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2001 University of Michigan Spectrum Center, 30 years 2002 Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit, 30 years PFLAG-Ann Arbor, 20 years 2003 Crossroads, 25 years The Greater Lansing Gay Men's Chorus, 15 years 2004 Dignity Detroit, [...]

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|

Dirty laundry again?

I don't know about you, but I'm tired of all the articles slamming the non-profit we know as Affirmations. I've been watching the various stories surface every other month and as an educated person, I [...]

By |2018-01-16T11:48:58-05:00December 31st, 2009|Opinions|

Undoing the knots

by Jessica Carreras A photo snapped by a Triangle member causes cups to get pulled from pretzel chain Auntie Anne's. Photo courtesy of the Triangle Foundation The Triangle Foundation celebrated a small - but [...]

By |2018-01-16T09:47:10-05:00December 31st, 2009|News|

What’s in a decade?

Between The Lines is feeling a little nostalgic as we reach the end of 2009. But we're not just thinking about the past year - Proposition 8 protests and debates, marriage and discrimination victories and [...]

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|

Quebec government launches battle against homophobia

by Rex Wockner International News Briefs The Canadian province of Quebec launched an official campaign against homophobia Dec. 11. "By its gesture this morning, Quebec society demonstrates once again that it is in the vanguard [...]

By |2018-01-15T23:02:22-05:00December 31st, 2009|News|

Viewpoint: In the midst of plenty

by Pamela Alexander After reading last week's editorial on racism, I am thoroughly convinced there is no better time than now to focus on the issue of race in the LGBT community, particularly in the [...]

By |2018-01-16T07:57:18-05:00December 31st, 2009|Opinions|

Affirmations welcomes new board members

FERNDALE - On Dec. 2, Brandon Jones and Tina Seitz were appointed to join the Affirmations Board of Directors. Effective immediately, they join a 15-member board which governs the 20-year-old Ferndale non-profit. Each will serve [...]

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|News|


Feb. 6-10, 2008 – The Creating Change conference comes to Detroit for the first time ever. The weekend of LGBT organizing and action included workshops, speakers and parties. April 9, 2008 - The Detroit City [...]

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|

Hear Me Out: Best Beats of 2009

My best affairs of 2009 have been with women. Now, of course, this means aural relations with pop powerhouses, dance-floor fiends and sweet-ass singer-songwriters. Relentlessly, they've penetrated my hearing holes, becoming more than casual hook-ups. [...]

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Entertainment|

Deep Inside Hollywood

By Romeo San Vicente 'Wicked' Menzel going to 'Glee' As if this show couldn't get any gayer, Broadway's alliance with "Glee" -specifically, the show's stuck-like-glue ties to "Wicked" - continues to pick up steam and [...]

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Entertainment|


January 2009 – The GM Foundation cuts its expected $50,000 grant to Affirmations, forcing the center to explore new options for funding. Similar cuts by Ford and Chrysler follow. "We need to look more to [...]

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|


January 2007 – The Michigan Fair Housing Centers in Detroit, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids areas release a study that shows widespread discrimination toward LGBT people trying to rent or buy a home. March [...]

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|


March 2006 - Openly gay Michigan advertising executive Joe Fitzryk is named Genre's Man of the Year, beating 83 competitors from across the U.S. He is the first Michigander to win the contest. April 2006 [...]

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|


January 2004 - A town hall is held in Detroit to discuss homophobia in the city. It is attended by over 400 people, including many local politicians and community leaders. "This is the civil rights [...]

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|


Feb. 14, 2003 - Affirmations kicks off their domestic partner registry program. The day serves as a call to action for same-sex couples in the state against Michigan's Defense of Marriage Act. February 2003 - [...]

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|


Feb. 5, 2000 – Michigan Equality holds its first board meeting. First president, Beth Bashert, presided with 11 board members. Their first order was to begin a “Get Out the Vote” campaign. March 2000 – [...]

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|

“Focus on work, Pisces!”

By Jack Fertig Q Scopes The disharmony between Mars, Saturn and Pluto continues with Venus aligning with Pluto. Efforts to establish peace can be coercive. Maybe they need to be, but look ahead to see [...]

By |2018-01-15T18:34:36-05:00December 31st, 2009|Entertainment|

UK registrars cannot shun civil partnerships

by Rex Wockner International News Briefs England's Court of Appeal ruled Dec. 15 that a Christian marriage registrar who was disciplined for refusing to register gay civil partnerships was not a victim of religious discrimination. [...]

By |2018-01-15T19:59:49-05:00December 31st, 2009|News|

Queeries: Help for the Holidays

By Steven Petrow Bring him home for the holidays? Q: My partner and I usually spend Christmas apart, opting instead to dine with our respective families. But this year I'd like to take him to [...]

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Entertainment|

S/he said

Compiled by Howard Israel "Just a couple of guys and their dog standing in a field. What could be more rural Nova Scotian than two guys and their dog standing in front of the Minas [...]

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Opinions|


Jan. 2, 2001 - The City Commission of Traverse City removes all "We Are Traverse City" gay pride stickers at the advice of legal counsel. "Some of the most insecure people in the population are [...]

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|

Book Marks: Books of the Year

by Richard Labonte For a few years, memoirs have been the "it" book in literary queer publishing, and the trend continues - several are included in this subjective list of my 10 "best" fiction and [...]

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Entertainment|

Between Ourselves

by Jessica Carreras Jena Lewis Jena Lewis is an activist, trans educator and mother. The Grand Rapids-based woman also participates in the Bells of River City dance team, paints and is active in the [...]

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|News|

Volunteer with Speak Equal

Speak Equal, an LGBT activism group based out of Grand Rapids, is looking for volunteers. Currently, the group is forming two committees in need of help - a committee for artchives and research and another [...]

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|News|


Jan. 12, 2005 - Over 200 people gather at the Capitol Building in Lansing to protest the passage of Proposal 2 in November of 2004 as the Michigan congress begins its new session. Other gatherings [...]

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|

International ex-gay ministry drops local affiliate

Truth Wins Out revealed last week that the nation's largest "ex-gay" organization, Exodus International, officially cut ties with its Lansing affiliate Corduroy Stone after charges were made by an ex-gay survivor that the sessions included [...]

By |2018-01-15T20:08:01-05:00December 31st, 2009|News|


February 2002 - In a historic move, the United Way of Southeastern Michigan bestows Affirmations with a $50,000 grant. CEO Leslie Thompson promises to use the funds for health services, especially for youth and seniors. [...]

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|

A Magnificent ‘Man’

This is how you know a gay fashion designer made "A Single Man": It looks great. And this poetic beauty, in all its chic come-to-life contrast, is what makes Tom Ford's dynamic directorial debut, where [...]

By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Entertainment|

Between Ourselves

by Jessica Carreras Dale Ross Dale Ross is a 61-year-old leather enthusiast, HIV/AIDS activist, teacher, writer and social worker. He lives with his partner in Berkley and runs a counseling practice in Southfield. 1) [...]

By |2009-12-17T09:00:00-05:00December 17th, 2009|News|

Deep Inside Hollywood

By Romeo San Vicente Grammer Kelsey Grammer: Conservative in a 'Cage' Former "Cheers" and "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer has never been very secret about his conservative politics. He votes Republican and he co-starred in [...]

By |2009-12-17T09:00:00-05:00December 17th, 2009|Entertainment|

Holiday Movie Preview

Colin Firth and Julianne Moore in "A Single Man." Photo: The Weinstein Company After Uncle Talk-Too-Much shuts up and all the gift reciprocating of the season wraps, all that's left is a full stomach, [...]

By |2009-12-17T09:00:00-05:00December 17th, 2009|Entertainment|

Dear Jody

All I Want For Christmas Is Acceptance Q: I know you hear about this kind of problem every holiday, but "Susan" and I just don't know what to do. Susan and I have been together [...]

By |2009-12-17T09:00:00-05:00December 17th, 2009|Entertainment|

I Need to See a Doctor!

Across 1 Where a sailor may hit bottom 5 Direct elsewhere 10 Emulates B.D. Wong, e.g. 14 "___ put it another way ..." 15 Writer Dykewomon 16 Wet spot cause 17 Dorothy's dog 18 Day [...]

By |2009-12-17T09:00:00-05:00December 17th, 2009|Entertainment|

Relax, Leo!

By Jack Fertig Q Scopes Finally! Some planetary harmony! Venus is in a grand trine with Mars and Eris, and all in the fire signs. This is delicious for new artistic efforts and passionate crushes. [...]

By |2009-12-17T09:00:00-05:00December 17th, 2009|Entertainment|

Lucky Number ‘Nine’

By Lawrence Ferber Director Rob Marshall's "Nine" is a worthy musical follow-up to his multiple Oscar-winning "Chicago," full of bombastic production numbers and razzle-dazzle with an Italian accent. The original 1982 Broadway stage musical - [...]

By |2009-12-17T09:00:00-05:00December 17th, 2009|Entertainment|