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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.

Pass the Pasta

By | 2019-03-20T14:40:53-05:00 March 20th, 2019|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Across 1 It may come before 69 5 "Caligula" playwright 10 30 Rock's style 14 Ellen of "The Umbrella Academy" 15 They don't watch gay porn on TV 16 Julia who played Gomez Addams 17 [...]

News Analysis: An Impressive Democratic Field

By | 2019-03-20T14:33:56-05:00 March 20th, 2019|National, News|

The Democratic field of contenders continues to grow and I am impressed by the wide range of talent in the party. On Nov. 7, 2018 I wrote that Democrats need a coherent message and younger candidates to win in 2020. My thought was there should be no one over 70 on the ticket. I stand by that today.

Weighing the Cost of Pet Insurance

By | 2019-03-06T15:53:03-05:00 March 6th, 2019|Guides, Pets|

  By Dawn Klingensmith Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets can undergo the same types of lifesaving procedures as people, including pacemaker insertion and kidney transplants. But these procedures are expensive. Pet owners who [...]

Think Outside the Box for a Chance to Win $1,000

By | 2019-03-06T15:50:15-05:00 March 6th, 2019|Guides, Pets|

The Michigan Pet Fund Alliance and the Humane Society of Macomb Foundation are soliciting applications for Outside the Box award-winning programs, projects, or documents that Michigan shelters or non-profit home-based rescue organizations are successfully using. [...]

Hot at Sundance

By | 2019-03-06T15:27:12-05:00 March 6th, 2019|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Across 1 Type of balls that you play with 5 Switch positions 9 Hands of a manhandler 14 Skater’s feat 15 Gay Bob, for example 16 Old square 17 Judith Light feature film at Sundance [...]

OU Film Festival Focused on ‘Challenging Femmephobia’

By | 2019-03-06T15:01:07-05:00 March 6th, 2019|Entertainment, Features|

Marking its 35th year, Oakland University’s Women and Gender Studies Film Festival will present Challenging Femmephobia: Breaking the Gender Binary in Queer Communities. This year’s festival features screenings of the films “Making Masculine” and “The Same Difference.” The screenings, and a panel discussion, will take place from 12 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, in room 1050 of the Human Health Building on OU’s Rochester campus.

History Wheel: The ’00s – 2004

By | 2019-02-27T15:38:29-05:00 March 1st, 2019|Michigan, News|

  February - Detroit Public Schools CEO Creates Task Force, Looks at LGBT Student Issues: In response to a community town hall, Detroit Public Schools CEO Dr. Kenneth Burnley announced that he would create a [...]


By | 2019-02-27T16:02:52-05:00 February 27th, 2019|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Across 1 Smart ass response from the mouth 5 Spirited horse 9 “Cunt” author Muscio 13 “Take a crack ___” 14 Memory unit 15 “Lawrence of Arabia” director David 16 Start of a comment by [...]

The Voice of Authority

By | 2019-02-20T16:13:17-05:00 February 20th, 2019|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Across 1 "Chloe" director Egoyan 5 Bash for just men 9 Nevada neighbor 13 Sappho's B 14 Texas town, with "El" 15 Distinctive Streisand feature 16 "DWTS" cohost Andrews 17 Airline to Ben Gurion 18 [...]

Michigan Move Over Law Could Cost Noncompliant Motorists $400

By | 2019-02-20T15:13:19-05:00 February 20th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Last week Michigan's Emergency Vehicle Caution Law, well-known as the Michigan Move over Law, took effect. In an attempt to prevent injury and death to first responders, this law requires motorists to slow down to at least 10 mph under the posted speed limit and move over for stationary emergency vehicles with their lights activated.

Parting Glances Black Gay Detroit Friends (Pt. 3)

By | 2019-02-20T14:42:31-05:00 February 20th, 2019|Opinions, Parting Glances|

I had my picture taken a year ago with actress Lily Tomlin, who was in Detroit — her native city — as speaker for an LGBTQ fundraiser. I was wearing a blue-patterned hoodie I had designed for ArtWear Detroit. And the juxtaposition of my design wear and Ms. Tomlin's vivid popularity was good PR. (For both of us I like to think.)

Black History Family Festival at Tangent Gallery Feb. 24

By | 2019-02-13T13:17:47-05:00 February 13th, 2019|Michigan, News|

DETROIT — On Sunday, Feb. 24, Detroit's Tangent Gallery is presenting its first annual Hug Detroit Day Black History Family Festival. Organizers of the event said that this day will be a celebration of Black History Month and a special way of honoring "cultural trailblazers of the past" as they explore the impact they've had on the present.

Goodbye, Dolly

By | 2019-02-13T12:21:50-05:00 February 13th, 2019|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Across1 and Gay.com5 Gig for Michael Carbonaro13 He cruised for 40 days straight14 Without dissent15 Beloved Dolly portrayer (1921-2019)17 "…farewell, auf Wiedersehen, " 18 JFK predictions 19 Zadora in "Hairspray" 20 "Annie Get Your [...]

Oh Dear

By | 2019-02-06T16:26:26-05:00 February 6th, 2019|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Across 1 Notes to Tammy Baldwin's staff 6 Greenish-yellow fruit 10 Buffy creator Whedon 14 Playground retort 15 Part of San Francisco's BART 16 Not taken in by 17 Spy-action thriller series with Sandra Oh [...]

Gay Man Found Dead After Lansing Fire

By | 2019-02-06T16:14:10-05:00 February 6th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Known as an incubator for small businesses, the lesbian-owned Lansing Eastside Gateway was ravaged by a fire last weekend that resulted in the death of 43-year-old openly gay employee John Bolan. He was discovered dead inside Sunday morning. In an article by reporter Kara Berg, The Lansing State Journal reported that Bolan had been sleeping inside the building when the fire broke out.

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2019-02-06T16:01:13-05:00 February 6th, 2019|Entertainment, Features|

  By Romeo San Vicente Sarah Paulson flies over the cuckoo’s nest Ryan Murphy, the man who currently owns most of television, has another show coming. It’s called "Ratched," and you’ll need to reach back [...]

ACLU Recent Legal Updates

By | 2019-01-30T16:46:34-05:00 January 30th, 2019|National, News|

Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union took action against two major companies that their clients allege have participated in sex discrimination: McDonald's and Chili's. Additionally, the ACLU is awaiting news from the Supreme Court about cases that consider whether or not federal workplace discrimination law protects LGBTQ people from discrimination on the basis of sex.

Hedges’ Moms

By | 2019-01-30T16:44:38-05:00 January 30th, 2019|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Across 1 Potent leader 5 Peter I, for one 9 It could explode in your mouth, in a gag 14 Brightly colored 15 Top drawer 16 Venue of "Spartacus" 17 Ron Howard film with Ellen [...]

Welcome to Detroit: Creating Change Overview

By | 2019-01-31T13:52:11-05:00 January 30th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Last Sunday marked the end of The National LGBTQ Task Force's 2019 Creating Change Conference — an annual event attended by thousands, put on to demonstrates advancements in the LGBTQ movement and to facilitate discussions and awareness of marginalized communities.