Drew Howard

About Drew Howard

Drew Howard graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2017 with a B.S. in multimedia journalism. His work has been featured in Gazette Media, Forbes, LearnVest and NPR station WDET 101.9.

Detroit Barbershop Helps Patrons Express The Bearded Lady Within

By | 2018-11-07T16:50:48+00:00 November 7th, 2018|Michigan, News|

One look at The Bearded Lady's waiting room - a bright, cheery space complete with a beer fridge, coffee maker, bookshelf, standing lamp and a backdrop of family photos - and visitors might think they missed the barbershop and stumbled across someone’s living room. Ash Hipps is the shop's owner. She said that's exactly how customers are supposed to feel because comfort for all is the shop's priority.

Dana Nessel Joined by Dr. Abdul El-Sayed at Dearborn Town Hall

By | 2018-10-18T10:18:40+00:00 October 17th, 2018|Election, Election 2018, LGBTQA Races, Michigan, News|

Candidate for Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel fielded questions on what she’ll do to fight hate crimes, tackle the opioid epidemic and safeguard abortion rights during a town hall in Dearborn on Friday, Hosted inside the Henry Ford Centennial Library Auditorium, Nessel was joined by State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) and former candidate for Governor Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, both of whom vouched for her candidacy.

City Council Hopeful Bill Ostash Talks Rebirth of Saginaw’s Downtown

By | 2018-10-18T10:20:05+00:00 October 17th, 2018|Election, Election 2018, LGBTQA Races, Michigan, News|

Saginaw City Council hopeful Bill Ostash likens the city’s blueprint to a donut. At its core, Ostash said Saginaw is lacking in terms of its development. Building up the city’s urban core is essential to creating a strong, vibrant community, he believes, and a top priority for him if elected to the Saginaw City Council this November.

Ford Employee Talks Transitioning in the Workplace

By | 2018-10-18T10:28:12+00:00 October 17th, 2018|Automotive, Guides|

Lynn Keiser’s transition from male to female in her job at Ford Motor Company could’ve been a nightmare. After grappling with gender confusion and its toll on her mental health for close to two decades, she was unsure what life as a trans woman in the professional workplace would resemble.

Lobby Day 2018 to Bring Community Members, Politicians Face-to-Face

By | 2018-04-25T15:24:18+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Equality Michigan promotes anti-violence and advocacy for the LGBTQ community and it's continuing its fight for pro-LGBTQ policies and politicians at its next “Lobby Day” on Tuesday, May 15. That day the public will have an opportunity to sit down and talk with elected officials about today’s most pressing issues.

Bill Banning Conversion Therapy in Washington State Enters Final Phase

By | 2018-03-14T14:41:51+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Washington is now in the final stages of becoming the 10th state to outlaw gay conversion therapy on minors. The Washington state Legislature voted 33-16 in favor of Bill 5722, which would ban licensed therapists from performing conversion therapy on patients under 18. Regulating such practices will, according to the bill, “protect the physical and psychological well-being of minors, including LGBT youth."

Second Annual Queer Prom in Traverse City Seeks Funding

By | 2018-03-14T14:33:38+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Michigan, Neighborhoods, News, Traverse City|

The second annual Queer Prom in Traverse City, a high schooler-exclusive dance that celebrates LGBTQ youth and their allies, is expected to draw in more than 200 attendees from communities near and far. John Young, the vice-chairperson at Polestar LGBTQ+ Community Center in Traverse City, was the driving force behind the first Queer Prom in 2017. He anticipates this year’s dance to see double or even triple the number of attendees compared to last year’s — a rare figure for queer proms at large.

Magic Bag to Host Second Annual Cat Cabaret

By | 2018-03-14T14:27:18+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Michigan, News|

The Ferndale Cat Shelter is enlisting some of the area’s top entertainers for its biggest fundraiser of the year on March 18. The Second Annual Cat Cabaret will run from 6-10 p.m. at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale. For $100, ticket holders will be treated to a live variety show, silent auction, burlesque dancers, show tunes, a mind reader, a henna tattoo artist, as well a buffet-style dinner catered by Howe’s Bayou restaurant.