Glitter bombs and discrimination

By | 2018-01-16T10:08:55-04:00 October 31st, 2017|Opinions|

Compiled by Howard Israel S/he Said "Our first Poll Position topic is the glitter bomb. The tactic has divided the LGBT community with some celebrating the flamboyant, performative nature of the activism and others arguing [...]

Marriage Equality and Proposition 8

By | 2017-10-31T23:08:46-04:00 October 31st, 2017|Opinions|

Compiled by Howard Israel S/he Said "Although the Constitution permits communities to enact most laws they believe to be desirable, it requires that there be at least a legitimate reason for the passage of a [...]

Playing with fear

By | 2017-10-31T23:08:12-04:00 October 31st, 2017|Opinions|

By Eric W. Rader This year, the chasm between Democratic and Republican ideals is as large as it has ever been. In the race for president, the Republicans have put forward a field of candidates [...]

Washington gov signs law; NJ Senate passes bill

By | 2017-10-31T23:08:12-04:00 October 31st, 2017|News|

By Lisa Keen In a sometimes emotional ceremony Monday morning, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire signed the freshly passed marriage equality bill, telling a crowded gathering at the State House that same-sex couples "will no longer [...]

Pages Past Tense #1

By | 2017-10-31T23:08:12-04:00 October 31st, 2017|Opinions|

Parting Glances I keep on my laptop desk a corner of chalky red brick. It's all that's left of Cassboro Apartments, 444 Peterboro, Detroit. I found this memento among broken boards, shattered glass of the [...]

Mitt Romney

By | 2017-10-31T23:08:12-04:00 October 31st, 2017|Opinions|

Creep of the Week It makes me sad that there are LGBT people in America who will vote for Mitt Romney should he get the wet bar of soap that is the Republican nomination. I [...]

Petitioning for change

By | 2017-11-07T19:30:02-04:00 October 31st, 2017|Michigan, News|

By Jim Larkin HOLLAND - An 18-year-old Hope College freshman is trying to accomplish what groups of influential alumni, students and community leaders could not: Convince Hope College officials to become more accepting and supportive [...]

A pair of queens that’s hard to beat

By | 2017-10-31T23:07:38-04:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

By Martin F. Kohn Think of "Mary Stuart" as the history play Shakespeare could never write. It takes place in England in 1587; all of its characters are Shakespeare's contemporaries, including Queen Elizabeth, the villain [...]

No wardrobe malfunction at The Gem

By | 2018-01-16T01:02:32-04:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

By John Quinn Rarely does a play's title sum up its theme as succinctly as does "Love, Loss, and What I Wore," a satisfying bit of satin and lace by the formable author-playwright-screenwriter sister act [...]

Taylor-Made Advice

By | 2018-01-16T13:22:09-04:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

Across 1 One that may be beaten 5 Demonstrated heterosexuality 9 Answer to "Who's there?" 14 Coin on the Continent 15 It was gauche, for Debussy 16 Henri's boyfriends 17 St. Patrick's land 18 Tight-assed [...]

The Kate Clinton Q&A

By | 2017-10-31T23:07:06-04:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

Times like this - election years, when politics are a comedian's punching-bag - were made for Kate Clinton, who has hilariously riffed on 30 years of stupid presidents and right-winged morons. She's at it again [...]

Meditate, Pisces!

By | 2017-10-31T23:07:06-04:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

By Jack Fertig Q Scopes The planet of dreams and mystery, Nepture, fresh into his own sign Pisces, will take a year or two to get used to. Logic's no help here; trust your intuitions [...]

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2017-10-31T23:07:06-04:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

By Romeo San Vicente 'Downton Abbey' matriarch cage match! The only thing that could possibly be better than watching "Downton Abbey"'s Maggie Smith, as the Dowager Countess, stop the rest of the cast dead in [...]

Obama pick of anti-gay minister angers gay community

By | 2018-01-22T19:57:35-04:00 October 31st, 2017|News|

By Lisa Keen President-elect Barack Obama set off a controversy this week, by inviting anti-gay evangelical Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration ceremony. It was a hurt compounded by the realization that [...]

Affirmations announces big cuts for new year

By | 2018-01-16T02:03:50-04:00 October 31st, 2017|News|

by Jessica Carreras FERNDALE - Affirmations, metro Detroit's community center for LGBT people and their allies, has been hit hard by the economy - and the drop in funds is beginning to show. Effective Jan. [...]

Giving against the odds

By | 2017-10-31T17:27:51-04:00 October 31st, 2017|News|

by Jessica Carreras Like many other Michiganders this year, John Secor got the call on Sept. 2: he was out of a job. An editor and writer in the newspaper industry for many years, Secor [...]

Hungarian domestic-partnership law struck down

By | 2018-01-16T07:22:14-04:00 October 31st, 2017|News|

by Rex Wockner International News Hungary's domestic-partnership law, which was to take effect Jan. 1, was struck down by the Constitutional Court Dec. 15. The court said the law is unconstitutional because it would have [...]

UN General Assembly hears pro-gay statement

By | 2018-01-16T16:51:24-04:00 October 31st, 2017|News|

by Rex Wockner International News Sixty-six nations at the UN General Assembly supported a groundbreaking statement Dec. 18 confirming that international human rights protections include sexual orientation and gender identity. It was the first time [...]

Reckless reporting hurts

By | 2018-01-16T16:34:12-04:00 October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

In the media world, there's investigative journalism - and then there's reckless reporting. At a time when organizations are hurting more than ever for donations, some "reckless reporters" are using out-of-context statistics to up their [...]

Moscow Pride seeks emergency Euro court hearing

By | 2017-10-31T17:27:51-04:00 October 31st, 2017|News|

by Rex Wockner International News Moscow Pride will ask the European Court of Human Rights for an emergency hearing on two pending cases challenging Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov's bans on gay pride activities for the [...]

Michigan Scholarship Listings

By | 2017-10-31T17:27:19-04:00 October 31st, 2017|News|

Along with many national scholarships, the following four are listed for Michigan universities: Eastern Michigan University EMU Stonewall Scholarship Funds scholarships for undergrad or grad EMU student who has demonstrated leadership and/or involvement in promoting [...]

You Can’t Stop the Pete

By | 2017-10-31T17:27:19-04:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

Peter Mel sits with his hands folded at a corner table in his latest restaurant venture. As our camera snaps his picture, a sheepish smile is painted across his face while he nervously half mumbles [...]

City apologizes for past anti-gay actions

By | 2018-01-16T02:48:05-04:00 October 31st, 2017|News|

by Rex Wockner International News The City Council of Hobart, Tasmania, in Australia, apologized Dec. 10 for banning a booth promoting gay law reform from the city's weekly Salamanca Market in 1988. In the weeks [...]

Gays march in Hong Kong for first time

By | 2018-01-15T16:17:57-04:00 October 31st, 2017|News|

by Rex Wockner International News Hong Kong saw its first gay pride parade Dec. 13. About 1,000 people marched, including many who came from Taiwan and mainland China. The two-mile procession traversed Hennessy Road in [...]

Comprehensive online college scholarship database unveiled

By | 2017-10-31T17:27:19-04:00 October 31st, 2017|News|

WASHINGTON. D.C. - This week the Human Rights Campaign Foundation released a comprehensive database of more than 160 scholarships available to LGBT and allied students. The list, which includes national, statewide and school-specific scholarships, was [...]

Anti-Bullying bills killed by Michigan Senate

By | 2018-01-22T18:28:06-04:00 October 31st, 2017|News|

LANSING, MI - Negotiations spanning two years and involving parents, educators, law enforcement officials and many others came to a halt late Thursday when state Sen. Alan Cropsey (R-Dewitt) said he would not allow anti-bullying [...]

Milk of Human Kindness

By | 2017-10-31T17:27:19-04:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

Q Puzzle Across 1 Heavenly balls 5 "Six Feet Under" character of Peter Krause 9 Tennessee Williams' lover Frank 14 Lahr of "The Wizard of Oz" 15 Greek 16 "Pussy, King of the Pirates" author [...]

In Michigan City, Language Matters

By | 2017-10-31T17:27:19-04:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

by Dan Woog The OutField A couple of years ago, a Michigan City, Ind., teacher paired two 10-year-old boys together on a science project. One was an excellent athlete; the other was a bit effeminate. [...]