BTL COVID-19 Resource Guide

As the world continues to learn more about coronavirus and its spread, it's vital to stay up-to-date on the latest developments. However, it's also important to make sure that the information being distributed is from credible sources. To that end, Between The Lines has compiled, [...]

A Nat 20 for Inclusion

By | 2020-02-25T17:48:19-05:00 February 25th, 2020|Entertainment, Features|

From the savviest of fantasy adventurers to those who have never even seen a D20 die, directly or otherwise, it's almost certain that Dungeons and Dragons has somehow influenced the entertainment they consume. Getting its [...]

City of Eastpointe Enacts Stricter Animal Welfare Rules

By | 2020-02-19T17:03:26-05:00 February 19th, 2020|Guides, Pets|

In recent months the city of Eastpointe has made waves across the state with its unique revisions to its animal ordinance. Aimed at keeping both animals and owners in the city safer, Animal Control officers are cracking down on the length of time dogs can left outside, how dogs are tethered, the number of dogs per household and more. In a Facebook post last month they said that the changes are geared toward stopping cases like Penelope's — a 3-year-old emaciated and overbred mastiff who was found wandering the city's streets.

BTL Special Issue Pet Calendar 2020

By | 2020-02-19T16:57:54-05:00 February 19th, 2020|Guides, Pets|

  Michigan Reptile and Pet Expo - March 14 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Michigan Reptile and Pet Expo is the largest selection of reptiles, tarantulas and amphibians anywhere in Michigan. Breeders and dealers [...]

OBITUARY Nancy Ann Unwin

By | 2020-02-19T16:53:42-05:00 February 19th, 2020|Michigan, News|

Nancy Ann Unwin, the founder of such groups as OUTSkirts and Women OUT & About, was a revered member of and activist for the Southeast Michigan LGBTQ community. She died Jan. 27. She was 85.

Lesbian House Candidate Renee Richer Wants to Be Michigan’s ‘Voice of Science in Policy’

By | 2020-02-20T10:33:24-05:00 February 19th, 2020|Election, LGBTQA Races, Michigan, News|

Renee Richer's ties to Michigan's Upper Peninsula run deep. So deep in fact that The Farmhouse, the building that today serves as Richer's Gladstone-based bed-and-breakfast of the same name, has been in her family for more than a century. With connections to her community that run five generations strong, it makes sense that Richer would feel a sense of obligation to give back to her Upper Peninsula roots. In fact, she said that much of her interest in running for Michigan's 108th House district stems from conversations with travelers right at The Farmhouse's kitchen table.

‘Pray the Gay Away’ Live: Zakar Twins Invite Audiences to Their LGBTQ Comedy Play

By | 2020-02-19T16:41:04-05:00 February 19th, 2020|Entertainment, Features|

Michael and Zach Zakar are identical twins. In typical twin fashion, they finish each other’s sentences, and during press interviews — like their latest with Between The Lines for their autobiographical play "Pray the Gay Away" — nothing is different. Endearingly, follow-up emails are closed with the phrase, “Double Love, Michael and Zach,” and one certainly feels like they're seeing double when meeting them. Thankfully, once we got talking in person, differentiating between the two became much easier. What did stay the same, however, was their take on their brand-new play.

Jeff Montgomery Documentary to Kickoff Freep Film Festival

By | 2020-02-19T16:29:17-05:00 February 19th, 2020|Entertainment, Features|

The world premiere of “America You Kill Me,” a Detroit-produced documentary about the triumphs and struggles of gay rights leader and Triangle Foundation co-founder Jeffrey Montgomery, will be the centerpiece of the Freep Film Festival’s opening night on Wednesday, April 22, at the Fillmore Detroit.

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2020-02-19T16:26:42-05:00 February 19th, 2020|Entertainment, Features|

   By Romeo San Vicente Beanie Feldstein and other 'Humans' Beanie Feldstein, star of "Booksmart" and the super ambitious 20-year-long Richard Linklater-meets-Stephen Sondheim project "Merrily We Roll Along," and who is also recently casually public [...]

HEADLINE

By | 2020-02-19T15:56:49-05:00 February 19th, 2020|Entertainment, Features|

Tony Award-winning director Barlett Sher and the team behind "South Pacific," "The King and I" and "Oslo" are bringing a "fresh and authentic vision" to this classic musical. The original production of "Fiddler on the [...]

Feb LezRead: ‘Cantoras’ and ‘Are You Listening?’

By | 2020-02-19T15:55:58-05:00 February 19th, 2020|Ann Arbor, Neighborhoods|

LezRead is a monthly book club hosted by the Jim Toy Community Center in Ann Arbor that is dedicated to connecting queer women over conversation and LGBTQ-focused books. The next scheduled meeting is Sunday, Feb. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. where this time attendees will discuss not one but two books.

Queer Kinship and Family Change in Taiwan

By | 2020-02-19T15:54:10-05:00 February 19th, 2020|Ann Arbor, Neighborhoods|

In a discussion called Queer Kinship and Family Change in Taiwan, Amy Brainer — the assistant professor of women's and gender studies and sociology at UM Dearborn — assesses clues about how larger social, cultural and political shifts have altered the experiences of LGBTQ people in various age groups. This event will be on Friday, Feb. 21, and hosted by the University of Michigan's Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

Parting Glances: A CT Black History Remembrance

By | 2020-02-19T15:46:10-05:00 February 19th, 2020|Opinions, Parting Glances|

As an emerging gay teenager, I attended Cass Technical High School where I was fortunate to soon discover there were others like myself in the process of coming out. Although back then there was no such thing as coming out, there was, however signaling — by dropping verbal hairpins — and exhibiting tell-tale touches of creative flamboyance.

Right to Wed, No Right to Work

By | 2020-02-07T11:50:48-05:00 February 7th, 2020|Michigan, News|

By Daniel A. Gwinn Every year, my associate, Laura Bradshaw-Tucker, and I attend the mid-winter meeting of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. The educational event features updates on [...]

Dolly Would!

By | 2020-02-05T15:42:48-05:00 February 5th, 2020|Entertainment, Puzzles|

  Across 1 Untouchable head 5 Gomer Pyle's branch 9 Thomas who wrote "334" 14 Beginning of "Wicked" 15 Cause of Pinocchio's 8-incher 16 Sound of a facial discharge 17 With 38-Across, with "The," venue [...]

Michigan Among Lowest-Ranking States in Annual HRC State Equality Index

By | 2020-02-05T15:36:48-05:00 February 5th, 2020|Michigan, News|

Washinton — Last week the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute released their 5th annual State Equality Index, a comprehensive report detailing statewide laws and policies that affect LGBTQ people and their families, and assessing how well states are protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination. Michigan falls into the category, “High Priority to Achieve Basic Equality.”

LGBTQ Center Affirmations 2020 Cash Update

By | 2020-02-05T15:33:41-05:00 February 5th, 2020|Michigan, News|

As Affirmations celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, the LGBTQ community center in Ferndale also went through a slew of leadership and financial changes. With the appointment of Dave Garcia as its returning executive director, [...]

Building a W’All for Love

By | 2020-02-05T15:30:11-05:00 February 5th, 2020|Guides, Romance|

Few forces in the world are as powerful or as visceral as the reaction one has to great music. Regardless of genre, when either words, melody or both align the right way, emotions of all kinds can be stirred — not least of which being love. That's why Austin-based nonprofit The W'All chose the month of love to launch its LGBTQ-focused campaign of inclusion.

21 Years and Counting, Detroit’s Dirty Show is Back Again

By | 2020-02-05T15:27:58-05:00 February 5th, 2020|Guides, Romance|

For more than a decade, the Dirty Show has been considered one of the largest and most important erotic art exhibitions on the planet. Each year, the exhibit features hundreds of quality erotic works, in virtually every imaginable media, from all over the world. It has become an immersive experience, with world-class performance artists on the stage and in the audience.