Raymond Edward Shepherd, a longtime member of Metropolitan Community Church – Detroit and an active member of Affirmations, died Feb. 27th. He was 69.
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.
DETROIT, Mich. – Lauded by the Huffington Post as “Broadway’s fastest-rising soprano," Birmingham-native Alexandra Silber returns to her hometown in a performance called "Coming Home: Alexandra Silber in Concert." She will make her return to [...]
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.
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.
The excuse of religious freedom is being used more and more these days in an effort to allow individuals and businesses the right to discriminate against LGBTQ couples.
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.
DETROIT – Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that RG & GR Harris Funeral Homes unlawfully discriminated against Aimee Stephens when it fired her after she told her employer that [...]
In 1981 George Furth and Stephen Sondheim collaborated to refresh a classic 1934 play "Merrily We Roll Along" by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The '80s reboot has themes of "friendship, compromise and the high price of success," according to its press release, and will be playing at Ferndale's Ringwald Theatre now through March 19.
Not only is former U.S. Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning the first openly gay individual to hold that position, but he is the president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association. His vast professional [...]
Birmingham, Mich. - The Village Players of Birmingham opens its fourth production of its 95th season with James Lapine’s tribute to a life in the theater: “Act One.” The play is based on playwright Moss Hart’s autobiography of the same title.
By Anurima Bhargava and Adele Kimmel The Trump Administration’s attacks on the transgender community come with real consequences. Earlier this year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Department of Justice no longer considers it problematic [...]
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.
Around 30 protesters gathered outside Little Caesars Arena Feb. 21 to make a statement supporting sexual assault victims and to let R.Kelly know that his “rape culture is not welcome here.”
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - After nearly a decade of bringing dancers together from across the world, the Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers presents the ninth annual Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival or RAD Fest. The Festival will be held at the Epic Center and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts on March 9 through 11.
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."
Towanna Jackson and LaShawn Peterson of Southfield were married on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2016, around 1 a.m. inside the Plaza Royale Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. “My sister was able to catch a flight [...]
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.
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.
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.
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.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — A night of jazz comes full circle onto the Pasant Theatre stage when the renowned Birdland All-Stars featuring Tommy Igoe come to the Wharton Center on Saturday, Feb. 24.
DETROIT—The Theatre Company at UDM will present A Bright New Boise by Samuel D. Hunter, from Feb. 9 through 25 at The Marlene Boll Theatre.
On Sunday afternoon, the Young Democrats of Michigan and Stonewall for Revolution hosted a forum in the city of Jackson so members of the community could hear directly from their Democratic candidates for attorney general about LGBTQ issues.
On Saturday, March 3, four comedians will grace the stage at Dearborn's Ford Community & Performing Arts Center for the 22nd annual Michigan LGBT Comedyfest.
WUSSY Magazine has recently published "The Sex Issue" featuring queer, non-binary artist Shamir. The 120-page issue includes a spread and interview with the singer as well as work from more than 400 queer photographers, illustrators, [...]
LGBT Detroit welcomes Rev. David Alexander Bullock to the weekly community conversation "Talk Tuesday," on Feb. 13, at 5:30 p.m. Rev. Bullock will address homophobia within the African American community and how it hinders upcoming [...]
It kicked off in 2015 as just Tea Week, rebranded itself to Tea and Kombucha week and now, in its third iteration, its founder Eli Majid thinks it's finally where it should be as Michigan [...]
After graduating Detroit's Center for Humanistic Studies in 2004, Dr. Corinne Rogers has been working as a psychologist to help individuals combat anxiety, compulsive overeating and a variety of other dilemmas. Although Rogers can usually [...]
A 2017 report released by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority estimated that almost 66,500 people were homeless in Michigan from 2014. Although that's an improvement of 9 percent since 2014, there is still much [...]