After Thwarted Kidnapping Plans, Whitmer Calls for Unity

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed the State of Michigan after a plan to kidnap her and other Michigan government officials was thwarted by state and federal law enforcement agencies. She started by saying thank you to law enforcement and FBI agents who participated in stopping this [...]


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BTL Wedding Expo 2014!

Save the Date! Join us for The Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary EXPO on April 12, 2014 at the Southfield Civic Center. Watch for exciting new information in the coming weeks! Bookmark one of these [...]

By |2014-01-03T09:00:00-05:00January 3rd, 2014|Michigan, News|

Pugh Owes LGBT Community An Apology

BTL Staff Editorial Former Detroit City Council President - and before that, Fox 2 news personality - Charles Pugh is back in the news again. The Free Press, and other news sources, have obtained the [...]

By |2013-12-24T09:00:00-05:00December 24th, 2013|Michigan, News|

Federal Judge Strikes Utah Ban

By Lisa Keen {Keen News Service} A federal judge in Utah issued a decision Dec. 20 striking down that state's ban on same-sex marriage, and same-sex couples immediately sought marriage licenses and began getting [...]

By |2013-12-24T09:00:00-05:00December 24th, 2013|National, News|

Three Marriage Cases Advance

By Lisa Keen Keen News Service Federal judges in three states advanced marriage equality lawsuits Dec. 23. One of two lawsuits challenging Virginia's ban on recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples advanced after a federal [...]

By |2013-12-24T09:00:00-05:00December 24th, 2013|National, News|

Back To The D

By Bridgette M. Redman "The Spirit of Detroit" was not the book that Frank Anthony Polito intended to write. The author of "Band Fags" and "Drama Queers," Polito didn't really plan for the books to [...]

By |2013-12-19T09:00:00-05:00December 19th, 2013|Entertainment|

‘Beauty And The Beast’ Returns To Wharton

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is returning to Wharton Center as part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center Series. Produced by NETworks Presentations, this [...]

By |2013-12-19T09:00:00-05:00December 19th, 2013|Entertainment|

A Sit-Down With Santa

By Emell Derra Adolphus Royal Oak resident Seamus ONeill has been a mall Santa Claus for five years. BTL photo: Emell Derra Adolphus A mother is God in the eyes of a child, as [...]

By |2013-12-19T09:00:00-05:00December 19th, 2013|Entertainment|

Screen Queen: The Gift Guide

COMEDY QUEENS The Heat As a disorderly Boston police detective with a mouth dirtier than the bottom of a garbage truck, Melissa McCarthy plays a seemingly lesbian-inspired toughie, and Sandra Bullock her conservative foil, in [...]

By |2013-12-19T09:00:00-05:00December 19th, 2013|Entertainment|

Gee Whiz, Liz

Across 1 Top 5 Path through leaves of grass 10 In need of a massage 14 Just one of those things 15 Eagle on a par five 16 TV's Trebek 17 "South Park" composer Shaiman [...]

By |2013-12-19T09:00:00-05:00December 19th, 2013|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Barney Frank To Speak At Peters Event

By Shelby Clark ROYAL OAK - Openly gay politician, Barney Frank, will be in metro-Detroit this week as a guest at a reception honoring Congressman Gary Peters. Considered the most prominent gay politician in the [...]

By |2013-12-19T09:00:00-05:00December 19th, 2013|Michigan, News|

Barney Frank In Metro Detroit For Key Events

A nationally acclaimed exhibit "Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945," on tour from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, opens Jan. 5 at the Holocaust Memorial Center. Former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) [...]

By |2013-12-19T09:00:00-05:00December 19th, 2013|Michigan, News|

Agema Slammed For Anti-Gay Screed

LANSING - Politicians from both parties, Agema's former employer, wasted no time slamming Republican National Committeemen from Michigan Dave Agema's latest antigay comments. Politicians were responding to a national action call by Equality Michigan which [...]

By |2013-12-19T09:00:00-05:00December 19th, 2013|Michigan, News|

Media Analysis On Agema Statements

The latest controversy involving Dave Agema was treated like a virtual he said/they said tennis match, but the veracity of Agema's claims were mentioned by only one writer - aside from Between The Lines - [...]

By |2013-12-19T09:00:00-05:00December 19th, 2013|Michigan, News|

Remembering Ruth Ellis

Kofi Adoma is a founding board member of the Ruth Ellis Center. DETROIT - The first snow had hit the Detroit area, and the guests at the fundraiser this weekend shivered in the poorly-heated [...]

By |2013-12-19T09:00:00-05:00December 19th, 2013|Michigan, News|

Defense Bill Squabble Worries Some

By Lisa Keen Leaders of the U.S. Senate and House Armed Services committees announced Dec. 9 that they have reached an agreement on the defense authorization bill for the coming year, including some provisions LGBT [...]

By |2013-12-19T09:00:00-05:00December 19th, 2013|National, News|

Fed Regulations Changing Post-DOMA

By Lisa Keen There was a flurry of activity among federal agencies this month to issue regulations concerning how they are complying with the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the key provision of the [...]

By |2013-12-19T09:00:00-05:00December 19th, 2013|National, News|

Dave Agema

Creep Of The Week Have you heard the news? American Airlines gives away free health insurance! Now, I know what you're thinking: "This sounds too good to be true. Where's the catch?" There isn't one! [...]

By |2013-12-19T09:00:00-05:00December 19th, 2013|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

A Star Is Born . . .!

Parting Glances There are paths that by chance occasionally mix up in time, space, thought and crazy activation. Some factual. Some fantasy. And so it happened, once upon a near-but-distant whimsical time - in a [...]

By |2013-12-19T09:00:00-05:00December 19th, 2013|Opinions, Parting Glances|

A Letter Of Hope And Gratitude

By Gerald Peterson There is something special about this time of year. For many, it offers an opportunity to reflect on the blessings in their lives. Surprise, love, family, friends, laughter and joy most often [...]

By |2013-12-19T09:00:00-05:00December 19th, 2013|Opinions, Viewpoints|

Progress And The Road Ahead

By Eric Rader The fight for LGBT equality has gained a lot of positive momentum recently, and we can be guardedly optimistic as we look to the future. In just the last year, 10 states [...]

By |2013-12-19T09:00:00-05:00December 19th, 2013|Opinions, Viewpoints|