A message from the Between The Lines publishers Susan Horowitz and Jan Stevenson:
In this issue of BTL we mark the 25th anniversary of the paper. With it, we begin a journey looking back to remember our history, with an eye to how we might move ahead to finally achieve full equality.
During the next year, the paper will hold a number of events that look at the progress we have made, make note of the challenges that remain, and continue to commit resources that tell our stories and report on the inequality we still face. We will once again be fully engaged in helping you make informed decisions at the voting booth this November with our extensive voter guide.
One of the other projects we love doing here at BTL is the annual LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo. Now in its 8th year – we return once again to our Expo Grand Sponsor – MotorCity Casino & Hotel this Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m., where nearly 100 vendors will be on hand to welcome you and help you with all your event planning needs – all in one place.
It has never been more important to make informed choices when spending your dollars. This year we face a debate in the highest court in the land – the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s a case that will decide whether bakers and others have the right to refuse us services because of their religious beliefs.
The current climate around the country – indeed the world – has been challenging, and at times alarming. It is difficult to find a ray of hope some days. For those of you who are planning to wed or celebrate an anniversary, each of our vendors on hand are what we have come to call equality-minded. They most definitely provide that ray of hope for all the attendees – treating us with the respect and dignity we most certainly all deserve.
And, whether you are already wed and need other services, please consider choosing among the vendors at this year’s Expo. In addition to party planning, we have services that range from adoption to home buying with LGBT-friendly businesses. In fact, all the businesses and services that advertise in BTL all year long are deserving of consideration when you plan a purchase. Without their support, this publication would not be possible.
So please come down, enjoy the energy that is always high at this event and share in some 25th-anniversary cake with all of us here at BTL – and be sure to say thanks to the vendors who want nothing more than to make our special occasions the best possible experience.
Find more information about the expo at milgbtwedding.com.