Federal Judge Strikes Utah Ban

By | 2013-12-24T09:00:00-04:00 December 24th, 2013|National, News|

By Lisa Keen {Keen News Service www.keennewsservice.com} A federal judge in Utah issued a decision Dec. 20 striking down that state's ban on same-sex marriage, and same-sex couples immediately sought marriage licenses and began getting [...]

Pugh Owes LGBT Community An Apology

By | 2013-12-24T09:00:00-04:00 December 24th, 2013|Michigan, News|

BTL Staff Editorial Former Detroit City Council President - and before that, Fox 2 news personality - Charles Pugh is back in the news again. The Free Press, and other news sources, have obtained the [...]

Three Marriage Cases Advance

By | 2013-12-24T09:00:00-04:00 December 24th, 2013|National, News|

By Lisa Keen Keen News Service Federal judges in three states advanced marriage equality lawsuits Dec. 23. One of two lawsuits challenging Virginia's ban on recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples advanced after a federal [...]

A Sit-Down With Santa

By | 2013-12-19T09:00:00-04:00 December 19th, 2013|Entertainment|

By Emell Derra Adolphus Royal Oak resident Seamus ONeill has been a mall Santa Claus for five years. BTL photo: Emell Derra Adolphus A mother is God in the eyes of a child, as [...]

Screen Queen: The Gift Guide

By | 2013-12-19T09:00:00-04:00 December 19th, 2013|Entertainment|

COMEDY QUEENS The Heat As a disorderly Boston police detective with a mouth dirtier than the bottom of a garbage truck, Melissa McCarthy plays a seemingly lesbian-inspired toughie, and Sandra Bullock her conservative foil, in [...]

Agema Slammed For Anti-Gay Screed

By | 2013-12-19T09:00:00-04:00 December 19th, 2013|Michigan, News|

LANSING - Politicians from both parties, Agema's former employer, wasted no time slamming Republican National Committeemen from Michigan Dave Agema's latest antigay comments. Politicians were responding to a national action call by Equality Michigan which [...]

Remembering Ruth Ellis

By | 2013-12-19T09:00:00-04:00 December 19th, 2013|Michigan, News|

Kofi Adoma is a founding board member of the Ruth Ellis Center. DETROIT - The first snow had hit the Detroit area, and the guests at the fundraiser this weekend shivered in the poorly-heated [...]

Fed Regulations Changing Post-DOMA

By | 2013-12-19T09:00:00-04:00 December 19th, 2013|National, News|

By Lisa Keen There was a flurry of activity among federal agencies this month to issue regulations concerning how they are complying with the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the key provision of the [...]

Dave Agema

By | 2013-12-19T09:00:00-04:00 December 19th, 2013|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

Creep Of The Week Have you heard the news? American Airlines gives away free health insurance! Now, I know what you're thinking: "This sounds too good to be true. Where's the catch?" There isn't one! [...]

A Star Is Born . . .!

By | 2013-12-19T09:00:00-04:00 December 19th, 2013|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Parting Glances There are paths that by chance occasionally mix up in time, space, thought and crazy activation. Some factual. Some fantasy. And so it happened, once upon a near-but-distant whimsical time - in a [...]

A Letter Of Hope And Gratitude

By | 2013-12-19T09:00:00-04:00 December 19th, 2013|Opinions, Viewpoints|

By Gerald Peterson There is something special about this time of year. For many, it offers an opportunity to reflect on the blessings in their lives. Surprise, love, family, friends, laughter and joy most often [...]

Progress And The Road Ahead

By | 2013-12-19T09:00:00-04:00 December 19th, 2013|Opinions, Viewpoints|

By Eric Rader The fight for LGBT equality has gained a lot of positive momentum recently, and we can be guardedly optimistic as we look to the future. In just the last year, 10 states [...]

Back To The D

By | 2013-12-19T09:00:00-04:00 December 19th, 2013|Entertainment|

By Bridgette M. Redman "The Spirit of Detroit" was not the book that Frank Anthony Polito intended to write. The author of "Band Fags" and "Drama Queers," Polito didn't really plan for the books to [...]

Gee Whiz, Liz

By | 2013-12-19T09:00:00-04:00 December 19th, 2013|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Across 1 Top 5 Path through leaves of grass 10 In need of a massage 14 Just one of those things 15 Eagle on a par five 16 TV's Trebek 17 "South Park" composer Shaiman [...]

Barney Frank In Metro Detroit For Key Events

By | 2013-12-19T09:00:00-04:00 December 19th, 2013|Michigan, News|

A nationally acclaimed exhibit "Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945," on tour from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, opens Jan. 5 at the Holocaust Memorial Center. Former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) [...]

Media Analysis On Agema Statements

By | 2013-12-19T09:00:00-04:00 December 19th, 2013|Michigan, News|

The latest controversy involving Dave Agema was treated like a virtual he said/they said tennis match, but the veracity of Agema's claims were mentioned by only one writer - aside from Between The Lines - [...]

Barney Frank To Speak At Peters Event

By | 2013-12-19T09:00:00-04:00 December 19th, 2013|Michigan, News|

By Shelby Clark ROYAL OAK - Openly gay politician, Barney Frank, will be in metro-Detroit this week as a guest at a reception honoring Congressman Gary Peters. Considered the most prominent gay politician in the [...]

‘Beauty And The Beast’ Returns To Wharton

By | 2013-12-19T09:00:00-04:00 December 19th, 2013|Entertainment|

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is returning to Wharton Center as part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center Series. Produced by NETworks Presentations, this [...]

Defense Bill Squabble Worries Some

By | 2013-12-19T09:00:00-04:00 December 19th, 2013|National, News|

By Lisa Keen Leaders of the U.S. Senate and House Armed Services committees announced Dec. 9 that they have reached an agreement on the defense authorization bill for the coming year, including some provisions LGBT [...]

Fed Regulations Changing Post-DOMA

By | 2013-12-17T09:00:00-04:00 December 17th, 2013|Michigan, News|

By Lisa Keen {URLKeen News Service www.keennewsservice.com} There was a flurry of activity among federal agencies this month to issue regulations concerning how they are complying with the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the [...]

Mel B

By | 2013-12-16T09:00:00-04:00 December 16th, 2013|Michigan, News|

Mel B will tell you what she wants, what she really, really wants: to get back to being Scary Spice again. Not that the pop star, known as the Spice Girls' wild child, ever got [...]

Britney Spears

By | 2013-12-16T09:00:00-04:00 December 16th, 2013|Michigan, News|

It's Britney, bitch. No, really, it is. She's on the phone. And Britney Spears - the meek, reserved, media-shy entertainer - doesn't get on the phone with press very often these days. She's speaking to [...]

Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie

By | 2013-12-16T09:00:00-04:00 December 16th, 2013|Michigan, News|

After years of speculation, Brendon Urie is coming out as ... "a straight dabbler"? Panic! at the Disco's glam frontman, who celebrates bisexuality on the band's single "Girls/Girls/Boys" from their fourth LP "Too Weird to [...]

Rudy Serra, State Representative Candidate

By | 2013-12-12T09:00:00-04:00 December 12th, 2013|Michigan, News|

Between Ourselves Ferndalian Rudy Serra is running for State Representative for the 27th District, which includes Berkley, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge and Royal Oak Twp. There will be a primary [...]

It’s A Candy Cane Of A Musical

By | 2013-12-12T09:00:00-04:00 December 12th, 2013|Entertainment, Theater|

By Martin F. Kohn I suspect that in real life Matt Kopec can sit still, although his hyperkinetic performance in the touring musical "Elf the Musical" provides little evidence to support that hypothesis. As the [...]

Mary Censored XXX-mas

By | 2013-12-12T09:00:00-04:00 December 12th, 2013|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Parting Glances I hate to play the Gay Grinch Who Stole Christmas, but there's a movement afoot by the Southern Comfort Baptists to do away with all suspected gay references in Christmas carols and holiday [...]