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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City of Eastpointe Enacts Stricter Animal Welfare Rules

In recent months the city of Eastpointe has made waves across the state with its unique revisions to its animal ordinance. Aimed at keeping both animals and owners in the city safer, Animal Control officers are cracking down on the length of time dogs can left outside, how dogs are tethered, the number of dogs per household and more. In a Facebook post last month they said that the changes are geared toward stopping cases like Penelope's — a 3-year-old emaciated and overbred mastiff who was found wandering the city's streets.

By |2020-02-19T17:03:26-05:00February 19th, 2020|Guides, Pets|

BTL Special Issue Pet Calendar 2020

  Michigan Reptile and Pet Expo - March 14 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Michigan Reptile and Pet Expo is the largest selection of reptiles, tarantulas and amphibians anywhere in Michigan. Breeders and dealers [...]

By |2020-02-19T16:57:54-05:00February 19th, 2020|Guides, Pets|

OBITUARY Nancy Ann Unwin

Nancy Ann Unwin, the founder of such groups as OUTSkirts and Women OUT & About, was a revered member of and activist for the Southeast Michigan LGBTQ community. She died Jan. 27. She was 85.

By |2020-02-19T16:53:42-05:00February 19th, 2020|Michigan, News|

Lesbian House Candidate Renee Richer Wants to Be Michigan’s ‘Voice of Science in Policy’

Renee Richer's ties to Michigan's Upper Peninsula run deep. So deep in fact that The Farmhouse, the building that today serves as Richer's Gladstone-based bed-and-breakfast of the same name, has been in her family for more than a century. With connections to her community that run five generations strong, it makes sense that Richer would feel a sense of obligation to give back to her Upper Peninsula roots. In fact, she said that much of her interest in running for Michigan's 108th House district stems from conversations with travelers right at The Farmhouse's kitchen table.

By |2020-02-20T10:33:24-05:00February 19th, 2020|Election, LGBTQA Races, Michigan, News|

‘Pray the Gay Away’ Live: Zakar Twins Invite Audiences to Their LGBTQ Comedy Play

Michael and Zach Zakar are identical twins. In typical twin fashion, they finish each other’s sentences, and during press interviews — like their latest with Between The Lines for their autobiographical play "Pray the Gay Away" — nothing is different. Endearingly, follow-up emails are closed with the phrase, “Double Love, Michael and Zach,” and one certainly feels like they're seeing double when meeting them. Thankfully, once we got talking in person, differentiating between the two became much easier. What did stay the same, however, was their take on their brand-new play.

By |2020-02-19T16:41:04-05:00February 19th, 2020|Entertainment, Features|

Jeff Montgomery Documentary to Kickoff Freep Film Festival

The world premiere of “America You Kill Me,” a Detroit-produced documentary about the triumphs and struggles of gay rights leader and Triangle Foundation co-founder Jeffrey Montgomery, will be the centerpiece of the Freep Film Festival’s opening night on Wednesday, April 22, at the Fillmore Detroit.

By |2020-02-19T16:29:17-05:00February 19th, 2020|Entertainment, Features|

Deep Inside Hollywood

   By Romeo San Vicente Beanie Feldstein and other 'Humans' Beanie Feldstein, star of "Booksmart" and the super ambitious 20-year-long Richard Linklater-meets-Stephen Sondheim project "Merrily We Roll Along," and who is also recently casually public [...]

By |2020-02-19T16:26:42-05:00February 19th, 2020|Entertainment, Features|

HEADLINE

Tony Award-winning director Barlett Sher and the team behind "South Pacific," "The King and I" and "Oslo" are bringing a "fresh and authentic vision" to this classic musical. The original production of "Fiddler on the [...]

By |2020-02-19T15:56:49-05:00February 19th, 2020|Entertainment, Features|

Queer Kinship and Family Change in Taiwan

In a discussion called Queer Kinship and Family Change in Taiwan, Amy Brainer — the assistant professor of women's and gender studies and sociology at UM Dearborn — assesses clues about how larger social, cultural and political shifts have altered the experiences of LGBTQ people in various age groups. This event will be on Friday, Feb. 21, and hosted by the University of Michigan's Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

By |2020-02-19T15:54:10-05:00February 19th, 2020|Ann Arbor, Neighborhoods|

Parting Glances: A CT Black History Remembrance

As an emerging gay teenager, I attended Cass Technical High School where I was fortunate to soon discover there were others like myself in the process of coming out. Although back then there was no such thing as coming out, there was, however signaling — by dropping verbal hairpins — and exhibiting tell-tale touches of creative flamboyance.

By |2020-02-19T15:46:10-05:00February 19th, 2020|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Right to Wed, No Right to Work

By Daniel A. Gwinn Every year, my associate, Laura Bradshaw-Tucker, and I attend the mid-winter meeting of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. The educational event features updates on [...]

By |2020-02-07T11:50:48-05:00February 7th, 2020|Michigan, News|