Viewpoint: Our Doors Are Open

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

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 [...]

Discrimination In The Lord’s Name

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

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 [...]

Transmissions: A Restroom, A Symbol

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

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 [...]

Rise Up

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

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, [...]

Where Is The High Ground?

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

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 [...]

We Wait, But Not For Long

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

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 [...]

In Search Of A Gay Soccer Hero

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

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 [...]

The ‘Center’ Has Shifted

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

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 [...]

HIV Testing and Care

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

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 [...]

Sweeping Times When Love Is Equal

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

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 [...]

Hope Unfurls Election Night

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

"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 [...]

Politics Gets Simple

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

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 [...]