BTL COVID-19 Resource Guide

As the world continues to learn more about coronavirus and its spread, it's vital to stay up-to-date on the latest developments. However, it's also important to make sure that the information being distributed is from credible sources. To that end, Between The Lines has compiled, [...]

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: Mark J. Rabchun

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

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 [...]

Obituary: Joy E. Geng

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

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 — [...]

Obituary: Kenneth Jacob

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

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 [...]

Obituary: Aimee Stephens

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

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 [...]

Kalamazoo Pride 2020 Canceled

By | 2020-05-15T10:11:16-04:00 May 6th, 2020|COVID-19, Michigan, News|

The organizers of Kalamazoo Pride, OutFront Kalamazoo, recently announced that the annual summer event would be canceled this year. While it was initially expected that the June celebration would be merely postponed till April, OutFront [...]

Obituary: Brent Dorian Carpenter

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

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 [...]

Obituary: Phyllis Ann Lyon

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

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 [...]

Obituary: Terrence McNally

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

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 [...]

OBITUARY Nancy Ann Unwin

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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."

47th Annual Noel Night

By | 2019-12-04T09:17:29-05:00 December 4th, 2019|Michigan, News|

The 47th annual Noel Night is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, with over 110 participating venues, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, [...]

Over 300 Honored at TDOR Remembrance Service in Detroit

By | 2019-11-27T16:24:45-05:00 November 27th, 2019|Michigan, News|

A determined crowd of nearly 80 fought the downtown congestion and masses headed to the televised Christmas tree lighting just down the street at Campus Martius to attend the 19th annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance service at Central United Methodist Church on Friday, Nov. 22.

‘Golden Girls Christmas’ a Fun Holiday Hit

By | 2019-11-27T15:57:37-05:00 November 27th, 2019|Entertainment, Features, Theater|

Unauthorized drag parodies of "The Golden Girls" have become something of a boom market in recent years. Right now, various versions are in production in major cities across the country and even Off-Broadway. Metro Detroit’s own version, "A Very Drag Golden Girls Christmas," is at The Ringwald in Ferndale through Dec. 16.

Politics, Touring and Drag: Lady Bunny Bares it All

By | 2019-11-21T13:12:19-05:00 November 20th, 2019|Entertainment, Features|

Known as the queen of New York nightlife and, indeed, at one time one of Michael Alig’s infamous Club Kids, Lady Bunny is a legend in pop culture and drag circles alike. Now, Bunny is taking her diva chops to Detroit when she visits Motown as part of "A Drag Queen Christmas," the latest "RuPaul’s Drag Race"-related tour put together by Detroit’s own super event producers Murray & Peter.

7th Annual Flint Print Fair Nov. 23-24 at FIA

By | 2019-11-20T15:27:35-05:00 November 20th, 2019|Entertainment, Features|

In 2007, the FIA created the Flint Print Club with the mission to develop connoisseurship among its members and educate the general public about prints, printmaking and print collecting. Today, that mission lives on with the 7th semi-annual Flint Print Fair happening on Saturday, Nov. 23 through 24. Because the club is restricted to 100 members, the edition of each featured print is limited, signed and numbered.

OBITUARY Frederick William Hoffman

By | 2019-11-06T16:17:04-05:00 November 6th, 2019|Michigan, News|

  OBITUARY Frederick William Hoffman May 18, 1951 – October 26, 2019 Auto Industry supporter and former honorary consul for the Federal Republic of Germany, Fred Hoffman died last month after a lengthy battle with [...]