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Viewpoint: Remembering E. Lynn

It was early 1995. I was living in Miami and taking a leisurely perusal through the bookshelves of Lambda Passages on Biscayne Boulevard, looking for books with black faces on the cover. There were few. [...]

By |2018-01-16T06:01:10-05:00July 30th, 2009|Opinions|

S/he said

compiled by Howard Israel "You get one life, one chance at happiness. If it gives you a spiritual semi to fantasize about a God who created you gay but forbids you to act on your [...]

By |2009-07-30T09:00:00-04:00July 30th, 2009|Opinions|

Thank you for being a friend

By Rohin Guha Behind every formidable LGBT television hero is their straight ally. No, not someone whiny and histrionic like Grace Adler. These are unlikely allies - you wouldn't peg them to frequent the company [...]

By |2009-07-30T09:00:00-04:00July 30th, 2009|Entertainment|

Still breathing

Sia is the friend you never knew. Lexapro, butt sex, compulsively lying - she doesn't even know us, and we heard it all, oftentimes laced with thunderous bursts of shrill laughter. It's way cute. Best [...]

By |2009-07-30T09:00:00-04:00July 30th, 2009|Entertainment|

Courting season

by Jessica Carreras Detroit City Council primary elections happen Aug. 4, and candidates are wasting no time trying to gather supporters - including the LGBT vote. Over the past week at events for Detroit's black [...]

By |2009-07-30T09:00:00-04:00July 30th, 2009|News|

MAC hires new CEO

The Michigan AIDS Coalition announced Monday, July 27, that the organization has hired a new chief executive officer. Helen Hicks comes to the agency with more than two decades of executive-level experience in the non-profit [...]

By |2009-07-30T09:00:00-04:00July 30th, 2009|News|

The Wonderful World of Whisk(e)y

By Camper English Cocktail Chatter No matter where you are in the world, whisk(e)y is a pain in the butt to spell, because it is spelled differently in the other parts of the world from [...]

By |2018-01-16T01:28:22-05:00July 30th, 2009|Uncategorized|

Arcus gives Triangle $500,000 grant

by Jessica Carreras DETROIT - The LGBT advocacy organization the Triangle Foundation announced on July 21 that it is the recipient of a $500,000 grant from the Arcus Foundation. The Kalamazoo-based organization is one of [...]

By |2018-01-16T14:25:22-05:00July 30th, 2009|News|

Finally ‘Home’

By Andrea Bonaventura The Michigan Womyn's Festival, held every August since 1976, has created a sanctuary for thousands of women to gather on private land and proudly unleash their lesbian. For the past few years, [...]

By |2009-07-30T09:00:00-04:00July 30th, 2009|Entertainment|

Q Puzzle: Hot to Trot

Across 1 Sweaty guys get pinned to them 5 Sites for three women in a tub 9 It's a bust 14 Need a massage 15 Whitman's "When Lilacs ___ in the Dooryard Bloom'd" 16 Gertrude's [...]

By |2018-01-16T03:05:24-05:00July 30th, 2009|Uncategorized|

Dear Jody

Too inexperienced for true love? Q: My name is "Ron" and I've been out for almost two years fully (i.e. friends, family, etc.), and I need a little advice. I'm only 20, and I know [...]

By |2009-07-30T09:00:00-04:00July 30th, 2009|Opinions|

The National Pratfall

By Diane Silver Political IQ An LGBT march on Washington should be a great idea. It should energize the pro-equality community and rally the nation. It should move the president and push Congress into repealing [...]

By |2009-07-30T09:00:00-04:00July 30th, 2009|Opinions|

Creep of the Week: Peter LaBarbera

The topic of health care is on everyone's lips, and Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, "a group dedicated to exposing the homosexual activist agenda," is no exception. Granted, most folks are [...]

By |2009-07-30T09:00:00-04:00July 30th, 2009|Opinions|

Famed author E. Lynn Harris dies

By BTL staff LOS ANGELES - Flint native and New York Times best-selling author E. Lynn Harris died suddenly of an apparent heart attack on the night of July 23 while on a business trip [...]

By |2018-01-16T03:05:47-05:00July 30th, 2009|News|

Between Ourselves

by Jessica Carreras Colette Beighley serves as assistant director of the LGBT Resource Center at Grand Valley State University. The Spring Lake resident and mother of a gay son started out as a PFLAG mom [...]

By |2009-07-30T09:00:00-04:00July 30th, 2009|News|

Deep Inside Hollywood

By Romeo San Vicente Bradley Cooper McDreamy and McSteamy hit the big McScreen For "Grey's Anatomy" fans, the fact that Garry Marshall's new ensemble romantic comedy "Valentine's Day" features both Patrick Dempsey and Eric [...]

By |2009-07-30T09:00:00-04:00July 30th, 2009|Uncategorized|

Pride and politics

DETROIT - Thousands of men and women gathered in Palmer Park on Saturday, July 25 for the 14th annual Hotter than July picnic celebrating black gay pride. Among them were several Detroit politicians, including Detroit [...]

By |2009-07-30T09:00:00-04:00July 30th, 2009|News|

Ruth Ellis to be inducted into hall of fame

Ruth Ellis, along with author Edna Ferber and Native American activist Margaret Mary Chandler, have been selected for induction to The Michigan's Women's Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Michigan Women's Studies Association. The induction [...]

By |2009-07-30T09:00:00-04:00July 30th, 2009|News|

‘No Excuses’ campaign demands equality

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Human Rights Campaign has launched a national, grassroots campaign called "No Excuses" to demand action from Congress on key issues of equality. Designed to take advantage of the congressional summer recess, [...]

By |2018-01-16T10:19:21-05:00July 30th, 2009|Uncategorized|

Book Marks

by Richard Labonte "The Show That Smells," by Derek McCormack. Akashic Books/Little House on the Bowery, 112 pages, $15.95 paper. This tenth title in a sublime literary imprint, curated smartly by Dennis Cooper for Akashic, [...]

By |2009-07-30T09:00:00-04:00July 30th, 2009|Entertainment|

The Ultimate Gay Male

DETROIT - About 50 people came out July 23 for a town hall meeting called The Ultimate Gay Male: Mind, Body and Soul. The event was sponsored by Young Brothers United, Mpowerment Detroit and the [...]

By |2009-07-30T09:00:00-04:00July 30th, 2009|News|

LGBT Caucus to hold meeting, march

The Michigan Democratic Party's LGBT and Allies Caucus will host a general meeting on Saturday, August 1, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Teamster Union Local 243 Hall. The hall is located at 39420 [...]

By |2009-07-30T09:00:00-04:00July 30th, 2009|News|

Keep it light, Sagittarius

By Jack Fertig Q Scopes Mercury in Leo trine to Eris provokes bold partisan assertions. There's healthy room for that, but it can go overboard. Mercury then opposes Jupiter, Neptune and Chiron in Aquarius, leading [...]

By |2009-07-30T09:00:00-04:00July 30th, 2009|Uncategorized|

Locked in

"Have I said anything remarkably stupid yet?" Darren Locke wonders halfway through our chat over breakfast ... in the afternoon. His MySpace page claims he's no good at talking about himself, that writing about yourself [...]

By |2009-07-23T09:00:00-04:00July 23rd, 2009|Entertainment|

Dear Jody

Bi? Gay? I'm lost Q: I'm writing to you in hopes of being able to figure out who I am. I am so confused right now. Let me give you a little background. I am [...]

By |2009-07-23T09:00:00-04:00July 23rd, 2009|Opinions|

PFLAG to show film addressing DADT policy

By Jim Larkin FLINT - Genesee County PFLAG will be closing its Friday Night Film and Discussion series on July 31 with one of the hottest issues facing the gay community: the country's "Don't Ask, [...]

By |2018-01-16T11:46:00-05:00July 23rd, 2009|News|

Shakespeare, Sondheim take Jackson by storm

By D. A. Blackburn The Michigan Shakespeare Festival has raised the curtain on its 15th season, and though organizers have been forced to grapple with the myriad challenges associated with diminished funding, they have, nevertheless, [...]

By |2018-01-16T15:44:04-05:00July 23rd, 2009|Entertainment|

Taking it from the street

BIRMINGHAM - Exuberance. Energy. Color. Pop. All words that describe "Let the Silence Have Its Say," the new graffiti-based exhibit opening July 24 at the Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center. Following the traditions of Kenny Scharf and [...]

By |2009-07-23T09:00:00-04:00July 23rd, 2009|Entertainment|

Horserace to equality

By Lisa Keen The shocker at the Kentucky Derby this year was that a little known horse with 50 to 1 odds came in first. The horse had never won on a dirt track before [...]

By |2018-01-16T02:36:28-05:00July 23rd, 2009|Uncategorized|

The Mixer Mix-up

By Camper English Cocktail Chatter Much as I love the name, I can't bring myself to consume what the kids today are calling the Skinny Bitch. This cocktail is usually made with a flavored vodka, [...]

By |2009-07-23T09:00:00-04:00July 23rd, 2009|Entertainment|

General Gayety: The Episcopal Agenda

by Leslie Robinson At the recent Episcopal General Convention, Episcopalians effectively lifted their temporary ban on gay bishops. They also chose to begin drafting an official prayer for same-sex unions. In leading with its conscience [...]

By |2018-01-16T13:19:26-05:00July 23rd, 2009|Opinions|

Sotomayor hearing held

By Lisa Keen U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor was grilled twice on how she might rule should a same-sex marriage case comes before her on the high court - and, both times, she carefully [...]

By |2009-07-23T09:00:00-04:00July 23rd, 2009|Uncategorized|

S/he said

compiled by Howard Israel "While any work that dares to address relevant cultural sensitivities might be misinterpreted by some or offend others, we believe the overwhelming majority of the audience will understand and appreciate the [...]

By |2009-07-23T09:00:00-04:00July 23rd, 2009|Opinions|