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Gee Farms is a gardener’s paradise

BY SHARON GITTLEMAN STOCKBRIDGE - The one thing sure to add extra delight to this summer's sunny afternoons is a backyard shaded by the beauty of stately trees. Just imagine yourself lying beneath fragrant green [...]

By |2018-01-16T17:17:12-05:00March 31st, 2006|Uncategorized|

Lesbian-A-Sisters seeks volunteers, board members

FERNDALE - Lesbian A-Sisters is a program that assists differently-abled lesbian and bisexual women in Metro Detroit with daily tasks, light home chores, gardening, transportation and errands. The group is looking for additional volunteers to [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|News|

Concert Connections

This Week: The Magic Numbers Fri. 3/31/06 Magic Stick, Detroit Electric Six Sat. 4/1/06 Magic Stick, Detroit Neko Case and Martha Wainwright Sat. 4/1/06 The Temple Club, Lansing Katt Williams Sat. 4/1/06 8 p.m. Detroit [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|Entertainment|

Marriage News from Around the Country

Compiled by Dawn Wolfe Gutterman Domestic partners keep property tax exemption SACRAMENTO - Registered domestic partners will continue to get the same tax benefits as married couples who transfer property under a recent court ruling [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|News|

SHe Said March 30, 2005

"The GOP's message to straight Americans: If you have sex, we want it to f--k up your lives as much as possible. No birth control, no emergency contraception, no abortion services, no life-saving vaccines. If [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|News|

Curtain Calls

Review: 'A Doll's House' No right or wrong at the Network Pretty much everyone of a certain age has at least a passing familiarity with Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House." Once required reading in America's [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|Uncategorized|

Now Playing

Just Out She's the Man When her school drops soccer, Viola (Amanda Bynes) disguises herself as her brother, Sebastian (James Kirk), and makes the team at his boarding school. But she quickly develops a crush [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|Entertainment|

Bring tropical pleasures to your next party

By Sharon Gittleman If gray skies and chilly temperatures well past the first day of spring have you in a funk, a party could be the perfect cure for the it-still-feels-like-winter blues. A Cuban-themed gala [...]

By |2018-01-15T20:00:52-05:00March 30th, 2006|Guides|

Style at your fingertips

Whether you want to check out the biggest houses in Hollywood for decorating ideas, cringe at the home fashion faux-pas of the 70s or try your hand at making some pot holders to match your [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|Guides|

Senate votes to strip elections board’s power

By The Associated Press LANSING - The Michigan Senate passed legislation March 23 stripping powers from the state elections board, a backlash against Democratic members who've been criticized for the way they handled an anti-affirmative [...]

By |2018-01-16T11:34:53-05:00March 30th, 2006|News|

La Comunidad to host Latino men’s retreat

BTL Staff FERNDALE - La Comunidad, a local group created to provide social activities, support and advocacy for Michigan's gay Latino community, will hold its first men's retreat April 21 - 23 at the Weber's [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|News|

LGBT family photo exhibit comes to Michigan

BTL Staff LANSING - For the first time, the nationally acclaimed "Love Makes a Family" photo exhibit will come to Michigan and will be on display in the State Capitol Building. The exhibit is called [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|News|

National News Briefs

Compiled by Dawn Wolfe Gutterman Marriage Rights Poll shows equal marriage opposition declining WASHINGTON - The public backlash over equal marriage has receded since the 2003 Massachusetts Supreme Court decision recognizing the right of same-sex [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|News|

Curtain Calls ONLINE

Review: 'Bobble Heads of State' The show must go on: Comedy troupe back despite 'fire down below' By John Quinn Little things like a fire isn't going to hold the improv artists of The Second [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|Entertainment|

Off the hook

While flipping through Debbie Stoller's latest book, "Stitch 'N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker," you might find yourself thinking, "This is not your grandmother's crochet." But Stoller is quick to point out that yes, this [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|Guides|

Parting Glances: Swiss Guard buttons

Beloved friends! I bring you greetings from good Sr. Serena Scatterpin, Renegade Sisters of Mary, who's just returning from a fabulous Q-Line Cruise of the Mediterranean, with a special two-day busing layover at Rome and [...]

By |2018-01-16T12:50:52-05:00March 30th, 2006|Opinions|

Occasions of spin

By 'Thank You For Smoking' author Christopher Buckley "Thank You For Smoking" (the book, that is) was born one night in 1992 some time between 7 and 8 p.m. I can pinpoint it this precisely [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|Entertainment|

REC youth to attend camp courtesy the Ann Arbor Y

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman BURT LAKE - They've faced anti-LGBT discrimination, hopelessness and the stresses of inner-city life. And this Memorial Day weekend, 30 young people from the Ruth Ellis Center will face challenges they've [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|News|

There’s no place like it

With the exception of "love," it's possible that no word or idea has birthed more cliches than "home." It's where we hang our hat. Where our hearts are. It's the place where, when we knock, [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|Uncategorized|

Lurie to offer trans issues training at MSU

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman EAST LANSING - From April 6-8, nationally-noted transgender educator Samuel Lurie will offer workshops to students and staff at Michigan State University. "Giving people awareness and skills is crucial for any [...]

By |2018-01-15T21:54:51-05:00March 30th, 2006|News|

Log Cabin Republicans lead anti-extremist push

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman OAKLAND COUNTY - Earlier this month the online newsletter of the Michigan Log Cabin Republicans, an LGBT Republican organization, called on LGBT and other fair-minded Republicans to register to run as [...]

By |2018-01-16T02:10:05-05:00March 30th, 2006|News|

What flavor is your restroom?

by Gwendolyn Ann Smith I am sure I run the risk of having my "transgendered woman" membership card revoked for saying this publicly, but I walked into a men's room recently. I think I was [...]

By |2018-01-16T10:28:22-05:00March 30th, 2006|Opinions|

Obituary: Joseph Stewart James

Sunrise: March 27, 1950 - Sunset: March 17, 2006 A memorial service was held Monday, March 27, 2006 at St. Paul A.M.E. Zion in Detroit celebrating the life and work of Joseph James. A long-time [...]

By |2018-01-16T15:46:33-05:00March 30th, 2006|News|

Book Marks

By Richard Labonte Send Me By Patrick Ryan. Dial Press, 310 pages, $23 hardcover Youngest son Frankie lusts as an adolescent for Luke Skywalker and grows up to be an extroverted queer, eventually fusing AIDS [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|Entertainment|

Q Puzzle

Comic Strippers Across 1 It covered Caesar's Johnson 5 "West Side Story" gang 9 Chat room request 14 At once, to the Bard 15 Part of Liberace's style 16 Bill T. Jones' partner Zane 17 [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|Entertainment|

General Gayety: The gay journalism game

By Leslie Robinson I think it's self-indulgent for columnists to write about writing. That isn't going to stop me, however. I'm a freelance writer. I write this humor column for gay publications around the nation, [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|Opinions|

Home Guide Directory

Apartments Diamond Forest Apartments 23140 Halstead Dr., Farmington Hills 248-471-4848 Northwood Apartments 1127 W. Farnum, Royal Oak 248-541-3332 Somerset Park Apartments 1911 Golfview Dr., Troy 248-643-6560 Woodbridge Estates 1162 Selden, Detroit 877-231-9252 http://www.woodbridgeestates.com Village Green [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|Guides|

Is it genetic?

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman DETROIT - If you are a gay man and have a gay brother, Dr. Alan Sanders wants to talk to you. More specifically, he wants both of you to participate in [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|News|

Dear Jody

By Jody Valley Sugar Mama for you or them? Q: I have a problem that I have no idea how to handle, and my friends are divided on the solution, so I thought I would [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|Opinions|

Creep of the Week: Rabbi David Basri

Rabbi David Basri Wow, is there anything horrible that gays are not responsible for? When it comes to religious extremists, the answer is apparently not. We have been blamed for the Sept. 11 attacks, Hurricane [...]

By |2018-01-15T21:37:41-05:00March 30th, 2006|News|

REC to premier new building April 7

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman HIGHLAND PARK - The board and staff of the Ruth Ellis Center, which serves homeless LGBT youth in the metro Detroit area, have a dream. On April 7, they're going to [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|News|

Q Scopes

By Jack Fertig Be a teammate, Libra! Uranus in Pisces (2004-2010) is a phase of major religious innovations, environmental changes, and new social theories. As the Sun in Aries aspects Uranus, we get to see [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|Entertainment|

MSU pro-gay organization announces scholarship

EAST LANSING - The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Association of Michigan State University has announced the 2006 Pride Scholarship Program. A minimum award of $2,500 will be given to an [...]

By |2018-01-16T10:21:08-05:00March 30th, 2006|News|

Art & Around for the period March 30-April 8

Architecture/Garden Tours: Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Events include: "Secrets of Gardening Pros" (April 5, $9); Ford House Explorer series for children: "Detecting Details" (April 1, $14) and "Birds Everywhere" (April 8, $14). Detroit: 313-884-4222. [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|Entertainment|

Promising AIDS prevention drugs tested on humans

By The Associated Press ATLANTA - Currently developed AIDS treatment drugs may also act as a vaccine against the disease, say researchers. The two drugs have shown such promise in early experiments in monkeys that [...]

By |2018-01-15T17:10:18-05:00March 30th, 2006|News|

Sports Complex

By Jim Provenzano The small, conservative suburb of Crystal Lake is 50 miles northwest of Chicago, where Gay Games VII will take place this summer, but it was at the center of a controversy over [...]

By |2006-03-30T09:00:00-05:00March 30th, 2006|Opinions|