stuart Nichols Flint-based band AllDay MonDay performs at 2:55 p.m. June 1 during Ferndale Pride. Every Pride season, LGBT musicians pull out all the stops. And though it won't be easy competing [...]

By |2013-05-30T09:00:00-04:00May 30th, 2013|Entertainment|

Gaily Gay Lee

Across 1 Foam at the mouth 5 Business degs. 9 Philip Johnson contemporary 14 Linen fiber 15 Wine region of Michelangelo's land 16 Burn with water 17 With 23-Across, soap with Lee 19 In a [...]

By |2013-05-30T09:00:00-04:00May 30th, 2013|Entertainment, Puzzles|

A Tale Of Two Coming-Out Stories

By Dan Woog The OutField When Jason Collins came out last month, Helen Carroll was furious. The longtime sports project director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights had nothing against the 7-foot basketball center, [...]

By |2013-05-30T09:00:00-04:00May 30th, 2013|Entertainment, Sports|

Ann Arbor Pride Events

June 22 Washtenaw Pride Picnic Presenting Organization: Jim Toy Community Center Time: 12 p.m. Location: Allmendinger Park, Ann Arbor Contact:

By |2013-05-30T09:00:00-04:00May 30th, 2013|Guides, Pride Guide|

Detroit Pride Events

June 1 Shangela Presenting Organization: Club Liquid Detroit Location: 3537 E. Seven Mile Road, Detroit Contact: 313-826-1192 or Shangela of RuPaul's Drag Race (seasons two and three) comes to Detroit for the Ferndale Pride [...]

By |2013-05-30T09:00:00-04:00May 30th, 2013|Guides, Pride Guide|

Ferndale Pride Events

May 31 Annual Motor City Bears Dinner Presenting Organization: Motor City Bears Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Zion Lutheran Church, Ferndale Contact: Access / Connect Me Barbecue Presenting Organization: Al Gamea Time: 7 p.m. Location: [...]

By |2013-05-30T09:00:00-04:00May 30th, 2013|Guides, Pride Guide|

Flint Pride Events

June 29 Flint Gay Pride In The Park Presenting Organization: Flint Gay Pride Society Time: 1 p.m. Location: Riverbank Park and University of Michigan Pavilion Rink Contact: Features vendors, information booths, food trucks, live [...]

By |2013-05-30T09:00:00-04:00May 30th, 2013|Guides, Pride Guide|

Grand Rapids Pride Events

June 9 Totally Gay 5K Presenting Organization: West Michigan Pride Time: 3:30 p.m. Location: Richmond Park, Grand Rapids Contact: Running and walking to celebrate oneness in the gay and straight community while kicking off [...]

By |2013-05-30T09:00:00-04:00May 30th, 2013|Guides, Pride Guide|

Holland Pride Events

June 29 Holland Area Pride Presenting Organization: Holland Area PRIDE Time: 1-10 p.m. Locations: Centennial Park and Park Theatre Contact: Booths, vendors, musical acts at Centennial Park and comedy show, drag performance and dancing [...]

By |2013-05-30T09:00:00-04:00May 30th, 2013|Guides, Pride Guide|

Kalamazoo Pride Events

June 2 Second Annual Bowling Extravaganza Presenting Organization: Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center Time: 4 p.m. Location: 5570 Gull Road, Kalamazoo. Contact: 269-349-4234, Raffles, music, and more. All ages. June 8 Fourth Annual [...]

By |2013-05-30T09:00:00-04:00May 30th, 2013|Guides, Pride Guide|

Lansing Pride Events

June 7 Michigan Pride - White Party Presenting Organization: Michigan Pride Time: 6 p.m. Location: Marquee Lounge - 319 E. Grand River, Spiral Dance Bar - 1247 Center St., Esquire - 1250 Turner St., Grand [...]

By |2013-05-30T09:00:00-04:00May 30th, 2013|Guides, Pride Guide|

Oak Park Pride Events

June 1 Love & Marriage Presenting Organization: Sing Out Detroit Chorus Time: 7 p.m. Location: 14450 W. 10 Mile Road, Oak Park Contact: 248-943-2411,

By |2013-05-30T09:00:00-04:00May 30th, 2013|Guides, Pride Guide|

Plymouth Pride Events

June 1 Annual Women's Golf OUTing Presenting Organization: Equality Michigan Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: St. John's Golf and Conference Center, 44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth Contact: Join more than one hundred golfers challenge each [...]

By |2013-05-30T09:00:00-04:00May 30th, 2013|Guides, Pride Guide|

Royal Oak Pride Events

June 21 Lavendar Dance Metro-Post Pride Party Presenting Organization: GOAL Time: 7 p.m. Location: Emagine Royal Oak Cinema, 200 N. Main St., Royal Oak Contact: DJ. Cash bar. Drink specials. All funds after coverage [...]

By |2013-05-30T09:00:00-04:00May 30th, 2013|Guides, Pride Guide|

Saginaw Pride Events

June 21 Candlelight Vigil Presenting Organization: Tri-City Pride Time: 8 p.m. Location: Borchard Park, Saginaw Contact: Remembering those lost to suicide. June 22 Tri-City Pride Presenting Organization: Tri-City Pride Time: 1-8 p.m. Location: Ojibway [...]

By |2013-05-30T09:00:00-04:00May 30th, 2013|Guides, Pride Guide|

Troy Pride Events

June 2 Shower Of Stoles Project Presenting Organization: Northminster Presbyterian Church Time: 1 p.m. Location: 3633 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy Contact: 248-644-5920 and A collection of stoles and other sacred items from LGBT [...]

By |2013-05-30T09:00:00-04:00May 30th, 2013|Guides, Pride Guide|

Windsor, Ontario Pride Events

;June 15 Women's Potluck Presenting Organization: Windsor-Essex Pride Fest Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Windsor Family Credit Union, 2800 Tecumseh Road E., Windsor, ON, Canada. Contact: Bring a dish to pass. Coffee, tea, pop and [...]

By |2013-05-30T09:00:00-04:00May 30th, 2013|Guides, Pride Guide|

Complete Summer Pride Calendar

2012 Ferndale Dyke March Organizers May 31 Annual Motor City Bears Dinner Presenting Organization: Motor City Bears Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Zion Lutheran Church, Ferndale Contact: Access / Connect Me Barbecue Presenting Organization: [...]

By |2018-01-15T17:08:51-05:00May 30th, 2013|Guides, Pride Guide|

Gay Seaside Getaways

by Andrew Collins Out of Town Beach vacations come in many forms, especially in the context of gay and lesbian travel. Years ago, LGBT travelers seeking summer fun at the shore tended to focus on [...]

By |2013-05-30T09:00:00-04:00May 30th, 2013|Guides, Travel|

In This Season of Pride

Viewpoint Even though some cities hold their PRIDE celebrations as early as April, Philadelphia's Black Pride was held in April; June will always be the official kick-off month for PRIDE celebrations in the Lesbian, Gay, [...]

By |2013-05-30T09:00:00-04:00May 30th, 2013|Opinions, Viewpoints|

Being There For Them

by Richard Hutchison Viewpoint Those of us who have gone down the river of life for quite some time can reflect on a variety of experiences we've had. Those teenage years are somewhat like the [...]

By |2013-05-30T09:00:00-04:00May 30th, 2013|Opinions, Viewpoints|