About Jason A. Michael

Jason A. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University before joining Between The Lines as a contributing writer in 1999. Jason has received both the Spirit of Detroit Award (presented by the Detroit City Council) and the Media Award from the Community Pride Banquet & Awards Ceremony for his writing and activism. Jason is also an Essence magazine bestselling author having written the authorized biography "Strength Of A Woman: The Phyllis Hyman Story," which he released on his own JAM Books imprint.

Q&A with Jackson Mayor Derek Dobies

By | 2018-06-20T09:14:55+00:00 June 15th, 2018|Michigan, News|

As BTL continues the Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination series, we hear from Jackson Mayor Derek Dobies who was first elected in 2011 as the city of Jackson's 6th Ward representative before winning the election in 2017 to serve his first term as Jackson Mayor.

GenderSpark

By | 2018-06-06T15:43:09+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|

When Nick Daughtry first visited Metropolitan Community Church – Detroit four months ago, it was absolutely the right fit. “It was one of things where going in I instantly knew that it was where I belonged,” he said. “It’s a very calming feeling when you find a spiritual place and you know you belong there.”

Q&A with Mayor Mike Duggan

By | 2018-06-06T15:35:41+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Detroit, Election 2018, Michigan, News|

As BTL continues the Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination series, we hear from Mike Duggan, who was elected Mayor of the City of Detroit on Nov. 5, 2013, and re-elected to a second term on Nov. 7, 2017. Duggan, born in Detroit, has spent his entire career working in the city to solve some of the most complex issues facing Detroiters, including crime, blight and access to jobs.

Affirmations Board Elects 6 New Members, 3 Step Down

By | 2018-05-22T14:08:36+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Michigan, News|

The Affirmations board of directors voted in six new board members and saw three step down at its monthly meeting on May 16. Incoming board members are Nancy Cummings, Cheryl Czach, Hannah Hartley, Timothy Lantzy, Gregory Rice and Anthony Sherman. Those stepping down include Frank Aiello, Jodi Allen and Eric Martin.

HRC Releases Findings of 2018 National Survey of LGBTQ Teens

By | 2018-05-22T14:06:59+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

The Human Rights Campaign released the results of their 2018 National Survey of LGBTQ Teens at a special press conference that took place at the Ruth Ellis Center in Highland Park on May 16. HRC President Chad Griffin attended the conference along with Ellen Kahn, director of HRC’s Children, Youth and Families Program.

First in Panel Discussion Series Examines Detroit’s Historical Gay Bar Scene

By | 2018-03-28T13:54:45+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Long before there was an Affirmations, they were the community centers of the LGBTQ world. You didn’t just go to the gay bar to dance and drink, you went to socialize and to seek solace and support. The gay community revolved around the bars which, for many, was the only place they could let their hair down and be free; their true authentic selves.

Queer Fashion Course Offered at CMU

By | 2018-03-28T13:43:00+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Michigan, News|

In an effort to explore another side of the fashion industry, Central Michigan University is offering a new course for the current term. Its name is Queer Fashion and it was conceptualized by fashion designer and CMU Associate Professor Michael Mamp.

Joy Geng: LGBTQ Activist

By | 2018-03-27T13:14:54+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Michigan, News|

The year was 1991, and long-term plans were being set in motion. The Michigan Organization of Human Rights (MOHR) had created the MOHR Foundation as a separate legal entity to fight discrimination against the LGBTQ [...]

Therapist Decides Not to Move into Huntington Woods building Over Signage Issue

By | 2018-03-07T16:35:40+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Royal Oak-based psychotherapist Joe Kort has decided not to move his practice into the Huntington Medical Building in Huntington Woods as a result of a disagreement over signage in the building. Kort said that after he signed his lease that the complete name of his practice - Joe Kort & Associates and the Center for Relationship & Sexual Health - would be included on signage both inside and outside the building.

Ruth Ellis Day Celebrated at Ruth Ellis Center

By | 2018-02-28T16:47:24+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Michigan, News|

A small crowd of about 15 passed by the Ruth Ellis Center Drop-In Center in Highland Park Sunday for the annual Ruth Ellis Day celebration. The Ruth Ellis Day tradition actually began a few years before Ellis died in her sleep at age 101 in 2000.

The Colorful World of Simon Black

By | 2018-03-02T09:42:09+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Michigan, Music, News|

Take a look at his picture, and there’s no getting around it: Detroit native and dance music sensation Simon Black is a little unusual. “I’ve always danced to the beat of my own drum,” Black said. “I used to think that was something bad. But now I don’t.” Black traces his love of music to his formative years in the 1980s. “I was an ‘80s baby and MTV was new,” he said. “The artists that were hot at the time are the ones who inspired me to be who you see today: Madonna, Prince and Michael Jackson.” Madonna, especially, spoke to young Mr. Black.

Me, The Other, a documentary featuring Washtenaw County college students, returns to Ann Arbor March 7th

By | 2018-02-28T16:47:30+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Entertainment, Features|

Me, The Other, a locally produced documentary that tells the story of 12 students attending college in Washtenaw County, is returning to the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on March 7. The diverse group featured in the film ranges from an African-American acting student from Flint who tells a personal heartbreaking story of the current water crisis in her community; a student from Mexico on the DACA program living in fear of deportation; a student from the storm-devastated island of Puerto Rico; a #metoo story of an orphaned immigrant from Cameroon; and a 65-year-old transgendered student who was homeless and alcohol and drug dependent but chose education over suicide.

Michigan Pride: Smaller but spirited

By | 2018-01-16T10:51:46+00:00 October 31st, 2017|News|

LANSING - Despite pressing financial woes and an alleged lack of leadership, Michigan Pride in Lansing went off without a noticeable hitch on Saturday, June 30. A high spirited march kicked off at 1 p.m. [...]

Triangle changes board leadership

By | 2017-10-31T14:14:57+00:00 October 31st, 2017|News|

DETROIT - Members of the Triangle Foundation's board of trustees unanimously elected Roland Smith as their new chairman Feb. 4. Smith replaces Jackie Anderson, who chaired the board for 17 months. "Roland Smith has the [...]

Avalon open Sundays starting this week

By | 2018-01-15T23:13:40+00:00 October 31st, 2017|News|

DETROIT - It's become a local institution. But since opening in 1997, Avalon International Breads has always been an institution you can only visit and patronize five days a week. Having studied under Geri Larkin, [...]