EQMI Announces 2019 Fall Reception Sept. 13

By | 2019-07-12T02:44:52-04:00 July 12th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Equality Michigan is Michigan's statewide LGBTQ political advocacy organization that focuses on anti-violence and anti-discrimination work as well as providing support services for those who have been victimized due to their sexual orientation. EQMI will [...]

MDCR Mourns Loss of LGBTQ leader Clif Levin

By | 2019-07-10T13:23:54-04:00 July 10th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Lansing—Today Agustin V. Arbulu, Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, issued the following statement on the passing of Clif Levin, a long time volunteer board member and advocate for LGBTQ rights in Michigan: [...]

Noble Takes Helm at ACLU

By | 2019-06-26T16:39:53-04:00 June 26th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Every Michigander above the age of 6 or so should know of Lansing, and if they don't it's guaranteed that the decisions made in the state's capital have at some point had a direct impact [...]

Kalamazoo Pride: 1 Festival, 4 Perspectives

By | 2019-06-28T13:37:58-04:00 June 26th, 2019|Kalamazoo, Michigan, Neighborhoods, News|

Kalamazoo Pride, a two-day festival celebrating southwest Michigan’s LGBTQ community, was at Arcadia Creek Festival Place June 7 to 8. Between The Lines spent the second day at the park, and spoke with individuals while they staffed vendor tables, enjoyed the entertainment, perused the merchandise or simply chilled out in the shade on that very sunny day. Here are just four of those stories.

Campuses Honor LGBTQ Graduates throughout Michigan

By | 2019-06-26T16:21:32-04:00 June 26th, 2019|Michigan, News|

In 1995, the University of Michigan held the first-ever Lavender Graduation. Twenty-four years later, more than 200 colleges and universities around the country hold similar celebrations. Between The Lines is proud to recognize LGBTQ graduates from eight campuses across Michigan who were honored in ceremonies held this spring.

News Analysis: Proud of What?

By | 2019-06-19T14:51:13-04:00 June 19th, 2019|Michigan, News|

50 years ago, Greenwich Village in New York saw a team of police officers raid its gay club, Stonewall Inn. The acts of violence displayed that early morning led to protests, riots, mobs, and hospitalization for both club-goers and officers. Pride was born out of this resistance against police brutality.

Flint Pride Festival June 22

By | 2019-06-19T14:42:53-04:00 June 19th, 2019|Michigan, News|

A time for celebration and excitement, June is a significant month for the LGBTQ community because it is also a time for reflection on the hard-won fight for equality that kicked off at the Stonewall [...]

Rainbow Detroit: Motor City Pride 2019 Celebrates Stonewall 50 in Style

By | 2019-06-12T16:22:47-04:00 June 12th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Detroit looked markedly more colorful last weekend as it bustled with thousands of people clad in all manner of rainbow flags on their way to attend Motor City Pride 2019 in Hart Plaza. Host to over 50,000, the event featured performances by drag greats like Sabin and Ongina, showcased local artists like Tunde Olaniran and brought in nationally known musical acts like Greyson Chance.

Huntington Woods Commission Bans Conversion Therapy

By | 2019-06-12T16:10:14-04:00 June 12th, 2019|Michigan, News|

The Huntington Woods City Commission voted unanimously at its June 4 meeting to enact an ordinance banning the practice of conversion therapy within the city limits. Violators will be guilty of a municipal civil infraction. Huntington Woods is now the first and only city in Michigan to ban the practice. The ordinance was introduced by City Commissioner Joe Rozell.

Free Mom Hugs Brings the Love at Pride

By | 2019-06-05T15:44:42-04:00 June 5th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Twenty seconds. According to Jill Lash's research, that's the time it takes to give the perfect hug. And as she's the Free Mom Hugs Southeast Michigan chapter co-leader, she's likely more qualified than most to [...]

Hitting the Ground Running

By | 2019-05-29T16:19:22-04:00 May 29th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Programmatic expansion, fund and staff development, political advocacy and more are all either current or future projects at Ferndale's Affirmations LGBTQ community center. From the outside, that list might seem like an average set of [...]

We’re With You Charles

By | 2019-05-29T16:10:06-04:00 May 29th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Our beloved writer, friend and confidant Charles Alexander suffered a stroke Monday and is currently recuperating at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Charles has written for the paper since its inception in 1993, completing nearly 1,000 of [...]

Rural Americans are LGBTQ, too

By | 2019-05-22T17:30:48-04:00 May 22nd, 2019|Michigan, News|

Though urban areas are often considered huge draws for those in the LGBTQ community — a 2015 Gallup poll found that San Francisco, Portland and Austin all ranked highest in the country for the largest LGBTQ population — little is written about those LGBTQ people who choose to call rural communities home.

Trans, Religious, Thriving

By | 2019-05-15T14:02:56-04:00 May 15th, 2019|Michigan, News, Worship|

As a faith leader, the Rev. Kate Malin, Rector of Christ's Church in Rye, New York, wears a variety of hats: teacher, theologian, preacher. She is used to giving informed guidance to her parishioners and [...]

Affirmations ED Dave Garcia Holds First Community Chats

By | 2019-05-09T11:25:14-04:00 May 8th, 2019|Michigan, News|

A total of 13 people came out to Affirmations April 30 for two community chats with returning executive director Dave Garcia who had just returned to the center the day before. Eight people, mostly members of the Senior Koffee Klatch, came out to the morning session and five to the evening. Four members of Affirmations' staff were present at each meeting and there were two board members at the morning section and three in the evening.

New Resolution: GVSU Will Only Contract With LGBTQ-Inclusive Vendors

By | 2019-05-08T15:42:06-04:00 May 8th, 2019|Michigan, News|

With the end-of-year rush surrounding final exams, summer plan finalizations and the packing up of dorm rooms, the average Grand Valley State University likely didn't notice that the end of April marked a small step toward increased LGBTQ inclusivity at GVSU, but this small change could send a resounding message in the West Michigan community: GVSU has amended its purchasing and overall discrimination policies to contract only with vendors who do not discriminate against the LGBTQ community.