BTL Asks: What Are You Proud Of?

BTL Staff
By | 2018-01-16T14:19:02-05:00 June 3rd, 2010|Guides|

Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit – my church! They are awesome and so very accepting. I am proud to be a part of them.

My mom, because she still loves and accepts me and even tries to see what’s going on in the community. Every time i get a copy of Between The Lines, she reads it and she’s always trying to understand me better and learn more about the GLBT community.

Without Affirmations, where would I be? Bless them!

I am proud of everyone who has the courage to be who they are, especially those who are visible about it, who make it a little easier every day for others to be authentic about themselves, or who advocate for equal rights for all. Thanks to each and every one of you! You make me proud.

Resilience.

I’m proud that we have created here in Ferndale a community that is safe, diverse, inclusive, fun and a model that is now recognized nationally.

I’m proud of my new compassionate family at the new WINGS organization.They are so caring and understanding and I love them all.

The transgender community – they’re some of the most caring, supportive, open, unbiased people I’ve ever met. My transgender friends always have a hug for me when I see them!

I’m proud of how far we’ve come.

I’m proud of the support. Whether fighting for equality or just hanging at the bar, even if we don’t like each other, there always is support for our identities, and for me in a world where being gay or lesbian or bisexual is so often hated, this is the greatest thing.

I’m proud I work for the Michigan AIDS Coalition and that I can spend my days serving a wonderful community while truly making a difference.

LGBT people are aware of equality and try to live on it.

Gay people KNOW how to party!

LGBT community replaces blood family.

The Detroit gay and lesbian community has been a five-decades-long support, resource and, in many ways, a continuing role model for me since I came out in 1956. I have had many positive experiences and many wonderful friendships as a gay person. Looking back, I’m grateful that the LGBT community was – and is now – there to support me and contibute to my ongoing creativity.

A safe place of knowing between us.

I’m proud that both LGBT and straight allies in my community are willing to stand up to those who want to institutionalize homophobia and want to, instead, make this community accepting, kind and compassionate to LGBT people.

I’m proud to be a straight ally working in the gay community.

I am proud of Kalamazoo and our non-discrimination ordinance victory!

I am proud that no matter where I go, there is an instant sense of connection and belonging when I see a member of our collective “family” of LGBT brothers and sisters. Whether they are friends, acquaintances or even strangers, seeing people that are out and proud and living their lives authentically brings me peace, happiness and inspires me to continue working for the rights we deserve.

The Ruth Ellis Center’s Post-Pride Pool Party!

Our LGBT Michigan community is so resilient! In the face of discrimination, we continue to grow our families, come out at work, build our organizations and take soulful risks so eventually we will all be full citizens of this great state and country. Each year, during our Pride festivities, we get to celebrate our lives with one another, friends, strangers, all smiling, laughing, sharing – it never rains on Pride, no matter the weather!

I’m proud to be among the people who are speaking up for equality, making it possible for me to love and not feel ashamed.

Lady Gaga!

Affirmations. With everyone talking about Detroit being a dying city, it is amazing that we have a new state-of-the-art GLBT center.

I am proud that our community has so much to offer. Affirmations, Pride events, sports teams, social groups, hiking, biking and kayaking groups, dances, fabulous choirs, an LGBT newspaper and more. There’s something for everyone.

That I can be myself.

I’m proud that LAHR is celebrating 31 years of service to the Lansing area LGBT community.

I’m proud of new Equality Band of Michigan that will perform at Motor City Pride, Michigan Pride and West Michigan Pride.

I am proud of Obama for making small steps toward equality. He is working to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and allowing visitation rights to same-sex couples at hospitals. We still have a lot of work to do, but at least now we are moving in the right direction.

I’m proud to live in a LGBT community with some fantastic resources, especially Between The Lines and Affirmations – what a beautiful building!

I’m proud to work with such a close-knit community. We have our issues, but we’re always there for each other, too.

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BTL Staff
Between The Lines has been publishing LGBTQ-related content in Southeast Michigan since the early '90s. This year marks the publication's 25th anniversary.