Jan Stevenson

Jan Stevenson is the former co-publisher of Between The Lines (1995 to 2020). She served as the first president of the board of Affirmations Community Center (1988 to 1992), and as the group’s first executive director (1992-1995).

Ford back in gear with LGBTs

WASHINGTON – A tense two weeks came to a happy resolution when Ford unequivocally stated its support for the LGBT community in words and actions, distancing themselves from the extremist right-wing group that had threatened to boycott the company. [...]

Built Ford Tough?

DEARBORN – The perception that Ford Motor Company acquiesced to anti-gay demands from the American Family Association has ignited a firestorm from LGBT people both within the auto industry and across the country. On Nov. 30, reported [...]

Thousands create change in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. – Over 60 LGBT activists from Michigan joined more than 2,300 other radical, elderly, young, black, Asian Pacific, button-downed, outrageous, experienced, newly exposed and otherwise diverse activists at the 18th Annual Creating [...]

BTL writer out and open as Art Educator Of the Year

DEARBORN – Dual love of the arts and teaching have inspired Charles Alexander his entire life. Last week, Alexander, 69, was honored for his contributions to both of his loves at the eighth annual Recognition Awards for Arts & Culture, hosted by [...]

Urvashi Vaid takes over at Arcus

KALAMAZOO – Urvashi Vaid is thrilled and a little surprised to find that her long career in LGBT activism has led her to Kalamazoo. Small in stature but huge in heart, Vaid said she's intent on bringing her vast experience and passion to help grow [...]

History made: New center breaks ground

FERNDALE – After four years of meetings, fundraisers, consultations with architects and building inspectors, governmental red tape and gallons of coffee, the Building Committee at Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center finally got a chance to [...]

Kilpatrick: 'You learn more as you go along'

DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is in a tough reelection campaign against challenger Freman Hendrix. Although the polls show Hendrix with a strong lead going into the final week of the campaign, most experts agree that Kilpatrick could [...]

BTL Exclusive Interview: Freman Hendrix: 'I want to be everybody's mayor'

DETROIT – Freman Hendrix is campaigning hard to become the next Mayor of Detroit. He currently has a double-digit lead in the polls over incumbent Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, but as the Nov. 2 election gets closer, experts predict the margin will shrink [...]

Northern Exposure

HARRISVILLE – Ever feel like you just want to get away from it all? Fortunately in Michigan that's not so hard to do, and you don't have to go very far to reach pristine beaches, acres of woodland forests, and clean rivers. One such place is [...]

A home away from home

BELLAIRE – David Schulz and Jim Walker love their home, and they want to share it with everyone – inside and out. This couple, who gave up their corporate jobs to follow their dream of owning and operating a bed and breakfast, have created an [...]

GM's Hohman honored as a trailblazer

DENVER, CO – Leslie Hohman of General Motors is a committed activist. She's dedicated herself to making GM a better and safer place for LGBT employees, and her extraordinary work will be celebrated later this month in Denver as a finalist for the [...]

LGBT activists unite at WSU panel

DETROIT – The Michigan LGBT community is more united, more organized and more battle tested after the stunning loss suffered on Proposal 2 in the November 2004 election. That was the conclusion and tone of a town hall meeting Jan. 13 on the campus [...]