Talking Body

By | 2018-04-11T13:42:52+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Guides, Health & Wellness|

Decorative Artist Matt Lambert Explores Queer Body Politics To fully consume the queer concepts in Matt Lambert’s body of work, use your primordial senses: touch, sight, sex. The 28-year-old decorative artist has a BFA in [...]

Health News Hits

By | 2018-04-11T13:42:54+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Guides, Health & Wellness|

LGBT Health Resources Removed from HHS Website A webpage devoted to lesbian and bisexual health, links to LGBT topics and other references were removed between September and October 2017 from WomensHealth.gov, a website maintained by [...]

5 Life Strategies for LGBTQ+ Individuals to Avoid Out-of-Control Addictive Behaviors

By | 2018-04-11T13:43:02+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Guides, Health & Wellness|

We have all heard how the opioid epidemic is ravaging communities. In 2014 alone, drug overdose was the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., but prescription drugs are not the only killer, so is alcohol and illegal drugs. What you don’t hear is the specific numbers for how the LGBTQ community is being impacted: we are more than twice as likely than our heterosexual counterparts — 39.1 versus 17.1 percent — to have used any illicit drugs.

Step Therapy: A Problem for All Patient Communities

By | 2018-04-11T16:24:19+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Guides, Health & Wellness, Opinions, Viewpoints|

Members of the LGBTQ community face many unique health care challenges. They suffer from higher rates of smoking, depression, anxiety, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Compounding these challenges is the fact that LGBTQ individuals are more likely than others to experience difficulty accessing health care, due to a long history of anti-LGBTQ bias.

LGBTQ Wedding Expo Attracts Hundreds

By | 2018-03-14T20:29:50+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Michigan, News, Wedding|

Ashley Howe and her fiance Justine Simpson have been to several bridal shows, but none quite like the Ultimate LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo held on Sunday, March 11, in MotorCity Casino's state of the art ballroom in Detroit.

B. Ella Bridal Shares 2018’s Trends

By | 2018-03-07T16:35:34+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Guides, Marriage, Wedding|

Trying to figure out what to wear for the wedding? B. Ella Bridal, located at 570 S. Main Street in Plymouth, is in the business to serve up your dream wedding attire, and for all the right reasons. B. Ella is a full service bridal shop that offers not only bridal gowns, but also bridesmaids dresses, mother of the bride/groom gowns, prom dresses, full accessories and alterations services. B. Ella just celebrated its 14th year in business, and owner Brittany Blase had some insight on what’s trending this season.

Florist ‘Absolutely’ Open to Same Sex Marriages

By | 2018-03-07T16:35:34+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Guides, Marriage, Wedding|

Michael B. Anthony Florist, located Downriver in Wyandotte, is all about the business of flowers – and they have the reviews, awards and passion to prove it. Owner Michael Bak bloomed his business in 2013, and has since won Local 4’s “Vote 4 the Best” Wedding Florist for two consecutive years, Wedding Wire’s Couples’ Choice award in 2017 and 2018, and has also been named The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2018.

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.

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.

Be Mine…You, Too

By | 2018-02-07T17:29:56+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Guides, Romance|

The other morning I was standing in the checkout lane behind a man who was buying two Valentine's Day cards, each curiously turned faced down. The checkout clerk proclaimed "What a gentleman!" Jokingly, I added [...]

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 [...]

Dancing Harder

By | 2018-02-07T18:43:58+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Guides, Romance|

'Porn to Be a Star' Play Coming to Menjos in Detroit "Get ready to get Harder!" That’s the slogan for Chris Harder’s play, "Porn to Be a Star," directed by Obie Award-winning performer and playwright [...]

Does God Love Gays?

By | 2017-12-13T08:59:32+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Guides, Worship|

Being LGBTQ in Christian America By JONATHAN W. THURSTON Being gay and being Christian are often considered two very separate things. After all, the Westboro Baptist Church’s motto is “God Hates Fags,” and many gay [...]

Worship Guide: Holiday Services

By | 2017-12-07T21:17:47+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Worship|

  Sunday, Dec. 10 A Modern Day Christmas Story, immediately following Sunday Service, 11:30 a.m. 240 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe Farms 888-770-1322 whosoeverministry.org Friday, Dec. 15 Congregation Shir Tikvah Rabbi Arnie Sleutelberg Annual Latke Dinner and [...]

Looming Outbreak

By | 2017-11-30T09:00:00+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Guides, World AIDS Day|

Federal and state health officials have quietly been preparing for an opioid related outbreak of HIV in northern lower Michigan, but lawmakers and the governor have not been briefed. "In response to the HIV outbreak [...]

The Promise of the Pill

By | 2017-11-30T09:00:00+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Guides, World AIDS Day|

It's blue, and a pill. It's tied to sex, but it's not Viagra. It's Truvada. And although it's been approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as an HIV-preventative -- and [...]

State of Michigan PrEP Directory

By | 2017-11-30T09:00:00+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Guides, World AIDS Day|

Calhoun County Dr. Andrew Luciano Family Physician Marshall Medical Associates 1174 W. Michigan Ave Marshall, MI 49068 269-781-9867 codell@marshallmedial.net Clare County Dr. Peter Gulick, Infectious Disease Central Michigan Community Health Dept. 815 N Clare Ave [...]

Glossary

By | 2017-11-30T09:00:00+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Guides, World AIDS Day|

Early Intervention Services (EIS) -- an intervention designed to assist those newly diagnosed as HIV-positive access medical care and programs to address a variety of social issues including substance abuse, homelessness and underinsurance. The program [...]

World AIDS Day Event Calendar

By | 2017-11-30T09:00:00+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Guides, World AIDS Day|

Friday, Dec. 1 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free condoms, education and referral to PrEP and assistance for those living with HIV who need help getting back into care. Kent County Health Department Personal Health [...]

Affirmative Living

By | 2017-12-09T16:25:59+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Guides, Holiday Gift Guide|

BY JONATHAN W. THURSTON In the spirit of the holiday season, it's important to think about ways to give back to the community, and helping local non-profits is often a great way to do that. [...]