Around 160 people attended the third annual Stand with Trans Family Picnic on Sunday, August 12 at Royal Oak Memorial Park. This is a significant increase in attendance by families, youth, young children and adults. [...]
Ferndale’s Geary Park was packed with members of Metro Detroit’s transgender community on Saturday, August 11. Six hours of intense sun, vendors, and food welcomed trans folks and allies at the annual Trans Pride in [...]
Considered by some to be the most important race for the people, the campaign for justice of the Michigan Supreme Court can often be overlooked when the public is particularly focused on the gubernatorial and congressional races. This year, two of the court's seven seats are up for consideration and following the November election, 25-year strong civil rights attorney Sam Bagenstos is hoping to fill one of them.
Roles of Gladys, Patti, Dionne Revived It’s been 32 years since HBO first aired the iconic Sisters in the Name of Love concert. The television special starred Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle and Dionne Warwick and [...]
A little recognition can go a long way and open a lot of doors. And getting properly certified as an LGBT-owned business enterprise can have many benefits for business owners.
When writer Beth Brant died on Aug. 6, 2015, she left behind a loving family and a vibrant literary legacy documenting her life as a Native American lesbian. A mother, grandmother and longtime Melvindale resident, Brant is remembered as a pathbreaking lesbian author, poet, essayist, editor, lecturer and literary activist.
The Southeastern Michigan HIV/AIDS Council is an organization dedicated to bringing community awareness to fighting HIV and AIDS, and this year they plan to go a step further and teach people how to advocate for people living with HIV through Project L.E.A.P.
Since the 1970s, modern nonprofit organizations have become a regularity in the national landscape. In fact, in 2016 they numbered at over 1.5 million, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics. In Michigan alone, over 40,000 such organizations were reported to exist in that same year by the Independent Sector nonprofit organization. And with such a vast variety of organizations working for all kinds of causes it can be difficult for leaders with differing levels of departmental experience to work together cohesively.
As the summer rolls to a close, so does pride season, but not before Transgender Michigan hosts its annual, Transgender Pride in the Park. On Saturday, Aug. 11 at Ferndale's Donald Red Geary Park from [...]
By this time next week, Michiganders will have already voted in the Aug. 7 primaries. However, in anticipation of that vote, Between The Lines reached out to each of the three Democratic gubernatorial candidates — [...]
A collection of some of Detroit's most prominent LGBTQ artists' work, the Hotter Than July Fine Arts Exhibition was held on Thursday, July 26. Curated by self-taught artist Geno Harris, its chosen art will stay [...]
It’s just days before the primary elections, and candidates running for office took one of the last remaining opportunities beforehand to talk to LGBTQ folks during the 23rd annual Hotter Than July celebration. The second [...]
Fourth annual Community Chat and Candlelight Vigil Kick Off Hotter Than July Detroit Police Chief James Craig made sure to emphasize his support for everyone in the crowd of about 100 people who came out [...]
Philadelphia Adoption Decision Resounds Nationally This year, it is arguable that Dumont v. Lyon is one of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan's most recognizable cases. In it, the ACLU has claimed that Michigan [...]
Michigan health officials have been quietly rolling out a comprehensive new strategy to control and end the HIV crisis for months. But attorneys, AIDS Service Organization officials and more worry the plans could overstep the privacy rights of people living with or at risk for HIV and drive them away from testing and treatment. That could ultimately result in an increase in cases, rather than a desired decrease.
For almost a quarter of a century Ann Arbor's Jim Toy Community Center has been hosting an iteration of Ann Arbor Pride, formerly known as OutFest. This year is no different and starting on Friday, Aug. 3 through Aug. 5 attendees are encouraged to attend and celebrate the LGBTQ community.
Democratic candidate for attorney general Dana Nessel and State Rep. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) rallied in support of Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence on Sunday, July 21 at SOHO in Ferndale for her work on the federal level [...]
Across the U.S. there are over 600 Planned Parenthood health centers that provide a variety of services focusing on reproductive health care, but worldwide there are more than 10 million activists, supporters and donors to the organization. But beyond just the medical clinics, perhaps one of Planned Parenthood's most notable arms is its Action Fund. This fund is nonprofit, non-partison group that works to advance access to sexual health care and reproductive rights. And this year many action fund supporters will convene in Detroit for the Power of Pink conference from Friday, July 27, through Sunday, July 29.
The Agency Will Continue Taking LGBTQ Discrimination Complaints […]
Inaugural Youth Impact Awards to be presented to Jack Antonoff, Billy Porter, Zeke Thomas […]
Attorney General - and candidate for Governor - Bill Schuette issued a formal opinion Friday, July 20 asserting that under the state's Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act LGBTQ Michiganders are not protected from discrimination on [...]
A movement that started with a Facebook post by an earnest 28-year-old woman, and blossomed into a full-fledged citizen run movement which collected over 430,000 valid signatures for a ballot initiative, is facing its final [...]
Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a bipartisan coalition of municipal leaders dedicated to securing inclusive non-discrimination protections for all at every level of government. Openly gay Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell is part of the program, [...]
On May 2 Kalamazoo County rolled out its new ID program after more than year of hard work and packed community meetings. Designed for people who are able to prove their identity but lack the documents to obtain a driver’s license or state ID, the Kalamazoo County ID’s stated purpose is, “To recognize all Kalamazoo County residents and enable them to connect with public safety, civic and community services.”
He’s the newest sensation from porn site BlackBoyAddictionz.com. At 24 years old, 6' 4" tall and equipped a trim, muscular physique he is known simply as Manny Killa. He is also one of the entertainers set to visit during LGBT Detroit's Hotter Than July festivities. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Manny admits to losing his virginity when he was only 14 years old.
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.
On Wednesday, Aug. 22, the Affirmations LGBTQ community center will host a dual fundraiser for itself and SAGE Metro Detroit — an advocacy organization for LGBT Elders. At the event, SAGE Metro Detroit Executive Director [...]
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.
LANSING (AP) — Michigan regulators have significantly expanded the list of conditions approved for treatment by medical marijuana. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs on Monday added 11 medical conditions deemed debilitating by the [...]
Ryan Sebolt had a good reason for arriving late to his interview with Between The Lines. The openly gay Democrat running for a second term on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners had just participated [...]
Friday, June 22, was a bit miserable because of a persistent, freezing cold rain, but that wasn’t enough to keep dogged protesters away from an Immigrant Solidarity Rally. The event took place on the Bagley Pedestrian Bridge. Brianna Dee Kingsley, organizer of the event and activist working with Metro Detroit Political Action Network, explained why she felt moved to make this gesture.
One doesn’t always think of the acronyms AARP and LGBT as having anything in common. But, if AARP’s National LGBT Liaison Nii-Quartelai Quartey has his way, the public will come to know that they do. [...]
DETROIT – On Thursday, June 21, Equality Michigan (EQMI) announced that Olympic Bronze Medalist and outspoken voice of the LGBTQ community, Adam Rippon, will be joining the organization on Oct. 5, 2018, as the keynote speaker for their annual Fall Reception, Building Bridges.
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:
Follow The Rainbow: City of Lansing Surprises Pridegoers with Announcement of Permanent Rainbow Crosswalks
LANSING — Lansing’s new Mayor Andy Schor was in rare form as he served as Michigan Pride’s Grand Marshall Saturday. He rejected a ride in a convertible, opting instead to join a bevy of supporters and his family walking the route wearing rainbow tie-dye T-shirts emblazoned with his name and new title.
Hundreds of community members came together at Glory Supermarket in Highland Park on Friday, June 22 for a neighborhood summer barbecue hosted by Wrigley's Pharmacy. The afternoon family-friendly event included free food and drink, music, [...]