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Civil Unrest Now and Then

As someone who participated in the Stonewall riots back in June 1969, many people have been asking me the similarities between that event and the events, civil unrest and demonstrations following the murder of George [...]

By |2020-06-15T14:06:18-04:00June 15th, 2020|Opinion, Opinions, Viewpoints|

Viewpoint: Our Doors Are Open

BY THOMAS 'TJ' ROGERS Although fear is a legitimate emotion - one I would never discount - fear has a tendency to create paranoia. This could not be more apparent than in the alleged connection [...]

By |2015-11-25T09:00:00-05:00November 25th, 2015|Opinion|

Discrimination In The Lord’s Name

By Yoruba Richen When I began documenting the same-sex marriage quest in Maryland which ultimately became the award-winning film, "The New Black," I was intrigued by the many nuances explored and positions justified when people [...]

By |2015-04-15T09:00:00-04:00April 15th, 2015|Opinion|

Transmissions: A Restroom, A Symbol

By Gwendolyn Ann Smith In November 2011, I found myself making a whirlwind trip to Washington, D.C. to be part of a meeting in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The Eisenhower Executive Office Building, for [...]

By |2015-04-15T09:00:00-04:00April 15th, 2015|Opinion|

Rise Up

BTL Editorial As we report today, the gay community cannot rely on state and federal prevention dollars to help end the infection trend. Government dollars come with strings, and public health authorities are, by nature, [...]

By |2013-12-05T09:00:00-05:00December 5th, 2013|Opinion|

Where Is The High Ground?

As we move forward in our collective quest for equality we are struck by the absurdity of the opposition's arguments. Whether it is the Catholic Bishops letter against Employment Non-Discrimination Act or the rabid right [...]

By |2013-11-07T09:00:00-05:00November 7th, 2013|Opinion|

We Wait, But Not For Long

It is Tuesday at BTL's offices. As we go to press this afternoon all of us are awaiting the U.S. Supreme Court decisions in two pivotal cases, scheduled to be handed down tomorrow morning. Although [...]

By |2013-06-27T09:00:00-04:00June 27th, 2013|Opinion|

In Search Of A Gay Soccer Hero

By The Secret Footballer for CNN (CNN) - Childhood is confusing. It's difficult to fully understand things at the best of times and, occasionally, you'll experience something that is unlike anything that you've experienced thus [...]

By |2013-05-03T09:00:00-04:00May 3rd, 2013|Opinion|

The ‘Center’ Has Shifted

Once upon a time it took political courage to stand up for LGBT rights. Mainstream journalists, elected officials and governmental agencies treated LGBT people with anything from open distain to polite tolerance. As recently as [...]

By |2013-04-04T09:00:00-04:00April 4th, 2013|Opinion|

HIV Testing and Care

Here at BTL we feel the same betrayal, anger and frustration as many of our readers do, over the recent revelations that the Michigan Department of Community Health has been improperly collecting personal information about [...]

By |2013-03-21T09:00:00-04:00March 21st, 2013|Opinion|

Sweeping Times When Love Is Equal

There are times in our lives when we remember exactly where we were when something historic took place. And for many LGBT citizens, Jan. 21, 2013 will be one of those days. As President Barack [...]

By |2013-01-24T09:00:00-05:00January 24th, 2013|Opinion|

Hope Unfurls Election Night

"Boy, this restores my faith in the American people," said a woman sitting next to me at the election return watch party we attended Nov. 6 when it was finally announced that President Obama had [...]

By |2012-11-15T09:00:00-05:00November 15th, 2012|Opinion|

Politics Gets Simple

BTL Editorial If you have a TV set you have most likely been subjected to the barrage of political ads this summer. It is so easy to tune them out and begin thinking that Romney/Ryan [...]

By |2012-08-23T09:00:00-04:00August 23rd, 2012|Opinion|