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Military chaplains can perform gay weddings

A memo released Friday by the Department of Defense allows military chaplains to perform same sex marriages - only if the chaplain agrees to do so. "A military chaplain may participate in or officiate any [...]

By |2018-01-16T08:59:05-05:00September 30th, 2011|News|

Q Scopes: Exercise, Taurus!

By Jack Fertig Fresh into Libra, the Sun and Mercury stimulate friendly conversation but they're opposite Uranus and squaring Pluto; any dialogue can turn fiercely argumentative or deliciously wicked. Either way, secrets will be revealed! [...]

By |2011-09-29T09:00:00-04:00September 29th, 2011|Entertainment|

AIDS Walk Michigan raises more than $100K

By Tara Cavanaugh and Zach Childree Dressed head to toe in a bright red pantsuit, Debbie Dingell looked like a walking AIDS ribbon at Sunday's AIDS Walk in downtown Ann Arbor. "My best friend was [...]

By |2011-09-29T09:00:00-04:00September 29th, 2011|News|

State Equality Dinner award winners announced

By BTL Staff DEARBORN- On Oct. 22, Equality Michigan will present the highly anticipated 2011 State Equality Dinner at The Henry in Dearborn. The gala evening is Equality Michigan's signature fundraiser. In addition to a [...]

By |2011-09-29T09:00:00-04:00September 29th, 2011|News|

Is Plutonium Far From Uranus

Across 1 It's for Colette 5 Make an emotional discharge 9 Bone separator in the back 13 Italian wine region 14 Soprano Gluck 15 Initial stake 16 Hetero 19 Sticker on a rose 20 Voyeur's [...]

By |2018-01-16T14:14:20-05:00September 29th, 2011|Entertainment|

Progress is possible

By Eric Rader The military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy finally ended last week, thanks to the persistent hard work of many brave heroes. Though it was originally intended as a compromise aimed at allowing [...]

By |2011-09-29T09:00:00-04:00September 29th, 2011|News|

Rick Santorum

Creep of the Week Say what you want about Republicans, but they sure do keep us in suspense about how high the homophobic ceiling is inside of their "big tent." I once interviewed Dan Savage [...]

By |2011-09-29T09:00:00-04:00September 29th, 2011|Opinions|

An open letter to Mark

I have known you for 20 years, as friend, pastor, activist, lately a troubled person dealing with serious health issues, who turned to alcohol and drugs for release from nonstop pain to body, mind, troubled [...]

By |2011-09-29T09:00:00-04:00September 29th, 2011|Opinions|

Gay youth becomes a god

Parting Glances Almost 125 years before the birth of Jesus a handsome youth named Antinous was declared a god by the Roman emperor Publius Aelius Hadrian. Antinous was born to a Greek family in Bithynion-Claudiopolis, [...]

By |2011-09-29T09:00:00-04:00September 29th, 2011|Opinions|

Partner benefits for state employees could cost $600K

By Tara Cavanaugh LANSING- Republicans against offering benefits for partners of state employees have decried the cost, but a recent estimate shows the benefits will cost much less than projected. State employees have until Sept. [...]

By |2018-01-16T07:15:54-05:00September 29th, 2011|News|

Ask Lamdba Legal: Can we be foster parents?

Dear Ask Lambda Legal, My partner and I live in Illinois and are in a civil union. We are thinking about becoming foster parents, but have heard about problems with certain child welfare agencies. Should [...]

By |2011-09-29T09:00:00-04:00September 29th, 2011|News|

Who you calling a hater?

By Abby Dees Thinking Outloud I've always had a sort-of wincing reaction to the word "hate" in LGBT rights messaging. Like those bumper stickers that say, "Hate is not a family value." Or the newest [...]

By |2018-01-15T18:05:02-05:00September 29th, 2011|Opinions|

Deep Inside Hollywood

By Romeo San Vicente 'Dirty Dancing' partner: Maria Maggenti For now, let's put aside the fact that a "Dirty Dancing" remake is even happening at all. If you're upset about it you can just refuse [...]

By |2011-09-29T09:00:00-04:00September 29th, 2011|Entertainment|

Politics, discrimination

Compiled by Howard Israel S/he Said "I was like, 'I don't know, should I talk about it or what?' How many things could I have? I'm black, then lesbian. I can't be the poster child [...]

By |2011-09-29T09:00:00-04:00September 29th, 2011|Opinions|

Sixth Circuit hears Julea Ward case

By Tara Cavanaugh The Sixth Circuit heard a case yesterday involving a woman who was dismissed from a counseling program at Eastern Michigan University. Julea Ward was a graduate student in EMU's counseling program in [...]

By |2018-01-15T22:34:15-05:00September 29th, 2011|News|

From closeted activist to Detroit dynamo

By Desiree Cooper Detroiter Kirsten Ussery is not afraid of a challenge. At 33, she has done communications work for a global auto supplier, for a group of top-flight Michigan business leaders, and even for [...]

By |2011-09-29T09:00:00-04:00September 29th, 2011|News|

The Teachings of Tori

Tori Amos doesnÕt do anything straight. Regarded as one of the premier singer-songwriters of our time, the gay iconÕs veered off every which way — into babe-blasting-piano rock and baroque-influenced orchestrations; not to mention seasonal [...]

By |2011-09-29T09:00:00-04:00September 29th, 2011|News|

Gloria Reaches Out to the Gays

Gloria Estefan isn't called the Queen of Latin Pop for nothing. Over three decades - and counting - she's earned it. Since needing a "Dr. Beat" to control her feet in the '80s, then as [...]

By |2011-09-20T09:00:00-04:00September 20th, 2011|Uncategorized|

NLGJA joining Unity Coalition

Historic news from NLGJA and UNITY this morning. The NLGJA board has unanimously voted to accept an invitation to join UNITY as a full member. We will be joining our colleagues at the National Association [...]

By |2018-01-15T20:50:06-05:00September 20th, 2011|News|

Frankmusik Mixes It Up

Frankmusik goes where no straight man's gone before. Just look at what he did in 2008, when he disrobed - and bared his bum - for a spread in one of the U.K.'s gay magazines. [...]

By |2011-09-16T09:00:00-04:00September 16th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Circumstances of the heart

By Gary M. Kramer "Circumstance" is a remarkable film that sensitively depicts the struggles of two teenage lesbians, Atafeh (Nikhol Boosheri) and Shireen (Sarah Kazemy), in contemporary Iran. The story is based in part on [...]

By |2011-09-15T09:00:00-04:00September 15th, 2011|Entertainment|

‘Avenue Q’ in A2!

By Bridgette M. Redman ANN ARBOR - PBS may still insist that Bert and Ernie aren't gay, but that won't stop the thinly veiled characters of "Avenue Q" from singing, "If you were gay, that'd [...]

By |2018-01-15T16:53:36-05:00September 15th, 2011|Entertainment|