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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.

Obituary: Philip Howard Price

Feb. 2, 1948 – Aug. 7, 2020 Phil Price, a longtime member of the Metropolitan Community Church – Detroit, died at home Aug. 7. He was 72. Originally from Urbana, Ohio, Price graduated from Central [...]

By |2020-09-03T15:33:28-04:00September 1st, 2020|Michigan, News|

Obituary: Mark J. Rabchun

June 8, 1955 – June 23, 2020 Mark J. Rabchun, a beloved member of and dedicated volunteer at Metropolitan Community Church – Detroit, died June 23 of cancer. He was 65. Rabchun was born and [...]

By |2020-07-05T03:44:01-04:00July 3rd, 2020|Michigan, News|

Obituary: Joy E. Geng

July 27, 1944 - June 21, 2020 Joy Geng, one of the first out employees at Ford and a longtime supporter and board member of Equality Michigan — and its predecessor the Triangle Foundation — [...]

By |2020-06-24T11:36:26-04:00June 24th, 2020|Michigan, News|

Obituary: Kenneth Jacob

Sept. 12, 1952 – June 14, 2020 Kenneth Jacob, known simply to friends as Kenny, died Sunday, June 14, after suffering a fatal stroke. Jacob was well-known and much beloved in Metro Detroit’s LGBTQ community [...]

By |2020-06-22T13:13:06-04:00June 22nd, 2020|Michigan, News|

Obituary: Aimee Stephens

Aimee Stephens did not start out wanting to be a warrior for transgender rights. She simply wanted to be Aimee Stephens. When she announced she was transgender and would be presenting as her true, female [...]

By |2020-05-18T11:11:09-04:00May 18th, 2020|Michigan, News|

Obituary: Brent Dorian Carpenter

April 19, 1964 – March 23, 2020 Author Brent Dorian Carpenter, a former reporter and columnist for Between The Lines, died March 23 from complications from heart surgery. He was 55. A native Detroiter, Carpenter [...]

By |2020-04-16T10:25:57-04:00April 16th, 2020|Michigan, News|

Obituary: Phyllis Ann Lyon

Nov. 10, 1924 – April 9, 2020 Phyllis Lyon, who along with her late wife Del Martin, became the first to wed in San Francisco in 2004 when then-Mayor Gavin Newsom instructed the city clerk [...]

By |2020-04-13T12:57:01-04:00April 13th, 2020|National, News|

Obituary: Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally, writer of such plays as "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and "Master Class" died March 24 of complications from COVID-19 in a hospital in his home state of Florida. Labeled by The New York Times [...]

By |2020-03-26T11:06:45-04:00March 26th, 2020|National, News|

OBITUARY Nancy Ann Unwin

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

The Not-So-‘Unsung’ Life of Stephanie Mills

Few artists can claim a career so storied as singer Stephanie Mills. Although she doesn’t claim the label, Mills is by all accounts an rhythm and blues legend. Her career has taken the Brooklyn-based artist from a role as the original Dorothy in the Broadway production of "The Wiz," to a whopping five No. 1 R&B hits between 1986 and 1989 like "Home," "I Feel Good All Over" and "I have Learned to Respect the Power of Love."

By |2020-01-22T16:38:34-05:00January 22nd, 2020|Entertainment, Features|