Make Michigan Progressive Again.

Get the 2020 Michigan Progressive Voters Guide and find out which candidates on your personal ballot are dedicated to supporting progressive politics and equality and justice for all Americans.

Get My Voter Guide

Noble Takes Helm at ACLU

Every Michigander above the age of 6 or so should know of Lansing, and if they don't it's guaranteed that the decisions made in the state's capital have at some point had a direct impact [...]

By |2019-06-26T16:39:53-04:00June 26th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Kalamazoo Pride: 1 Festival, 4 Perspectives

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.

By |2019-06-28T13:37:58-04:00June 26th, 2019|Kalamazoo, Michigan, Neighborhoods, News|

Campuses Honor LGBTQ Graduates throughout Michigan

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.

By |2019-06-26T16:21:32-04:00June 26th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Stonewall: A Personal Memoir of a Year That Changed the World

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?

By |2019-06-26T16:14:37-04:00June 26th, 2019|National, News|

Grace Jones Returns to Detroit for First Time in 18 years With Masonic Temple Show

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.

By |2019-06-26T16:03:09-04:00June 26th, 2019|Entertainment, Features|

Slipstream Presents ‘Gross Indecency’ Through June 30

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.

By |2019-06-26T16:01:49-04:00June 26th, 2019|Ferndale, Neighborhoods|

Affirmations Hosts Kings & Queens for a Day

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.

By |2019-06-26T16:00:37-04:00June 26th, 2019|Ferndale, Neighborhoods|

Which Stonewall? Whose Stonewall?

“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.

By |2019-06-26T15:46:10-04:00June 26th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

Creep of the Week: Kevin Swanson

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.

By |2019-06-26T15:42:40-04:00June 26th, 2019|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

Show Me the Mon·e

  Across 1 Stallion's sound 6 "A Boy Named Sue" writer Silverstein 10 Simians on Roddy McDowall's planet 14 Transsexual Richards 15 Part of UTEP 16 "And ___ bed" 17 "Rose is a rose is [...]

By |2019-06-19T15:04:18-04:00June 19th, 2019|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Parting Glances: Looking Bassakwards

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.

By |2019-06-19T14:59:37-04:00June 19th, 2019|Opinions, Parting Glances|

News Analysis: Proud of What?

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.

By |2019-06-19T14:51:13-04:00June 19th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Flint Pride Festival June 22

A time for celebration and excitement, June is a significant month for the LGBTQ community because it is also a time for reflection on the hard-won fight for equality that kicked off at the Stonewall [...]

By |2019-06-19T14:42:53-04:00June 19th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Deep Inside Hollywood

By Romeo San Vicente Jesse Tyler Ferguson will produce 'Stonewall Forever' Gay documentary filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz has built a career digging into queer pop culture, exploring how it has shaped the rest of the world. [...]

By |2019-06-19T14:13:00-04:00June 19th, 2019|Entertainment, Features|

Marvel and DC Unite

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.

By |2019-06-14T13:39:58-04:00June 12th, 2019|Guides, Wedding|

Rainbow Detroit: Motor City Pride 2019 Celebrates Stonewall 50 in Style

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.

By |2019-06-12T16:22:47-04:00June 12th, 2019|Michigan, News|