Mike Flores: Self-Made Role Model

By | 2018-04-18T14:46:18+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Ever since high school, he's been involved in volunteerism or some form of activism. Beyond that, he's made the professional jump from the automotive to the aerospace industry and back again. It's very clear: Mike [...]

Timothy J. Dyer Obituary

By | 2018-04-18T07:33:28+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Dr. Tomothy J. Dyer was deeply rooted in the Ypsilanti and Eastern Michigan University communities. He died Thursday, April 12, at 80. He was born December 29, 1937, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the son of John [...]

A Publisher for the Underdog

By | 2018-04-13T15:13:38+00:00 April 13th, 2018|Michigan, News|

After working in the newspaper and magazine industry for nearly her entire career, Gia Cilento knew that one day, she'd start a publishing house. The thought stayed with her as her work took her across [...]

Volunteers Wanted

By | 2018-04-11T13:43:00+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Creating Change Invites Volunteers to Host its 2019 Detroit Conference After 30 national events have been held across the U.S., the LGBTQ conference Creating Change is seeking a dynamic crew of volunteers to help put [...]

BTL Journalist Receives Lansing for Cesar E. Chavez Committee’s Humanitarian Award

By | 2018-04-04T13:54:37+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Over a simple meal of habichuelas and rice, the Lansing area Latino community came together over the Easter weekend to celebrate the life and legacy of Caesar E. Chavez. About 200 people attended the dinner to honor the civil rights legend as well as celebrate the renaming of Grand River Avenue in the Old Town neighborhood of Lansing after the icon. Old Town is also home to Lansing’s two LGBTQ bars.

Hands Across the Water Gets Leadership Status from the Human Rights Campaign

By | 2018-04-04T13:54:39+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Ann Arbor, Mich: On Friday, April 13th, 2018, Hands Across The Water, a licensed child welfare agency will be hosting an open house event at their Ann Arbor office, celebrating their achievements in serving LGBTQ families and earning the All Children, All Families Leadership Status from the Human Rights Campaign for the seventh year in a row.

Heidelberg Project Brings Arts Education to Detroit Schools

By | 2018-04-04T13:54:42+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Michigan, News|

DETROIT —The Heidelberg Project and four Detroit public schools are piloting a first-of-its-kind program that will use art to empower and inspire students to be change agents in their community. The Heidelberg Arts Leadership Academy (HALA) serves Detroit students in grades 4-12 to explore art as a tool for social change, self-expression and community healing.

First in Panel Discussion Series Examines Detroit’s Historical Gay Bar Scene

By | 2018-03-28T13:54:45+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Long before there was an Affirmations, they were the community centers of the LGBTQ world. You didn’t just go to the gay bar to dance and drink, you went to socialize and to seek solace and support. The gay community revolved around the bars which, for many, was the only place they could let their hair down and be free; their true authentic selves.

Queer Fashion Course Offered at CMU

By | 2018-03-28T13:43:00+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Michigan, News|

In an effort to explore another side of the fashion industry, Central Michigan University is offering a new course for the current term. Its name is Queer Fashion and it was conceptualized by fashion designer and CMU Associate Professor Michael Mamp.

Stand With Trans Offers Understanding Gender Expansive Children Event

By | 2018-03-28T13:40:35+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Michigan, News|

When a child is born and assigned a gender at birth, the status quo is that they'll stick to the well-defined lines of gender: girls will play with dolls, boys will play with trucks. However, there are many children who won't adhere to these rules, because they don't feel comfortable with the gender they were assigned at birth.

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.

Detroit Gears Up Early for Creating Change 2019

By | 2018-03-28T13:34:49+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Michigan, News|

For more than 30 years, the National LGBTQ Task Force has been ensuring that members of the LGBTQ community have a place to familiarize themselves with pertinent issues, politics, organizations and leadership with the Creating Change conference.