It’s pride month, which means we’re giving the LGBTQ+ community a little extra love this month. As history and even present day have taught us, people who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community struggle a little more than most to come by the basic human rights everyone should be entitled to. That’s why it’s important to be made aware of the resources and organizations put in place to support, uplift, and protect them. So, if you or someone you know needs a support group, information on specialized healthcare, wants to know how to get involved to in fight for equality and against discrimmination, or just wants to meet people that identify the same way, then take a look at the list and see which resource or organization suits you!
Corktown Health Center- focuses solely on the LGBTQ+ community’s medical needs
1726 Howard St
Equality Michigan- for LGBTQ+ individuals and their families to fight for equality and against discrimmination
19641 W 7 Mile Rd
FtM Detroit- geared towards transmasculine identifying people to create a loving and supportive environment. Their goal is to promote visibility and presence in the greater Detroit area.
LGBT Detroit- the largest, blackowned LGBT center in North America. They offer social and medical support and have free counseling. They also hold the world’s second old black pride, Hotter Than July.
20025 Greenfield Rd
Ruth Ellis Center- provides services for homeless, runaway, and at risk LGBTQ+ youth. They offer specialized safe spaces that include the Spiritual Hospitality Suite, Transgender and Gender Queer Hospitality Suite, and Youth Hospitality Suite.
77 Victor St
Trans Sistas of Color Project- aims to uplift, inform, and provide resources for trans women of color in the Detroit and Metro Detroit area. They mostly direct their efforts towards helping trans women of color with day-to-day issues such as paying bills, finding housing, and getting medication.
19641 W 7 Mile Rd
Affirmations- longest running LGBTQ+ center in Michigan and one of the top 10 largest in the country. They offer resources and counseling to all gender identities and sexual orientations, including a seven-week relationship skills class, sexual health testing, and a health-and-wellness network.
290 W 9 Mile Rd
Beyond Detroit (Grand Rapids Pride Center)- spreads awareness and offers services and counseling to LGBTQ+ youth and families. They organize the Grand Rapids Pride Festival, the second largest in the state.
343 Atlas Ave
SE Grand Rapids
Jackson Pride Center- offers a safe space for members of the LGBTQ+ community to meet and have an open dialogue.
536 N Jackson St
Jim Toy Community Center- provides educational, social, and informational events for and by queer people.
319 Braun Court
Ann Arbor, MI
The Out Center, Benton Harbor- to provide respect, understanding, and support for LGBTQ+ identifying people and their families. They also host Lake Effect Pride, an annual event focused on a fully integrated community.
132 Water St
Benton Harbor, MI
Outfront Kalamazoo- self proclaims to be a “one-stop-shop” for all members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies in the Kalamazoo area. They also organize the annual Kalamazoo Pride event.
340 S Rose St
Perceptions, (Tri-City Area, Midland, Bay City, Saginaw)- offers discussion groups based around the LGBTQ+ community and allies. They also organize the Great Lakes Bay Pride Festival.
Polestar-provides a safe space for LGBTQ+ people to have workshops, host meetings, peer-to-peer support groups, hangouts, coffee socials, throw potluck dinners, watch movies, host book clubs, and other social events.
717 Woodmere Ave
Traverse City, MI
*All of these resources are offering virtual meetings and support groups due to COVID-19. Click on the name of the organization you’re interested in to learn more.
Centerlink- has over 200 locations in 46 states across the country. Besides strengthening and supporting the LGBTQ+ community, they also assist in networking, technical training, and capacity building services.
GLAAD- works with national media outlets to provide powerful stories and reliable facts about news in LGBTQ+ community.
Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)- educates teachers, students, and the public about the obstacles LGBTQ+ youth may face in school settings so they can provide a more supportive, barrier free environment.
Get Equal- they organize direct action efforts, host local community meetings, train members in tactics of direct action or provide professional consulting to ensure a more inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ members
Human Rights Campaign- they are the largest organization fighting for LGBTQ+ rights. They have a number of research publications outlining healthcare and employers.
Matthew Shepard Foundation- advocates for erasing hate and building more inclusive and supporting homes, neighborhoods, and schools.
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF)- aims their focus on advancing LGBTQ+ legislation and is a great resource for learning about LGBTQ+ people running for office and for those in support of LGBTQ+ rights.
National Center for Transgender Equality- works at the federal, state, and local level to advocate for changing discriminatory laws for transgender people. Go to the “Know Your Rights” section on their website to help find useful information regarding healthcare, housing, employment, and more.
PFLAG- there are currently more than 350 chapters and more than 200,000 members. This organization works to unite LGBTQ+ people with families, friends, allies, and their communities.
TransYouth Family Allies (TYFA)- focused on helping children and families creating more understanding and supportive environments, starting in their homes. They also educate the public on discrimmination, working to eliminate oppression and violence, and forming alliances to make sure services are in place for LGBTQ+ people.
If you know of any additional organizations or resources, reach out to us in the comments or on social media.