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Between The Lines has been publishing LGBTQ-related content in Southeast Michigan since the early '90s. This year marks the publication's 25th anniversary.

Fall in Love With ‘Crazy For You’ at The Encore REVIEW

By | 2019-07-12T02:38:52-04:00 July 12th, 2019|Entertainment, Features|

DEXTER – Everybody who’s wistfully sighed, “They don’t make musicals like they used to,” should do themselves a favor and see Encore Musical Theatre’s production of “Crazy For You.” This recreation of George and Ira Gershwin’s 1930 show “Girl Crazy” is a fun-filled 2 1/2-hour, laugh-a-minute song and dance extravaganza that kicks up so much positive energy that you’ll almost feel like you’re floating out of the theater.

Bash Fest at Trumbullplex

By | 2019-07-12T02:24:51-04:00 July 12th, 2019|Entertainment, Features|

A benefit held for anti-racism and anti-facism, Bash Fest is a festival with an eight-band lineup featuring local acts like Pancho Villa's Skull, GIRL FIGHT and more. Find out more about the show online at [...]

Hotter Than July

By | 2019-07-12T02:23:56-04:00 July 12th, 2019|Entertainment, Features|

The annual Hotter Than July festival held July 23 through July 28 is put on by LGBT Detroit annually to celebrate the local black LGBTQ community. Events include a candlelight vigil, a summit, a mixer, [...]

Maupin Up Operation

By | 2019-07-12T02:13:35-04:00 July 12th, 2019|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Across 1 Disney film set in China 6 Robin Williams title role 10 Sign over 14 Carol's opening 15 Penetrating reed 16 Yoked beasts 17 Bear 18 Santa's got a long one 19 Lemon zest [...]

Campuses Honor LGBTQ Graduates throughout Michigan

By | 2019-06-26T16:21:32-04:00 June 26th, 2019|Michigan, News|

In 1995, the University of Michigan held the first-ever Lavender Graduation. Twenty-four years later, more than 200 colleges and universities around the country hold similar celebrations. Between The Lines is proud to recognize LGBTQ graduates from eight campuses across Michigan who were honored in ceremonies held this spring.

Slipstream Presents ‘Gross Indecency’ Through June 30

By | 2019-06-26T16:01:49-04:00 June 26th, 2019|Ferndale, Neighborhoods|

Moises Kaufman, revered for bringing audiences shows like “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” has another work that delves into the life of famed LGBTQ poet and playwright Oscar Wilde: “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.” Now playing at Ferndale’s Slipstream Theatre Initiative, the show will run through June 30.

Affirmations Hosts Kings & Queens for a Day

By | 2019-06-26T16:00:37-04:00 June 26th, 2019|Ferndale, Neighborhoods|

The Affirmations LGBTQ center will host royalty on Saturday, July 13, in a youth-focused "gender-bending" drag event. Lasting from noon to 6 p.m., in collaboration with Slay Inc. — a Detroit-based LGBTQ events company — attendees will be helped into drag as they learn more about the art form.

Show Me the Mon·e

By | 2019-06-19T15:04:18-04:00 June 19th, 2019|Entertainment, Puzzles|

  Across 1 Stallion's sound 6 "A Boy Named Sue" writer Silverstein 10 Simians on Roddy McDowall's planet 14 Transsexual Richards 15 Part of UTEP 16 "And ___ bed" 17 "Rose is a rose is [...]

Flint Pride Festival June 22

By | 2019-06-19T14:42:53-04:00 June 19th, 2019|Michigan, News|

A time for celebration and excitement, June is a significant month for the LGBTQ community because it is also a time for reflection on the hard-won fight for equality that kicked off at the Stonewall [...]

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2019-06-19T14:13:00-04:00 June 19th, 2019|Entertainment, Features|

By Romeo San Vicente Jesse Tyler Ferguson will produce 'Stonewall Forever' Gay documentary filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz has built a career digging into queer pop culture, exploring how it has shaped the rest of the world. [...]

Huntington Woods Commission Bans Conversion Therapy

By | 2019-06-12T16:10:14-04:00 June 12th, 2019|Michigan, News|

The Huntington Woods City Commission voted unanimously at its June 4 meeting to enact an ordinance banning the practice of conversion therapy within the city limits. Violators will be guilty of a municipal civil infraction. Huntington Woods is now the first and only city in Michigan to ban the practice. The ordinance was introduced by City Commissioner Joe Rozell.

I Rise

By | 2019-06-12T16:03:45-04:00 June 12th, 2019|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Across 1 Brooklyn dyke neighborhood Park ___ 6 Rubber vessel, perhaps 10 Hand job, for one? 14 _American Idol_ judge Callow 15 Falco of "The Sopranos" 16 "I'm ___ your tricks!" 17 Where a queen [...]

PBS Film ‘The Lavender Scare’ Showcases US Govt.’s Efforts to Rid Federal Workforce of LGBTQ Employees

By | 2019-06-12T15:47:15-04:00 June 12th, 2019|Entertainment, Features|

ARLINGTON, VA – Narrated by Glenn Close and featuring the voices of Cynthia Nixon, Zachary Quinto, T. R. Knight and David Hyde Pierce, "The Lavender Scare" tells the little-known story of an unrelenting campaign by the federal government to identify and fire employees suspected of being homosexual. Produced and directed by Josh Howard and based on the award-winning book by David K. Johnson, "The Lavender Scare" premieres Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at 9 p.m. eastern time on PBS.

Michigan Pride March June 15

By | 2019-06-12T16:05:37-04:00 June 12th, 2019|Guides, Pride Guide|

Michigan Pride March June 15 The Michigan Pride March is an intentionally political event that serves to honor all the statewide Pride events across Michigan and then finishes off with an all-ages parade, rally and [...]

Flint Pride Festival June 22

By | 2019-06-12T16:06:58-04:00 June 12th, 2019|Guides, Pride Guide|

What started out with just 150 attendees its first year has grown to attract thousands. Returning for its ninth year is the Flint Pride Festival. The event will take place at Flint's Riverbank Park for [...]

Free Mom Hugs Brings the Love at Pride

By | 2019-06-05T15:44:42-04:00 June 5th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Twenty seconds. According to Jill Lash's research, that's the time it takes to give the perfect hug. And as she's the Free Mom Hugs Southeast Michigan chapter co-leader, she's likely more qualified than most to [...]

A Sad Day in Hollywood

By | 2019-06-05T15:36:30-04:00 June 5th, 2019|Entertainment, Puzzles|

  Across 1 Streisand's "Prince of ___ " 6 Ventimiglia of "This Is Us" 10 Smurf patriarch 14 South Beach setting 15 Top Norse deity 16 Figure skater Rippon 17 "Calamity Jane" song that became [...]

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2019-06-05T15:29:18-04:00 June 5th, 2019|Entertainment, Features|

Cate Blanchett fights feminism in 'Mrs. America' History lesson time, kids! In the 1970s there was a proposed change to the Constitution called the Equal Rights Amendment. It failed to be ratified, and a major [...]


By | 2019-05-29T16:22:58-04:00 May 29th, 2019|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Across 1 Rainbow banner 5 Mops a pirate ship deck 10 Panhandler's confession? 14 Gay activist Chaz 15 Eagle on a par five 16 Lacking manners 17 "Firebird" composer Stravinsky 18 Enjoying a hottie from [...]

We’re With You Charles

By | 2019-05-29T16:10:06-04:00 May 29th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Our beloved writer, friend and confidant Charles Alexander suffered a stroke Monday and is currently recuperating at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Charles has written for the paper since its inception in 1993, completing nearly 1,000 of [...]