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).

Michigan Marriage Ban Struck Down

April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse outside the courthouse last week. A federal judge has struck down Michigans ban on gay marriage Friday the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the U.S. The two nurses whove been partners for [...]

Snyder Says Marriages Not Recognized

Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend before a court halted a decision that opened the door to gay nuptials, Gov. Rick Snyder just announced. The announcement comes a day after an appeals court [...]

Wayne County Adds LGBT Protections

LGBT activists and allies joined Robert Ficano, center, as he signed an executive order extending employment protections to LGBT employees of Wayne County. From left: Emily Dievendorf, executive director of Equality Michigan; Summer Foster, field [...]

Emotional Outpouring For Marriage At Equality Cabaret

12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637 Photos: Kim Borger and Audrey Wojokowsi ANN ARBOR – Spirits were high and emotions strong at the standing-room-only Cabaret For Equality [...]

Gala Celebrates Progress, Mourns Founder

1234ÔÑÑÔÑÖ DETROIT – Unity, collaboration and getting things done were themes at Equality Michigan's 2014 Annual Dinner Feb. 22. The elegant event at Motor City Casino's Amnesia Lounge attracted about 200 people and featured great food and [...]

Marriage Equality Trial Opens: Science v. Fear

Outside the courthouse. DETROIT -The mood was serious as Judge Bernard Friedman, dozens of lawyers and law clerks and stenographers began the trial that will decide two legal issues; whether LGBT people should be permitted to jointly adopt, and [...]

Affirmations Receives $800,000 Bequest

The largest unrestricted gift in Affirmations Community Center's 25-year history – close to $800,000 – will help the Center retire it's remaining mortgage. Above is BTL file photo from 2007 of the center just days before opening in its current [...]

For Love And Taxes

For the first time in U.S. history, same-sex married couples may file as "married" on their 2013 federal returns. No longer are same-sex married couples seen as "legal strangers" in the eyes of the I.R.S. Although it may feel strange to be excited [...]

Marriage Equality Equals Financial Equality

LIVONIA - Marriage is now more equal than ever, thanks to a September ruling from the Internal Revenue Service that says the IRS will consider all marriages legal for the purpose of filing federal taxes, even if the couples live in states that do [...]

Duggan Includes LGBTs In Acceptance Speech

John Corvino and Detroit Mayor-Elect John Duggan DETROIT - Mayor-elect Michael Duggan gave a shoutout to LGBT Detroiters in his acceptance speech Nov. 5. Towards the end of his speech he said, "The way we are going to rebuild this city is to value [...]

DIFFA Dazzled Detroit

12345ÔÑÑÔÑÖ DETROIT - Exquisite dining room installations, fabulous food, beautiful people, soaring music and entertaining clowns and acrobats dazzled hundreds of partygoers at the fourth annual DIFFA Detroit event. It was at the old Federal [...]

LGBTs Raise Dollars For Duggan

Co-host John Corvino, left, with mayoral candiate Mike Duggan, co-host Mike Einheuser and Mike Higgins who opened his penthouse condo for the fundraiser. Photo by Jan Stevenson. DETROIT - Over 100 LGBT people and allies attended a high ticket [...]