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So far Jan Stevenson has written 195 articles.

LGBTs Raise Dollars For Duggan

By |2013-10-24T09:00:00-04:00October 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 |2013-10-24T09:00:00-04:00October 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 [...]

Peters Energizes LGBT Donors

By |2013-09-19T09:00:00-04:00September 19th, 2013|Michigan, News|

Dale Morgan, left, and Norm Silk, right, opened their home Sept. 15 for a fundraiser to benefit Gary Peters campaign for the U.S. Senate. Morgan and Silk, owners of Blossoms Flowers in Birmingham, had completely [...]

SBA And NBJC Team Up

By |2013-07-18T09:00:00-04:00July 18th, 2013|Michigan, News|

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, executive director of NBJC, with Kick's Executive Director Curtis Lipscomb at the Out on the Hill Black LGBT Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. Sept. 2012. DETROIT - A myriad of challenges [...]

Turmoil In Lansing

By |2012-12-20T09:00:00-05:00December 20th, 2012|Michigan, News|

Photo: Bonnie Bucqueroux, Lansing Online News LANSING - At 4:30 a.m. Dec. 14 it was official - the Michigan legislature did not hold final votes on House Bills 5763 and 5764, which would have [...]

Reflections on KGLRC Gala

By |2012-12-20T09:00:00-05:00December 20th, 2012|Michigan, News|

Photo: Terry Johnston Photography KALAMAZOO - Almost 400 people gathered at the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts Dec. 15 to celebrate and support the Kalamazoo Gay & Lesbian Resource Center. Aside from the sheer [...]

Big Win In Lansing

By |2012-12-13T09:00:00-05:00December 13th, 2012|Michigan, News|

LANSING - At 4:30 a.m. Dec. 14 it was official - the Michigan legislature did not hold final votes on House Bills 5763 and 5764, which would have allowed adoption agencies to discriminate based on [...]

Hope Unfurls Election Night

By |2012-11-15T09:00:00-05:00November 15th, 2012|Opinion|

"Boy, this restores my faith in the American people," said a woman sitting next to me at the election return watch party we attended Nov. 6 when it was finally announced that President Obama had [...]

Moving Michigan Forward Nov. 6

By |2012-11-01T09:00:00-04:00November 1st, 2012|Michigan, News|

- "All men are created equal. No matter how hard you try, you can never erase those words." - Harvey Milk On Tuesday, citizens in Michigan will go to the polls and exercise their right [...]

AIDS Walk Michigan

By |2012-09-27T09:00:00-04:00September 27th, 2012|Michigan, News|

DETROIT - On a sunny, cool Saturday morning, AIDS Walk Michigan - Detroit walkers strutted along behind the awesome and energetic Cass Tech High School Marching Band. The band, in their snappy green and white [...]

Thank you, Mr President

By |2012-06-21T09:00:00-04:00June 21st, 2012|Uncategorized|

"Welcome to The White House," said President Barack Obama to me and about 350 other activists at the Third Annual LGBT Pride Reception June 15. Those simple words opened a floodgate of emotions for me. [...]

When crisis calls, time to unite as one

By |2012-05-03T09:00:00-04:00May 3rd, 2012|News|

This editorial is in response to this story BTL has learned that Equality Michigan's Executive Director, Denise Brogan-Kator, has resigned effective May 4 and that the organization is in serious financial trouble. Given the importance [...]

Let’s do something about it

By |2012-01-12T09:00:00-05:00January 12th, 2012|Uncategorized|

BTL Editorial At BTL, we have reached an extreme level of anger and disgust at our current political environment in Michigan. We believe strongly it is time - now - to do something, to protest [...]

Pro-LGBT billboards going up in West Michigan

By |2011-11-03T09:00:00-04:00November 3rd, 2011|News|

Article Number: 49941 Jeremy Martin contributed to this report GRAND RAPIDS- After initially refusing to accept billboards from a group that supports an inclusive civil rights ordinance in Holland, CBS Outdoor will run billboards in [...]

Sparks fly over need for ‘gayborhood’

By |2011-06-30T09:00:00-04:00June 30th, 2011|News|

DETROIT- Two LGBT community leaders squared off at a feisty town hall meeting in downtown Detroit on June 21. For Joe Posch of http://www.SupergayDetroit.com, the need is obvious for a "gayborhood" within the city limits [...]

DPS poised to enact anti-bullying policy

By |2011-02-17T09:00:00-05:00February 17th, 2011|News|

Laura Hughes, executive director of the Ruth Ellis Center, asks the DPS board to add LGBTQ students to the anti-bullying policy. Brandon, 16, (middle) told the board he was sometimes afraid to go to school [...]

Skillman to leave Equality Michigan

By |2010-11-25T09:00:00-05:00November 25th, 2010|News|

DETROIT - Alicia Skillman, executive director of Equality Michigan for the past two years, resigned Nov. 22, effective Dec. 31. Former board chair Denise Brogan-Kator has taken the reins as the chief executive officer, and [...]

Levin asks early release of DADT study

By |2018-01-16T04:23:59-05:00November 25th, 2010|News|

WASHINGTON DC - Countering speculation that U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) might agree to stripping the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" from the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act, Levin's press office stated to BTL [...]

Between Ourselves: Chene Koppitz

By |2018-01-16T06:46:36-05:00November 18th, 2010|News|

Chene Koppitz is a doctoral student in Womens' Studies and Communication at the University of Michigan Dearborn. She is active in both the women's organizations and the GSA on campus. As a former staffer at [...]