Black History Family Festival at Tangent Gallery Feb. 24

By | 2019-02-13T13:17:47+00:00 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.

Mark LaChey Elected First Vice Chair of Michigan Democratic Party, Roland Leggett Chair of LGBT & Allies Caucus

By | 2019-02-07T11:42:48+00:00 February 6th, 2019|Michigan, News|

One day after the state emerged from a record-breaking cold snap, nearly 3,000 Democratic Michiganders gathered for the Michigan Democratic Party Spring Convention at Cobo Center in Detroit. There, credentialed delegates were tasked with electing MDP leadership as well as leadership for constituency caucuses and congressional districts.

Gay Man Found Dead After Lansing Fire

By | 2019-02-06T16:14:10+00:00 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.

LGBTQ Military Organizations Applaud Lawmakers

By | 2019-02-06T11:20:50+00:00 February 6th, 2019|National, News|

Several members of Congress invited actively-serving and veteran transgender service members as their honored guests to President Trump's State of the Union Address on Tuesday, Feb. 5. For many of the legislators, the Supreme Court’s [...]

ACLU Recent Legal Updates

By | 2019-01-30T16:46:34+00:00 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.

Welcome to Detroit: Creating Change Overview

By | 2019-01-31T13:52:11+00:00 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.

BTL Co-Publishers Jan Stevenson, Susan Horowitz Awarded for Activism at Creating Change

By | 2019-01-30T14:53:58+00:00 January 30th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Dedicating one's time and energy to being an activist, particularly to a cause like LGBTQ civil rights, is never something undertaken lightly. Perhaps even rarer is a person who is willing to dedicate their life to such a cause. In the case of wives and Between The Lines Co-Publishers Jan Stevenson and Susan Horowitz, their decades-long commitment to enhancing the lives of the LGBTQ community in Michigan and beyond via their work in publishing and through the National LGBTQ Task Force has not been lost on their peers. Recognized last week at the Taskforce-sponsored 2019 Creating Change Conference, the couple received the Susan J. Hyde Award dedicated to their longevity in the movement.

Rashida Tlaib Addresses Creating Change Conference

By | 2019-01-30T14:51:14+00:00 January 30th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib addressed the National LGBTQ Task Force's Creating Change conference on Saturday, Jan. 26. Tlaib kicked off her remarks by stating, "Welcome to the most beautiful, blackest city in the country, the city of Detroit.

BTL Reporter Releases First Novel

By | 2019-01-30T14:49:17+00:00 January 30th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Jason A. Michael has a long history with Between The Lines. In fact, he started writing for the paper in 1999, less than 10 years into its history. But if 20 years seems like a long time, consider this: Michael wrote the bulk of his novel, "Easier Said," released this month on his own JAM Books imprint, even before he started writing for the paper. Now, Michael is gearing up for a book release party to be held on Saturday, Feb. 9 at The Charlevoix Gallery in Detroit. BTL caught up with him to get details on his newly released work and upcoming projects.

OBITUARY: Nathan D. Strickland Jr.

By | 2019-01-30T14:45:28+00:00 January 30th, 2019|Michigan, News|

He had, friends say, warm eyes and a nice smile and always a kind word for everyone. Community activist Nathan D. Strickland Jr., widely recognized as an up and coming leader in the LGBTQ community, succumbed to his lengthy battle with cancer Jan. 24. He passed just two weeks before what would have been his 28th birthday.

Detroit Man Sentenced to 18-45 Years for Armed Robbery of Trans Woman

By | 2019-01-30T14:42:12+00:00 January 30th, 2019|Michigan, News|

A trans woman in Detroit got justice with help from the Fair Michigan Justice Project. Special Prosecutor Jaimie Powell Horowitz prosecuted and secured a conviction against Antoine Simmons in the Wayne County Circuit Court. Judge Mark Slavens sentenced Simmons to 18-45 years in prison on Thursday, Jan. 24, for armed robbery and use of a firearm in connection with a felony.

QTPOC Speaker Series at WSU

By | 2019-01-30T14:37:21+00:00 January 30th, 2019|Michigan, News|

By hosting a QTPOC Speaker Series at Wayne State University, Cara Mitrano hopes to recognize and showcase the incredible leadership, activism, and service of the community's LGBTQ siblings of color in Detroit.