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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].

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 [...]

Miss Trans Michigan 2023 Jamie Ashby Will Go On to Compete Nationally

The journey to becoming Miss Trans Michigan USA 2023 has been a long and winding road for Jamie Ashby. The 38-year-old HR professional from Holt, a small town just south of Lansing, has faced more than her fair share of challenges along the way. But [...]

Out Lesbian Detroit Police Corporal Dani Woods Named to Michigan Women's Hall of Fame

Corporal Danielle “Dani” Woods, a 20-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department, was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Detroit this week. In 2013, she was assigned to the Chief’s Neighborhood [...]

Late Show' Host Stephen Colbert Issued This Perfect 'Apology' to an Anti-Queer Tudor Dixon Supporter

The bigoted efforts of those attempting to ban books in Dearborn has garnered national attention.It happened last week when late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert expressed skepticism at a claim made by Michigan's anti-queer, anti-women Republican [...]

Cultural Strides Over Cruelty: Incoming HRC President Kelley Robinson Visits Detroit with Important Message

She hasn’t even taken office yet as the new president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and already Kelley Robinson, who’ll take the big chair Nov. 26, is on tour. She's been stumping to get out the progressive vote and stopped in [...]