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.

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. [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

OBITUARY: Martha Charles

By | 2018-01-16T12:54:36+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

LATHRUP VILLAGE - Martha Charles, a co-founder of Lesbian A-Sisters, died April 6 of heart disease. She was 60. Born in Crawfordsville, Ind., Charles was just a toddler when her family moved to Michigan. She [...]

Obituary: Helen King

By | 2018-01-15T16:19:19+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

MIDLAND - Helen King, a cofounder of PFLAG-Tri-cities, died April 15. She was 76. Born Helen Haumesser in New York City, she was living in Angola, Ind. when she married Douglas King in 1951. Together [...]

Detroit gets first GSA

By | 2017-10-31T06:40:11+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

DETROIT - Nearly a year after Detroit Public Schools CEO Kenneth Burnley gave his blessing to the formation of Gay Straight Alliances in Detroit schools, the first GSA in the city has been formed. But [...]

Dionne does Detroit

By | 2017-10-31T06:37:03+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Her career has spanned four decades and her amazing catalogue of classics has earned her half a dozen Grammy awards and the admiration of millions across the globe. Dionne Warwick is truly legendary and she [...]

Strongarm set weekly once again

By | 2018-01-16T03:59:01+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

DETROIT - Strongarm Productions has returned to producing a weekly set, this time at the Palladium in Detroit. The group garnered national attention - and even a mention in Vibe magazine - for their Saturday [...]