Provide inclusive sexual orientation and gender identity/expression (SOGIE) education, advocacy, networking, and resources to individuals and organizations in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
What We Do
The Michigan Great Lakes Bay Region LGBTQ+ community is connected through Great Lakes Bay Pride's educational opportunities, advocacy efforts, resource referrals, and vital social connection opportunities including:
*Transgender Support Group: Meets twice monthly, facilitated by volunteers, provides and underwrites crisis counseling referral services at no cost to the individual
*Harmony Diversity Choir: Advocates for inclusion and equality through music; 40+ diverse voices, meets weekly, performs regionally
*Elder Care Resources: Online & printed LGBTQ-friendly service provider guide created in partnership with Region VII Area Agency on Aging and SAGE Metro Detroit
*Tobacco Cessation: Educate, market & provide referrals; #1 killer of LGBTQ people
*Great Lakes Bay Pride Festival & After Party: Largest regional LGBTQ+ public event, serves 3,000+ attendees, 60 vendors, and 20+ sponsors. Includes businesses, service providers, nonprofits, & faith communities to educate, support, and celebrate.
*Great Lakes Bay Pride Awards Banquet: Recognizes LGBTQ+ and ally advocates and providers
*Perceptions Holiday Gala: Gathers community to celebrate the year, educate, and advocate LGBTQ+ issues
*Post-Secondary Education Scholarships: Two scholarships presented annually, based on applications highlighting inclusive essays. All post-secondary education candidates are eligible.
*Educational opportunities: Provided to area school systems and mental health administrators and staff persons as a means toward advocating a change in policies and improve consumer relations.
*Partner Referrals: Provide service need referrals to appropriate service providers, receive referrals from partners to assist LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies [parents, friends, employers, as well as other organizations and agencies requesting LGBTQ+ information and resource materials]