Meet Manny Killa: Q&A with HTJ 2018 Visiting Entertainer

By | 2018-07-11T15:45:09+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Detroit, Michigan, News|

He’s the newest sensation from porn site BlackBoyAddictionz.com. At 24 years old, 6' 4" tall and equipped a trim, muscular physique he is known simply as Manny Killa. He is also one of the entertainers set to visit during LGBT Detroit's Hotter Than July festivities. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Manny admits to losing his virginity when he was only 14 years old.

Ann Arbor Pride New Headliner Announcement: Brian Justin Crum

By | 2018-07-11T15:45:16+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Ann Arbor, Neighborhoods|

ANN ARBOR - Although previously scheduled to headline Ann Arbor Pride, Ada Vox will not be able to perform at the event on Saturday, Aug. 4 due to a contractual obligation with talent TV show "American Idol." Pride organizers said that all meet & greet tickets that were purchased may be allowed refund, up to seven days before the event, which is ongoing from Aug. 3 through 5. In Vox's stead, Brian Justin Crum shall headline.

Arbor Opera Theater Names Austin Stewart as Artistic Director

By | 2018-07-11T15:45:16+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Ann Arbor, Neighborhoods|

Arbor Opera Theater has announced the appointment of Austin Stewart as Artistic Director. The first under the artistic leadership of Stewart, AOT’s upcoming season will introduce three new productions to Michigan audiences, with performances at the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti and the Arthur Miller Theatre in Ann Arbor, as well as new partnerships with ÆPEX Contemporary Performance and the Kerrytown Concert House.

WSU Hosts LGBTQ History Panel in Honor of the School’s 150 Years

By | 2018-06-11T09:15:48+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Detroit, Michigan, News, Pride Guide|

A lot can happen over 150 years, and in honor of a timeline that spans over half of modern U.S. history, Wayne State University is presenting several panels throughout the year in honor of its sesquicentennial. And, coming up on Tuesday, June 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the David Adamany Undergraduate Library is the "Our History at Wayne: LGBTQ Life at Wayne State University panel." WSU Archivist Alison Stankrauff has been the main organizer of these events, and she said she's excited to provide a platform for several LGBTQ activists and historians to speak to WSU's successes and failures in the fight for LGBTQ equality.

OutFront Kalamazoo Searching for New Executive Director

By | 2018-06-06T15:44:11+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Kalamazoo, Michigan, News|

After the resignation of its Executive Director Jay Maddock, the OutFront Kalamazoo LGBTQ Center is searching for a new candidate to fill the position. Candidates who are "dynamic," ready to provide "vision, energy and leadership" and eager to work under the center's board of directors can apply online at outfrontkzoo.org. There, candidates will also be able to find a full list of job requirements. The position will remain open until filled.

Q&A with Mayor Mike Duggan

By | 2018-06-06T15:35:41+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Detroit, Election 2018, Michigan, News|

As BTL continues the Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination series, we hear from Mike Duggan, who was elected Mayor of the City of Detroit on Nov. 5, 2013, and re-elected to a second term on Nov. 7, 2017. Duggan, born in Detroit, has spent his entire career working in the city to solve some of the most complex issues facing Detroiters, including crime, blight and access to jobs.

Ypsi Pride Block Party Doubles Local Entertainment 2nd Year in a Row

By | 2018-05-29T16:04:32+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Ann Arbor, Guides, Pride Guide|

Ypsi Pride is set to host their second annual block party in Downtown Ypsilanti on Friday, June 1. Ypsi Pride, a program of First Fridays Ypsilanti, brings two stages of lively, family-friendly local entertainment, a children’s area, outdoor beer gardens, food trucks, vendors and organizations to the North and Sout Washington Street blocks in Ypsilanti.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan Endorse Dana Nessel for Michigan Attorney General

By | 2018-05-16T13:34:16+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Lansing, Neighborhoods|

Lansing, Mich. — Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan (PPAM) today announced its endorsement of Dana Nessel for Michigan Attorney General. Nessel, a noted civil rights attorney and former Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor, has worked "tirelessly to protect "the people who need it most over her 25-year legal career," said PPAM.

Over 300 cases of Lyme disease reported in 2017

By | 2018-05-16T13:33:05+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Lansing, Neighborhoods|

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraging Michigan residents to protect themselves from ticks as the warm weather approaches. Tick-borne diseases, particularly Lyme disease, are expanding across the state.

Maria Bamford Plays Royal Oak Music Theatre

By | 2018-05-09T13:41:52+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Neighborhoods, Royal Oak|

Many comedians know how to work a room and get laughs from their own experiences, but few know how to channel laughs from their own anxiety as well as Maria Bamford. Especially vocal about her own mental health, the "Arrested Development," "Lady Dynamite" and "BoJack Horsemen" star has been lauded as "revelatory" by Entertainment Weekly and labeled a "must-see" by both Rolling Stone and Variety. She'll be at the Royal Oak Music Theater on Friday, May 25 at 7 p.m.

Artist Kevin Tolman Debuts Nature-Based Art Exhibit

By | 2018-05-09T12:54:43+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Neighborhoods, Royal Oak|

The paintings of Kevin Tolman reveal the storied layers of an artist's creative process. Robert Kidd Gallery's spring exhibition focuses on the unfolding nature of Tolman's compositions, which manifest deep illusory spaces activated by brilliantly placed marks and forms. Each painting invites the viewer to peer through quiet veils of skillful, intuitively worked mixed media, offering a glimpse at richly percussive underlying fields.

Royal Oak Holds Annual Mother’s Day Flower Sale

By | 2018-05-09T12:53:26+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Neighborhoods, Royal Oak|

On Sunday, May 13, Royal Oak is hosting its annual "Royal Oak in Bloom" Flower, Plant & Garden show. This mother's day event makes it easy to enjoy the increasingly warmer weather, get a head start on gardening and spend some quality time with family. With almost 70 vendors in attendance, the variety of "flowers, plants, landscaping items and decorative elements" for lawns is huge. And this year, the event will last an hour longer to allow for more shopping.

SheHive Makeup for Women Who Don’t Like Makeup Event

By | 2018-05-09T12:41:44+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Ferndale, Neighborhoods|

Blush, highligher, bronzer, lipstick, eyeshadow and mascara: those are only a few of the items that can go into a makeup look and they rarely come with directions. Especially in the age of makeup gurus flaunting perfectly done-up looks on social media, breaking into a set of bold new colors, or even doing a basic look can be intimidating. Ferndale's SheHive is a women's community center and is hosting a "Makeup for Women Who Don't Love Makeup" event.

Aepex Contemporary Performance and Kerrytown Concert House Push Boundaries with Transgender Opera ‘As One’

By | 2018-03-28T13:39:15+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Ann Arbor, Entertainment, Michigan, News, Theater|

Thinking of opera, one might imagine a knight in shining armor, a damsel in distress or Brunnhilde — a woman with a viking helmet and blonde braids belting out some massive vocal power. And, in many ways, opera is still representative of those traditional characters, but it's also an ever-changing medium that is growing with the times.

Ypsilanti to Host Queernival Prom 2018

By | 2018-03-28T13:26:07+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Ann Arbor, Neighborhoods|

For many, prom is considered to be a rite of passage from childhood to adulthood, and although greater amounts of LGBTQ people are able to experience it many students still attend schools that don't accommodate same-sex couples at their events.

Second Annual Queer Prom in Traverse City Seeks Funding

By | 2018-03-14T14:33:38+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Michigan, Neighborhoods, News, Traverse City|

The second annual Queer Prom in Traverse City, a high schooler-exclusive dance that celebrates LGBTQ youth and their allies, is expected to draw in more than 200 attendees from communities near and far. John Young, the vice-chairperson at Polestar LGBTQ+ Community Center in Traverse City, was the driving force behind the first Queer Prom in 2017. He anticipates this year’s dance to see double or even triple the number of attendees compared to last year’s — a rare figure for queer proms at large.