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.

Sing Out Detroit Celebrates 10 Years

By | 2018-06-13T12:56:45+00:00 June 13th, 2018|Michigan, News|

For the past decade, musically-inclined LGBTQ and ally Detroiters have slowly been catching on to Sing Out Detroit, the city's inclusionary group choir. In honor of the group's growth and longevity, they will be hosting their "Encore!" performance on Saturday, June 16, at Ferndale High School.

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.

WSU Hosts LGBTQ History Panel in Honor of the School’s 150 Years

By | 2018-06-11T09:15:48+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Detroit, Michigan, News, Pride Guide|

A lot can happen over 150 years, and in honor of a timeline that spans over half of modern U.S. history, Wayne State University is presenting several panels throughout the year in honor of its sesquicentennial. And, coming up on Tuesday, June 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the David Adamany Undergraduate Library is the "Our History at Wayne: LGBTQ Life at Wayne State University panel." WSU Archivist Alison Stankrauff has been the main organizer of these events, and she said she's excited to provide a platform for several LGBTQ activists and historians to speak to WSU's successes and failures in the fight for LGBTQ equality.

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.

‘Beyond I Do’ Ad Campaign Highlights Michigan Couple in Fight Against Discrimination in Post-Gay Marriage Legalization Era

By | 2018-06-06T15:42:15+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Just six days after Krista and Jami Contreras' first child was born, they did what any loving parents would do and scheduled their daughter's first checkup. But, when they came into the doctor's office for the visit, they were told the doctor wasn't there and would not be serving their family. They were then told that the doctor who was supposed to serve their daughter had religious beliefs that didn't support the fact that Krista and Jami are lesbians. That was in 2014. Fast forward to present and the Contreras family has now made national headlines with their story, and is involved with a statewide campaign called "Beyond I Do."

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 Reaches Over 250,000 Signatures, Hopes to Make 2018 Ballot

By | 2018-06-15T12:32:20+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."

Q&A with Mayor Mike Duggan

By | 2018-06-06T15:35:41+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Detroit, Election 2018, Michigan, News|

As BTL continues the Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination series, we hear from Mike Duggan, who was elected Mayor of the City of Detroit on Nov. 5, 2013, and re-elected to a second term on Nov. 7, 2017. Duggan, born in Detroit, has spent his entire career working in the city to solve some of the most complex issues facing Detroiters, including crime, blight and access to jobs.

Pride at Work President Cynthia Thornton Receives ‘Rebel With A Cause’ Award

By | 2018-05-29T15:48:38+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Michigan, News|

On Saturday, May 19, the President of Pride at Work Michigan, Cynthia Thornton, received the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Rebel With A Cause Award for her "exemplary demonstration of leadership and inspiration to young workers everywhere, especially here in Michigan." The award was part of the two-day 2018 Young Workers' Conference held at the school's Dearborn campus. Pride at Work is the local branch of a national nonprofit organization that represents LGBTQ union members and their allies and is officially recognized by the AFL-CIO.

Mara Keisling Keynotes Pride Brunch in Kalamazoo

By | 2018-05-29T15:46:29+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Founding executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, Mara Keisling, was in Kalamazoo on Saturday, May 26 to talk about her work in the advocacy organization, their legislative work in the presidential administration, and the political power of optimism.

Midwestern T-Shirts Track History

By | 2018-05-29T15:42:07+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Wearing Gay History Archive Showcases Thousands of Historical Shirts Midwestern Historian There is a perception by some that LGBTQ history didn't happen in the Midwest. And while it is true that many of the most [...]

Garnet Lewis: Trailblazer

By | 2018-05-22T14:15:29+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Election 2018, Michigan, News|

“Honesty. Integrity. A Voice for You” garnetlewisforstatesenate.com When Between The Lines caught up with Garnet Lewis, Democratic candidate for Michigan’s 26th State Senate District, she had just finished a campaign-related breakfast meeting at the Blue [...]

A Writer Reborn: LGBTQ Author Shares Story of Sexual Assault to Help Others

By | 2018-05-29T15:50:20+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Michigan, News|

An emotional Albert Kroeyr took the podium at the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church on May 11. He is one of more than a dozen members of the church's writer's club and that evening's presentation was held to commemorate the release of the club's first book: "Kaleidoscope" — a collebtion of poems and short stories of longtime club members. However, for him, it was a monumental occurence; the newly 48-year-old Kroeyr celebrated his birthday by speaking publicly about the rape that changed the course of his life more than 20 years ago, and inspired his written contribution to the book.

Affirmations Board Elects 6 New Members, 3 Step Down

By | 2018-05-22T14:08:36+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Michigan, News|

The Affirmations board of directors voted in six new board members and saw three step down at its monthly meeting on May 16. Incoming board members are Nancy Cummings, Cheryl Czach, Hannah Hartley, Timothy Lantzy, Gregory Rice and Anthony Sherman. Those stepping down include Frank Aiello, Jodi Allen and Eric Martin.

When There Were Seven

By | 2018-05-16T12:18:36+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Election 2018, Michigan, News|

Come Jan. 1 there will be a new governor, but for now, there are seven competing for the position. And, with all seven people vying to occupy the office sitting on a simple stage in East Lansing May 10, one would expect a clash of ideas and a battle of wills. But, the four GOP and three Democratic candidates answered questions for the Michigan Press Association with relatively few bumps.

Nickki Stevens’ Secret to Success: Her Mom

By | 2018-05-10T07:04:35+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Walk into Gigi's Gay Bar today and you're likely to see drag queen Nickki Stevens grace the stage. Her punchy humor, big looks and classy style — despite her trucker mouth — have been thrilling audiences since the late '80s. But, what some might not know is that in many ways, Stevens' act could be considered double. After all, even though her mother, Sharon Hughes, doesn't grace the stage herself, she spends her Saturday nights working concessions, selling jewelry, and providing her drag daughter much support: from painting, to cleaning, to decorating.