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‘Check Your Blind Spots’

In an instant, a snap judgment can change everything; a negative one, even more so. In the case of Kiri Stewart, an openly transgender woman, an angry reaction could mean bodily harm. So, for her, hypervigilance is often a necessity. That's why when she went to Flagstar bank to apply for a mortgage, she steeled herself for the worst.

By |2020-07-28T17:06:49-04:00August 29th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Man arraigned in shooting of trans woman in Detroit

Deonton Rogers was arraigned in 3rd Circuit Court in Detroit on August 15. The 29-year-old was accused of pulling a gun on a trans woman in a gas station on the city’s west side and shooting her while in a scuffle, Rogers is charged with discharging a firearm causing serious injury, felonious assault, being a felon in possession of a firearm, fourth-degree child abuse and ethnic intimidation based on gender and a felony firearms violation.

By |2018-08-29T16:27:59-04:00August 29th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Michigan Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination Series

As BTL continues the Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination series, we hear from Highland Park Mayor Hubert Yopp who was sworn in on Jan. 1, 2016 for a second non-consecutive four-year term. Yopp has a varied background of experience with over 40 years in the operation and administration of local government, serving in various positions in Highland Park, including Highland Park Police and Fire Manager for 31 years and Highland Park City Council for four years.

By |2018-10-10T14:50:53-04:00August 29th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Power Couples

  Across 1 Large openings 5 Disconcert 10 Allen Ginsberg's affirmative 14 Warhol pal ___ Sedgwick 15 Coastal city of Portugal 16 Give up what sounds like sperm? 17 Partner of Alex Niedbalski 19 Processes [...]

By |2018-08-29T16:05:41-04:00August 29th, 2018|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Royal Oak Barktoberfest Starts Sept. 15

The Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce invites attendees to discover Barktoberfest, a fall festival for dogs and dog owners. Centered around locally-brewed craft beer and music, this dog-friendly event is designed to bring together the community.

By |2018-08-29T16:02:56-04:00August 29th, 2018|Neighborhoods, Royal Oak|

Arts, Beats & Eats Continues for 21st Year

This year marks the 21st annual Ford Arts, Beat & Eats festival. Presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, this year there will be more than 200 performances that will be held across 9 stages located in downtown Royal Oak. Attendees are welcome to attend from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Friday, Aug. 31 through Sunday, Sept. 2, and from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 3. Last year, the festival hosted nearly 400,000 visitors and raised $350 thousand for local charities.

By |2018-08-29T16:00:53-04:00August 29th, 2018|Neighborhoods, Royal Oak|

Advocates for Change

AJ Sims said he is passionate about two things: LGBTQ laws and transgender rights. He has been able to pursue his passion by way of a youth advocacy project at the Ruth Ellis Center in [...]

By |2018-08-24T11:03:40-04:00August 23rd, 2018|Michigan, News|

Creep of the Week: Cardinal Raymond Burke

Welp, child sex abuse in the Catholic Church is in the news again and, gosh, wouldn’t you know it, the Catholic Church is trying to blame it on the gays. Again. A recent Pennsylvania grand jury report found sex abuse rampant in the church, something everyone who has ever delved into it has also found to be true.

By |2018-08-22T16:04:10-04:00August 22nd, 2018|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

Mom to Mom Sale in Ferndale on Aug. 25

When a child hits a growth spurt it's likely that an outfit that fit just weeks before is no longer the right fit. However, Ferndale Parks and Recreation is hosting a day of bargain hunting with its very own Mom to Mom sale on Saturday Aug. 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Kulick Community Center.

By |2018-08-22T15:48:14-04:00August 22nd, 2018|Ferndale, Neighborhoods|

Divine Comedy

  Across 1 Nutty as a fruitcake 5 Prevents from scoring, with "out" 10 They call balls 14 Barbra's "Funny Girl" guy 15 Vietnam capital 16 Type of Mary pass 17 Collette of "Connie and [...]

By |2018-08-22T15:46:45-04:00August 22nd, 2018|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Flashing Back to the Past: the ’90s

link to PDF page 1997 February - Addressing Anti-Gay Violence in Schools: The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Teachers Network of Detroit released their report assessing the climate for gay and lesbian youth in Southeastern Michigan [...]

By |2018-08-23T13:45:57-04:00August 22nd, 2018|Michigan, News|

Detroit Repertory Theatre Hosts Second Arts & Culture Festival

On Saturday, Aug. 25 aficionados of local artists can come together for the second official Detroit Repertory Theatre Arts & Culture Festival and Dream of Detroit Street Fair. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., attendees can look forward to a variety of local artists, vendors, food, drinks, live music, theatre and much more. The free event is made possible because of a grant from ART Ops — a group that focuses on encouraging local arts organizations — and Community HeART — an organization that works to help children cope with sterile environments like hospitals or some school settings.

By |2018-08-22T15:41:50-04:00August 22nd, 2018|Michigan, News|

Trans Woman Wins Historic Gubernatorial Primary Victory

Washington, DC – Democratic primary voters in Vermont selected out transgender woman Christine Hallquist as their nominee for governor, making her the first out trans person to be the gubernatorial nominee of a major American political party. She joins three other openly LGBTQ candidates who received the Democratic nomination for governor this cycle – Kate Brown of Oregon, Jared Polis of Colorado and Lupe Valdez of Texas – a historic number.

By |2018-08-22T15:40:07-04:00August 22nd, 2018|National, News|

HRC Celebrates Victories of Pro-Equality Champions in Wisconsin Primary

MILWAUKEE — On Tuesday, Aug. 14, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, released the following statement celebrating the victories of pro-equality candidates including Senator Tammy Baldwin; Reps. Mark Pocan, Ron Kind, and Gwen Moore; and Josh Kaul for Attorney General.

By |2018-08-22T15:39:06-04:00August 22nd, 2018|National, News|