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).

LGBT Caucus proves influential at Dem Convention

DETROIT – "Michigan does not need a CEO – a Chief Executive Outsourcer," intoned Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Benero at the Michigan Democratic Convention's opening press conference Aug. 28 at Cobo Hall. Bernero's feisty style was [...]

Fire destroys center for young gay men

DETROIT – For many young, gay black men there are few places they can call home, and it just got a little worse for them last week when the R.E.C. Boyz Center, a home-away-from-home for so many, was destroyed by a fire. "Our program associates are [...]

Rep. Baldwin stumps for Dems in Michigan

FERNDALE – U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), the only openly lesbian member of Congress, was at Affirmations June 14 to support U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer (D-Battle Creek) in his reelection bid. "We need Mark Schauer back in Washington," said [...]

Lettman: Detroit is a model for black LGBT future

DETROIT – Sharon Lettman, the new executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, is someone with a clear sense of purpose and vision. She's not someone who loses her way, but Detroit's Renaissance Center was maze enough for her to [...]

Lily Tomlin, an icon unto herself

Lily Tomlin is a Detroit success story. A Cass Tech graduate, she attended Wayne State University, first as a pre-med student. However, Tomlin found her true voice not looking through the small end of a microscope, but through the business end of a [...]

Beloved volunteer dies

Ernest "Ernie" Horne, 83, died peacefully at his home March 5 after battling a long-term illness. Horne was an active volunteer for the Human Rights Campaign, serving on numerous committees for the HRC Michigan Dinner, starting with the first [...]

Pride Source is 'going to the dogs'

LIVONIA – Fetchfinders is a new online and print "Yellow Pages" with everything you could ever want or need for your pet – or pets. Whether you have cats, dogs, birds, iguanas, alpacas, fish, reptiles, horses, rabbits or rodents – whatever! – [...]

DPS poised to expand anti-bullying policy

Laura Hughes, executive director of the Ruth Ellis Center, asks the DPS board to add LGBTQ students to the anti-bullying policy. Brandon, 16, (middle) told the board he was sometimes afraid to go to school because of constant anti-gay bullying. [...]

Kuseske wins in K'zoo, ordinance is approved

KALAMAZOO – An ebullient Terry Kuseske is celebrating his victory as the first openly gay man to win a seat on the city's commission. He was the only non-incumbent in a field of 17 candidates to win one of the seven seats up for the two-year [...]

Photos imitate painting - and vice versa

Gustave Le Gray's photo of ships at anchor off the coast taken in the 1850s influenced how painters like Edouard Manet painted similar scenes. The exciting new photographic technology stimulated a new era in fine art, expressed beautifully in the UM [...]

Mother of Ryan White to speak on his AIDS battle

FERNDALE – When Barbara Murray heard Ryan White's mother tell the story of her beloved son's fight against the AIDS virus and his eventual death, Murray was reduced to tears. "I've been in AIDS work over 20 years and it takes a lot to make me cry. [...]

Wanted: LGBTs

Everybody Reads When Scott Harris opened Everybody Reads Books and Stuff in 2006, it was a dream come true that was born out of a tragedy. But now that the store has celebrated its third anniversary, tragedy is behind him and Harris is ready to [...]