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LGBT Resources & Activity Groups – Join One!

| November 19, 2014

michigan gayHave you  ever felt there’s not much going on in SE Michigan’s LGBT community?  If so, I hope we can change your mind after reading through this list of resources and activity groups right here in SE Michigan. All of these organizations are looking for new members to join in the fun.  This list began with Nancy who ran Women Out And About for over 13 years.  She passed it on to Get Out And Live a couple years ago and we’ve been working to update the list and keep it current.  There is something for everyone and every interest you can imagine.  If your LGBT events or interests are not on the list, let us know.  If your event group isn’t on the list, send the info to us and we’ll add it.

If you’re looking for gay friendly businesses, restaurants and accommodations, check out the GOAL Get Out And Live Business directory. Click here  Please use our LGBT and Ally business owners and let’s work together to make us a stronger and more united community!

Resources

Affirmations – Affirmations is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization serving people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We are housed in a state-of-the-art, multi-use facility in the heart of downtown Ferndale, at the Northern border of the City of Detroit. We invite you to explore this site and learn more about Affirmations and then come and visit us in our 17,000- square-foot home. http://www.goaffirmations.org/?

Equality Michigan is Michigan’s only statewide anti-violence and advocacy organization working primarily for Michigan’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. Our organizations work to create change on a local and state level that advances equality and legal protections for the LGBT communities.  https://www.equalitymi.org/

Forum Foundation Founded in 1983. Mission statement: To set up endowments for scholarships to qualified graduates within the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender community in the state of Michigan for the furthering of their education. Non-profit 501(c) (3). Stock contributions are accepted and may be beneficial for you. Host events which include the Valentine’s Sweetheart Ball yearly. PO BOX 3073, Center Line, MI 48015-3073. Call 586-573-9932 for more info.  http://www.theforumfoundation.org/

Gay Business Networking – GBN provides a structured system of business networking to share business leads and referrals. GBN members promote and support gay-owned & ally businesses to achieve growth and prosperity. Contact – 248-943-2411  lindacbrin@gmail or click here!  http://gaybusinessnetworking.com

Get Out Bike Club – We ride Saturdays and Sundays from April through October at local parks and trails.  the rides average 20 Miles and are at a speed comfortable to all.  The rides often include a lunch stop either in the middle or end.  Please see a full list of the rides by clicking here!  2015 rides are already posted! Open to all LGBT & Ally

Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit *LGBT support group meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday, 6 PM. This group provides social and emotional support for LGBT persons with cancer and/or their partners, LGBT family members/friends.
*LGBT bereavement group for any LGBT person that has lost a loved one to cancer meets twice monthly on the 2nd Monday at 1 PM and the 4th Wednesday at 6 PM. Bereavement groups are co-sponsored by the HOPE Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan. All groups are free and facilitated by a professional counselor. Gilda’s Club is located at 3517 Rochester Rd. in Royal Oak. For more info.

GOAL – Get Out And Live! – is dedicated to uniting the LGBT and Ally community through activities and events such as hiking, biking, kayaking, dinner club, & more.  Our mission is to unite the community to support each other as well as our business owners.  The GOAL/WOA website is the Go To Source for What’s Happening in the community.  http://goalgetoutandlive.com

Jim Toy Center – The Jim Toy Community Center is a resource center that exists to provide information, education, social events, and advocacy by and for the Queer and Ally community in the Washtenaw County area. JTCC welcomes all who support its mission to participate in its activities. http://jimtoycenter.org/

Between The Lines weekly newspaper is the largest and longest-running LGBTQ publication in Michigan. Our print edition is published every Thursday and we are available for free pickup at over 600 locations. The digital edition is also available for downloading. http://pridesource.com

The Ruth Ellis Center, incorporated in 1999, is a youth social services agency that serves the needs of runaway, homeless and at-risk youth.  We are one of the nation’s leading experts on vulnerable youth who are experiencing residential instability.  The mission of the Center is to “provide short and long-term residential safe space and support services for runaway, homeless, and at-risk lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender, and questioning youth.”  http://www.ruthelliscenter.org/

Groups

Ann Arbor “Aut” Social Group Ann Arbor “Aut” Social Group Meets first Mondays at 7:30pm. Ann Arbor area lesbians and friends gather to dine and socialize at the Aut Bar, 315 Braun Court. Contact 734-769-8385 or e-mailjoinautsocial@umich.edu. Lesbians who want to join the Aut Social e-mail list should contact joinautsocial@umich.edu.

Artistic Women’s Entertainment – AWE is female entertainment group in SE Michigan (largely lesbians) who sing, dance, perform spoken word and more. Remember the Detroit Women’s Coffee House?  It’s a lot like that but with a few new twists.  The show is a chance for women of all skills to get on stage with a supportive audience. It is also a chance for us to celebrate the talent in our community and raise funds for Women musicians and artists and our local non-profit organizations in our community. contact lindacbrin@gmail.com or 248-943-2411 Website

Ballroom Dance Classes – Majeshi Martial Arts Studio Ferndale, MI. 4 week classes, a different dance every session.  Sundays from 5:15-6:15. singles, couples LGBT and ally. No partner needed. Contact Laura at lauravarga33@gmail.com or 248-514-0330

Bowling Green Lavender Women Bowling Green Lavender Women. BG Lavender Women is a social group in Northwest Ohio for lesbian and bisexual women. We meet the 2nd Saturday of each month at 10:30 am at Grounds for Thought Coffee shop, located at 174 South Main Street, in downtown Bowling Green (parking is available in both the front and the rear). We are usually at the large table in the back. We also sponsor a variety of other social events, details of which are always posted to the e-mail list. For further information, or to unsubscribe, e-mail bglavenderwomen@gmail.com and ask to be taken off the list. To post to the list e-mail  BGLavenderWomen@lists.bgsu.edu.

 

Dykes on Bikes Detroit! Ride With Pride! We are an organization committed to creating a local community of women motorcyclists and friends of women motorcyclists. Our mission is to support philanthropic endeavors in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and women’s communities and beyond, and reach out to empower a community of diverse women through rides, charity events, Pride events and education.  We will be meeting on 1st Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm. Every Month at Affirmations in Ferndale for planning sessions. http://dykesonbikesdetroit.com

First Friday’s Womyn’s Potluck Supper – Lansing First Friday’s Womyn’s Potluck Supper – Lansing First Friday’s Womyn’s Potluck Supper meets in and around Lansing every month on the first Friday of the month. Meetings begin at 7PM and are hosted by different womyn each month. Contact Penny G. at marydrpenny@yahoo.com or the Lesbian Connection at 517-371-5257 for further information, location and directions.

First Wednesdays – Ferndale Tradition going back 20 years+ Meet on first Wednesday evenings in Ferndale.  The two main places women have met over the years are Como’s Patio or Rosie’s and now Twisted Tavern 22901 Woodward Ave, Ferndale is offering Entertainment provided by AWE

“Girls Night Out”  It is for womyn (lesbian) and allies 50 and over. We go out twice a month and do something fun. It could be a potluck and games, movie and discussion after, a live play, a Tiger game, a trip to a museum…all kinds of things. Each lady has a date where she decides what we will do. Most events are on the weekends, but some are during the week. We are hoping to grow our numbers because not everyone can go every time – that way there will always be a group going / doing something.  Marci Williams

The Godmothers, a “grass-roots” organization, was formed in 1999 by 12 women who HOPE to better the lives of forgotten children and families through fundraising. In conjunction with Volunteers of America Michigan Inc. and New Passages, Ennis Center for Children and YOU we hope to feed, clothe and help educate needy families of the Metro Detroit area. See  http://www.thegodmothers.org/for more info.

Hustle & Flo host monthly social events for lesbians 25 years and above. Each dance has it’s own unique theme, fun raffles, great music and delicious food. The monthly dances highlight a different health topic for women each month. These mixers offer a safe and fun place for mature women to socialize and make new friends. The dances are held on the 4th Saturday each month in Canton, Michigan. For further information regarding The monthly dances, summer picnics and Spring women retreats find us on FB HUSTLEFLO or hustleflo4244@gmail or simply call 734-678-9983 anytime.

Jewish Gay Network The mission of The Jewish Gay Network of Michigan is to serve all gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Jews, as well as their families and friends, by providing community, information, empowerment and education in an environment of respect.
http://www.jccdet.org/arts-culture-a-entertainment/jewish-gay-network.html

Lesbian Euchre the FIRST Saturday of the month at Affirmations. From 6-9 pm. Please arrive early to register so we can get those cards dealing by 6:05 pm. $5 donation to Affirmations. Do NOT need to bring a partner to play. Affirmations is a smoke and alcohol free environment. You’re welcome to bring snacks and a beverage for yourself. Or check out their local cafe. This is a FUN, social group of women who like to play euchre. This is for beginners (must know the basics of the game) to the experienced. For more info, please contact lsbndanii@aol.com  or Affirmations 290 W 9 Mile Ferndale MI 48220.

Lesbian Mom’s Network LMN, serving primarily the greater Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area, welcomes you to join over 250 local gay families. Features a sporadic newsletter, very active email group, large social events, annual family picnic, and smaller support/social groups. Contact lmnetwork, PO Box 2113, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-2113 or email LMNMembership@umich.edu or see the website http://www.lmnetwork.org/ for more info.

Lezhike Lesbian Outdoor Pursuits of Southeastern Michigan—Lezhike features hiking, biking and a bit o’camping. Hikes are year-round, usually every other weekend, in southeastern Michigan. Six to eighteen or more women of all ages and backgrounds, including newcomers each time, show up from all over. Bring water, snacks and dress for the weather. Check us out at Lez Hike MI or send us an Email to one of the following addresses. To post a message send to lezhikemi@yahoogroups.com

Plymouth Womyn’s Diversity Dining Club Plymouth Womyn’s Diversity Dining Club Meet other like minded people who enjoy food, friendship and good conversation! Everyone welcome! Our group will meet for dinner and socialization/networking at a different restaurant on the second Friday of each month. Enjoy! Find them on Meetup.com

Pronto’s Ladies Who Love Ladies Night – EVERY 3rd THURSDAY The HOTTEST Lesbian DJ Team ($3 Drafts- ALL 18 taps all night) ($3 Jack Fire & Jack Honey from 10 pm – 12 am)  Jack Girls in the house at Midnight

“Thee Toledo Reign” is a women’s tackle football team in Toledo, OH. Toledo has the oldest history in the nation for women’s football and our season starts April 6th. The team is a member of the WFA, and is a national organization. The team is open to Gay, Straight, and Trans women and is very open and welcoming of all shapes, sizes, colors, and personalities! Thee Toledo Reign is currently accepting players for their roster, ages range from 18 to 50+. We play at Central Catholic’s field, and practice in Temperance, MI. If you are interested in playing contact Andrea Knight “Knight” at 419-575-8709, or the numbers provided on our web page at http://theetoledoreign.com. No experience is necessary!

Toastmasters is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people develop excellent communication and leadership skills. You may have heard that Toastmasters is for people who have a fear of public speaking. While this is true, you can develop incredible interpersonal communication skills while improving your public speaking skills. If you have not heard about Toastmasters before, I can tell you from personal experience that it can radically improve your life. The club meets on the second and fourth Thursday of every month at the Jim Toy Center, in Braun Ct, by the Aut Bar. 7-8:30pm Guests are always welcome. http://speakout.toastmastersclubs.org

Michigan Women’s Music Festival We have an exciting group of artists programmed for this year’s Festival – a diverse, intergenerational roster of outstanding performers ready to bring their best for the womyn of Michigan. The week will be filled with music and art, workshops, films, crafts, dances, and our own Michigan-style uninhibited pageantry and play. Together we create a community forged out of our love and labor that reflects our most essential selves – empowered, inspired, passionate, and ready to revel in all things female   http://www.michfest.com/

One Voice Chorus Metro Detroit LGBT Chorus. Rehearsals every Thursday from 7-9 PM, at  First United Methodist Church of Birmingham 1589 W Maple Rd, Birmingham, MI 48009  New members welcomed year round. GREAT Fun! One Voice uses singing to promote understanding outside of our community, and unity within our community. http://onevoicechorus.net 

Out Loud Chorus Out Loud Chorus is a mixed chorus for the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender community, yet open to all. Out Loud provides continuing musical education and performance experience as well as a social outlet for people interested in choral music and its production. Out Loud is fun and flexible, open to many levels of ability, and committed to embodying the diversity of our community. In addition, the chorus seeks to educate the general public about choral music and, through performances, to reduce bigotry and discrimination against our community. Monday night from 7:30-to 9:30 PM, Ann Arbor. Voicemail: 734-973-6084 or info@mail.aaoutloud.org   http://www.olconline.org/

The Rainbow Book Club is a book club dedicated to reading and discussing classic and contemporary lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer literature. This is an inclusive group! We welcome people of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations. All you need is an interest in LGBTQ books! We meet on the second Sunday each month from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the WRAP office in Braun Court. Common Language makes our book selections available with a 10% discount. More information about the group, including our past, present, and future selections can be found at the Rainbow Book Club

Sing Out Detroit Chorus Sing Out Detroit Chorus Metro Detroit’s LGBT Chorus.  Sing Out Detroit is a mixed chorus for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) people and their supporters. We are open to all who support equal rights for GLBT people — women and men, straight and GLBT — of all races. We welcome singers with varied musical skills. We foster community, joy and fun! Sing Out Detroit is a member of GALA, a national organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and friends choruses.  Must be able to have match a pitch and take a simple voice test to determine voice range. We rehearse Tuesdays from 7-9 pm in the Royal Oak area.  For more info email Linda at lindacbrin@gmail.com or call her at 248-943-2411  http://singoutdetroit.org

Windover, a private resort for women, offers a full range of camping options. Whether you prefer a rustic site to pitch your tent, a 50 amp hookup, or renting one of our trailers, we have campsites to fit your needs. It’s easy to enjoy evenings by the campfire and days in our heated swimming pool. Special Activities occur every weekend. We are located in the “Thumb” of Michigan, with fishing and golf nearby. Our friendly atmosphere is only a phone call away 989-375-2586 or see our website: http://www.windoverwomensresort.com/

Womyn’s Film NightWomyn’s Film Night Social group held at Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center on Fridays. Time is 7-9pm. Special presentation of LGBT-themed movies or series followed by discussion session afterwards. Everyone is welcome. $2 suggested donation. For more information contact Affirmations at 248-398-7105 or see Affirmations’ website.

Women Out And About First established in the summer of 2000 by Nancy Unwin, WOA mission is to help promote an open atmosphere in Michigan, and borders beyond, for the social and professional support of our lesbian sisters. Newsletter for Lesbian Women of SE Michigan & Beyond via WOA,  Autsocial and Michigan life.  WOA Newsletter and info is now included in the GOAL Get Out And Live weekly newsletter and website. http://womenoutandabout.com

Women Together Women Together WT has existed for a quarter of a century. The group meets for potluck discussion dinners on the first Friday of every month at various homes. Contact Jane at 248-347-3807 for more info.

Yak Womyn is a paddle group – kayaks, canoes or whatever floats – for women in the Greater Ann Arbor area and beyond- who own their own boats – established in 2007. We mainly paddle the watersheds known as Brighton, Huron-Clinton, Irish Hills, Jackson, Pinckney and Waterloo Recreation Areas which offer more than 50 lakes and rivers conveniently located off of I-94 and I-23 . We go out most Sundays, paddling 2-3 hours. Life jackets are required to be on the boat.  Yak season is April through October.   Contact Sandya at sapphosis@yahoo.com.

Ypsi/A2 LGBTQA Meetup GroupYpsi/A2 LGBTQA Meetup Group Want to try rock climbing, roller skating or join us for lunch? Meet with other members and supporters of your local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community. Allies welcome as well! Gather to share, make friends, support one another and socialize.  Find them on Meetup.com

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