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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Across 1 Ball lover Arnaz 5 Socrates' market 10 Type of Mary pass 14 Sondheim's " ___ the Woods" 15 Pinkish yellow 16 "Tales of the City"'s Madrigal 17 Vocal improv 18 "My Fair Lady" [...]

By |2018-11-07T16:53:02-05:00November 7th, 2018|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Detroit Barbershop Helps Patrons Express The Bearded Lady Within

One look at The Bearded Lady's waiting room - a bright, cheery space complete with a beer fridge, coffee maker, bookshelf, standing lamp and a backdrop of family photos - and visitors might think they missed the barbershop and stumbled across someone’s living room. Ash Hipps is the shop's owner. She said that's exactly how customers are supposed to feel because comfort for all is the shop's priority.

By |2018-11-07T16:50:48-05:00November 7th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Creating Change Co-Chair Q&A: Bridie Johnson

Creating Change is an annual LGBTQ conference put on by the National LGBTQ Task Force. Hosting hundreds of workshops, caucus sessions, keynote speakers and more, the more than 30-year-old event tours across the U.S., every year choosing a city in which to showcase the LGBTQ community's local and national community. This year, Creating Change 2019 is coming to Detroit in January. In advance of the event, BTL has reached out to interview four local co-chairs who are involved in putting on this Detroit-specific event. This interview is part of that series.

By |2018-11-07T16:45:07-05:00November 7th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Affirmations Hosts ‘Transgender and Thriving’ Workshop via MCC-D

Rev. Dr. Justin Tanis is known by many in the LGBTQ community for his book that explores the relationship of the transgender community to religion: "Transgender: Theology, Ministry and Communities of Faith." The 2003 work has helped give Tanis, who is not only transgender himself but also the managing director for the Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies at the Pacific School of Religion, a unique outlook on the topic.

By |2018-11-07T16:43:16-05:00November 7th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Measuring Outcomes for Boys and Men of Color

DETROIT – Five Southeast Michigan organizations that serve boys and men of color received support to evaluate their impact thanks to funding made available through the Community Foundation and the national capacity-building program called Research, [...]

By |2018-11-07T16:40:40-05:00November 7th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Parting Glances: ‘Ys’ Beyond my Years!

Long, long before The Village People made "YMCA" — the song that would become the unofficial, persistent national anthem of Winter Olympian Brian Boitano – "Ys" played an important role. They were second only to gay bars, as places to meet available others of like-minded, body-mind-and-spirit, triune — me, you and the shower — persuasions. In the '60s and '70s there were four YMCAs in the Metro Detroit area. (The long-gone Grand Circus Park YMCA dating to 1904.) There's only one YMCA now, located on Broadway, in a totally revitalized, energetic, amazingly-changed, thriving new Downtown area.

By |2018-11-07T16:38:51-05:00November 7th, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

The Morning After: No Pill, Just Hard Work

One of the lasting lessons I learned from Detroit’s legendary activist Jeff Montgomery was no matter what the outcome was of an election, we must prepare for the morning after. As I write this before knowing the results, I know that things could go either for or against us, but we have to be prepared. When he said this advice, Montgomery was talking about the 2004 Michigan vote that made it unconstitutional for the state to recognize or perform same-sex marriages or civil unions. So much was at stake.

By |2018-11-07T16:37:52-05:00November 7th, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

Creep of the Week: Keep MA Safe

Now, I don’t need to tell you that minority rights should never be on the ballot. It was wrong to let the majority vote on marriage rights for same-sex couples, for example. It is incredibly damaging to have the voting majority debating whether or not your family is legitimate or if the love you feel for your partner is “real” or if you’re just a weirdo pervert.

By |2018-11-07T16:32:49-05:00November 7th, 2018|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

Theatre NOVA premieres ‘The Stone Witch’ Through Nov. 11

ANN ARBOR – Theatre NOVA is a professional theater in Ann Arbor’s that focuses exclusively on new plays and playwrights, and since mid-October it's been performing “The Stone Witch” by Shem Bitterman. Available to see through Nov. 11, it focuses on Simon Grindberg, "the world's most illustrious children's book writer."

By |2018-11-07T16:31:22-05:00November 7th, 2018|Ann Arbor, Neighborhoods|

‘Evidence of Things Unseen’ Midwest Premiere Opened Detroit Rep’s 62nd Season

DETROIT — "Evidence of Things Unseen" is about two sisters, Abigail — an investigative journalist and atheist — and Jane, a stay-at-home mom and born-again Christian. The play follows the duo's differing responses to grief, revenge, sorrow and faith. Written by Katie Forgette, it opened Detroit Repertory Theatre’s 62nd season last week, and will and run through Dec. 23.

By |2018-11-07T16:28:24-05:00November 7th, 2018|Entertainment, Theater|

Deep INside Hollywood

  Foster’s spinoff delivers a dose of 'Good Trouble' We told you a while back that "Good Trouble" was coming. It’s the spinoff from "The Fosters" that follows Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) [...]

By |2018-11-07T16:25:57-05:00November 7th, 2018|Entertainment, Features|