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ACLU Recent Legal Updates

Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union took action against two major companies that their clients allege have participated in sex discrimination: McDonald's and Chili's. Additionally, the ACLU is awaiting news from the Supreme Court about cases that consider whether or not federal workplace discrimination law protects LGBTQ people from discrimination on the basis of sex.

By |2019-01-30T16:46:34-05:00January 30th, 2019|National, News|

Hedges’ Moms

Across 1 Potent leader 5 Peter I, for one 9 It could explode in your mouth, in a gag 14 Brightly colored 15 Top drawer 16 Venue of "Spartacus" 17 Ron Howard film with Ellen [...]

By |2019-01-30T16:44:38-05:00January 30th, 2019|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Welcome to Detroit: Creating Change Overview

Last Sunday marked the end of The National LGBTQ Task Force's 2019 Creating Change Conference — an annual event attended by thousands, put on to demonstrates advancements in the LGBTQ movement and to facilitate discussions and awareness of marginalized communities.

By |2019-01-31T13:52:11-05:00January 30th, 2019|Michigan, News|

BTL Co-Publishers Jan Stevenson, Susan Horowitz Awarded for Activism at Creating Change

Dedicating one's time and energy to being an activist, particularly to a cause like LGBTQ civil rights, is never something undertaken lightly. Perhaps even rarer is a person who is willing to dedicate their life to such a cause. In the case of wives and Between The Lines Co-Publishers Jan Stevenson and Susan Horowitz, their decades-long commitment to enhancing the lives of the LGBTQ community in Michigan and beyond via their work in publishing and through the National LGBTQ Task Force has not been lost on their peers. Recognized last week at the Taskforce-sponsored 2019 Creating Change Conference, the couple received the Susan J. Hyde Award dedicated to their longevity in the movement.

By |2019-01-30T14:53:58-05:00January 30th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Rashida Tlaib Addresses Creating Change Conference

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib addressed the National LGBTQ Task Force's Creating Change conference on Saturday, Jan. 26. Tlaib kicked off her remarks by stating, "Welcome to the most beautiful, blackest city in the country, the city of Detroit.

By |2019-01-30T14:51:14-05:00January 30th, 2019|Michigan, News|

BTL Reporter Releases First Novel

Jason A. Michael has a long history with Between The Lines. In fact, he started writing for the paper in 1999, less than 10 years into its history. But if 20 years seems like a long time, consider this: Michael wrote the bulk of his novel, "Easier Said," released this month on his own JAM Books imprint, even before he started writing for the paper. Now, Michael is gearing up for a book release party to be held on Saturday, Feb. 9 at The Charlevoix Gallery in Detroit. BTL caught up with him to get details on his newly released work and upcoming projects.

By |2019-01-30T14:49:17-05:00January 30th, 2019|Michigan, News|

OBITUARY: Nathan D. Strickland Jr.

He had, friends say, warm eyes and a nice smile and always a kind word for everyone. Community activist Nathan D. Strickland Jr., widely recognized as an up and coming leader in the LGBTQ community, succumbed to his lengthy battle with cancer Jan. 24. He passed just two weeks before what would have been his 28th birthday.

By |2019-01-30T14:45:28-05:00January 30th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Detroit Man Sentenced to 18-45 Years for Armed Robbery of Trans Woman

A trans woman in Detroit got justice with help from the Fair Michigan Justice Project. Special Prosecutor Jaimie Powell Horowitz prosecuted and secured a conviction against Antoine Simmons in the Wayne County Circuit Court. Judge Mark Slavens sentenced Simmons to 18-45 years in prison on Thursday, Jan. 24, for armed robbery and use of a firearm in connection with a felony.

By |2019-01-30T14:42:12-05:00January 30th, 2019|Michigan, News|

QTPOC Speaker Series at WSU

By hosting a QTPOC Speaker Series at Wayne State University, Cara Mitrano hopes to recognize and showcase the incredible leadership, activism, and service of the community's LGBTQ siblings of color in Detroit.

By |2019-01-30T14:37:21-05:00January 30th, 2019|Michigan, News|

The Frivolist: 9 Things You Need to ‘Cleanse’ When Entering a New Relationship

New relationships are the universe’s way of giving us yet another chance to get it right in the love department – and since none of us are getting younger, it’s wise not to squander it by making the same mistakes over and over. This time around, along with changing toxic behaviors that may have sent your significant other running for the nearest therapist or liquor store, consider cleansing a few areas of your life, tangible and otherwise. Here are a few places to start.

By |2019-01-30T14:28:46-05:00January 30th, 2019|Advice, Entertainment, Features|

Reports: Russians Targeted LGBTQ Community With Disinformation

A Russian social media operation aimed at helping Republican nominee Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election included efforts to polarize voters around LGBTQ issues and, in some cases, pushed LGBTQ voters to support Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. The operation also posted a message aimed at lonely LGBTQ teenagers, an effort that is believed was intended to blackmail vulnerable youth.

By |2019-01-23T16:29:11-05:00January 23rd, 2019|National, News|

LGBTQ Resources in Detroit

Andy Garcia, the director of Creating Change, said he wants members of the community to leave the National LGBTQ Task Force's Creating Change conference "feeling like they understand what makes Detroit special." And part of what makes Detroit special is the ecosystem of organizations, some of which are listed below, that work and support the LGBTQ community in the Motor City.

By |2019-01-23T16:24:26-05:00January 23rd, 2019|Michigan, News|

Things to Do in Detroit

As the National LGBTQ Task Force's annual Creating Change conference moves into Detroit this week, more than 3,500 participants will have the opportunity to explore the Motor City.

By |2019-01-23T16:21:32-05:00January 23rd, 2019|Michigan, News|

First African-American Women to Serve on Oakland County Parks Board

Last week the Oakland County Parks & Recreation Commission held its first meeting of the year and introduced its newest members, Oakland County Commissioner Nancy Quarles (D-Southfield) and Ebony Bagley. Quarles and Bagley are the first African-American women ever to serve on the OCPR Commission.

By |2019-01-23T16:13:37-05:00January 23rd, 2019|Michigan, News|

Lovepop Cards for LGBTQ People

As much as everyone loves Valentine's Day, let's face it - trying to find the perfect gift for your loved one after the holidays can be tough. Whether it's for a new partner, a long-term [...]

By |2019-01-23T16:00:38-05:00January 23rd, 2019|Guides, Wedding|

Michigan’s Food Safety Efforts Continue During Federal Shutdown

LANSING – Since Dec. 22, the federal government has been partially shut down, affecting some services and duties of federal agencies, including the U.S Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During this time, food inspectors from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development as well as food sanitarians from Michigan’s 45 local health departments continue to conduct food safety inspections to protect public health and the safety of the state’s food supply.

By |2019-01-23T15:55:16-05:00January 23rd, 2019|Lansing, Neighborhoods|