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Michigan EQMI & Connect2Protect Fundraise For Gender Neutral Bathrooms In Detroit

Equality Michigan and Connect2Protect - Detroit have launched an Indiegogo campaign called the Safer Sign Bathroom Initiative to increase the number of gender neutral bathrooms in Detroit. If successful in raising its $1500 goal, the organizations will reach out to local businesses with gender-segregated bathrooms, supplying them with free gender neutral signs. READ MORE.

Pride Source Votes Schauer Says LGBTs Valued, Needed In His Administration

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and running mate Lisa Brown sat down with BTL publishers Jan Stevenson and Susan Horowitz prior to the Michigan Democratic Convention for a wide-ranging conversation about their campaign, what a SchauerBrown administration would be like for the LGBT community and who would be included. They addressed LGBT civil rights, health issues, senior care, marriage equality and how both of them have come to be such vocal allies of the LGBT community. Here is a recap of Schauer's words on these concerns. READ MORE.

Music
Hear Me Out: Ariana Grande, Ryan Adams

Also: Counting Crows, Maroon 5 READ MORE.

Why Tori Amos' 'Sophie's Choice' Tour Is Pure Magic

Tori Amos has so many babies - you know, those precious things, her songs, that she's seen change and grow throughout the years. READ MORE.

National Women's Colleges Address Transgender Applicants

"What it means to be a woman isn't static," said Mount Holyoke President Lynn Pasquerella, who the AP reports announced the admissions policy change at the college's convocation ceremony. "Early feminists argued that reducing women to their biological functions was a foundation of women's oppression. We don't want to fall back on that." READ MORE.

Theater
Ringwald Completes Epic Tale

The complete title of Tony Kushner's monumental opus is "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes." Did I write "monumental?" It is so big it's split into two plays, each of which runs over three hours. Is it self-indulgent? Yes. Is it bombastic? Yes. Is it utterly compelling drama? You better believe it. "Angels" received the Tony Award for Best Play of 1993 and 1994, plus the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. READ MORE.

How The Other Half Drinks

Gather enough evidence surrounding a thing, and you'll get an idea of the thing itself. Playwright James McLure conducts just such a contextual experiment with "Laundry Bourbon" and "Lone Star," adjoining one-act plays that, when taken together, attempt to flesh out the complexities of a marriage by inference alone. But in The Snug Theatre's broadly comic double-bill production, under the direction of Nancy Arnfield, easy small-town Southern humor takes top billing over melancholy swipes at lost romance and a relationship in crisis. READ MORE.

The Tall Tale Of The 'Come-back' Kid

You have to feel for Lily Small. She's caring for her delusional father who, in his less lucid moments, thinks he's Queen Victoria. She's hoping to raise the household income by training as a sommelier and still pay the bills. But her biggest burden is her husband, Lazarus. While laid off from work, Lazarus, by chance, played the glassy-eyed "satisfied client" in a local legal-eagle's TV ad. The experience has gone to his head; he's spending money the family doesn't have readying himself for Hollywood, fame and fortune. Then Lazarus drops dead. READ MORE.

Creep of the Week
Creep of the Week: Martin Feldman

It's hard to be all alone. To find the courage to break away from the pack. To be a nonconformist. To be the cheese that stands alone. READ MORE.

Creep of the Week: Linda Harvey

I was in tenth grade when Bill Clinton was running for President. One day during French class, somebody made a comment about how they hoped he would win. A handful of other students mumbled their agreement. But then a girl in my class, who I will call Karen because her name was Karen, red-faced, cried out, "But he wants to let homosexuals serve in the military!" READ MORE.

Creep of the Week: Pam Bondi

Ha ha ha. Just kidding. We are talking about Florida, after all. And that's why Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is going to fight for her right to say no to gay wedding parties. READ MORE.

Parting Glances Parting Glances: Color Coding For Jesus!

A group called Noah's Angels is spending big bucks to provide dolphins with bodysuits to stop gay activity among this frisky, highly sexually active species. (Dolphins are one of 450 animal groping, er, groupings known to enjoy same-sex cavorting.) The bodysuits, costing $250 each, emit electric shocks when touching occurs between similarly outfitted dolphins. READ MORE.

Viewpoints School Days

Summer is quickly turning to autumn, and the only proof of this beyond the local coffee shop pulling out their pumpkin spice is the doors of all the local schools being opened. In California, this means the start of the first full year under AB 1266. The bill, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in August of 2013, went into effect at the first of this year. Far right groups like the Pacific Justice Institute have tried to stop it with an unsuccessful repeal effort and - to date - no effective legal challenges. They even attempted to fabricate stories of harassment in order to scare people into supporting their efforts, which have failed. READ MORE.

Viewpoints BTL Endorses Schauer For Governor

With Labor Day behind us, we can expect to be bombarded with political ads, emails and robo-calls. It's so easy to become numb, to tune out - to feel like it is all way too invasive and obnoxious. It might be, but don't let it stop you from caring about this election cycle. READ MORE.

Viewpoints Transmissions: Where We Cross

A few months back I found myself speaking at a Transgender Day of Remembrance event in Northern California. As the event was breaking up and folks started to head for their cars, a member of the local Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence came up to me. He - as he was male identified - was nearly my height, with a mustache and goatee, wearing the traditional makeup, habit, and wimple one might expect from a sister. READ MORE.

Special Section: Pets
Powerful Documentary Focuses On Animal Rights

"The Ghosts in Our Machine" is a powerful 2013 feature documentary about animal rights, made accessible through the photos and personal journey of well-known international photographer Jo-Anne McArthur and lesbian filmmaker Liz Marshall.

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