Jason A. Michael

Jason A. Michael is a senior staff writer for Between The Lines and Pride Source Media Group. He has been writing BTL since 1999. Jason is also an Essence bestselling author. He may be reached at [email protected].

U. S. House Votes To Protect Marriage Equality: Which Michigan Reps Did and Didn't Support the Bill?

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to protect marriage equality and enshrine it as law as the conservative-leaning Supreme Court seems poised to revisit the issue. The Bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act passed the house by a vote of 267 [...]

Bargain Block' Recap: Wild West and Vintage Circus

Howdy, partners, and welcome to this week’s edition of the "Bargain Block" recap, where personal and professional partners Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas quickly decide to turn a three-bedrooom, one-bath, 1,100-square-foot bungalow on [...]

Enough Already: Another Wedding Venue, This Time in Grand Rapids, Is Turning Away Same-Sex Couples

Well, hateful homophobia has reared its ugly head in the state of Michigan yet again. This time it’s a new wedding venue in Grand Rapids, the Broadway Avenue, who, with an anti-queer Instagram post, has announced their policy of blatantly [...]

This Is Why Sherry Whitmer, the Governor’s Daughter, Just Came Out Publicly

Still reeling from the June 24 Supreme Court decision striking down a woman’s right to govern her own body, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her daughters sat down with a Washington Post reporter July 9 to discuss the potential societal and personal [...]

It's Official! Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Husband Chasten Become Legal Michiganders

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, his husband Chasten and the couple's twins are now official Michigan residents. The family resides in Traverse City, Chasten’s hometown, and expect to vote there in the fall."When I married Chasten, I [...]

Bargain Block' Recap: Minimalist and Dollhouse

The boys are at it again! Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas, the personal and professional partners who take some of the most rundown houses on Detroit’s northwest side and transform them into stunners, serve up two more remarkable makeovers this [...]

Monkeypox Lands In Michigan at Be Well Medical Center in Berkley: Here's What You Need to Know

The inevitable has happened. A man was recently diagnosed with the monkeypox virus at Dr. Paul Benson’s Be Well Medical Center in Berkley. It is believed to be the first known case in the state.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and [...]

Really, Though? Republicans Who Are Attacking Michigan Drag Queens Creating 'Fake Culture War Issue'

Decaying roads and crumbling bridges, record inflation and gas prices along with the mass exodus of college graduates are apparently not big enough stories for Michigan Republican candidates to work into their platforms these days. No, there are [...]

‘Bargain Block’ Recap: Zen and Dollhouse

Personal and professional partners Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas are on a mission to convert Detroit one block at time. In this week’s episode, the couple finds themselves buying a house next to the very first house they ever renovated. The tiny [...]

How a Kid From the Bible Belt Grew Up to Become a Social Justice Champion in Detroit

LGBT Detroit Social Justice Engineer Jerron Totten has been “getting out the vote” in various capacities for decades.Totten, 33, a native of Reidsville, North Carolina, located just outside of Greensboro, had worked on the second Obama [...]

Democratic State Senator Brilliantly Claps Back at Senate’s Homophobic Republican Leader

State Sen. Jeremy Moss is getting the last laugh after Senate Leader Mike Shirkey, a Republican, tried to add offensive language to his proposed LGBTQ+ Pride Month Resolution. The Senate had passed the same basic resolution only last year — on [...]

Vote Like Your Life Depends On It': Nessel, Whitmer On SCOTUS Decision Overturning Federal Right To Abortion

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel swiftly issued a statement following the news that the Supreme Court had overturned Roe v. Wade, which granted women in all 50 states the right to have an abortion if they so chose. Roe v. Wade has been [...]