New York legalizes same-sex marriage

By | 2011-06-30T09:00:00-04:00 June 30th, 2011|News|

By Rex Wockner New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, seated, signs a bill legalizing same-sex marriage at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on Friday, June 24, 2011. AP Photo by Mike Groll. New York state [...]

House Republicans attack same-sex benefits

By | 2011-06-30T09:00:00-04:00 June 30th, 2011|News|

By Tara Cavanaugh LANSING- A committee in the Michigan House approved two bills last Tuesday that restrict public employee benefits only to married couples. Now the bills will go to the House floor for debate. [...]

Between Ourselves: Sarah Layton

By | 2018-01-16T16:34:58-04:00 June 30th, 2011|News|

By Tara Cavanaugh Sarah Layton just graduated from the University of Michigan at Dearborn, earning degrees in political science and criminal justice. She also won this year's Political Award at the annual Pride Banquet. 1. [...]

Beijing Queer Film Festival goes guerrilla

By | 2018-01-15T22:06:48-04:00 June 30th, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS The fifth Beijing Queer Film Festival wrapped up June 19 after five days of guerrilla-style screenings around the city. Three days before the opening, the authorities ordered the festival canceled [...]

Anti-bullying bill on hold for now

By | 2011-06-30T09:00:00-04:00 June 30th, 2011|News|

By Tara Cavanaugh LANSING- The debate on which version of an anti-bullying bill will continue after state lawmakers return from their two-month summer break. Michigan is one of only six states without any anti-bullying legislation. [...]

Out life in Life!

By | 2011-06-30T09:00:00-04:00 June 30th, 2011|Opinions|

Parting Glances For over 50 years Life magazine informed Americans what was happening in the States and abroad. Its photos and content were dramatic, mostly conservative, occasionally controversial, once in awhile shocking. When Life folded [...]

Pat Robertson

By | 2011-06-30T09:00:00-04:00 June 30th, 2011|Opinions|

Creep of the Week Nothing brings the creeps out of the woodwork like pro marriage equality. The good news out of New York has gotten some people fired up. And by "fire" I mean, of [...]

All That Glitters is (Sorta) Gay

By | 2018-01-15T16:24:09-04:00 June 30th, 2011|Entertainment|

Back when Taylor Mac was wearing khakis and button-downs, people would tune him out. When the drag performer slipped into something that fit his offbeat personality - long flowing dresses that demand attention - they [...]

Lawsuit seeks marriage equality in New Jersey

By | 2011-06-30T09:00:00-04:00 June 30th, 2011|News|

By Dana Rudolph TRENTON, N.J.- Five days after the New York State legislature legalized marriage for same-sex couples, LGBT civil rights supporters in New Jersey are asking the state courts to rule that the state [...]

New York legalizes same-sex marriage

By | 2011-06-30T09:00:00-04:00 June 30th, 2011|News|

By Rex Wockner New York state legalized same-sex marriage June 24. The Senate passed the bill 33-29 at 10:29 p.m. and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed it into law less than 90 minutes later. Same-sex couples [...]

Marriage equality for New York

By | 2011-06-30T09:00:00-04:00 June 30th, 2011|Opinions|

Compiled by Howard Israel S/he Said "The story of how same-sex marriage became legal in New York is about shifting public sentiment and individual lawmakers moved by emotional appeals from gay couples who wish to [...]

Sparks fly over need for ‘gayborhood’

By | 2011-06-30T09:00:00-04:00 June 30th, 2011|News|

DETROIT- Two LGBT community leaders squared off at a feisty town hall meeting in downtown Detroit on June 21. For Joe Posch of http://www.SupergayDetroit.com, the need is obvious for a "gayborhood" within the city limits [...]

Game changer

By | 2011-06-30T09:00:00-04:00 June 30th, 2011|Opinions|

When I took to the streets of NYC for my first Pride March in 1972, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was 15 years old. The march was only in its third year and I never [...]

This is momentum!

By | 2018-01-15T18:50:22-04:00 June 30th, 2011|Uncategorized|

You don't need us to tell you how big the New York news is. We're sure you can feel it. This is an enormous success for our national community, and the back story about how [...]

Lambda sues Oregon over trans operation

By | 2018-01-16T13:16:21-04:00 June 30th, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner U.S. NEWS Lambda Legal filed suit against Oregon on June 21 on behalf of a state employee who was denied insurance coverage in connection with his being transgender. Alec Esquivel, 41, a [...]

An Empire State of mind

By | 2011-06-30T09:00:00-04:00 June 30th, 2011|Opinions|

Viewpoint Some Friday nights I just have to unplug from my technological world. I turn off the television, turn off the computer, set aside the iPhone and, without a Pandora musical background, spend the evening [...]

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2011-06-30T09:00:00-04:00 June 30th, 2011|Entertainment|

By Romeo San Vicente Weinsteins pick up Madonna's 'W.E.' The Weinstein Company has picked up Madonna's second feature as a director, "W.E.," for American distribution later this year. You might not remember it, but yes, [...]

Judge denies Shirvell request to seal deposition

By | 2011-06-30T09:00:00-04:00 June 30th, 2011|News|

By Tara Cavanaugh A Sept. 7, 2010 photo of University of Michigan alumnus and former assistant attorney general Andrew Shirvell speaking about the University of Michigan's student assembly president Chris Armstrong at a Michigan Student [...]

GLAAD head and 8 board members quit

By | 2011-06-30T09:00:00-04:00 June 30th, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner U.S. NEWS The board of directors of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation accepted the resignation of the organization's president, Jarrett Barrios, on June 23. At the same time, eight board [...]

Serbian gay magazine launched

By | 2018-01-16T03:02:19-04:00 June 30th, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS The Gay Lesbian Info Center in Belgrade, Serbia, has launched a 64-page, full-color magazine called Optimism. It is distributed free at gay bars and clubs, cultural and drop-in centers, and [...]

Pride ralliers arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia

By | 2018-01-23T13:51:08-04:00 June 30th, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS Fourteen activists were jailed overnight after police broke up the second gay pride march in St. Petersburg, Russia, just two minutes after it started June 25. The detainees said their [...]

LGBTs march in former Eastern Bloc and Tijuana

By | 2018-01-15T16:03:30-04:00 June 30th, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS LGBT people took to the streets for gay pride June 18 in Sofia, Bulgaria; Zagreb, Croatia; Budapest, Hungary; and Tijuana, Mexico. About 1,000 marched in Sofia, and 2,000 marched in [...]

Battle Creek hosts first Pride

By | 2011-06-30T09:00:00-04:00 June 30th, 2011|News|

BATTLE CREEK- Battle Creek will hold a first-ever series of Pride events, starting on Tuesday, June 28 with a night of LGBT history and the West Michigan Gay Men's Chorus at First Congregational Church. On [...]

Obama pressed on gay marriage

By | 2011-06-30T09:00:00-04:00 June 30th, 2011|News|

By Lisa Keen President Obama at a mid-day nationally televised press conference on Wednesday was repeatedly pressed for his views on marriage equality. He spoke out strongly against discrimination based on sexual orientation and detailed [...]

Mother of pearl! ‘Oyster’ shines!

By | 2018-01-16T15:35:12-04:00 June 30th, 2011|Entertainment|

By John Quinn The world premiere of "Consider the Oyster" continues at The Purple Rose Theatre through Sept. 3. Photo: Danna Segrest "Consider the Oyster," a thoughtful comedy by Detroit-born playwright David MacGregor, is [...]

Q Scopes

By | 2011-06-30T09:00:00-04:00 June 30th, 2011|Entertainment|

With the Sun making a T-square to Uranus and Pluto, big scary changes can lead us to take ourselves too seriously. Venus is in Gemini to remind you that playful flirtations can open up creativity [...]

Students lobby for anti-bullying bill

By | 2011-06-30T09:00:00-04:00 June 30th, 2011|News|

By Tara Cavanaugh LANSING- More than three dozen students from area high schools took the state capitol by storm last Wednesday, telling their lawmakers they need to be protected. The students, who take part in [...]

Liechtenstein voters uphold gay partnership law

By | 2018-01-15T19:03:02-04:00 June 30th, 2011|News|

by Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS A voter referendum aimed at overturning Liechtenstein's new same-sex partnership law failed June 18 by a landslide of 69 percent to 31 percent. Anti-gay forces had turned in enough signatures [...]

Hunting for the Lonely Heart

By | 2011-06-30T09:00:00-04:00 June 30th, 2011|Entertainment|

Across 1 Huge opening? 5 "My Fair Lady" composer 10 Sitcom with a cross-dressing corporal 14 Airline to Ben Gurion 15 Out in front 16 Online intro 17 Start of the title of a Broadway [...]

Dave Garcia to lead Affirmations

By | 2011-06-30T09:00:00-04:00 June 30th, 2011|News|

FERNDALE- Affirmations community center has chosen a new exective director. Dave Garcia will take over the post as executive director on Aug. 15. Affirmations' community-based search committee, consisting of Metro Detroit area LGBT and allied [...]