Jason A. Michael

Jason A. Michael

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

MiGen Ad Campaign Encourages Older LGBTQ+ Adults to Get Vaccinated Before Summer Fun

MiGen, formerly Sage Metro Detroit, is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get the word out about flu vaccines and Covid boosters for older LGBTQ+ adults this summer. The organization’s new campaign, “The [...]

Meet 'The Little Sister of Detroit Comedy' Who Found Fame on TikTok

In the world of standup, genderqueer comedians like Diana Graham represent a small but growing demographic.On that list are Jes Tom, Lorelei Ramirez, Peter Smith, James Tison and Spike Einbinder. Count Graham among them. The Livonia native has been [...]

Why the 2023 Pride Month Resolution Shamefully Failed In Eastpointe

Perhaps the reason it’s so disappointing that Eastpointe failed to pass a Pride Month resolution this year is because the city is believed to be the first to ever do so in Macomb County back in 2019. It just happened on May 16, when the [...]

Bills To End Conversion Therapy For Minors Introduced In Michigan House, Senate

Bills were introduced simultaneously today in both the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate that would essentially end conversion therapy for minors across the state. The package of bills would ensure that no minor is subjected [...]

Dave Garcia, Executive Director of Michigan's Affirmations LGBTQ+ Community Center, to Step Down

Affirmations LGBTQ+ community center Executive Director Antonio Dave Garcia has announced his intention to step down at the end of the year. Newly hired Deputy Executive Director Cheryl Czach will take over Jan. 1.  For the next six months, [...]

Coming Out as Mentally Ill

I was 17 in 1989 when I came out to my mother, or rather when she found my collection of Playgirl and Blue Boy magazines. I moved out of my parents' house, got a day job and graduated from night school on time. There were a few bumps in the road. [...]

Final Show For Late Artist, Pride Source/Between The Lines Columnist to Open This Week

He left us in December but his memory will always linger on in metro Detroit’s queer community.The work of artist and longtime Between The Lines columnist Charles Alexander will go on display starting Wednesday, May. 17 at The Scarab Club, [...]

From 'Drag Race' Queens to Dance Parties: Inside Motor City Pride's 2023 Entertainment Lineup

It’s something you’ve probably not given a lot of thought to: How do Pride festivals like Motor City Pride (MCP) select the entertainers who will take the stage and bring the crowds to their feet?It might surprise you to know that behind [...]

Anti-Trans ‘Help Protect America’s Daughters’ Event Led By 'Conservative Rock Star' Coming to Michigan

Coming soon to an undisclosed location near you: Help Protect America’s Daughters, an evening with speaker Riley Gaines, a former member of the University of Kentucky NCAA swim team who was allegedly traumatized when she was forced to compete [...]

That Night I Posed with Billy Porter

I like to think I’ve always been ahead of the times. Contemporary. Progressive. In the know. And I certainly was when it comes to the multi-talented star of FX television’s “Pose,” aka Mr. Billy Porter. I was onto him long [...]

Extremist Anti-LGBTQ+ Group Claims Anti-Catholic Sentiment in Ferndale

Church Militant (CM), a conservative organization that operates a news website, is demanding that the Ferndale City Council allow a religious flag to be flown outside Ferndale City Hall during Pride Month. The group is accusing the Council of [...]

LGBTQ+ Advocate Jay Kaplan Set to Perform Onstage in Michigan Premiere of 'The Inheritance' at The Ringwald

By day, he is best known in Michigan’s queer circles as a tireless advocate for the community and the staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan’s LGBT Project. But by night — or a few weekends at least — Jay Kaplan will be [...]