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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].

OutFront Kalamazoo Inundated With Anti-Gay Hate Campaign After Posting TikTok Video

OutFront Kalamazoo (OFK), the city’s LGBTQ+ center, has been inundated with homophobic hate calls and emails after a TikTok video drew unwanted attention to the center.The video, posted by the center’s former youth coordinator, advertised [...]

Gigi’s Celebrates 50 Years: The Oldest Gay-Owned Gay Bar in Detroit Is Now a Half-Century Old

Gigi’s, one of the most beloved and respected gay bars on the Michigan map, is celebrating a milestone few venues manage to reach — 50 years in the business. It’s a business that has changed dramatically over the past five [...]

A Friend to Everyone': Violet ‘Vy’ Reed, Dead at 84, Served LGBTQ+ Community as Longtime Affirmations Volunteer, MCCD Member

It's a special person who manages to leave behind a legacy of kindness and warmness when they pass on. Longtime Affirmations volunteer and Metropolitan Community Church– Detroit member Violet ("Vy") Betty Reed was that kind of special.“Vy [...]

FDA Proposes New Individual Risk Assessments to Make It Easier For Gay, Bisexual Men To Donate Blood

A new FDA policy will pave the way for more gay and bisexual men to donate blood. Current policy requires MSM (men who have sex with men) to undergo a three-month period of abstinence before donating. But the FDA says it is now proposing to change [...]

Upcoming FDA Guidance May Finally Ease Restrictions on Blood Donation By Gay, Bisexual Men

The FDA could reverse restrictive rules that have prevented many gay and bisexual men from donating blood. Since 2015, the agency has allowed members of the MSM (men who have sex with men) community to donate after three months of sexual abstinence, [...]

This Gay Michigan Transplant Is Helping the Hallowed Halls of History Become More Hospitable 

Tommy Karr, the newly installed director of communications and engagement for the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, walks through the halls of history every day.Located in Grosse Pointe Shores, the Ford House was designed by famed architect Albert Kahn [...]

How Michigan Journalist Madeline Cowdell Turned Her Life Around After Transitioning

Madeline Cowdell knew that she was in the wrong body from the age of 5. Knew she was meant to be a girl. Knew she was a girl, inside. Even if others couldn’t see it.Raised in Canada with dual citizenship, Cowdell, the assistant news director [...]

Y'all Means All: Six Religious Music Stars Who Are Vocal LGBTQ+ Allies

The LGBTQ+ community has been a constant punching bag this year for conservative-leaning religious politicians and their followers, especially, but this take is only part of the story. Plenty of Christians and members of other faith communities [...]

Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber Awards Grants to Two Detroit LGBTQ-Owned Businesses

Two local LGBTQ-owned businesses will benefit from grants issued by the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce. For the first time in its six-year history, the Chamber has awarded grants through its Chamber Fund. Two Detroit businesses, Welcome [...]

Michigan Cannibal Killer Sentenced to Life in Prison in Grisly Kevin Bacon Grindr Hookup Murder

Convicted cannibal killer Mark Latunski has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility for parole for the murder of Kevin Bacon. The two met on Grindr and arranged a rendezvous on Christmas Eve 2019. But Latunski, 53, had deadly intentions. [...]

Gay House-Flipping Faves Set Sites on This Detroit Neighborhood for 'Bargain Block' Season 3

Even as winter makes its official debut in Michigan, at least HGTV has given us something to look forward to.That's right, the hit Detroit-based series “Bargain Block” is officially returning for Season 3. The upcoming 10-episode season [...]

Longtime LGBTQ+ Organization SAGE Metro Detroit Has a New Name

A longtime LGBTQ+ organization focused on people over 45 held a coming out party last week to announce a new name and direction. Going forward, SAGE Metro Detroit will be known as MiGEN (short for Michigan’s LGBTQ+ Elders Network). The new [...]