Constructive criticism for BTL

BTL Staff
By | 2011-07-14T09:00:00-04:00 July 14th, 2011|Opinions|

I very much appreciate Between The Lines and its coverage of LGBT issues in Michigan. I think that the juxtaposition of the social, cultural and political is very important for our community, and I look forward to reading even more issues as they come out. However, I do have some constructive feedback that I would like to share with you.
I recently read “Sparks Fly Over Need for ‘Gayborhood,'” originally printed on June 30, 2011. I also attended the Gay Detroit Speaker Series this year on June 11 that the article discusses. I think that the gayborhood issue is both an interesting and important one, but I’m quite curious as to why this issue is the only one from the town hall that made it into the article.
From my perspective, this event raised other issues that were also worthy of media attention. For example, I think that there were some problems with the first panel’s unwillingness to seriously acknowledge that there are some places and people in Detroit that are extraordinarily unwelcoming to LGBT folks who either live in Detroit or are just visiting.
Additionally, there is absolutely no mention of the second panel that focused on LGBT civil rights, which I find perplexing and disturbing. I know that Between The Lines reports on civil rights legislation quite frequently, but I searched your website with earnest and I cannot find anything meaningful about the current advocacy efforts to include sexual orientation and gender identity into the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. I very much hope that these efforts will be given some attention in print and on the web in the near future.
Thank you very much for taking the time to review my feedback.
Elizabeth Lamoste

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