Jon King

Jon King has been a journalist for more than 35 years. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Cleary University. Jon and his family live in Howell, where he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Livingston Diversity Council.

A Tale of Two LGBTQ+ Murders in Michigan: Who Killed Dr. Devon Hoover and Ashia Davis?

As 2023 draws to a close, the murders of two LGBTQ+ community members from the Detroit area officially remain unsolved, although a resolution appears closer in one of the cases than it does in the other.Detroit neurosurgeon Dr. Devon Hoover, 53, was [...]

One of the Queerest Podcasts in Michigan Is Recorded in One of Its Most Conservative Counties

One might think the odds would be against finding a progressive-leaning podcast in conservative Livingston County. Add to that the fact that two of the three co-hosts are trans, and the odds might go higher than even Las Vegas bookies could [...]

Identity Is More Than Just a Document, But Having the Right Documents Can Be a Matter of Life or Death

Imagine the stress and anxiety of finally deciding to live your life as your true authentic self, working up the courage to tell your family and friends who you really are.Now imagine you had to take out an advertisement in your local newspaper, [...]

Michigan Communities Push Back on Pride Celebrations, Recognition

While Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared, “Michigan is standing up for the LGBTQ+ community,” several Michigan communities are sending the opposite message.In the 72-hour period after Whitmer signed an executive order establishing [...]

Despite Rising Anti-LGBTQ+ Tide in West Michigan, Local Pride Planning Persists

Pride festivals in Ottawa County this year will take place under an umbrella of concern — but also in defiance of an openly hostile message emanating from county officials.When the newly elected Ottawa County Board of Commissioners met for [...]

A Democratic Majority in Michigan: What Every LGBTQ+ Person Should Know About the 2022 Midterm Election

The predicted Nov. 8 “Red Wave” that became a “Blue Tsunami” in Michigan brought some hopeful results, with the legislative future in Lansing essentially flipping from hostility to optimism for the LGBTQ+ community. Here are [...]

Michigan Supreme Court Candidate Kyra Harris Bolden on the Importance of Representation on State's Highest Court

Kyra Harris Bolden knows the Michigan Supreme Court (MSC) will be critical in deciding issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community.The two-term Democratic state representative from Southfield is seeking a seat on the state’s highest court and tells [...]

Michigan Voters, Take Note: These Three State Ballot Issues Have Significant LGBTQ+ Implications

There are three statewide proposals on the Nov. 8 ballot in Michigan, and while not explicitly about the LGBTQ+ community, each of them has a connection worth considering.Proposal 22-1: Voters for Transparency and Term Limits Proposal 1, otherwise [...]

For Queer People, the Terrifying Possibilities of a Tudor Dixon Administration

Governor Tudor Dixon. It’s a possibility that sends a shudder down the spine of anyone in Michigan's LGBTQ+ community.And for good reason.It is no exaggeration to say that there has never been a major party gubernatorial candidate in Michigan [...]

Michigan Primary Election 2022 Results: Several Hopeful Signs for LGBTQ+ Community

With the primaries now in the rear-view mirror and the November general election firmly in the headlights, here are some key takeaways for the LGBTQ+ community from Tuesday’s results.1. Democrats taking control of the Michigan House will [...]

Michigan State Rep. Candidate Noah Arbit on How His Identity as a Gay, Jewish Person Guides His Democratic Values

Noah Arbit, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to represent Michigan’s 20th State House District, may be gay and Jewish, but he says he’s much more than that.Not that Arbit isn't fiercely proud of being both. In fact, he said the [...]

Michigan Senate Refuses to Allow Change to Pride Month Resolution (Again)

After attempting to change the language in a resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, Republican leaders in the Michigan Senate have again refused to put it to a vote.The GOP majority originally postponed consideration on June 7 of Senate [...]