Dolly Parton = Big Blast

By | 2018-01-16T15:44:42-04:00 August 15th, 2008|Uncategorized|

Dolly Parton sashayed onto DTE Energy Music Theatre's stage squeezed into a blue-silver sequined gown - but she didn't need it. She sparkled louder than any shiny dress, like this one, which made her busty [...]

Announcing inequality

By | 2008-08-14T09:00:00-04:00 August 14th, 2008|News|

by Jessica Carreras At the forefront of the battle for LGBT equality are marriage rights, anti-discrimination ordinances and the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. For Jackson resident Charles Meade, however, the struggle began with [...]

What’s it all about, Alfie?

By | 2008-08-14T09:00:00-04:00 August 14th, 2008|Opinions|

Parting Glances RECEIVED: Gotham City (Registered Mail) -- Dear Parting Glances sob-sister columnist. I came across a copy of BTL through a butler friend who, for whatever reason of overly exuberant curiosity, happened to be [...]

Creep of the Week: Brent Rinehart

By | 2018-01-15T23:11:47-04:00 August 14th, 2008|Opinions|

Remember the old Big Boy comic books? The ones you'd get at your local Elias Brothers' restaurant with the kiddie menu? Oklahoma County Commissioner Brent Rinehart apparently does and thought it'd make a great campaign [...]

Dear Jody

By | 2008-08-14T09:00:00-04:00 August 14th, 2008|Opinions|

Cheater blames ... me!? Q: My boyfriend, "Jon," and I went to this outdoor concert. It was one of those deals where you bring blankets and chairs and just chill. When we got to the [...]

The Dating Diet: What About Bob?

By | 2018-01-16T12:18:36-04:00 August 14th, 2008|Opinions|

By Anthony Paull You'll have to forgive my beautiful friend, Jasmine. Tonight, she's sucked down one too, too many glasses of white wine, and now she's feeling a tad bad for herself because she hasn't [...]

Blaming Larry King

By | 2008-08-14T09:00:00-04:00 August 14th, 2008|Opinions|

by John Corvino The Gay Moralist A recent Newsweek article on Lawrence King - the cross-dressing, gay 14-year-old fatally shot by a classmate last February - has prompted many accusations of "blaming the victim." In [...]

“Greek Team”

By | 2008-08-14T09:00:00-04:00 August 14th, 2008|Uncategorized|

Q Puzzle Across 1 'N Sync member Lance 5 Joe.My.God, for one 9 Bear 14 Opening for the crack of dawn 15 Time that drags 16 Michael of "Miss Congeniality" 17 "Peter Pan" pooch 18 [...]

Now Playing

By | 2008-08-14T09:00:00-04:00 August 14th, 2008|Uncategorized|

NEW THIS WEEK: Pineapple Express Flying high on pot, process server Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) witnesses drug kingpin Ted Jones (Gary Cole) murder a rival and runs to addled drug dealer Saul Silver (James Franco) [...]

“Have apologies ready, Cancer!”

By | 2018-01-16T11:39:08-04:00 August 14th, 2008|Uncategorized|

By Jack Fertig Q Scopes Venus, then Mercury, align with Saturn in Virgo, stirring up the critical faculties. Remember: Self-improvement is job #1! Mars in Virgo squares Pluto, cranking up energy, arguments, and temper. When [...]

Book Marks

By | 2008-08-14T09:00:00-04:00 August 14th, 2008|Uncategorized|

By Richard Labonte "The Sealed Letter ," by Emma Donoghue. Harcourt, 416 pages, $26 hardcover. As she has with two previous novels, "Slammerkin" and "Life Mask," Donoghue reaches into Britain's past for scraps of fact [...]

Now Playing

By | 2008-08-14T09:00:00-04:00 August 14th, 2008|Entertainment|

NEW THIS WEEK: Pineapple Express Flying high on pot, process server Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) witnesses drug kingpin Ted Jones (Gary Cole) murder a rival and runs to addled drug dealer Saul Silver (James Franco) [...]

A so-so ‘Cho’

By | 2008-08-14T09:00:00-04:00 August 14th, 2008|Entertainment|

"Every dog has its day; every diva needs her gay," Margaret Cho says during her new reality show. No kidding. There's no denying female comedians love us, and sometimes treat us like we're a brand. [...]

A queer ‘affair’?

By | 2018-01-16T15:24:39-04:00 August 14th, 2008|Entertainment|

Chris Wallace likes meat. Just not that kind. He, his other The White Tie Affair bandmates and their entourage are making a pit-stop at an A&W in Oregon ("No tax, baby!" he hoots), and Wallace, [...]

Long ‘time’ coming

By | 2008-08-14T09:00:00-04:00 August 14th, 2008|Entertainment|

Just a hunch, but Matthew Marsh's upcoming gig at the Magic Bag in Ferndale won't be anything like his last - performing for a feisty and out-of-it bunch of geriatric nursing-home residents. While visiting his [...]

Renegades take Old Town Lansing by storm

By | 2018-01-16T04:04:09-04:00 August 14th, 2008|Entertainment|

By D. A. Blackburn After a one-year hiatus, Lansing's Renegade Theatre Festival returns Aug. 21 through 23, joining the festival circuit in the city's Old Town district. In 2006, the inaugural Renegade festival drew some [...]

Announcing inequality

By | 2008-08-14T09:00:00-04:00 August 14th, 2008|News|

by Jessica Carreras At the forefront of the battle for LGBT equality are marriage rights, anti-discrimination ordinances and the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. For Jackson resident Charles Meade, however, the struggle began with [...]

Panama legalizes gay sex

By | 2018-01-16T14:41:16-04:00 August 14th, 2008|News|

by Rex Wockner International News Panamanian President Martin Torrijos Espino signed a decree July 29 repealing a 1949 law that criminalized sodomy under penalty of a $500 fine or jail time. The move followed protests [...]

Dutch Cabinet ministers join gay pride

By | 2018-01-16T00:03:17-04:00 August 14th, 2008|News|

by Rex Wockner International News Several members of the Dutch Cabinet took part in the Aug. 2 gay-pride boat parade on Amsterdam's canals. Education and Culture Minister Ronald Plasterk, who is responsible for gender equality, [...]

Minter: Calif. ruling changed more than marriage law

By | 2018-01-15T16:53:02-04:00 August 14th, 2008|News|

by Rex Wockner National News Briefs The California Supreme Court's May ruling legalizing same-sex marriage did much more than that, says Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and lead lawyer [...]

Book Marks

By | 2008-08-14T09:00:00-04:00 August 14th, 2008|Entertainment|

By Richard Labonte "The Sealed Letter ," by Emma Donoghue. Harcourt, 416 pages, $26 hardcover. As she has with two previous novels, "Slammerkin" and "Life Mask," Donoghue reaches into Britain's past for scraps of fact [...]

Michigan Newspapers

By | 2008-08-14T09:00:00-04:00 August 14th, 2008|News|

In Michigan, there is still a ways to go before all daily newspapers offer LGBT couples equal opportunities to print engagement and wedding announcements. Below are two lists - one of papers that are inclusive [...]

Bernadette Brown comes home

By | 2008-08-14T09:00:00-04:00 August 14th, 2008|News|

by Jessica Carreras DETROIT - Bernadette Brown has been doing her homework and is ready to take over as the Triangle Foundation's new director of policy. But what she's not ready for - the gas [...]

Big turnout for rainy EuroPride

By | 2018-01-15T16:15:26-04:00 August 14th, 2008|News|

by Rex Wockner International News About 450,000 spectators and 45,000 marchers turned out for the rain-drenched EuroPride parade, held this year in Stockholm Aug. 2. Marching groups included the dominant Church of Sweden, 80 businesses [...]

Homophobic outburst ups attendance at Belfast Pride

By | 2018-01-16T13:43:37-04:00 August 14th, 2008|News|

by Rex Wockner International News A recent homophobic outburst from British MP Iris Robinson, who is married to Peter Robinson, leader of the regional government in Northern Ireland, was credited with upping attendance at the [...]

‘Cannibals’ offers something to chew on

By | 2018-01-15T19:48:12-04:00 August 7th, 2008|Entertainment|

By D A. Blackburn 'The Cannibals' The Abreact at Zeitgeist Gallery and Performance Venue, 2661 Michigan Ave., Detroit. Friday-Saturday through Aug. 16. Tickets: $10. For information: 313-485-0217 or http://www.theabreact.com. With George Tabori's "The Cannibals," The [...]

Time well spent at Planet Ant

By | 2008-08-07T09:00:00-04:00 August 7th, 2008|Entertainment|

By Robert Bethune REVIEW: 'In the Blood' Planet Ant Theatre, 2357 Caniff, Hamtramck. Friday-Saturday through Aug. 23, plus Sunday, Aug. 17. Tickets: $15. For information: 313-365-4948 or http://www.planetant.com. Planet Ant's production of Suzan-Lori Parks' play [...]

Local theater troupe performs at the Ringwald

By | 2008-08-07T09:00:00-04:00 August 7th, 2008|Entertainment|

Barebones Theatre Productions will present an evening of short plays, "8X8@8: eight plays. eight playwrights. eight o'clock," by eight of Michigan's finest playwrights from Aug. 6-8 at The Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale. The evening will [...]

Dancing queen

By | 2008-08-07T09:00:00-04:00 August 7th, 2008|News|

That look Brooke Hogan's gay buddy Glenn Douglas Packard gave the anti-female-president celeb on the second episode of VH1's "Brooke Knows Best"? Yeah: It meant, "Are you serious?" - just like it appeared. "She's not [...]

The state of HIV/AIDS

By | 2008-08-07T09:00:00-04:00 August 7th, 2008|News|

by Bob Roehr A trio of reports on the state of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and around the world tumbled out in back-to-back telephone news conferences on July 29. Together, they painted a picture of [...]