Community Clipboard

By |2004-07-29T09:00:00-04:00July 29th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Note expanded AFFIRMATIONS listings after community center information.

Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center
195 West Nine Mile, Ferndale, MI 48220
Phone: 248-398-7105
Fax: 248-541-1943
Email: [email protected] Web:

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.

GLBT friendly Church/Spiritual Services

Dignity Detroit offers services every Sunday at 6 p.m. in the chapel of Marygrove College in Detroit;; 313-278-4786.

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; Rev. Lorraine Weber.

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.

Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit holds services each Sunday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Drayton Ave. Presbyterian Church’s chapel, 2441 Pinecrest, Frendale. 248-399-7741.

Tree of Life MCC has moved to the WRAP office for Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. Tree of Life MCC is a Christian church that honors the life and teachings of Christ and other traditionally Christian beliefs, but respects other spiritual traditions. We are not just open to LGBTIQA people; we are a queer church. Call 734-449-4189, email [email protected] or visit

Sunday Church services at 2:30 p.m. at Unity Fellowship Church Detroit, 20846 Reimanville Avenue in Ferndale. Rev. Darren McCarroll, Pastor, [email protected] All are welcome.

Other Organizations

Al-Fatiha is seeking volunteers to speak out about queer Muslim issues. Are you interested in speaking about your experiences as a queer Muslim? Would you like to share how you have reconciled Islam and homosexuality? Do you want to educate communities about Islam, sexuality and gender? We are especially looking for folks willing to speak to the press and media – you don’t have to use your real name. To join Al-Fatiha’s speaker’s bureau, email the following information to [email protected]: Full name, phone number, email address, your city and state, the best time to reach you by phone, your gender identity and sexual orientation, and ways you would like to help. Other volunteer opportunities also exist. Contact Al-Fatiha by email at [email protected] or phone 202-452-5534.

Attention All Singers, Musicians, Graphic Artists, Promotions Specialists: Now forming a new exciting LGBT Community Choir. Founded by Motor City Pride Idol contest winner, Ava Rodgers, this choir’s primary focus is to “empower and connect” our community through song. Musical forms include gospel and jazz. Auditions to be held mid July. We hope to achieve true diversity and strongly encourage all races, genders, and shoe sizes to apply! For additional information and audition dates and times, contact Ava Rodgers at [email protected] or 313.655.8662.

The Black Pride Leadership Project, a program of Healthy Black Communities is currently in search of Black lesbian women and same-gender loving youth (between the ages of 18-25) to join its Advisory Board from all regions of the country. The organization has kicked into high gear around making this advisory board
representative. The mission of the project is to heighten awareness
and establish a presence for Black same-gender loving people domestically in North America and globally. The program was created to fill a void of
connectivity within the Black, same-gender loving community. The program is overseen by an advisory board of Black same-gender loving people who provide guidance and direction to HBC, Inc. in website and program infrastructure development. Visit and read more about our current board members as well as complete an online application to be a member. Our community needs you to step up to the plate and be a voice.

WRAP’s committees need you! WRAP has formed several committees to keep the organization functioning smoothly, including Fundraising, Membership, Public Policy, and Programs. The committees need staffing and are open to new members. Call WRAP (The Washtenaw Rainbow Action Project) at 734-995-9867 to give your time.

HARC provides free HIV/AIDS testing at the Washtenaw Rainbow Action Project (WRAP) offices on Mondays, 3-5 p.m. and Sundays, 9-11 p.m. For more information call 734-572-9355 or 866-HIV-TEST (toll free). WRAP is located at 325 Braun Court in Ann Arbor.

College bound? Need a meningitis vaccine before you go? The Visiting Nurse Association of SE Michigan, hosted by Kroger, is offering this life-saving vaccination on a walk-in basis for $85 on the following dates: July 27, Noon-2 p.m., 21555 Twenty-One Mile Rd., Macomb Twp.; July 28, 4-6 p.m., 20645 Gibraltar Rd., Brownstown Twp.; July 29, 4-6 p.m., 30935 Five Mi. Rd., Livonia; July 31, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 2260 18 Mi. Rd., Sterling Hts.; July 31, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., 2260 18 Mi. Rd., Sterling Hts.; July 31, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 65 S. Livernois, Rochester; August 3, Noon-2p.m., 44525 Ann Arbor Rd., Plymouth; August 5, Noon-2p.m., 4805 Haggerty Rd., West Bloomfield; August 7, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1905 Canton Center Rd., Canton. Weekday clinics are also available by appointment only, M-F from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at VNA of SE Michigan’s Oak Park office, 25900 Greenfield Rd., Ste. 600. Call 800-882-5720, ext. 8755 for an appointment.

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; [email protected]

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 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] or visit

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. or 313-577-7674.

Splash!-A new social group for the LGBT community in the Ann-Arbor/Ypsi and surrounding areas, hosting monthly events. Visit 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]

Spring/summer coming out group will be meeting on Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. until 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 [email protected] or David Pimental at [email protected] 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:

Michigan Equality Volunteer Opportunities: See and be seen at Pride Events across the state 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 postcards to our state legislators at these interesting and exciting events. To learn more call 517- 484-5120 or 800- 858-9107, email [email protected], or visit our Website: 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.

Detroit Queergroup meets every Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the queer art house, 3407 Trumbull, Detroit; 313-303-1275 or [email protected]

Ruth Ellis Center Transgender Group meets every Wednesday, 7:30 -9 p.m. 16501 Woodward, Highland Park. 313-867-6936 or [email protected]; 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 [email protected]

Transgender Michigan Chat Room, Mondays at 7 p.m., online at

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.

Straight Spouse Support Network-Metro Detroit. Meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 2-4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Northville. Contact Stephanie at [email protected] 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

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 [email protected]

Men’s Group- 1st Tuesday 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

Youth Group- 1st Saturday 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, ([email protected]), ([email protected]) 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, ([email protected]) ([email protected]) 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.

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected] 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.

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 Hall, 15650 Reeck Road in Southgate.

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