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Kick funded by the HOPE Fund

Curtis Libscomb. BTL Photo: Andrew Potter The HOPE Fund has awarded several grants to KICK, the agency for LGBT African-Americans, both directly and from the Racial Equity Initiative, an offshoot of The HOPE Fund [...]

By |2014-12-25T09:00:00-05:00December 25th, 2014|Michigan, News|

Things That Happened in 2014

Jeremy Moss won a seat to serve in the Michigan State House for the 35th District. One of his main priorities once he sits down in January is to work a bipartisan model to get [...]

By |2014-12-25T09:00:00-05:00December 25th, 2014|Michigan, News|

A Year In Michigan Marriage

BY AJ TRAGER MICHIGAN - This year saw big advances in the DeBoer v Snyder case as it moved through the federal courts. April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse began their legal fight for second parent [...]

By |2014-12-25T09:00:00-05:00December 25th, 2014|Michigan, News|

Mittens For Michigan

By Shelby Clark Petkus Washtenaw County's annual music festival, Mittenfest, comes to Ann Arbor this January. Blind Pig will host 2015's event from Jan. 1-4. The yearly event hosts a variety of different music acts [...]

By |2014-12-25T09:00:00-05:00December 25th, 2014|Ann Arbor, Neighborhoods|

The HOPE Fund: Grantmaking

To date, The HOPE Fund has distributed over $1.8 million through 131 grants to nonprofit organizations serving southeast Michigan's LGBT communities. The following organizations have benefitted: Al-Gamea - Serving Southeast Michigan's Middle Eastern LGBT Community [...]

By |2014-12-25T09:00:00-05:00December 25th, 2014|Michigan, News|

2014: HIV Year In Review

Nick Rhoades, a gay man convicted of criminal transmission of HIV in Iowa and sentenced to 25 years in prison, despite the virus not being transmitted, talks to activists at the national HIV is Not [...]

By |2014-12-25T09:00:00-05:00December 25th, 2014|Michigan, News|

Michigan: 2014 In Review

Jeremy Moss (Left) and Jon Hoadley (Right). Elliott-Larsen Amendment This was almost the year that the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act was amended to include the LGBT community. Almost. A broad coalition of business leaders [...]

By |2014-12-25T09:00:00-05:00December 25th, 2014|Michigan, News|

They Died In The Closet

Across 1 Bankhead's home, for short 5 Pesky kid 9 Fruit peel in a drink 14 Russian river 15 Luau dance 16 Path finder 17 Make a hole bigger 18 "Exotica" director Egoyan 19 Hostile [...]

By |2014-12-25T09:00:00-05:00December 25th, 2014|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Caspar v Snyder

In April, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan, on behalf of eight couples that were married in March, filed a lawsuit against the state arguing that because the couples are legally married in [...]

By |2014-12-25T09:00:00-05:00December 25th, 2014|Michigan, News|

Top Ten LGBT News Stories Of 2014

By Lisa Keen The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear appeals seeking to preserve bans on marriage for same-sex couples. President Obama finally signed a long-sought executive order protecting LGBT people who work for federal [...]

By |2014-12-25T09:00:00-05:00December 25th, 2014|National, News|

Looking Ahead: 2015 A Year Of Justice

Failure to amend Elliott-Larsen. Fast passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The re-election of Attorney General Bill Schuette and Gov. Rick Snyder. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding of Michigan's marriage ban. [...]

By |2014-12-25T09:00:00-05:00December 25th, 2014|Opinions, Viewpoints|

Best Books Of 2014

By Common Language Staff Best-of lists are ultimately personal choices. Part of our bias is for local authors, and we have three on our list for 2014 - the "Year of the Memoir." We started [...]

By |2014-12-25T09:00:00-05:00December 25th, 2014|Entertainment|

Hear Me Out: Best Of 2014

10. Against Me!, 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues' Breaking from the aggressive rock roar of Against Me!'s sixth LP is "Two Coffins," a whisper among the glorious chaos of "Transgender Dysphoria Blues." Its simplicity might standout sonically, [...]

By |2014-12-23T09:00:00-05:00December 23rd, 2014|Entertainment, Music|


By Harry T. Cook The attached commentary was submitted as an OP ED, authored by Harry Cook on behalf of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights. The organization's introduction to the letter is as follows: [...]

By |2014-12-18T09:00:00-05:00December 18th, 2014|Opinions, Viewpoints|

A Remembrance: Robert Clark

I couldn't tell you the exact moment I met Robert Clark, but the bond was immediate. We were drawn together by our shared commitment to LGBTQ equality in general, but especially for the African American [...]

By |2014-12-18T09:00:00-05:00December 18th, 2014|Michigan, News|

Deep Inside Hollywood

By Romeo San Vicente Kate McKinnon. Photo: Debby Wong 'SNL' star Kate McKinnon is coming to a theater near you We were wondering when the Kate McKinnon bullet train would leave the station and speed [...]

By |2014-12-18T09:00:00-05:00December 18th, 2014|Entertainment|

Actor With Dexter-ity

Across 1 Deer, or without a dear 5 Verdon, who played Lola 9 "Hollywood Squares" choice 14 ___ Alto, California 15 Estimate ending 16 Intense desires 17 Doug Mattis leap 18 Male escort 19 Hamlet's [...]

By |2014-12-18T09:00:00-05:00December 18th, 2014|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Local Gatherings Against MiRFRA

BY BTL STAFF MICHIGAN - As the Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act (MiRFRA) moves through the State's legislature, communities around the state have scheduled upcoming gatherings to discuss the bill and to protest against bill. [...]

By |2014-12-15T09:00:00-05:00December 15th, 2014|Michigan, News|