Johana “Joa” Medina Leon, a 25-year-old transgender woman from El Salvador, died in a Texas hospital on June 1, 2019, after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released her from ICE custody. Massachusetts Congressman Joseph Kennedy [...]
Kamala Harris pulled off an impressive performance Thursday night during the Democratic presidential candidates debate as racial issues haunted Pete Buttigieg and Joseph Biden. When the smoke cleared after the debate concluded in Miami, Harris [...]
In a new location inside the Education Building on Wayne State University’s main campus, the 9th annual SAGE Metro Detroit Older Adult Summit drew a crowd [...]
An Unlikely Pair, an Unlikely Pride Equality Michigan Chairman of the Board Michael Rowady and up-and-coming New York drag [...]
Kalamazoo Pride, a two-day festival celebrating southwest Michigan’s LGBTQ community, was at Arcadia Creek Festival Place June 7 to 8. Between The Lines spent the second day at the park, and spoke with individuals while they staffed vendor tables, enjoyed the entertainment, perused the merchandise or simply chilled out in the shade on that very sunny day. Here are just four of those stories.
In 1995, the University of Michigan held the first-ever Lavender Graduation. Twenty-four years later, more than 200 colleges and universities around the country hold similar celebrations. Between The Lines is proud to recognize LGBTQ graduates from eight campuses across Michigan who were honored in ceremonies held this spring.
Coming out as LGBTQ as a high school student or earlier is rarely a simple affair with an almost built-in expectation of a period of exclusion after doing so. However, what's not expected is for [...]
Gay Liberation Front 1969-71 That night, standing in Stonewall, I could not have imagined what the next few hours would do to change the gay and lesbian community around the world. I doubt anyone else could have known. How could we have known on June 28, 1969, that we’d be participating in history?
You probably remember Brian Justin Crum from Season 11 of NBC’s hit reality competition “America’s Got Talent.” He finished in fourth place, and videos of his performances blew up YouTube, especially when he returned earlier [...]
"Invisible No Longer: LGBTQ Detroit" is a new exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum that takes a deep dive into the city's rich and varied history with the LGBTQ community. The exhibit, which features 26 [...]
Booths may be the most popular seating option at restaurants, but dining at the bar has more benefits than you may realize. Here are five.
Pull up to the bumper, baby, drive on in between Little Caesars Arena and the Temple Bar and head on inside the Masonic Temple on Monday, July 1, for what is sure to be a memorable musical experience. Well, musical, yes. But Grace Jones is so much more than a songstress. She is a performance artist, a supermodel, a fashion icon, a muse to the late, great Andy Warhol, a Studio 54 princess and just the type of bold black beauty that commoners look to in awe.
Moises Kaufman, revered for bringing audiences shows like “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” has another work that delves into the life of famed LGBTQ poet and playwright Oscar Wilde: “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.” Now playing at Ferndale’s Slipstream Theatre Initiative, the show will run through June 30.
The Affirmations LGBTQ center will host royalty on Saturday, July 13, in a youth-focused "gender-bending" drag event. Lasting from noon to 6 p.m., in collaboration with Slay Inc. — a Detroit-based LGBTQ events company — attendees will be helped into drag as they learn more about the art form.
Established in 1994, Motor City Bears is a Detroit-based social and fundraising group for gay male bears and their admirers. The group hosts regular monthly meet and greet gatherings at Affirmations LGBTQ community center in [...]
The Center for Relationships and Sexual Health will examine child sexual abuse in family systems and the various impacts it can have on one's life as well as avenues for treatment and overcoming and preventing [...]
Fifty years ago when closets were leased for a lifetime, it was SOP – standard operating procedure – to go by a catchy nickname.
“Ho Ho! Hey Hey! We won’t pay to be gay!” The chant, led by Vivian Thompson on a bullhorn and in unison with a couple dozen or so other protesters, announced the stance of Lansing People’s Pride as they marched on June 17th through Old Town, home to this year’s Michigan Pride celebration.
I just finished watching the music video for Taylor Swift’s “You Need To Calm Down.” It’s cute. It’s catchy. And all of Big Gay is in it. That it ends with a call to sign a Change.org petition in favor of the Equality Act is nice, though it would be more useful to direct people how to register to vote because the Equality Act is never going to pass with Republicans in charge.
As a teenager I learned the lay of the land from word-of-mouth sharing from those who had navigated Detroit's watering holes years before me. I did however once venture - daringly - on my own into the Greyhound Bus Depot to check out noonday comings and goings. I was cautious. I had been forewarned.
“Can we at least agree that we can hate them?” That’s a question posed by Grayson Fritts, a preacher in Knoxville, Tennessee in a sermon that’s been making the rounds on the Internet.
50 years ago, Greenwich Village in New York saw a team of police officers raid its gay club, Stonewall Inn. The acts of violence displayed that early morning led to protests, riots, mobs, and hospitalization for both club-goers and officers. Pride was born out of this resistance against police brutality.
Flint natives Dorie and Brian Barkey are honoring the legacy of their late son John Bradford Bohl with the creation of a new LGBT choir at their local church.
Sharing the Love “You just felt pure love,” Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib said, of the cheers she received at this year’s Motor City Pride parade as she and her team marched down Griswold St. “It was [...]
After registering young people to vote in unprecedented numbers prior to the 2018 midterms and contributing to the massive youth turnout for that election, NextGen America is only gaining momentum.
Out pop artist Lucy Spraggan skyrocketed to fame after debuting on "The X Factor" seven years ago and has kept her momentum up since. With the release of her fifth album "Today Was a Good [...]
As Michael “Mouse” Tolliver, "Looking" alum Murray Bartlett is the third actor to walk the queer utopian enclave at 28 Barbary Lane in Armistead Maupin's book-based "Tales of the City." The role was originated by [...]
This story originally appeared in Oakland County Times Oak Park – With Council members Carolyn Burns and Ken Rich voting no, Oak Park City Council adopted a policy to govern all flag-flying requests, as well [...]
On first reading, the Reuters headline seemed like dismal news for transgender military servicemembers and advocates fighting the Trump trans ban. “U.S. Court Lets Trump Transgender Military Ban Stand, Orders New Review,” the longtime wire [...]
The U.S. Supreme Court vacated on Monday a $135,000 fine against an Oregon-based family business that refused based on religious objections to make a wedding cake in 2013 for a same-sex couple. In an order [...]
In 2012 U.K. artist Lucy Spraggan took the music world by storm when at 19 she auditioned for "The X Factor" with an original song "Last Night (Beer Fear)." An instant hit, the track got [...]
Taylor Swift is a gay icon on the job! Céline Dion is flying! Katy Perry is not sexualizing buffets! And then, there’s MIKA, your “Ice Cream” man, and country queen Tanya Tucker’s stately comeback single, [...]
Marvel and DC Comics crossovers have happened before but Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman getting engaged is certainly new. However, that's exactly what happened at Motor City Comic-Con in May when Ashley VanSickle, in full Captain Marvel gear, got down on one knee and proposed to her Wonder Woman, Deanna Mascia.
This year Lansing is celebrating Pride hard and providing dual ways for those interested in being politically active or celebrating the hard-won gains the LGBTQ community has fought for in the last half-century or so or even both.
Detroit looked markedly more colorful last weekend as it bustled with thousands of people clad in all manner of rainbow flags on their way to attend Motor City Pride 2019 in Hart Plaza. Host to over 50,000, the event featured performances by drag greats like Sabin and Ongina, showcased local artists like Tunde Olaniran and brought in nationally known musical acts like Greyson Chance.
Ford GLOBE 25th Anniversary Dinner Makes History, Connects Southeast Mich. LGBTQ and Allied Business Professionals
Making History Thursday, June 6, marked a historic moment not only for the local Michigan LGBTQ community but for the business community, too, [...]