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Author of LGBTQ, Disability Novel at Common Language Bookstore

On Saturday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m. Bill Mathis, author of "Face Your Fears," a novel that deals with disability, the LGBTQ community and family, will be at the Common Language Bookstore. "'Face Your Fears' uniquely challenges traditional perceptions of normalcy when it comes to disabled persons' interests, desires and sexual orientations," say event organizers. "He will be introduced by Michigan Educator Roberta (Ronni) Moore O’Toole, a licensed professional counselor, certified social worker and retired school guidance counselor."

By |2018-09-26T14:20:43-04:00September 26th, 2018|Michigan, News|

A Beacon of Hope

Recent reports say that 0.7 percent of teens identify as transgender. At the same time, a recent study from the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that 50.8 percent of trans masculine people attempt suicide, with [...]

By |2018-09-26T14:12:40-04:00September 26th, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

Kevin Keller

  Across 1 Bargain sign at Barneys 5 Basketball to Eliza Doolittle? 9 Gave a butt whipping 14 Guilty or not guilty, to Perry Mason 15 Constellation bear 16 Sticky stuff 17 Opera solos 18 [...]

By |2018-09-26T14:10:40-04:00September 26th, 2018|Entertainment, Puzzles|

MCC-D 201: Ministry Releases First Publication on 46th Anniversary, Seeks to Become ‘Program-Size’ Church

At its 46th anniversary service on Sunday, Sept. 16, Metropolitan Community Church – Detroit debuted its new publication called "Ignite." The 24-page glossy magazine features information on all the events and new programing happening at the church through the end of the year, as well as some spiritually enlightening information and lessons. The publication was a dream 10 years in the making for assistant pastor Rev. Deb Cox.

By |2018-09-19T12:34:48-04:00September 19th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Biden Urged to Run in 2020 at HRC Dinner

Attendees at the annual Human Rights Campaign national dinner Saturday night urged Joseph Biden to challenge President Trump in 2020 amid speculation the former vice president is mulling a run for the White House.

By |2018-09-19T12:24:27-04:00September 19th, 2018|National, News|

Parting Glances: Chapter from a Memoir in Process

Yes. It's been a long journey for me. It wasn't always easy. But, then again, it wasn't that hard either (The journey, not the sex.). I’ve survived, and I like to think I've made something of myself as an artist, a writer and human being who just happens to be quite gay. Contentedly so. Reasonably happy. Most of the time. That's life (I'd gladly do it all over again.).

By |2018-09-19T12:23:41-04:00September 19th, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Our Story?

To me, it becomes an issue of accuracy versus truth. It may indeed be accurate, for example, to include the name I was born under, answered to and used on legal documents until I was in my early 20s — but this isn't exactly my truth. That surely isn't me, and isn't my identity now. It's not the person who pens these words, or has been under this name and gender for the more than half of this life.

By |2018-09-19T12:20:15-04:00September 19th, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

Fall Fling at Affirmations

As summer ends and fall approaches, LGBTQ community center Affirmations is gearing up for its annual Fall Fling celebration fundraiser. The event is presented by the Masco Corporation and will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 7 to 10 p.m.

By |2018-09-19T12:18:57-04:00September 19th, 2018|Ferndale, Neighborhoods|

The Frivolist: 6 Reasons Eating Alone at a Restaurant Is the Best Meal You’ll Ever Have

Being alone and being lonely are two different things. While I don’t prefer the latter, I embrace the former. I do a lot of things by myself, in fact. Go to the movies, sit on the beach, pop into a happy hour, enjoy bikes rides, even go on vacation. I also like to treat myself to lunches and dinners out where I can sit in solitude and think, work, or catch up on odds and ends on my to-do list. For those reasons and six more, here’s why eating alone at a restaurant is the best meal you’ll ever have.

By |2018-09-19T12:17:39-04:00September 19th, 2018|Advice, Entertainment|

‘Life in the Doghouse’

Ron Danta says that to "truly do rescue really well, you cannot at all be selfish." And, to show how selfless they are, he and his partner Danny Robertshaw have opened their 4,400-square-foot home to over 80 dogs in need of adoption.

By |2018-09-19T12:15:53-04:00September 19th, 2018|Guides, Pets|

Let The Games Begin!

BY AMY GARABEDIAN Here’s something you probably haven’t thought about when it comes to training your dog. Training is just a game you play. In the beginning, we teach our puppies all kinds of things. [...]

By |2018-09-19T12:09:38-04:00September 19th, 2018|Guides, Pets|

Pros and Cons of Canine Influenza Vaccination

Over the past few months, news outlets, veterinarians and vaccine manufacturers have all been warning the public about the canine influenza epidemic that has hit nearly 100 dogs in New York City and elsewhere. However, Dr. Glynes D. Graham — owner and primary veterinarian of Patterson Dog & Cat Hospital in Detroit — says that there is "no need to panic." She said that although vaccination is always a personal decision for the pet owner, "there are many precautions" available for those who are concerned.

By |2018-09-19T12:08:16-04:00September 19th, 2018|Guides, Pets|