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).

When The Personal Becomes Political

I was at the Oakland county courthouse Oct. 16 waiting for the ruling that never came from Judge Friedman which could have allowed for marriage equality in Michigan. There were about 30 people waiting patiently in line, hoping for the chance to get [...]

Election 2013: A Conversation With Detroit Mayoral Candidate Mike Duggan

Detroit Mayoral Candidate Mike Duggan on the campaign trail. Photo courtesy of Duggan campaign. DETROIT – Mike Duggan wants to be the next mayor of Detroit, and on Nov. 5 voters will decide to either elect him or Detroit's former police chief, [...]

Peters Energizes LGBT Donors

Dale Morgan, left, and Norm Silk, right, opened their home Sept. 15 for a fundraiser to benefit Gary Peters campaign for the U.S. Senate. Morgan and Silk, owners of Blossoms Flowers in Birmingham, had completely renovated this famous Dorothy H. [...]

SBA And NBJC Team Up

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, executive director of NBJC, with Kick's Executive Director Curtis Lipscomb at the Out on the Hill Black LGBT Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. Sept. 2012. DETROIT – A myriad of challenges face any business owner who [...]

Lansing Mayor's Attitude On LGBT Human Rights Abuses In Russia Just Wrong

Lansing Mayor Virgil Bernero weighed in late Wednesday afternoon on growing concerns by city officials over the municipality's relationship with St. Petersburg Russia. To say he got it wrong is an understatement. In an interview with, [...]

Is Michigan The Next Marriage Equality State?

Michigan is now at the epicenter of legal fallout from the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision to strike down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act. Legal experts across the nation have shifted their focus to two federal court cases, both of [...]

GALLERY: SCOTUS Rulings Hailed at Ann Arbor Rally

123456789101112131415161718ÔÑÑÔÑÖ ANN ARBOR – An ebullient crowd gathered in Braun Court to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions on same-sex marriage June 26. The Jim Toy Community Center organized the rally on the evening [...]

DOMA Goes Down Amid Cheers, CA Keeps Its Marriage

FERNDALE – About 50 people at Affirmations erupted in wild cheers when the announcement was made a few minutes ago that the Defense of Marriage Act was deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. "I'm a little bit emotional," said Grace [...]

GALLERY: Soaked Celebrations At K'zoo Pride

1234567891011ÔÑÑÔÑÖ KALAMAZOO – Wet weather did little to dampen high spirits at a full weekend of events celebrating Kalamazoo Pride June 14 and 15. "We have much to celebrate this pride season, because we are winning," said Jon Hoadley [...]

State Rep Uses Fear Tactics In Opposing Royal Oak Ordinance

ROYAL OAK – Michigan State Rep.Tom McMillin (R-Rochester Hills) has voiced opposition to Royal Oak's recently passed human rights ordinance, citing his fear that trans people will use bathrooms and make other people uncomfortable. "Why the city [...]

Agema An Embarrassment To Michigan - Again

LANSING – Republican National Committeeman David Agema ignited a national controversy when he posted an antigay diatribe on his Facebook page March 27. The post was presumably his reaction to the oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court [...]

Dievendorf Takes Reins At Equality Michigan

DETROIT – Equality Michigan's Board of Trustees has appointed Equality Michigan's director of policy, Emily Dievendorf, to the position of managing director of the organization. Emily will be empowered to lead the staff and organization. Currently [...]