Jason A. Michael

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.

MCC-D 201: Ministry Releases First Publication on 46th Anniversary, Seeks to Become ‘Program-Size’ Church

By | 2018-09-19T12:34:48+00:00 September 19th, 2018|Michigan, News|

At its 46th anniversary service on Sunday, Sept. 16, Metropolitan Community Church – Detroit debuted its new publication called "Ignite." The 24-page glossy magazine features information on all the events and new programing happening at the church through the end of the year, as well as some spiritually enlightening information and lessons. The publication was a dream 10 years in the making for assistant pastor Rev. Deb Cox.

The Struggles of Organizing as Trans Women of Color

By | 2018-09-12T11:08:54+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Trans Sistas of Color Project Detroit (TSCOPD) Founder and Executive Director Bre’ Campbell shocked many at the beginning of the summer when she announced in a post on Facebook that she had actually left Detroit and relocated to New Mexico more than six months ago. She made this announcement while expressing resentment toward a funder, who she did not name, that Campbell said had threatened to take back their money upon learning that Campbell was no longer living in Michigan.

Fourth Annual Stand with Trans Youth Empowerment Workshop

By | 2018-09-24T09:58:59+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Michigan, News|

The fourth annual Stand with Trans Youth Empowerment Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6. The workshop is open to gender expansive young children, trans youth ages 12 to 24 and parents and caregivers of trans youth. It will once again take place at the Orchard United Methodist Church in Farmington Hills. This year’s theme is "I Am."

Sensational Showboys

By | 2018-09-17T12:29:29+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Michigan, News|

They call themselves showboys. They are boys, men actually, who sing and dance. And, just as often, one can find them lip-syncing at gay bars or competing in male beauty pageants across the state and [...]

Michigan Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination

By | 2018-09-05T12:28:40+00:00 September 5th, 2018|Election 2018, Michigan, News|

As BTL continues the Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination series, we hear from Southfield Mayor Kenson Siver who pledged his oath as the first openly-gay mayor in the city of Southfield on Nov. 16, 2015. Despite running a campaign distracted and disrupted by people writing "fag," "rapist," "sodomite," and "racist" on his campaign signs, Siver said at the time, "it is a testament to the people of this city that they saw through the hatred, bigotry, homophobia and dirty tricks and elected their first gay mayor."

Christ Church Cranbrook Gets Gay Associate Rector

By | 2018-09-06T20:29:32+00:00 September 5th, 2018|Guides, Michigan, News, Worship|

Christ Church Cranbook, Michigan’s largest Episcopal church, will be getting a new associate rector – and he happens to be gay. From San Diego, his name is Rev. Chris Harris and he stepped into the post Sept. 1. Harris said he is relocating to Michigan to give his twin daughters a familial connection.

Man arraigned in shooting of trans woman in Detroit

By | 2018-08-29T16:27:59+00:00 August 29th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Deonton Rogers was arraigned in 3rd Circuit Court in Detroit on August 15. The 29-year-old was accused of pulling a gun on a trans woman in a gas station on the city’s west side and shooting her while in a scuffle, Rogers is charged with discharging a firearm causing serious injury, felonious assault, being a felon in possession of a firearm, fourth-degree child abuse and ethnic intimidation based on gender and a felony firearms violation.

Michigan Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination Series

By | 2018-08-29T20:23:38+00:00 August 29th, 2018|Election 2018, Michigan, News|

As BTL continues the Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination series, we hear from Highland Park Mayor Hubert Yopp who was sworn in on Jan. 1, 2016 for a second non-consecutive four-year term. Yopp has a varied background of experience with over 40 years in the operation and administration of local government, serving in various positions in Highland Park, including Highland Park Police and Fire Manager for 31 years and Highland Park City Council for four years.

Meet Manny Killa: Q&A with HTJ 2018 Visiting Entertainer

By | 2018-07-11T15:45:09+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Detroit, Michigan, News|

He’s the newest sensation from porn site BlackBoyAddictionz.com. At 24 years old, 6' 4" tall and equipped a trim, muscular physique he is known simply as Manny Killa. He is also one of the entertainers set to visit during LGBT Detroit's Hotter Than July festivities. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Manny admits to losing his virginity when he was only 14 years old.

Moving for Love: The Gaffney Couple Builds a Life After Long Distance

By | 2018-07-11T15:45:15+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Entertainment, Features, Wedding|

Khiana Gaffney was living in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2016 when she made a quick trip home to Detroit to celebrate her grandmother’s 90th birthday. While back in the Motor City, Khiana spent a little time on social media to learn a bit about the local girls. One of those girls, one of those who caught her eye, was the woman who is now her wife, Aleeya Gaffney.

The Detroit Queens

By | 2018-06-24T09:54:44+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|Entertainment, Features|

Menjos Entertainment Complex Hosts History of Detroit Drag Queens Panel The Menjos Entertainment Complex and specifically the Olympus Theater are hosting their second of a three-part series of panel discussions on the stories of gay [...]

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 [...]