BTL COVID-19 Resource Guide

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About Jan Stevenson


So far Jan Stevenson has written 194 articles.

A Message to BTL Readers and the Greater Michigan LGBTQ Community

By | 2020-03-19T23:28:38-04:00 March 19th, 2020|Opinions, Viewpoints|

The message could not be clearer: respond to the COVID-19 crisis by staying home whenever you can, wash your hands frequently and do whatever you can to not spread the virus. But there is also a much larger message to spread: take care of each other, reach out to people who are isolated and fearful, and let's open our hearts to each other – even if we can’t physically open our arms.

CARE for the children

By | 2017-10-31T06:47:10-04:00 October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

YPSILANTI - Seventeen month old Meil Bogart swept through the Frenchies reception hall, laughing with delight and charming each person in their turn. She was the happiest, most beautiful child, with everything going her way [...]

Dating just got a lot easier

By | 2017-10-31T05:27:32-04:00 October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

FERNDALE - My friend Rachel (not her real name) is a young 47. She's attractive, smart, professional, and, except for a few endearing eccentricities, relatively sane. She's been single for a little over three years, [...]

Gay State Rep. Calls Out Pence

By | 2016-11-03T09:00:00-04:00 November 3rd, 2016|Michigan, News|

KALAMAZOO - Michigan State Rep. Jon Hoadley, D-Kalamazoo, held an electronic press conference this morning and condemned vice presidential candidate Mike Pence in anticipation of his visit to Portage, Michigan later today. Hoadley said that, [...]

Obituary: Sharon Hope Gittleman

By | 2015-07-23T09:00:00-04:00 July 23rd, 2015|Michigan, News|

Sharon Hope Gittleman, 56, had been a writer for Between The Lines until she became disabled eight years ago due to kidney disease. After two failed kidney transplants and an extended illness, she ultimately succumbed [...]

A Prodigy Returns

By | 2014-11-13T09:00:00-05:00 November 13th, 2014|Entertainment|

Photo: JTMcMillin Tchaikovsky & Friends 8 p.m. Nov. 15 Michigan Theater 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor http://www.a2so.com Anton Nel, the internationally acclaimed piano virtuoso and former head of the piano department at the [...]

A Solid LGBT Ally In Peters

By | 2014-10-09T09:00:00-04:00 October 9th, 2014|Michigan, News|

Use this voter guide link to learn all BTL endorsements for Nov. 4 http://www.mivoterguide.com FARMINGTON HILLS - U.S. Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI 14) is ahead in most polls to win the U.S. Senate seat being [...]

Brown Blasts Snyder On Marriage Ban

By | 2014-09-04T09:00:00-04:00 September 4th, 2014|Michigan, News|

A record number of candidates spoke to those gathered at the LGBT Caucus at the Michigan Democratic Convention on Aug. 23 in Lansing. Oakland County Clerk and candidate for Lt. Governor Lisa Brown addressed the [...]

Michigan Marriage Ban Struck Down

By | 2014-03-27T09:00:00-04:00 March 27th, 2014|Michigan, News|

April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse outside the courthouse last week. A federal judge has struck down Michigans ban on gay marriage Friday the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the U.S. [...]

Snyder Says Marriages Not Recognized

By | 2014-03-26T09:00:00-04:00 March 26th, 2014|Michigan, News|

Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend before a court halted a decision that opened the door to gay nuptials, Gov. Rick Snyder just announced. The announcement comes a day after [...]

Wayne County Adds LGBT Protections

By | 2014-02-27T09:00:00-05:00 February 27th, 2014|Michigan, News|

LGBT activists and allies joined Robert Ficano, center, as he signed an executive order extending employment protections to LGBT employees of Wayne County. From left: Emily Dievendorf, executive director of Equality Michigan; Summer Foster, field [...]

Affirmations Receives $800,000 Bequest

By | 2014-02-19T09:00:00-05:00 February 19th, 2014|Michigan, News|

The largest unrestricted gift in Affirmations Community Center's 25-year history - close to $800,000 - will help the Center retire it's remaining mortgage. Above is BTL file photo from 2007 of the center just days [...]

For Love And Taxes

By | 2014-02-06T09:00:00-05:00 February 6th, 2014|Michigan, News|

For the first time in U.S. history, same-sex married couples may file as "married" on their 2013 federal returns. No longer are same-sex married couples seen as "legal strangers" in the eyes of the I.R.S. [...]

LGBTs Raise Dollars For Duggan

By | 2013-10-24T09:00:00-04:00 October 24th, 2013|Michigan, News|

Co-host John Corvino, left, with mayoral candiate Mike Duggan, co-host Mike Einheuser and Mike Higgins who opened his penthouse condo for the fundraiser. Photo by Jan Stevenson. DETROIT - Over 100 LGBT people and [...]

When The Personal Becomes Political

By | 2013-10-24T09:00:00-04:00 October 24th, 2013|Michigan, News|

I was at the Oakland county courthouse Oct. 16 waiting for the ruling that never came from Judge Friedman which could have allowed for marriage equality in Michigan. There were about 30 people waiting patiently [...]

DIFFA Dazzled Detroit

By | 2013-10-24T09:00:00-04:00 October 24th, 2013|Entertainment|

DETROIT - Exquisite dining room installations, fabulous food, beautiful people, soaring music and entertaining clowns and acrobats dazzled hundreds of partygoers at the fourth annual DIFFA Detroit event. It [...]