Kate Opalewski

Kate Opalewski is BTL's features editor and has been since 2015. She has covered a variety of topics ranging from art, politics and community outreach. Recently, she was honored by the Detroit Police Department LGBT Advisory Board for her work for the local LGBTQIA community.

Fighting Despite the Fear

Bridget, better-known as LaKyra, Butts has faced violence and discrimination in every aspect of her life as a transgender woman of color. For her, it's a harsh reality that women who make up her demographic get killed at disproportionately higher [...]

Supporters Rally in Lansing for 10th Anniversary of the International Transgender Day of Visibility

Rachel Crandall-Crocker, co-founder of Transgender Michigan, said 10 years ago she had an idea. "Why can't there be a day that we can be proud of what we are? Why can't there be a day that people from all over the world can come together? Why can't [...]

Detroit Pistons Pride Night Draws Hundreds of LGBTQ and Ally Fans

More than 300 members of the LGBTQ community and its allies cheered on the Detroit Pistons as they defeated the Orlando Magic, 115-98, during Pride Night on Thursday, March 28, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The event, hosted by the Detroit [...]

Equality Michigan Announces Breakthrough Goals for 2019

There's no doubt the LGBTQ community can celebrate the political gains made in 2018, but the Trump administration's attacks on the LGBTQ community have escalated since then — particularly toward transgender people. And last year's midterm election [...]

Detroit Queen to Pass Her Crown

Paige Michaels Chanel will pass her crown as Little Miss Woodward on Monday, March 18, but her reign in Detroit has only just begun. As far as Chanel is concerned, she's not going anywhere. "I mean, I'm growing up. I can move on to the big leagues. [...]

Why One Adoptive Mom Volunteers at POET Animal Rescue

When she's not busy championing causes instrumental in securing things like U.S. marriage equality or busy taking care of her adoptive children with her spouse, April DeBoer-Rowse fills her time as an animal activist at Garden City's POET animal [...]

EQMI Hosts Fundraiser to Support 2019 Breakthrough Goals

Equality Michigan educates and advocates to amend Michigan law and address issues that disproportionately impact LGBTQ lives throughout the state. Support from members of the community ensures that the organization has what it needs to best support [...]

Michigan Churches React as UMC Maintains Plan to Ban Same-Sex Marriage, LGBTQ Clergy

The debate over LGBTQ issues may finally split the United Methodist Church, America's second-largest Protestant denomination. Following a special session of the church's General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, over the weekend, delegates voted [...]

Alanna Maguire Announces Goals as Fair Michigan's President

Alanna Maguire unveiled her priorities as president of Fair Michigan recently. "I am honored and eager to continue the extraordinary work of Fair Michigan, and I look forward to expanding our services and programs to communities across the state," [...]

AG Nessel to Reconsider Predecessor's Opinion on LGBTQ Protections

While standing in front of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission at Cadillac Place in Detroit on Friday, Feb. 1, Attorney General Dana Nessel made it clear that discrimination against the LGBTQ community does occur on a daily basis in the state of [...]

Gay, Trans and Disabled

Jem Zero (left) and Tora Brumalis pose with their dog Reyah. BTL Photo: Kate Gowman Finding a job is simple. That is, if one has a degree, experience, connections and an able body. Things start to get tricky when one of those elements is missing, [...]

Shop the All Things Detroit Online Marketplace This Holiday Season

Six years ago Jennyfer Crawford set out to build a community of entrepreneurs and makers. From her one-bedroom apartment the self-taught entrepreneur began hosting tiny events for friends with small businesses. In 2012, Crawford founded the [...]