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SVSU Pride Center Presents 11th Annual Charity Drag Show

By | 2018-03-14T14:24:51+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Michigan, News|

That Saginaw Valley State University will kick off its second decade of drag performances on Saturday, April 7 at 7 p.m. with its 11th annual Charity Drag Show. This year's theme is Fairy Tale Frolics, meaning that drag contestants are encouraged to tailor their performances to it.

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2018-03-14T14:20:36+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Entertainment, Features|

By Romeo San Vicente Ryan Murphy’s 'Pose' places trans actors front and center If we can all survive as a nation until summer, "Pose" will be here to see us through. The latest TV series [...]

Matt and Kim to Headline at Royal Oak Music Theatre

By | 2018-03-14T13:54:29+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Neighborhoods, Royal Oak|

The Royal Oak Music Theatre is slated to showcase drum/keyboard duo Matt & Kim on Wednesday, April 18. Although Matt Johnson is from Vermont and Kim Schifino is from Rhode Island, the two met while students at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute. According to Johnson in a 2016 Westword interview, they were immediately drawn to each other.

The Bottom Line

By | 2018-03-14T13:30:19+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Across 1 Queer-looking E 6 Opening noted at the office 10 Hieroglyphic serpent 13 Hometown of Brando 14 C&W singer McCoy 15 Homophone of a Broadway bio 16 Target of deep thrust? 17 Lynch of [...]

DJs to the Rescue

By | 2018-03-07T16:35:36+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Guides, Marriage, Wedding|

In order to help with selecting wedding music - which should be the most fun part of planning, but is often times the most overwhelming - BTL asked a couple experts, Chris Blanchard (aka DJ Loki) and Walter Cooper (aka DJ Romeo), to weigh in.

11 Michigan Candidates, Lawmakers Sign #NoNRAMoney Petition to Reject NRA Donations

By | 2018-03-07T16:35:37+00:00 March 7th, 2018|National, News|

On March 2, the deadline ended for the #NoNRAMoney candidate pledge. The national pledge targeted both candidates and existing legislators to renounce funding by the National Rifle Association — a nearly 150-year-old organization that advocates for the rights of gun owners, and provides funding for pro-gun legislators. In Michigan, 11 officials and candidates signed on.

Pryor Restraint

By | 2018-03-13T13:21:08+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Across 1 Sistine Chapel figure by Michelangelo 7 Torah at Beth Chayim Chadashim 13 It may include Log Cabin candidates 14 Gaily colored flower 15 Start of a quote from Richard Pryor 17 Where students [...]

Shannonloren Named LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s Newest Gold Member

By | 2018-02-28T16:47:21+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Michigan, News|

DETROIT — Recognizing them for their “creative” and “innovative” marketing techniques, the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce announced that ShannonLoren is its newest Gold Member. “We look forward to working alongside their leadership to help them secure an LGBT Business Enterprise designation,” said commerce president Kevin Heard.

Penny Stamps Speaker Series Presents Transgender Activist Chelsea Manning and Heather Dewey-Hagborg

By | 2018-02-28T16:47:26+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The University of Michigan's Stamps School of Art & Design prides itself on its "diversity, equity and inclusion." The school, which requires an "international experience" for each of its students to make them more worldly, describes itself as an institution that prepares students to "think in new ways, to educate them to become concerned world citizens, and to equip them with the skills for life-long accomplishment."

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2018-02-28T16:47:28+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Entertainment, Features|

By Romeo San Vicente LOS ANGELES - MAY 23: Anne Hathaway arrives to the "Alice Through The Looking Glass" American Premiere on May 23, 2016 in Hollywood, CA. Anne Hathaway 'Wanted' by Dee [...]

Plea Deal Accepted by Man Accused of Robbing, Shooting Transgender Woman

By | 2018-02-21T17:32:00+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Michigan, News|

Rather than serving life in prison, 19-year-old Jujuan Williams has accepted a plea deal. Williams was one of two men accused of robbing and shooting a transgender woman in Detroit's Palmer Park neighborhood last November. Williams' agreement calls for a sentence of 10 to 30 years in prison, plus an additional two years.

WSU Provides Teens with Career Readiness Tools

By | 2018-02-21T17:28:59+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Michigan, News|

As of 2011, the National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research found a large disparity in college and work readiness in the eyes of teachers and students. High school teachers estimated that just over 60 percent of their graduating seniors would be prepared for college-level coursework, and that about half would graduate.

Michigan State Senate Candidate Jeremy Moss calls February ‘Bad Month’ for LGBTQ Michiganders

By | 2018-02-21T17:27:47+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Election 2018, Michigan, News|

February hasn't even ended, but anti-LGBTQ actions this month have prompted State Rep. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) to dub it "bad" for LGBTQ Michiganders. Moss is referring first to the appointment of Bishop Ira Combs Jr. of Jackson to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. The Commission has eight members appointed by the governor who investigate civil rights complaints and recommend new laws to him.

MILGBTWedding.com Offers Enhanced Wedding Planning Experience

By | 2018-02-21T17:39:42+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Guides, Wedding|

Over the last seven years, the Ultimate LGBT+ Wedding & Anniversary Expo has grown exponentially, allowing us to offer a one-stop shopping experience where you and your entire wedding party can walk along aisles and aisles of the area’s best wedding products and services in one convenient location.

The Left Hand of Darkness

By | 2018-02-14T15:08:06+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Across 1 Lesbos, even to straight people 5 Bodies of sailors 10 "How queer!" 14 Sphincter opening? 15 It can cut your pole 16 Kill, as a bill 17 Words from Rimbaud 18 Playful aquatic [...]

SAGE Welcomes Jim Obergefell

By | 2018-02-07T19:33:11+00:00 February 7th, 2018|National, News|

NEW YORK — SAGE, the nation’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT elders, announced Jan. 5 that Jim Obergefell is joining its Board of Directors. Obergefell is the named plaintiff [...]

10 Valentine’s Day Events

By | 2018-02-07T18:39:26+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Guides, Romance|

1.) Chippendales — Interested in spicing up your evening? Join the audience for the Chippendales' 2018: About Last Night Tour. Seen by more than 2 million people annually, the exotic dance show is the perfect [...]