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Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center
195 West Nine Mile, Ferndale, MI 48220
Phone: 248-398-7105
Fax: 248-541-1943
Email: info@GoAffirmations.org Web: www.GoAffirmations.org

Affirmations is home to nearly
150 groups every month!
That’s a lot of people and a lot of groups.
Call our Helpline for more information:
800-398-GAYS (4297)
Everyday People. Building Community.
Youth: COLAGE: call for times; DAYO: 1st Sat. 1-4pm; Keepin’ It Real: Wed.
6-8 p.m.; YEP Night: Fri.-Sat. 4:30-11 p.m.; Young Adult rap: Wed. 7-8:30 p.m.;
Youth Group: Sat. 1-3:30 p.m.
Family: Toddler Play Group: 3rd Sat. 10:30 to Noon.
Health: Kick Butts: Tues.7-9 p.m.; Side Walkers: Sat. 9am; Weight Watchers &
Weight Crunchers: Thurs. 7-9 p.m.
Seniors: Outskirts: call 248.848.9329 for info; Senior Koffee-Klatch:
Thurs. 1-2:30 p.m.; Senior Connection Group: Wed. 7-9 p.m.
Social: Game Night: 2nd Sat. 7 p.m.; Lesbian Film Arts Club: Friday 8-11 p.m.;
Affirmations Softball Team: call for games.
General Support: Coming Out over Coffee: Sat. 10:30-Noon; Men’s Rap Group:
Sat. 6-8 p.m.; Single Again: 2nd and 4th Sat. 2-4 p.m.; Transgender Rap: Tues.
7-9 p.m.; Women’s Rap: Thurs. 7-9 p.m.

Big Three Coffee Social; LGBT employees of Ford, GM, DaimlerChrysler and their suppliers meet the first Monday of every month; Java Hut, 165 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale; 248-642-7569; infor@fordglobe.orgorgmplusmail@aol.com.

EarthWalk Spiritual Community meets for worship the second Sunday of every month, 10:30 a.m. in Detroit. Join us as we support each other in walking our separate paths together. EarthWalk also offers workshops, sweatlodges and social events; www.earthwalk.org. Rev. Lorraine Weber.

Help fight for equal marriage rights! The Coalition for a Fair Michigan (CFM) has been formed to defeat the proposed anti-marriage amendment which would bar any legal recognition of same-sex relationships including marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships. Volunteers are needed for the following: CFM booth at CFM booth at West Michigan Pride in Grand Rapids, Saturday, June 19 from 2:30-4:30 p.m., 4:30-6:30 p.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m., 8:30-10:30 p.m.; CFM booth at Hotter Than July in Detroit, Saturday, July 31, from Noon-2 p.m., 2-4 p.m., 4-6 p.m, and 6-8 p.m. For questions or to volunteer for any of the above, contact CFM volunteer coordinator Sascha Matish at alexandramatish@aol.com or 734-646-5955.

PFLAG Detroit meets the the second Sunday of every month from 2-5 p.m.; Lutheran Church of the Master, 3333 Coolidge Hwy., Troy. Call 248-656-2875, email genoffice@pflagdetroit.org or visit www.pflagdetroit.org.

WRAP Help Wanted: The Washtenaw Rainbow Action Project in Ann Arbor needs a volunteer coordinator. This is a 35-hour/week position, set to run until the end of 2004 unless further funding becomes available; no benefits. Please send resumes to WRAP, P.O. Box 7951, Ann Arbor, MI 48107; fax 734-995-9915 or email Wrap_Jeremy@sbcglobal.net.

Preservation Wayne offers guided walking tours of five historical areas of Detroit every Saturday, May through September, beginning at 10 a.m.; Downtown Eastern Market, Midtown, Auto Heritage, and Cultural Center, and an after work tour in Downtown every Tuesday at 5:30. Tours show what is happening now and bring the city’s past to life. Tours of the New Center area are available by appointment. Various starting locations. $10. www.preservationwayne.org or 313-577-7674.

Free, confidential, no-needle HIV testing offered by the Lansing Area AIDS Network and the Ingham county Health Department in recognition of National HIV Testing Day: Saturday, June 19, Advent House, 12:30-4p.m.; Monday, June 21, Ingham County Willow Plaza Teen Health Clinic, 4-7 p.m.; Tuesday, June 22: Volunteers of America, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Listening Ear, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Ingham County Women’s Health Clinic, 5-7 p.m.; and Ingham County Sparrow Center, 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 23: Allen Neighborhood Center, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Ingham County Willow Plaza Teen Health Clinic, 3-6 p.m.; Greater Lansing African American Health Institutute, 5-9 p.m. Thursday, June 24: Ingham County Adult Health Clinic, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Greater Lansing African American Health Institute, 4-9 p.m.; Lansing Area AIDS Network, 6-9 p.m.; Club X-Cel, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Friday, June 25: Lansing Area AIDS Network, 7-9 a.m.; Black Child and Family Institute, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Esquire Bar, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Results available as soon as 10 days after the test. For exact locations and more information call the Ingham County Health Department 517-887-4308 or the Lansing Area AIDS Network at 517-394-3719.

Apply today for the GLSEN Jump-Start 2004-2005 National – Student Leadership Team!!! Imagine supporting and working with other students to create change in K-12 schools with climate surveys, local summits, safe space programs, student clubs (commonly known as gay-straight alliances or GSAs) and teacher trainings. Be a part of a movement that is ending anti-LGBT harassment and discrimination in all schools. The GLSEN Jump-Start 2004-2005 National Student Leadership Team (NSLT) will consist of 100 middle and high school students who will support student organizing efforts across the country. These young people will represent GLSEN’s four regions (Midwest, Northeast, South & West) and work with student co-chairs, high school student leaders who will coordinate the leadership team and work with GLSEN staff to make the project a success. Apply today to be part of the solution to making schools safer for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Apply today for the GLSEN Jump-Start leadership team at: www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/student/library/record/1651.html, or contact Lynly at 212-727-0135 x 150 or jumpstart@glsen.org.

Splash!-A new social group for the LGBT community in the Ann-Arbor/Ypsi and surrounding areas, hosting monthly events. Visit www.splash-a2.org for more information.

Ann Arbor Front Runners and Walkers; all abilities are welcome to our three weekly runs; we eat out together after most runs. For more information, contact a2frontrunners@umich.edu or call either Rick at 734-741-1763 or Stephen at 734-483-2524.

Lansing Area group for gender non-conformists meets Thursdays at 8 p.m. at Coral Gables in East Lansing. For more information call Rachel at 517-347-3681 or email tenofnine@hotmail.com

Spring/summer coming out group will be meeting on Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. from June 1 to July 29. Discuss issues related to sexual orientation, exploring one’s sexual identity, coming out issues, family issues, etc. Offered by the LGBT office at the University of Michigan. Registration is required; contact Hsiao-wen Lo at hsiaowen@umich.edu or David Pimental at davidmp@umich.edu as soon as possible.

Drop-in support group for survivors of sexual assault meets Mondays from 6:30-8 p.m. (except holidays); St. Luke Lutheran Church. Contact Domestic Violence Project/SAFE House, 734-973-0242; Amy, ext. 209, Keeana, ext. 270 or Nicole, ext. 286. A free and confidential program; bus tokens and child care provided.

PFLAG Jackson meetings: PFLAG Jackson normally meets the second Thursday of the month at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1505 W. Michigan, at 7 p.m. Web site: http://www.webspawner.com/users/pflagjacksonmay01

Michigan Equality Volunteer Opportunities: See and be seen at Pride Events across the state beginning April 21st through July 31st . This is an Election year and your help is needed to change the face of politics in Michigan . Join other Michigan Equality volunteers and help gather signatures on post cards to our state legislators at these interesting and exciting events. To learn more call 517- 484-5120 or 800- 858-9107, email contact@michiganequality.org, or visit our Website: www.michiganequality.org. Michigan Equality works as a political advocacy organization dedicated to building a broad base of support to end discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or nonconformance to gender stereotypes.

Gender-Free Contra Dance: American Folk Dancing for the LGBT Community and friends, 2-5 p.m., the 4th Sunday of each month; Pittsfield Grange Hall, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Road. Beginners are always welcome; all dances are taught. No partner necessary. Admission: $7 or $5 for students and AACTMAD members. Steve, 248-545-7525 or stevepadgett@provide.net.

Detroit Queergroup meets every Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the queer art house, 3407 Trumbull, Detroit; 313-303-1275 or jeanofarc@yahoo.com.

Ruth Ellis Center Transgender Group meets every Wednesday, 7:30 -9 p.m. 16501 Woodward, Highland Park. 313-867-6936 or ruthellis@d-b.org; www.d-b.org/RuthEllisCenter/INDEX.HTML Open to all people who consider themselves transgender, not just youth.

Downriver Detroit Transgender Group meets every Thursday evening, 7 – 9 p.m. Changing room & social time, 6-7 p.m. Meetings are moderator-led and informal. Please note that this is a social and support group, not a group for discussion of political and/or religious issues. Kendra Leigh or Sharon L. Van Nest, 313-381-4528 or 313-363-5319 or sharonlynnvn@yahoo.com.

Transgender Michigan Chat Room, Mondays at 7 p.m., online at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TransGender_Michigan/chat.

Call for Submissions to an LGBTQ/Q Youth Anthology. We are in the process of creating a unique, multifaceted anthology of works by and for LGBTQ/Q youth and allies and are looking for previously unpublished, original pieces of writing and art from youth, under 22 years old. Pieces should address topics that are relevant to LBGTQ/Q youth. Final deadline for submissions is July 30, 2004. For complete guidelines email jgamble@rci.rutgers.edu or postal mail to Cheryl Clarke, Rutgers University, 3 Bartlett St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

Alcoholics Anonymous Gay & Lesbian Recovery Meetings; Alcoholics Anonymous, ACOA, Alanon. METRO DETROIT AREA: Thursday, 7p.m., Sobriety in the Hills at Kirk in the Hills, Bloomfield Hills; 8 p.m., Detroit Gay AA, St. Dominic’s Church, Trumbull at Warren; 8 p.m., Pontiac Gay AA, Shrine of St. Joseph, South Blvd. at Bagley. Friday, 11:30 a.m., Brown Baggers, Affirmations, Ferndale; 8 p.m., Detroit Gay AA, St. Dominic’s Church, Trumbull at Warren. Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Brown Baggers, Affirmations, Ferndale; 8 p.m., Go After Your Own Sobriety (GAYS), Drayton Ave. Presbyterian Church, Ferndale. Sunday, 8 p.m., Detroit Gay AA, St. Dominic’s Church; 8 p.m., Pontiac Gay AA, Shrine of St. Joseph, West South Boulevard at Bagley. Monday, 11:30 a.m., Brown Baggers, Affirmations, Ferndale; 8 p.m., Suburban Lambda West AA, Universalist Unitarian Church, Farmington Hills. Tuesday, 8 p.m, Detroit Gay AA, St. Dominic’s Church, Trumbull at Warren; 8 p.m, Pontiac Gay AA, Shrine of St. Joseph, West S. Blvd. at Bagley. Wednesday, 11:30 a.m., Brown Baggers, Affirmations, Ferndale; 8 p.m., Suburban Lambda, St. Luke’s, Livernois at Lewiston, Ferndale. ANN ARBOR: Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Northside Presbyterian/St. Aidan’s Church, Broadway at Bates; Friday, 7:30 p.m., St. Andre’s Church, Division at Catherine. FLINT: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., OH! That Meeting!, Woodside Church, 3/4 Mi. east of I-475; Sunday, 6 p.m., OH! That Meeting!, Woodside Church, 3/4 Mi. east of I-475. GRAND RAPIDS: Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday, Grace Episcopal Church, Hall at Plymouth Road; Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday, 7:30 p.m., East Congregational Church, Giddings near Franklin. KALAMAZOO: Tuesday, 8 p.m., St. Luke’s on Lovell Street. LANSING: Monday, 7:30 p.m., Back Porch Group, Wesley Foundation, East Harrison; Friday, 6:30 p.m., Gay & Lesbian Step Meeting, Wesley Foundation, South Harrison. Some meetings non-smoking. A.A. HOTLINE PHONE: 313-831-5550 (Wayne); 810-541-6565 (S. Oakland); 248-332-3521 (N. Oakland)

FRIENDS Alliance – Social/Support group, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Fridays are movie, euchre and game nights, beginning at 7p.m. Tues.-Thursday, the Alliance offers free access to its computer lab, Noon-5 p.m. Beginning Tuesday, June 1, join the Alliance at the GLBT Roundtable with online chat. 586-759-5940; PWA Support Line 800-350-7927.

AIDS Partnership Michigan is currently recruiting participants for a prevention intervention specifically targeted to the unique needs of HIV-infected individuals for men who have sex with men. The intervention consists of various peer-facilitated, group-level health education and skills enhancement workshops complemented by individual level prevention counseling. In addition to providing an opportunity for general HIV-related education and enhancement of risk reduction skills, the facilitator will promote and foster social support in a confidential, relaxed environment. Topics include routes of transmission, prevention strategies, communication skills, self-efficacy and attitudes relative to risk reduction behaviors. Space is limited. Group sessions begin June 1st at 6 p.m. To reserve your spot or for additional information, contact Torrance Hucks at 313-446-9820 or at hucks@aidspartnership.org

Straight Spouse Support Network-Metro Detroit. Meets on the 3rd Sunday (June 20) of each month from 2-4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Northville. Contact Stephanie at smsphd@hotmail.com or call 248-582-9822 for more info.

Downriver Area Youth Outreach (D.A.Y.O.) Youth Group for LGBT teens meets the first Satuday of each month at Grace Episcopal Church in Southgate from 1-4 p.m. Call PFLAG Downriver for more info: 734-783-2950

Suburban Lesbians Of Michigan is the largest lesbian online community in Michigan. SLOM is a community where you can meet new friends and network with other lesbians within the state. Visit the SLOM website at www.slomorg.com

CLUB 45 – Gay men age 45+ meet for conversation, networking and support every Sunday, 5 p.m. at Angel’s Cafe in Ferndale. The group is celebrating its seven month anniversary. For information contact Henry: 313-833-0863 or Club45detroit@aol.com.

Detroit Guerrilla Queer Bar – Up for something completely different and fun for the new year? Try the delicious Detroit Guerrilla Queer Bar! Hundreds of other party goers can’t be wrong! For more party info, including location, visit www.detroitguerrillas.com! Don’t clone, colonize!

Men’s Group- 1st Tuesday (July 6th) of every month 7 p.m. 4th floor conference room at the Port Huron Municipal Office Center, 100 McMorran Blvd, Port Huron, Michigan. Offers discussion, support and an activity the night of the meeting as well as access to services and social activities between meetings. Call 810-364-1080 for more information.

Guerrilla Queer Bar – Making every bar a queer bar. Guerrilla Queer Bar creates opportunities for queers and allies to have fun in bars that aren’t expressly queer friendly, or to borrow from the Seattle GQB group, “We’re out to crash the party”! Don’t clone; colonize. Join the latest GQB group in Ann Arbor at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GQBAA/

Youth Group– 1st Saturday (July 3rd) of every month at the St. Clair County Chapter of American Red Cross, 615 Pine Street, Port Huron. Begins at 3 p.m. Open to 14-20 year olds. Youth driven and adult monitored. Great opportunity for peer support and building appropriate social networks. Call 810-364-1080 for more information.

Straight Spouse Support Group– Group is designed for peer support to the “straight spouse” of those disclosing their non-traditional sexual orientation or identity. Contact Lisa, (mrsv19982002@yahoo.com), (bluewater_pride@yahoo.com) or 810-650-1291, for details.

Women’s Group– meets once a month with no home base. Very much activity oriented. The contact person is Lisa, (mrsv19982002@yahoo.com) (bluewater_pride@yahoo.com) or 810-650-1291. Events, dates, and times will also be posted on the Women’s Personals Yahoo Group and/or email to interested persons.

Negritude: An Afrocentric Perspective is seeking adults and youth ages 14 and up in the State of Michigan who are interested in showcasing their artistic and creative talent in the areas of: performing arts, theatre, drama, skits, comedy performances, vocals, step shows, drill team performances, artistic modern dance, story telling and open topic commentary, poetry reading, rap, instrumental bands performing jazz, blues, R&B and ‘Ole School Jams. For more information contact 269-615-0245 or stephanieypenn@aol.com.

Hermanos de Corazon (Brothers of the Heart) is now meeting every Thursday night at Menjo’s from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. NO COVER on Thursdays for members who attend group! Hermanos de Corazon serves LGBTQ Latino men and is a personal development project of the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation: DHDC). For more information please call Ben Sedillos at 313-967-4880 or e-mail hermanos@dhdc1.org.

Lansing Community College Gay-Straight Alliance – Meetings are held Tuesdays from 1- 2 p.m. in SPS 224 and Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m. in SPS 223. Everyone is welcome to attend meetings and events. For more information please contact the Club Advisor, Gina Beaudry at beaudrg@lcc.edu.

First Step program – The Western Wayne County Project on Domestic and Sexual Violence is looking for volunteers. First Step has a variety of volunteer opportunities available. Call 734-416-1111 x202 for more information.

A social-support group for Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender men is now available in the Port Huron area. The group will be meeting the 1st Tuesday of every month at the Port Huron Municipal Office Center, 100 McMorran Blvd., 4th floor conference room, Port Huron. All are welcome to attend for conversation and activities. The group is sponsored by Blue Water Pride, an education and advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people in St. Clair, Sanilac, Lambton and Northern Macomb counties. For more information, contact BWP Chairman Scott Frazer at 810-364-1080 or 810-333-5398 or e-mail bluewater_pride@yahoo.com.

Sunday Church services at 2:30 p.m. at Unity Fellowship Church Detroit, 20846 Reimanville Avenue in Ferndale. Rev. Darren McCarroll, Pastor, ufcmdetroit@aol.com. All are welcome.

Higher Ground is a new holistic/spiritual support group for HIV/AIDS positive gay men. The group will help develop healthy relationships, participate in social functions, unlock your inner strength, cope with change, release your past and heal your mind. For more information email higherground2003@aol.com or call Rick at 586-427-1259.

GILDA’s Club of Metro Detroit, has a Gay and Lesbian networking group for anyone touched by cancer that meets the third Wednesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at 3517 Rochester Road in Royal Oak. Call Chris at 248-577-0800 x24 for more information.

Community Drumming meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, “MotherPeace Drumming” at the Unity Church of Royal Oak, 2500 Crooks Road between 12 and 13 Mile roads. Pot Luck at 7 p.m., open drum at 7:30 p.m.

Wayne State University’s LGBT Students of Color Organization and Karibu House are co-sponsoring Co-Gender Rap Sessions on the first Wednesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at the Northwest Activity Center, 18100 Meyers at Curtis. Light refreshments will be available; just look for signs leading to the meeting. For more information call 313-865-2170 x3.

Full Truth Fellowship of Christ Church is meeting the spiritual needs of God’s LGBT community and friends. Come and learn of God’s love for all people. Monthly information workshops every 2nd Saturday at 10 a.m. Worship every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Full Truth Fellowship of Christ is located at 4458 Joy Road, Detroit. For more information, call 313-896-0233.

Downriver Rainbow LGBT Social Gathering – Meet others from the downriver area in this safe environment. We meet the first Sunday of every month from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the Grace Episcopal Church, 15650 Reeck Road in Southgate.

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