Benjamin Decker

Currently an undergrad at the University of Michigan, Benjamin Decker is Between the Lines' Summer 2020 intern. He has had multiple articles published in the campus-run fashion publication, SHEI Magazine, and is pursuing a major in media communications. When he graduates, he is planning on moving to London, working for the BBC and becoming a contestant on the "Great British Bake Off."

Look What You Made Me Do' Is one of the Most Memorable Songs in Pop Culture

If you know me, you know that I am a pop music connoisseur. If I'm not listening to it, I am either sleeping or blabbering about it to one of my friends. That being said, the most excitement I have ever felt in pop music was in 2017 when Taylor [...]

OutFront Kalamazoo Revamps its Website, Logo

Audio Player/archive/uploads/2020/07/OUTFRONT-Kalamazoo.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The OutFront Kalamazoo LGBTQ center is not letting the COVID-19 pandemic slow down its operations. Instead of shutting [...]

John Montgomery Talks New Documentary About his Activist Brother, 'America You Kill Me'

To call Jeffrey Montgomery a gay rights activist would be an understatement. The legacy of the local warrior for LGBTQ rights is being cemented with the new documentary, "America You Kill Me," coming out later this year. It will take a look at not [...]

The EARN IT Act Could Affect the Online Safety of LGBTQ People, Sex Workers and Free Speech

Audio Player/archive/uploads/2020/07/EARN-IT.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Sex workers continue to be a regular target of police brutality, but those crimes often go unreported because sex workers fear [...]

Oakland County Policy Adopted to Help Small Businesses RecoverFrom COVID-19

Editor's note: A previous version of this article stated incorrectly that the resolution was adopted on July 1. In a unanimous vote on June 25, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution proposed by Commissioner Angela [...]

Why Britney Spears Is the Least Problematic Human Being

Britney Spears is my favorite celebrity. My obsessions with others came and went — Paris Hilton, Oprah, Lindsay Lohan — but Spears has stayed in first place ever since I was 6 years old. The first time I remember listening to Spears was in 2008, [...]

Henry Ford Health System Recognizes Pride Month with Flags Outside Hospitals, Offices

Henry Ford Health System has acknowledged Pride month and took it to social media to share its open support for the LGBTQ community. All across the Detroit Metropolitan area, Pride flags stand tall at five of its hospitals and three administrative [...]

Royal Oak City Council Adopts Ordinance Banning Conversion Therapy

The city of Royal Oak has adopted an ordinance to ban conversion therapy during its meeting on Monday, June 22. When officially put into law, Royal Oak will become just the fifth city in Michigan to ban this practice and make the state a safer place [...]

Gov. Whitmer Signs Executive Orders Lifting Restrictions, Reopening Regions in Michigan

On June 5, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed executive orders 2020-114 and 2020-115 under the MI Safe Start Plan that both reopened more regions and economic sectors throughout the State.  "We know that our efforts are working here in Michigan. [...]

Detroit Pistons Pride Equality Panel Discussed LGBTQ Inclusion in Sports

While Pride month is halfway over, the Detroit Pistons are not slowing down with their message of LGBTQ inclusion. This week, the Detroit Pistons held their third virtual Pride celebration, an Athletes for Equality Panel hosted by Hudson Taylor, [...]

Detroit Pistons Recognize LGBTQ Community With Virtual Pride Events

Motor City Pride might be rescheduled this year, but that doesn't mean that the city is letting Pride season slip away unnoticed. The Detroit Pistons are hosting a series of virtual Pride events throughout the week of June 15. All events will begin [...]

Ypsilanti Pride Festival Virtual Livestream at 5 p.m. on June 5

The Ypsi Pride festival is far from being canceled. But this year, rather than the traditional block party that takes up most of downtown Ypsilanti and South Washington Street, the festival will be held on a Facebook livestream on June 5 starting at [...]