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Marriage Equality Still Needs to Be Protected, Especially From Religious Exemptions

Though far from ideal, it's clear that the perception of LGBTQ people and their right to marry in the U.S. has changed for the better. In fact, a 2019 Pew Research Center poll shows that 60 percent of Americans favor LGBTQ marriage equality, compared to 30 percent who oppose it. What makes this statistic even more promising is that in 2004, those numbers were flipped. Still, despite this positive push forward and the fact that the legal right for LGBTQ couples to marry has been secured, it's vital to stay aware of legal pushes and organizations working to dismantle those protections across the country.

By |2020-03-20T00:15:24-04:00March 20th, 2020|Guides, Wedding|

The Perfect Meeting

They say love comes at unexpected moments; it certainly did for Savanna Wojtanowski and Amy Balich. Though they were both Division I athletes in college, each played a different sport — soccer and softball respectively [...]

By |2020-03-20T00:11:04-04:00March 20th, 2020|Guides, Wedding|

2020 Wedding Trends to Spice Up Your Ceremony

Planning a wedding at any stage can be tricky, and one of the most difficult parts is creating a ceremony that's uniquely one's own. To help with that struggle, Between The Lines has collected a list of 20 popular trends this year that might make planning easier.

By |2020-03-20T00:08:55-04:00March 20th, 2020|Guides, Wedding|

City of Eastpointe Enacts Stricter Animal Welfare Rules

In recent months the city of Eastpointe has made waves across the state with its unique revisions to its animal ordinance. Aimed at keeping both animals and owners in the city safer, Animal Control officers are cracking down on the length of time dogs can left outside, how dogs are tethered, the number of dogs per household and more. In a Facebook post last month they said that the changes are geared toward stopping cases like Penelope's — a 3-year-old emaciated and overbred mastiff who was found wandering the city's streets.

By |2020-02-19T17:03:26-05:00February 19th, 2020|Guides, Pets|

BTL Special Issue Pet Calendar 2020

  Michigan Reptile and Pet Expo - March 14 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Michigan Reptile and Pet Expo is the largest selection of reptiles, tarantulas and amphibians anywhere in Michigan. Breeders and dealers [...]

By |2020-02-19T16:57:54-05:00February 19th, 2020|Guides, Pets|

Building a W’All for Love

Few forces in the world are as powerful or as visceral as the reaction one has to great music. Regardless of genre, when either words, melody or both align the right way, emotions of all kinds can be stirred — not least of which being love. That's why Austin-based nonprofit The W'All chose the month of love to launch its LGBTQ-focused campaign of inclusion.

By |2020-02-05T15:30:11-05:00February 5th, 2020|Guides, Romance|

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

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.

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

REC Partners to Present Burlesque at The Motown Mansion

So often Valentine's Day centers around giving love to others, but this year a combination event sponsored by The Ruth Ellis Center and Queen of Cups Burlesque flips that idea on its head. The Burlesque: Love Yourself True inaugural event happening this Feb. 14 at The Motown Mansion encourages everyone, and especially women, to take time to love themselves.

By |2020-02-05T15:26:12-05:00February 5th, 2020|Guides, Romance|

Reading About Love

By Jessica Trotter The romance genre is a billion dollar plus industry and it’s finally starting to look like there’s a little something for everyone. That includes new adult — post high school/early college protagonists [...]

By |2020-02-05T15:24:02-05:00February 5th, 2020|Guides, Romance|

Positive Thoughts: Trans Power

Marissa Miller was the lead organizer of the first National Trans Visibility March on Washington, D.C., which took place Saturday, Sept. 28, in the nation’s capital. Thousands attended the march down Pennsylvania Avenue, which was preceded by a rally at Freedom Plaza.

By |2019-11-27T16:08:41-05:00November 27th, 2019|Guides, World AIDS Day|

Giving the Gift of Giving

With fewer than two months left until the winter holidays, gift-giving, and subsequently gift-shopping, season is in full swing. However, as magical as it can be to find the perfect gift for a loved one or to receive a longtime wishlist item, sometimes the holidays run the risk of transforming into a purely material exchange.

By |2019-11-15T10:26:13-05:00November 13th, 2019|Guides, Holiday Gift Guide|

BTL 2019 Gift Guide

Shopping for the holidays is an annual tradition that for most, whether they love or hate it, starts in November and lasts all the way through the end of December. But even if it's a necessity, it's not always easy to find the items on everyone's wishlist.

By |2019-11-14T10:32:13-05:00November 13th, 2019|Guides, Holiday Gift Guide|

Finding Waldo

At 11 months old, Waldo, the standard poodle and Wheaten terrier mix or woodle, is shaping up to be a strong, well-behaved puppy. But just a month ago, before he came into the lives of [...]

By |2019-10-30T16:38:09-04:00October 30th, 2019|Guides, Pets|

Final Furry Farewells

Wendy and Bob Sutton's story is similar to that of many pet owners. Eager to expand their family, the couple welcomed four animals into their home, caring daily for their needs and planning for every [...]

By |2019-10-30T16:32:12-04:00October 30th, 2019|Guides, Pets|

Novi Pet Expo Nov. 15-17

A three-day event, the Novi Pet Expo is held from Friday, Nov. 15, through Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. "This event showcases products like pet care products, pet foods, animal [...]

By |2019-10-30T16:30:21-04:00October 30th, 2019|Guides, Pets|

Holiday Paint Your Pet

Hosted by Painting with a Twist in Detroit, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, there will be a Holiday Paint Your Pet party where attendees can put their furry friend's face on a canvas. Bringing light snacks [...]

By |2019-10-30T16:29:37-04:00October 30th, 2019|Guides, Pets|

Car Craftsman

In his work as senior creative designer at General Motors Industrial Design, Christopher J. Webb draws on a childhood fascination for the engineering and elegance of automobiles.

By |2019-10-16T16:52:18-04:00October 16th, 2019|Automotive, Guides|

Inside China Automotive Conference Nov. 19

According to export.gov, China continues to "be the world’s largest vehicle market with the Chinese government expecting that automobile output will reach 30 million units by 2020 and 35 million by 2025." With that kind of projected growth, it's imperative that those involved in Michigan's automotive industry understand how that will impact not only China's industry but U.S. production.

By |2019-10-16T16:49:28-04:00October 16th, 2019|Automotive, Guides|

Haunting at the Hackett Auto Museum

It's undeniable that Michigan's main claim to fame is its century-old automotive industry. And with a variety of car models once produced across many of the state's cities, each holds its own unique car history. [...]

By |2019-10-16T16:43:25-04:00October 16th, 2019|Automotive, Guides|

SheHive Workplace Building Workshop

Creating a cooperative workplace is often a simple task but sometimes, for a variety of reasons, even well-meaning co-workers can get on each others' nerves — especially when in a manager-subordinate position. Ferndale's SheHive is an organization that works to connect women of all professions and is hosting a workshop series titled Like a Boss: Building Workplaces that Don't Suck from October to December on the first and third Thursday of each month. The event will focus on female managers in often male-dominated fields like the automotive industry and IT.

By |2019-10-16T16:42:26-04:00October 16th, 2019|Automotive, Guides|

20th Anniversary Global Automotive Summit

For the past 20 years the PUSH/CEF Automotive Summit has discussed diversity and inclusion in the automotive industry for people of color. Held at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit on Thursday, Oct. 31, through Friday, Nov. 1, this year's theme is "Expanding the African-American Opportunity Pipeline."

By |2019-10-16T16:41:26-04:00October 16th, 2019|Automotive, Guides|

The Sound of Love

The Bluewater Kings Band, one of the most popular wedding bands in the Midwest, will return for the fifth time to the Ultimate LGBTQ Wedding, Home & Life Expo on Sunday, Oct. 13. While the band is fully customizable – from three to 14 pieces – it will be a quartet who will perform at the expo.

By |2019-10-09T18:03:56-04:00October 9th, 2019|Guides, Marriage, Wedding|

BTL’s 2019 Wedding, Home & Life Expo Venue Highlight: The Henry, Autograph Collection

From the moment that wedding planning starts, securing the perfect venue should be at the top of the list. In fact, finding the location of the ceremony and reception is so important that in the Brides.com "Ultimate Wedding-Planning Checklist and Timeline" it's ranked as something that should be secured at least a year in advance.

By |2019-10-09T18:03:59-04:00October 9th, 2019|Guides, Marriage, Wedding|

Courteous Home Service

Whether settling down to start a family, putting down roots in a great location or simply expanding one's space, home ownership can be a thrilling part of anyone's life regardless of their reasons. However, it's an unfortunate reality that LGBTQ people often must take extra care to ensure that the place in which they choose to settle down is affirming of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

By |2019-09-19T13:06:28-04:00September 18th, 2019|Guides, Home|

Lesbian-Owned Ann Arbor Real Estate Investment Company Blends Tech With Tradition

Though real estate can make for a great investment, it's not always easy to start building a robust portfolio. Like many other real estate investment firms, Jeddo Corp seeks to help clients develop one, however, its methodology is unique: artificial intelligence. A wife and wife team based out of both Ann Arbor and the San Francisco Bay Area, Nada and Sabra Djomehri saw an opportunity for their business to blend both of their specialties.

By |2019-09-18T15:28:50-04:00September 18th, 2019|Guides, Home|

Accidentally Perfect

Breakups hit hard. Some hit harder than others. For Alyse Vellturo, better-known by fans as pronoun, three years after she broke up with her ex-girlfriend and it's still much of the creative fuel for her first full-length album "i'll show you stronger."

By |2019-09-05T12:48:47-04:00September 4th, 2019|Applause, Entertainment, Features, Guides, Music|