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Second-class status

By Jim Larkin Feeling once again like second-class citizens, Flint area social workers Linda Campbell and Lucy Mercier anxiously wait to see how the state Supreme Court decision prohibiting public employers from offering domestic partnership [...]

By |2008-05-29T09:00:00-04:00May 29th, 2008|News|

Creep of the Week: Rick Santorum

This week's Creep comes from the "Sticks and Stones" department: "Bigot! Hate-monger! Homophobe!" is how former Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania) began his May 22 tirade in the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Those were just a few of [...]

By |2008-05-29T09:00:00-04:00May 29th, 2008|Opinions|

The Monkey Man

Guitar over his shoulder, Ryan Mintz saunters up to the adorned beverage counter at AJ's Cafe and orders a soy latte. He makes a special request: A mug. Saving a Styrofoam cup was a conscious [...]

By |2008-05-29T09:00:00-04:00May 29th, 2008|Entertainment|

Q Scopes: “Shake things up, Scorpio!”

By Jack Fertig {HEADER} Jupiter in Capricorn and Uranus in Pisces offer liberation within and from hierarchies (especially in religion), new artistic and spiritual visions, and opportunities to reshape social structures. Alas, Mercury turning retrograde [...]

By |2018-01-15T16:26:34-05:00May 29th, 2008|Uncategorized|

“Count Me Out”

Q Puzzle Across 1 "Bottoms up!" 6 Nick was his master 10 "The Lion King" cad 14 "Flesh" in an Almodovar movie title 15 Bosom buddy 16 Jolie's " ___, Or Something Like It" 17 [...]

By |2008-05-29T09:00:00-04:00May 29th, 2008|Uncategorized|

Looking back, moving forward

by Jessica Carreras In the summer of 1995, Susan Horowitz went out to breakfast with Shannon Rhodes, then the editor of Between The Lines, a 12 page monthly LGBT newspaper just over 30 issues in. [...]

By |2008-05-29T09:00:00-04:00May 29th, 2008|News|

The real Charles Alexander

by Jessica Carreras Charles Alexander has told lies about strippers. But it was his job, he says, defending his not-so-factual work for Guest Magazine in the early '60s. "Back then, Detroit was a big stripper [...]

By |2008-05-29T09:00:00-04:00May 29th, 2008|News|

She/he said this week

compiled by Howard Israel "There is nothing that the GLBT community can do to appease its opponents except, perhaps, disappear. But in one exit poll in the 2004 presidential election, 60 percent of voters favored [...]

By |2008-05-29T09:00:00-04:00May 29th, 2008|Opinions|

Motor City Pride Performances

Trying to balance beer-garden time with Pride performances? It's a daunting task, we know. So, here, we've devised a handy li'l list of the talent gracing the downtown Ferndale stages. We, of course, can't tell [...]

By |2008-05-29T09:00:00-04:00May 29th, 2008|Uncategorized|

Appeals Court sends back DADT case for trial

by Bob Roehr A three-member federal appeals court panel has sent a challenge to the anti-gay military policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT), back to the lower court for trial. The Ninth Circuit [...]

By |2018-01-15T17:11:06-05:00May 29th, 2008|News|

Bears (in Speedos), oh my!

by Jessica Carreras Few things personify Motor City Pride better than a big, hairy, gay bear in a teeny, fire-engine red swimsuit. At a festival that celebrates being oneself without fear of being judged, what [...]

By |2018-01-15T17:18:40-05:00May 29th, 2008|Uncategorized|

Pride Calendar

West Michigan Pride Through June 21 Grand Rapids Pride GAY-la 8-11 p.m. May 31 Black Tie fundraiser with food, entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets: $20. 401 Hall St. Pride 5K 9 a.m. June 1 [...]

By |2008-05-29T09:00:00-04:00May 29th, 2008|Uncategorized|

Dear Jody

A baby wasn't enough for her Q: My partner and I have been together for 15 years. We got together in our freshman year at college. We have been very happy - or so I [...]

By |2008-05-29T09:00:00-04:00May 29th, 2008|Opinions|

Dating in the Fast Lane

Rev up your love engine! Faster than you could name the hosts for "Dating in the Fast Lane" - which are Between The Lines, Affirmations, General motors and GM PLUS - you could score your [...]

By |2008-05-29T09:00:00-04:00May 29th, 2008|Uncategorized|

The Audacity of Pride

This year as we begin celebrating our pride across the country and in our own great state of Michigan, I am filled with more than the "Audacity of Hope" but am embolden to have the [...]

By |2008-05-29T09:00:00-04:00May 29th, 2008|Opinions|

Briding Her Time

By Lawrence Ferber "I feel the safest when I'm with my gays," Tori Spelling admits. And Spelling has felt very safe indeed throughout most of her career and life, from "Beverly Hills 90210" (she hopes [...]

By |2018-01-15T18:39:11-05:00May 29th, 2008|Entertainment|

Armed and androgynous

by Jessica Carreras Life's not easy for a four-legged model. Just ask Twiggy, Affirmations Special Events Manager Carrie Copeland's greyhound diva. Between weekly manicures, waking up at noon and rigorous walks to maintain her figure, [...]

By |2018-01-15T16:45:40-05:00May 29th, 2008|Uncategorized|

Nominations announced: 2008 Wilde Awards

By BTL Staff As the economy faltered and gas prices spiked, Michigan's professional theaters struggled to survive the recently concluded 2007-2008 season. Yet despite the rough waters, not one theater permanently closed its doors. Instead, [...]

By |2018-01-16T09:55:58-05:00May 29th, 2008|Entertainment|

Into the (Gay) Groove

Did you hear the news? Madonna is set to perform at this year's Motor City Pride. OK, so it's not actually the Madonna, but it's a Madonna - and we're not talking about the (possible) [...]

By |2008-05-29T09:00:00-04:00May 29th, 2008|Entertainment|

{ITAL Over} the Rainbow

Eric Himan doesn't need to show pride by looking like the Color Wheel. His music speaks for itself: "I was not raised the way you were," he fiercely spouts on his latest album, "and, yes, [...]

By |2018-01-16T05:32:54-05:00May 29th, 2008|Entertainment|

Three questions. Three politicians.

by Jessica Carreras When it comes to Michigan's LGBT community, there are many unanswered questions and open wounds. However, while there is much to be unhappy about, during Pride month, Michigan gays and lesbians will [...]

By |2018-01-16T11:37:44-05:00May 29th, 2008|News|

Ways to be Gay

By Joel Derfner In the last few years, the heterosexual community seems, astonishingly, to have understood that it has a great deal to learn from us. I think this is generally a good thing, though [...]

By |2008-05-29T09:00:00-04:00May 29th, 2008|Entertainment|

Black attitudes toward LGBT community studied

by Bob Roehr Heterosexual African Americans are more likely than whites (65 percent vs. 53 percent) to oppose marriage equality for gays and lesbians. They "are virtually the only constituency in the country that has [...]

By |2018-01-16T00:27:03-05:00May 29th, 2008|News|

Let’s Talk About ‘Sex’

By John Polly A few months ago, on this most recent season of "Project Runway," the surprise appearance of a New York City icon prompted an unprecedented freak-out among the assembled designers. Sarah Jessica Parker [...]

By |2008-05-22T09:00:00-04:00May 22nd, 2008|Entertainment|

Parting Glances: 36 D with what?

Even with my trifocals on I just couldn't believe my eyes when I read the headline in this week's National Inquisitor, the well-known market-counter tabloid for "unusually fair-minded Catholics and surprisingly accommodating Anglicans." Its headline, [...]

By |2018-01-16T17:24:45-05:00May 22nd, 2008|Opinions|

QPuzzle ths week

Q Puzzle Across 1 Croupier's tool 5 Swallow alternative 9 Gay city 14 What comes to mind 15 Scat queen 16 Family name of Boy George 17 "Candid Camera" creator 18 Tin Woodman's concern 19 [...]

By |2018-01-16T15:03:15-05:00May 22nd, 2008|Uncategorized|

“Cool your jets, Leo!”

By Jack Fertig Q Scopes Mars in Leo elicits daring and flash. Alas, in conflict with Uranus and Pisces, that's sure to lead to all sorts of disasters, from fashion "faux pas" to physical mutilation. [...]

By |2018-01-16T08:05:23-05:00May 22nd, 2008|Uncategorized|

Billy Masters

"I think that to get married to her would be a little act of rebellion. It's like if you've never had the vote and then you get it you're going to run out there and [...]

By |2008-05-22T09:00:00-04:00May 22nd, 2008|Entertainment|

Book Marks

By Richard Labonte "Red Audrey and the Roping," by Jill Malone. Bywater Books, 282 pages, $14.95 paper. Jane Elliot, her psyche scarred as a young woman by the death of her mother, leads a life [...]

By |2008-05-22T09:00:00-04:00May 22nd, 2008|Uncategorized|

State anti-gay hates crimes on the rise

DETROIT - Hate crimes in Michigan more than doubled in 2007 from the previous year's total, according to a report released Tuesday by the Triangle Foundation. The annual report, compiled with the cooperation of the [...]

By |2008-05-22T09:00:00-04:00May 22nd, 2008|News|

Dear Jody

Cancer was punishment? Q: About eight months ago, I tested positive for cancer. After a hysterectomy and chemotherapy I seem to be recovering nicely. My partner and most of my family have been very nurturing [...]

By |2008-05-22T09:00:00-04:00May 22nd, 2008|Uncategorized|

Out to the ol’ ball game

by Jessica Carreras For some, family is - for better or worse - something you're born into. For others, it just depends on which softball team you join. The family that comprises Between The Lines, [...]

By |2008-05-22T09:00:00-04:00May 22nd, 2008|News|

Moldovan pride parade thwarted by violent mob

by Rex Wockner International News The gay pride parade in Chisinau, Moldova, was canceled May 11 after the bus carrying the 60 marchers was halted by hundreds of screaming anti-gay protesters who tried to pry [...]

By |2018-01-15T15:42:33-05:00May 22nd, 2008|News|

Hard Work

Doing it in front of the cameras, with a director demanding, "More ass! More tongue! More moaning!," is daunting enough for real-life porn couple Aden and Jordan Jaric. Which means the dirty-doing duo, known collectively [...]

By |2008-05-22T09:00:00-04:00May 22nd, 2008|Entertainment|

Sexy Sins

Anyone familiar with the Brad Pitt thriller "Seven" - a twisted, ritualistic murder mystery where a crazy bases his killings on the seven deadly sins - knows the film's finale boasts a gasp-inducing beheading. Inspired [...]

By |2008-05-22T09:00:00-04:00May 22nd, 2008|Entertainment|

Gays sue Swedish tax authority

by Rex Wockner International News A Swedish gay couple who got married in Canada are pushing forward with their suit against Sweden's taxation agency for categorizing their union as a registered partnership instead of a [...]

By |2018-01-16T11:00:50-05:00May 22nd, 2008|News|

Malaysian police raid sauna

by Rex Wockner International News Police in Penang, Malaysia, raided a sauna May 10 and arrested 14 men and confiscated 1,800 condoms, the local Star newspaper reported. Six of the men were found naked in [...]

By |2008-05-22T09:00:00-04:00May 22nd, 2008|News|

For better or for worse at The Abreact

One characteristic of our small professional theaters that I find most appealing is their willingness to take risks. With lower overhead and often a different customer mix than their bigger-budget siblings, our storefront theaters are [...]

By |2008-05-22T09:00:00-04:00May 22nd, 2008|Entertainment|