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Amritha Venkataraman: From HRC to Hoadley Headquarters

What do you do when you’re the Human Rights Campaign’s state political director who just oversaw Michigan’s blue wave and your old friend calls and asks you to manage his historic run for U.S. Congress? For Amritha Venkataraman, making the choice to leave a fulfilling job was tough, but the Bloomfield Hills native said she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pack up, relocate to Kalamazoo and join Team Hoadley.

By |2019-04-26T12:38:31-04:00April 25th, 2019|Michigan, News|

R&H Goes Pop

Across 1 Blows away 5 Affleck's "Chasing Amy" crush 10 Potatoes high in sugar 14 Robin Williams title role 15 What a knight sticks in his enemy 16 Morales of "Resurrection Blvd." 17 Cartoonist Peter [...]

By |2019-04-24T14:40:34-04:00April 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Fighting Despite the Fear

Bridget, better-known as LaKyra, Butts has faced violence and discrimination in every aspect of her life as a transgender woman of color. For her, it’s a harsh reality that women who make up her demographic get killed at disproportionately higher rates than any other group within the LGBTQ community — a fact that’s not lost on her."It's a scary feeling knowing you could die tomorrow," she said.

By |2019-04-25T14:41:13-04:00April 24th, 2019|Michigan, News|

ACLU Files Federal Class Action Lawsuit Challenging Detroit Cash Bail System

DETROIT — Last week the ACLU of Michigan, the national ACLU and the law firm Covington & Burling LLP filed a federal class action lawsuit against the 36th District Court in Detroit for violating the constitutional rights of people who are presumed innocent but are confined to jail because they cannot afford to pay bail following their arrest. The lawsuit seeks an overhaul of the cash bail system that discriminates against those who cannot pay enough money to go free.

By |2019-04-24T14:32:52-04:00April 24th, 2019|Michigan, News|

A’Keria Chanel Davenport at Necto May 10

Gregory D'Wayne of Dallas, Texas, might not sound familiar, but his stage name, A'Keria C. Davenport, carries with it a long tradition of drag queen excellence. Specifically, Davenport is a part of the House of Davenport, a well-known group of queens who bring with them a long tradition of performance, and will be performing in Ann Arbor on May 10.

By |2019-04-24T14:25:04-04:00April 24th, 2019|Ann Arbor, Neighborhoods|

Parting Glances: May Babies May Be Gay Babies!

The “Coffee Table Book of Astrology” tattles that “taurus is the astrological sign of sexual deviancy.”Or, as a friend of mine used to tell me year after year of our 40-year friendship, “Brandy” — his nickname for me, as in the alcoholic beverage, brandy Alexander — "May babies are gay babies.” There may be some truth to this observation.

By |2019-04-24T14:21:05-04:00April 24th, 2019|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Creep of the Week: Franklin Graham

Hello and welcome to a world where a gay man with the word “butt” in his last name is running for president and it is not a joke. Pete Buttigieg, who has been Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, since 2012, is an absolute contender in a crowded Democratic field. He made headlines when he kissed his husband Chasten Buttigieg IN PUBLIC.

By |2019-04-24T14:18:13-04:00April 24th, 2019|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

Gay World Leaders

Across 1 Early AIDS play 5 Weathercock 9 Fairy tale start 13 Wise guy 14 Debussy contemporary Satie 15 Vague sense 16 His brother laid him in his grave 17 Garb for Troy Perry 18 [...]

By |2019-04-19T14:09:38-04:00April 19th, 2019|Entertainment, Puzzles|

BTL Hosts National LGBT Publishers

DETROIT – Publishers of the 12 largest LGBT newspapers in America met in Detroit on April 10 and 11 for the annual meeting of the National LGBTQ Media Association. Jan Stevenson and Susan Horowitz, co-publishers [...]

By |2019-04-16T17:25:29-04:00April 16th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Auto Eroticism

Across 1 Start of a quote by Amanita on "Sens8" 4 Kate McKinnon bits on "SNL" 9 More of the quote 12 "___ your pardon!" 14 Like sex with a historian? 15 Like the Indy [...]

By |2019-04-10T16:47:07-04:00April 10th, 2019|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Whitmer Declares April Sexual Assault Awareness Month

LANSING – Raising public awareness about sexual assault and educating communities about how to prevent it are the center of the national campaign for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Michigan, joining advocates and communities across our state in playing an active role to prevent sexual assault.

By |2019-04-10T16:38:57-04:00April 10th, 2019|Michigan, News|

1 in 5 New HIV Diagnoses Are Among Latinx Gay and Bisexual Men

The O'Neill Institute is releasing a new policy brief titled, "Bolstering Latinx Gay and Bisexual Men to Promote Health and Reduce HIV Transmission." This follows the release of President Trump's budget request for fiscal year 2020 calling for a $291 million increase in funding for his plan to end the HIV epidemic over the next decade.

By |2019-04-10T16:38:48-04:00April 10th, 2019|Michigan, News|