BTL COVID-19 Resource Guide

As the world continues to learn more about coronavirus and its spread, it's vital to stay up-to-date on the latest developments. However, it's also important to make sure that the information being distributed is from credible sources. To that end, Between The Lines has compiled, [...]

A Message to BTL Readers and the Greater Michigan LGBTQ Community

By | 2020-03-19T23:28:38-04:00 March 19th, 2020|Opinions, Viewpoints|

The message could not be clearer: respond to the COVID-19 crisis by staying home whenever you can, wash your hands frequently and do whatever you can to not spread the virus. But there is also a much larger message to spread: take care of each other, reach out to people who are isolated and fearful, and let's open our hearts to each other – even if we can’t physically open our arms.

Creep of the Week: COVID-19

By | 2020-03-19T23:23:39-04:00 March 19th, 2020|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

There’s a reason #StayTheFuckHome is trending. Because that’s what we should all be doing. As much as possible, of course. There are lots of people who can’t, maybe because they have to work or have medical appointments they can’t miss. In other words, good reasons.

Parting Glances: A CT Black History Remembrance

By | 2020-02-19T15:46:10-05:00 February 19th, 2020|Opinions, Parting Glances|

As an emerging gay teenager, I attended Cass Technical High School where I was fortunate to soon discover there were others like myself in the process of coming out. Although back then there was no such thing as coming out, there was, however signaling — by dropping verbal hairpins — and exhibiting tell-tale touches of creative flamboyance.

Creep of the Week: Steven Hotze

By | 2020-02-05T15:02:47-05:00 February 5th, 2020|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

When I went to the library recently there was a black man, maybe in his 30s, standing outside collecting signatures. Being civic-minded and nosey, I approached him to see what the signatures were for. “I’m running for Congress and I am collecting signatures to get on the ballot,” he said.

Parting Glances: Dopplegangers, Big 10 and Me

By | 2020-02-05T15:00:01-05:00 February 5th, 2020|Opinions, Parting Glances|

As a recent resident of the Henry Ford Senior Retirement Village Community, consisting of some 800 units — I live in Berkshire Gardens — I have had some interesting, shall we say, metaphysical, perhaps psychic experiences. At separate dinner times, for starters, I've encountered three fellow diners — the food served at the St. Clair and Windows restaurants is excellent and varied — who are double takes for friends I have known for some time.

Reading About Love

By | 2020-01-22T16:21:37-05:00 January 22nd, 2020|Opinions, Viewpoints|

The romance genre is a billion dollar plus industry and it’s finally starting to look like there’s a little something for everyone. That includes new adult — post high school/early college protagonists — more mature adults and second chance love stories, LGBTQIA relationships and protagonists who are people of color.

Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Silent Shame

By | 2020-01-22T16:18:14-05:00 January 22nd, 2020|Opinions, Viewpoints|

This past year in my practice, I began to see both male and female clients who presented with a past history of child sexual abuse. Unfortunately, the statistics prove that someone misusing alcohol or other drugs most likely has some form of child abuse in their past as well. Add that this person identifies with the LGBTQ community, and the numbers change dramatically.

How the Trump ‘Medical Conscience’ Rule is Harming LGBTQ Liberty

By | 2020-01-07T16:22:36-05:00 January 7th, 2020|Opinions, Viewpoints|

In November a federal district judge in New York found that the Trump Administration lied. The Court also held that the Administration had overstepped its authority. Let me explain. In May 2019 the Administration issued its “Medical Conscience” rule. We’ve had medical conscience rules in the past that have protected health care employees who refuse to participate in performing abortions, sterilizations and assisted suicides, based on their sincerely held religious beliefs.

The Trans Body

By | 2019-12-11T14:29:06-05:00 December 11th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

Transphobia, like homophobia, isn't generally using the suffix "-phobia" to mean "fear," but to mean "aversion." It's the same notion as hydrophobic surfaces refer to their ability to repel water. That said, I feel there [...]

We Must Not Betray Their Sacrifices

By | 2019-11-27T15:41:20-05:00 November 27th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

The New York Stock Exchange. St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The National Institutes of Health. All three locations are icons in America not just because of their status in the broader culture but because of their seminal roles in bringing the urgency of our community in addressing the HIV crisis.

One Day After

By | 2019-11-20T15:15:20-05:00 November 20th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

On Nov. 20, transgender and non-binary people — and our allies — across the world come together to honor those murdered due to anti-trans violence. This year marks the 20th since a group of people [...]

Creep of the Week: Paul S. Morton Sr.

By | 2019-11-13T15:23:36-05:00 November 13th, 2019|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

It’s been a hell of a week for Pete Buttigieg. The fact that he’s polling so high is amazing and it makes me proud that an openly gay man is doing so well. He’s not my pick (Elizabeth Warren is far more qualified), but his campaign is historic and I love it.