Creep of the Week: Janet Boynes

By | 2018-09-05T12:58:16-04:00 September 5th, 2018|Opinions|

I am tired this morning as I write this. You see, I stayed up way too late talking to my mother-in-law who is visiting from Florida. We talked about all kinds of things: my son, her only grandson; cancer, I’ve had it twice; grief, my wife’s father died over the summer after suffering through ALS; politics, we both worry constantly about the horror show that is Donald Trump; and also chicken, I’m a vegan and my 14-year-old miniature poodle is sick so she cooked him some chicken to spare me from having to. All in all, it was a good talk, and by the time I went to bed it was midnight.

The Need for a Non-Judgmental Community Conversation About Drug Use

By | 2018-09-05T12:44:05-04:00 September 5th, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

“Drug addict,” “philanderer,” “lifestyle” ... these are the pejoratives that substance abuse professionals used in a workshop I recently attended at a national conference on substance abuse. I was shocked to hear such judgmental and stigma-laden words casually thrown around the room by trained professionals. I have issues with judgmental words and labels; not only on a professional level, but also when talking to others from the LGBTQ2+ community. We are already fighting for our equality on many other fronts, specifically fewer barriers to health care and we don’t need labels to be used against us.

Peppermint Twist

By | 2018-09-05T12:37:24-04:00 September 5th, 2018|Entertainment, Puzzles|

  Across 1 Homer work 5 Patron of Wilde's homeland, briefly 10 Stats on a stallion 14 Sammy once of the Cubs 15 Pirate's stash 16 Parker of "South Park" 17 Leopold's partner 18 Responds [...]

Flashing Back to the Past: the ’90s

By | 2018-09-05T12:32:58-04:00 September 5th, 2018|Michigan, News|

1998 January - Let It Be Resolved: A proposed resolution intended to help stop anti-gay attacks in Ferndale was both presented and unanimously adopted by the Ferndale City Council. This is the first time that [...]

Michigan Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination

By | 2018-10-10T14:50:31-04:00 September 5th, 2018|Michigan, News|

As BTL continues the Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination series, we hear from Southfield Mayor Kenson Siver who pledged his oath as the first openly-gay mayor in the city of Southfield on Nov. 16, 2015. Despite running a campaign distracted and disrupted by people writing "fag," "rapist," "sodomite," and "racist" on his campaign signs, Siver said at the time, "it is a testament to the people of this city that they saw through the hatred, bigotry, homophobia and dirty tricks and elected their first gay mayor."

Christ Church Cranbrook Gets Gay Associate Rector

By | 2018-09-06T20:29:32-04:00 September 5th, 2018|Guides, Michigan, News, Worship|

Christ Church Cranbook, Michigan’s largest Episcopal church, will be getting a new associate rector – and he happens to be gay. From San Diego, his name is Rev. Chris Harris and he stepped into the post Sept. 1. Harris said he is relocating to Michigan to give his twin daughters a familial connection.

Providers Must Enroll in Michigan Medicaid Program

By | 2018-09-05T11:49:00-04:00 September 5th, 2018|Lansing, Neighborhoods|

Health care providers that serve Medicaid beneficiaries are facing an upcoming enrollment deadline that is necessary for them to continue to receive payments from Medicaid. While the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has revised the timeline to give providers more time to enroll, the department is urging providers to complete the screening and enrollment process as soon as possible.

The Frivolist: 5 Reasons to Resist Tossing Out Your Ex-Relationships’ Mementos

By | 2018-09-05T11:45:12-04:00 September 5th, 2018|Advice, Entertainment, Features|

When a relationship ends, tensions run high – and the first thing many of us do to satisfy our anger and sadness is to toss or burn the photos, letters and other mementos our partners have given us. This act of aggression won’t solve anything, and, in fact, will only serve to hurt you more later. Quell the temptation to pitch your ex-relationships’ physical reminders with these five reasons to hold onto them.

It’ll Be a Gay Ol’ Time in Theaters Across Metro Detroit

By | 2018-09-05T11:43:12-04:00 September 5th, 2018|Applause, Guides, Theater|

If you’re a longtime theater fan – especially an LGBTQ theater fan – one thing you may have noticed over the years is that what’s popular one season may not be the next. Or that trends disappear as quickly as they arrive. That’s especially true of plays with LGBTQ themes and characters, which rise and fall and ebb and flow from one year to the next for no apparent reason.

Meet Megan Buckley-Ball

By | 2018-09-05T11:38:53-04:00 September 5th, 2018|Applause, Guides, Theater|

What is it like being artistic director with the Matrix Theatre Company? Serving as Matrix Theatre Company’s Artistic Director is both exciting and challenging. Matrix’s staff is quite small, so we’ve all become accustomed to [...]

Meet Paul Stark

By | 2018-09-05T11:36:55-04:00 September 5th, 2018|Applause, Guides, Theater|

What is one of your greatest challenges as the managing and artistic director at Monster box Theatre? One of the greatest challenges of directing a live performance theater is always funding. Finding funds to support [...]