I.D.entity Accepted

By | 2018-07-12T13:04:43+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Michigan, News|

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.”

Meet Manny Killa: Q&A with HTJ 2018 Visiting Entertainer

By | 2018-07-11T15:45:09+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Detroit, Michigan, News|

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.

Study Documents Millennials’ Views on LGBT Issues

By | 2018-07-11T15:45:11+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Michigan, News|

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.

Protestors Brave Bad Weather to Rally for Immigrant Solidarity

By | 2018-06-27T16:25:20+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Michigan, News|

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.

LGBT Detroit’s Hotter Than July 2018 Schedule

By | 2018-06-27T16:17:20+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Michigan, News|

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:

Mayor Dobies Declares June LGBT Pride Month in City of Jackson

By | 2018-06-20T15:55:24+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Jackson - Mayor Derek Dobies announced a proclamation earlier this month declaring June the city’s first LGBT Pride Month and made other announcements to advance the city’s outreach to the LGBT community. The move matches Jackson with national LGBT Pride Month, which has been marked by presidential proclamation since 2009.

Q&A with Jackson Mayor Derek Dobies

By | 2018-06-20T09:14:55+00:00 June 15th, 2018|Michigan, News|

As BTL continues the Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination series, we hear from Jackson Mayor Derek Dobies who was first elected in 2011 as the city of Jackson's 6th Ward representative before winning the election in 2017 to serve his first term as Jackson Mayor.

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 Hopes to Make 2018 Ballot

By | 2018-06-20T09:28:16+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.