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].

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 [...]

Driving Mother Knickers: Recalling My Special Friendship with Charles Alexander

Every night the call would come. “Any gossip?” he would ask. Sadly, there wasn’t usually much worth mentioning since we’d spoken just the day before and neither of our lives were terribly exciting. But we checked in with each [...]

Charles Alexander, Beloved Michigan Writer and Artist, Leaves Behind Enormous Impact on Local LGBTQ+ Community

Longtime Pride Source and Between The Lines columnist Charles Robert Alexander, also a beloved artist and community activist, died Dec. 10 following a brief battle with pneumonia. He was 86.Called Bobby as a child, Alexander was born and raised in [...]

Is the Respect for Marriage Act Enough to Protect Our Marriages? Michigan LGBTQ+ Advocates Speak Out

Local LGBTQ+ advocates have mixed reactions to the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act (RFMA) in the U.S. Senate last week by a 61-36 vote.On one hand, advocates are grateful Congress has acted on the marriage equality issue. Yet, at the same [...]

How Groundbreaking Grammy Nominee Mykal Kilgore Has Helped Change R&B For Black Queer Artists

It’s an age-old tale. Mykal Kilgore, a pastor’s kid who was raised in the church, is also, of course, a singer. And a groundbreaking one, at that: Kilgore is the first openly gay male to be nominated for a Grammy in the Best Traditional [...]

Still Going Strong: How Religion Brought Lady Vonne' and Her Wife Closer Together

Lady Vonne’ is a survivor. She survived poverty and over a decade of sexual abuse as a child. Then, as an adult, she survived both a stroke and breast cancer. Throw in the suicide of a sibling struggling with depression, the toils of being a [...]

Amy Schneider Win’s 2022 'Jeopardy!' Tournament of Champions

She did it! Amy Schneider won the 2022 "Jeopardy!" Tournament of Champions Monday. Schneider cinched her third win in the best of seven series beating fellow finalists Andrew Ye (with two wins) and Sam Buttrey (with one). The prize: $250,000 and some [...]

‘Jeopardy!’ Superstar Amy Schneider Testifies Against Proposed Anti-Trans Youth Bill in Ohio

“Jeopardy!” super champ and 2022 Tournament of Champions finalist Amy Schneider testified before a committee of the Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday. The committee was discussing a bill that would restrict gender-affirming [...]

Ann Arbor’s Brian Michael Smith, a Trans Man, Makes People’s 'Sexiest Man Alive' List for Second Year

For the second year in a row, Michigan native Brian Michael Smith has been named one of People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive." Smith, a trans man, has starred as a series regular on the Fox series “9-1-1 Lonestar” for the past [...]

Trans Trivia Queen Amy Schneider Headed to ‘Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions’ Finals

And then there was one.“Jeopardy!” super champion and all-around trans rockstar Amy Schneider has returned triumphantly to the show, battling in the franchise’s “Tournament of Champions” (TOC). Schneider (who won 40 [...]