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Study Documents Millennials’ Views on LGBT Issues

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

Millennials are America’s largest, most diverse generation and an important potential voting bloc. So, now more than ever, it's important to understand their thoughts on issues that impact all Americans. A new survey created by GenForward called "Millennials Views on LGBT Issues: Race, Identity and Experience" asks questions on these topics and more.

Concert of Colors Diversity Festival in 26th Year

By | 2018-07-11T15:45:13+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Entertainment, Features|

Since 1993, the Concert of Colors has been a regular Detroit-based, diversity-themed music festival with a goal of "uniting Metro Detroit's diverse communities and ethnic groups." This is done with a variety of musical acts that are sourced from around the world. The free festival's acts this year include everything from the punk sounds of Pennsylvania-based group Tile, the pop and Hip-Hop-influenced work of Flint Native Tunde Olaniran and Iranian artist Mohsen Namjoo — hailed by the New York Times as Iran's Bob Dylan.

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2018-07-11T15:45:14+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Entertainment, Features|

By Romeo San Vicente 'IT Chapter Two' features Xavier Dolan and also that Murder-Clown Do you arthouse? If so, then you already know that Xavier Dolan, the wunderkind director-actor from Montreal, is responsible for an [...]

Ann Arbor Pride New Headliner Announcement: Brian Justin Crum

By | 2018-07-11T15:45:16+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Ann Arbor, Neighborhoods|

ANN ARBOR - Although previously scheduled to headline Ann Arbor Pride, Ada Vox will not be able to perform at the event on Saturday, Aug. 4 due to a contractual obligation with talent TV show "American Idol." Pride organizers said that all meet & greet tickets that were purchased may be allowed refund, up to seven days before the event, which is ongoing from Aug. 3 through 5. In Vox's stead, Brian Justin Crum shall headline.

Arbor Opera Theater Names Austin Stewart as Artistic Director

By | 2018-07-11T15:45:16+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Ann Arbor, Neighborhoods|

Arbor Opera Theater has announced the appointment of Austin Stewart as Artistic Director. The first under the artistic leadership of Stewart, AOT’s upcoming season will introduce three new productions to Michigan audiences, with performances at the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti and the Arthur Miller Theatre in Ann Arbor, as well as new partnerships with ÆPEX Contemporary Performance and the Kerrytown Concert House.

Campaign to End Partisan Gerrymandering Hits Major Milestone

By | 2018-06-27T16:18:30+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|

LANSING – Voters Not Politicians celebrated the work of its all-volunteer grassroots army of petition circulators last week after the Board of State Canvassers placed on the Nov. 6 ballot the proposal to provide transparent, non-partisan process for redistricting. The process would include a commission of citizens drawing legislative and congressional lines.

LGBT Detroit’s Hotter Than July 2018 Schedule

By | 2018-06-27T16:17:20+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Starting on July 24, LGBT Detroit will be celebrating Hotter Than July, an annual event that helps provide people in the LGBTQ community with both entertaining and educational experiences in an inclusive space. This year will be the 23rd ever Hotter Than July event, lasting through July 29. Look below for a full schedule of this year's events:

Mayor Dobies Declares June LGBT Pride Month in City of Jackson

By | 2018-06-20T15:55:24+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Jackson - Mayor Derek Dobies announced a proclamation earlier this month declaring June the city’s first LGBT Pride Month and made other announcements to advance the city’s outreach to the LGBT community. The move matches Jackson with national LGBT Pride Month, which has been marked by presidential proclamation since 2009.

Stephanie Clifford on TV

By | 2018-06-20T13:30:16+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Entertainment, Puzzles|

  Across 1 Hatcher, on "Desperate Housewives" 6 Folded fast food 10 Frequent Trump portrayer Baldwin 14 Joe Cocker's "You ___ Beautiful" 15 Sandy-colored 16 Caesar's voice 17 Sgt. of a '90s Steve Martin flick [...]

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2018-06-20T13:22:25+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Entertainment, Features|

'It' girl Sophia Lillis cast as Ellen’s 'Nancy Drew' Franchise alert! Ellen Degeneres’ A Very Good Production and Warner Bros. are teaming up to produce something that sounds very much like the template for a [...]

Dazzling Event Celebrates BTL’s 25th Anniversary

By | 2018-06-14T08:48:37+00:00 June 13th, 2018|Michigan, News|

DETROIT – Between The Lines celebrated 25 years of continuous publication at a gala party June 8. Over 250 people attended – advertisers, writers, current and former staff members, graphic artists, ad sales representatives, consultants, supporters and more. The event was in the magnificent Pewabic House & Garden Show venue, a huge outdoor tented area created for Pewabic’s annual Maker/Mentor exhibition featuring works by over 80 ceramic artists. Guest mingled, sipped cocktails, munched on delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts and shopped for exquisite Pewabic tiles and pottery on display.

Meet Affirmations Volunteer Noah Cohen

By | 2018-06-13T15:42:25+00:00 June 13th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Noah Cohen has been a volunteer at Affirmations since April of 2016. The LGBT community center has been receiving the support of volunteers like Cohen since its founding in 1989. Volunteers work throughout Affirmations beginning at their Welcome and Resource Desk, and extending through the youth programming, and even special events. In the following Q&A, Affirmations’ Volunteer Cohen talks about his deep commitment to the Center.

The Path to Progress

By | 2018-06-07T08:22:20+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

It’s BTL's silver anniversary, and for 25 years we have been dedicated to providing news for Michigan’s LGBTQ community. So now, as we celebrate this incredible milestone in not only our history, but that of our readership, we invite you to look back with us. Over the next 12 months BTL will revisit Southeast Michigan's historical milestones, traveling back in time to reexamine those events that have changed the face of our community. We’ll be releasing regular historical graphics that take a look at some of the LGBTQ community's greatest triumphs as well as some of the biggest bumps we’ve encountered on the road to equality. The first of these graphics can be found on page 8.

5 Things to Know about Motor City Pride Headliner Tiffany

By | 2018-06-06T16:12:28+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Guides, Pride Guide|

For anyone who was a teen during the late '80s, the name Tiffany is probably instantly recognizable. Seemingly out of the blue, the pop star sprung onto the airwaves with pop hits like "I Think We're Alone Now" and "Could've Been" that — let's face it — still slap today. The former teen icon is still busy as ever in the studio, having just released a 2017 single "Can't Stop Falling" and her 2016 album "A Million Miles." She'll likely be playing her new single and songs from that album as well her multiple chart-topping '80s hits when she headlines this year's Motor City Pride at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 9. But, before rushing out to Hart Plaza to hear her perform, check out these highlights from her 30-year career.

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2018-06-06T16:00:00+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Entertainment, Features|

By Romeo San Vicente Jennifer Aniston and Tig Notaro will be 'First Ladies' “Jennifer Aniston is very attractive…and I was just like, hey, how about….we’re married,” says lesbian comic Tig Notaro ("One Mississippi"). And now [...]

OutFront Kalamazoo Searching for New Executive Director

By | 2018-06-06T15:44:11+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Kalamazoo, Michigan, News|

After the resignation of its Executive Director Jay Maddock, the OutFront Kalamazoo LGBTQ Center is searching for a new candidate to fill the position. Candidates who are "dynamic," ready to provide "vision, energy and leadership" and eager to work under the center's board of directors can apply online at outfrontkzoo.org. There, candidates will also be able to find a full list of job requirements. The position will remain open until filled.

LAHR Board Member to Receive Lansing Inclusion Award

By | 2018-06-07T08:11:11+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Michigan, News|

The third annual City Pulse LGBT Inclusion Awards will take place Thursday, June 14, at Spiral nightclub in Lansing. As in previous years, eight individuals or organizations will be honored for their achievements as LGBT individuals or on behalf of the LGBT community. Lansing City Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar will emcee. Presenters include congressional candidate Elissa Slotkin and state Sen. Curtis Hertel.

Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan Hopes to Make 2018 Ballot

By | 2018-06-20T09:28:16+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Election 2018, Michigan, News|

CHARLEVOIX, Mich. — The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan, a statewide ballot initiative campaign, announced on May 16, that it has now collected beyond the required minimum number of signatures, 252,523, and is collecting a "cushion" it hopes will be in time for the November 2018 ballot. Campaign director LuAnne Kozma said "It's now up to the new volunteers and dedicated volunteers that have been with the campaign for a long time to collect a healthy 'cushion' of extra signatures. It's not too late to join the campaign."

Foreign Film

By | 2018-06-06T15:32:17+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Across 1 With 19-Across, Broadway revival of a 1970 film 8 Home fit for a queen 14 Wonder Woman's wrist ornament 15 Cook of "The Maltese Falcon" 16 Word after poet 17 Draws a bead [...]

Pride Events: Featured events

By | 2018-05-29T16:15:45+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Guides, Pride Guide|

  MAY 31-JUNE 11 "Company" 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays; 5 p.m. on June 3 & 10 The Ringwald Theatre 22742 Woodward Ave., Ferndale Tickets: $25 on Fridays & Saturdays; $20 on Sundays; [...]

Ypsi Pride Block Party Doubles Local Entertainment 2nd Year in a Row

By | 2018-05-29T16:04:32+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Ann Arbor, Guides, Pride Guide|

Ypsi Pride is set to host their second annual block party in Downtown Ypsilanti on Friday, June 1. Ypsi Pride, a program of First Fridays Ypsilanti, brings two stages of lively, family-friendly local entertainment, a children’s area, outdoor beer gardens, food trucks, vendors and organizations to the North and Sout Washington Street blocks in Ypsilanti.

‘Casa Valentina’ Comes to JET

By | 2018-05-29T16:00:48+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Guides, Pride Guide|

West Bloomfield's Jewish Ensemble Theatre will be putting on a production of Harvey Fierstein's Tony Award-Winning 'Casa Valentina'. The play opens on May 24 and runs through June 17. It follows the lives of women named Miranda, Bessie, Valentina, Charlotte, Gloria, Terry and Amy who meet regularly at their favorite vacation spot in the Catskills.

Affirmations Hosts Ferndale Pride Week

By | 2018-05-29T15:59:25+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Guides, Pride Guide|

For many LGBTQ southeast Michiganders, Ferndale pride is a must-see when celebrating throughout the month of June. This year, the Affirmations LGBTQ community center is hosting its own miniature Ferndale pride in-house to provide Affirmations [...]

LGBTQ Politicians Making Impact in Michigan

By | 2018-05-22T14:44:18+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

As June gets closer and LGBTQ people start marking their summer calendars for over a dozen pride celebrations across Michigan — a huge achievement on its own — it's a great time to take stock of the unprecedented positive political action that has been achieved over the past year — seemingly despite all odds.

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2018-05-24T11:42:25+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Entertainment, Features|

By Romeo San Vicente John Cameron Mitchell’s latest 'Anthem' Here comes your next favorite podcast. Topic Studios, the people who produced "Missing Richard Simmons," recently announced that they’re partnering with "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" [...]