Welcome to Detroit: Creating Change Overview

By | 2019-01-31T13:52:11-05:00 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 | 2019-01-30T14:53:58-05:00 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 | 2019-01-30T14:51:14-05:00 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 | 2019-01-30T14:49:17-05:00 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 | 2019-01-30T14:45:28-05:00 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 | 2019-01-30T14:42:12-05:00 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 | 2019-01-30T14:37:21-05:00 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.

LGBTQ Resources in Detroit

By | 2019-01-23T16:24:26-05:00 January 23rd, 2019|Michigan, News|

Andy Garcia, the director of Creating Change, said he wants members of the community to leave the National LGBTQ Task Force's Creating Change conference "feeling like they understand what makes Detroit special." And part of what makes Detroit special is the ecosystem of organizations, some of which are listed below, that work and support the LGBTQ community in the Motor City.

Things to Do in Detroit

By | 2019-01-23T16:21:32-05:00 January 23rd, 2019|Michigan, News|

As the National LGBTQ Task Force's annual Creating Change conference moves into Detroit this week, more than 3,500 participants will have the opportunity to explore the Motor City.

First African-American Women to Serve on Oakland County Parks Board

By | 2019-01-23T16:13:37-05:00 January 23rd, 2019|Michigan, News|

Last week the Oakland County Parks & Recreation Commission held its first meeting of the year and introduced its newest members, Oakland County Commissioner Nancy Quarles (D-Southfield) and Ebony Bagley. Quarles and Bagley are the first African-American women ever to serve on the OCPR Commission.

2019 Creating Change Conference Honors Detroit, National Activists for Social Justice Work

By | 2019-01-18T10:38:11-05:00 January 17th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Renowned for its ability to bring LGBTQ activists of all kinds together, the national Creating Change Conference is also known for recognizing those who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to make change in their own way. This year, the conference will be held from Jan. 23 through 27 at the Detroit Marriott in the Renaissance Center and will honor five chosen individuals and one organization for their work and dedication toward the LGBTQ movement. Each of whom will speak about their work as they receive their individual awards.

Creating Change Co-Chair Highlights

By | 2019-01-17T17:20:41-05:00 January 17th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Every year, the Creating Change LGBTQ conference selects a different city in which to hold its conference. As it moves from city to city, officials select a group of local co-chairs native to the area [...]

Affirmations Looks to Restructure With Resolve

By | 2019-01-13T23:18:59-05:00 January 10th, 2019|Michigan, News|

It had only been a few weeks, but Jennifer Johnson's daughter had started to look forward to Fridays; that's when she'd visit Affirmations and take part in the youth programs available there. Fridays were also the day that Johnson had come to trust that she'd have a reliable, safe space in which her openly LGBTQ daughter could be herself.

Gov. Whitmer Prohibits State Employment Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation, Identity

By | 2019-01-10T14:29:37-05:00 January 10th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive directive Monday at Affirmations, Michigan's largest LGBTQ community center, that broke new ground regarding civil rights protections for the LGBTQ community. Directive No. 2019-9 outlined that it would help instill policies to "promote public confidence in the fairness and integrity of state government" by ensuring all Michigan residents receive fair treatment in "employment, state contracting, and when accessing services from state government."

2019 Michigan Women’s Marches Jan. 19

By | 2018-12-28T15:53:10-05:00 December 28th, 2018|Michigan, News|

On January 19, 2019, thousands of women and their allies will come together in Washington D.C. to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington. In a show of solidarity with the [...]

Karen Prins Resigns from OOTL Board

By | 2019-01-07T11:18:50-05:00 December 28th, 2018|Michigan, News|

One of the founding board members of Out On The Lakeshore LGBTQ community center has resigned to spend more time with family and friends. Karen Prins, who was one of the initial board members for [...]

2018 Year-End Overview

By | 2019-01-02T08:14:47-05:00 December 26th, 2018|Michigan, News|

As 2018 comes to an end, Michigan’s LGBTQ community can look back on a year filled with both hard hits to our rights along with major political wins toward greater equality. On a national scale, [...]