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By |2003-02-27T09:00:00-05:00February 27th, 2003|Uncategorized|

{ITAL 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:}


TWO NEW GROUPS FOR SENIORS. Affirmations is expanding our offerings to the 55+ LGBT community. Starting in February, we will be offering two new opportunities to socialize, plan and get to know each other! Senior Networking: Meets Wednesday from 6 to 8pm weekly at the center. For networking and discussion surrounding the issues faced by those 55 and older in the LGBT community. Senior Koffee-Klatch: meets Thursday afternoons from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the center. Join others for socializing and great conversation. We would love to see you here! For more information, please call the center – Ask for Laura Kane-Witkowski, Health Services Coordinator.
BIG BASH 2003 – CARNIVALE: A PARTY FOR EVERYDAY PEOPLE – MARCH 1. It’s not just a great party. It’s the biggest fundraising event of the year for Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center. Annually, it raises over $60,000 to support the Helpline, the coming out groups, the rap groups, the Youth Services Program. and it helped launch our newest growing program – Health Services. The cost of one ticket is $110 and it covers valet parking, a full open bar, dinner and dessert bar, complimentary raffle ticket and phenomenal entertainment. A considerable portion of that ticket price goes back to the Center, thanks to our generous event sponsors: General Motors, Channel 955, Between the Lines Newspaper, Ameritax Plus, Compuware, Detroit Free Press, and Westin Hotels. Help us make this event a success and call the Center for your ticket today – 248-398-7105.

Washtenaw Rainbow Action Project

{ITAL WRAP – 325 Braun Ct.
(across from the aut BAR)
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
Hours; Monday-Wednesday 12-8 p.m., Thur. 1-8 p.m., Friday 12-8 p.m.}


Thursday, February 27,
Free and anonymous HIV-testing, weekly
Social and support group for gay, bisexual and straight fathers, 4th Thurs.

Friday, February 28,
* VisiBIlity, 7-8 PM
Bi-sexual, bi-friendly, pansexual, omni sexual, questioning and allies; meets fourth Friday of each month 7-9 p.m. and 2nd Sunday of each month 5-8 p.m. for potluck

Sunday, March 2,
Free and anonymous HIV-testing, weekly

Tuesday, March 4,
* MEN TALKING, 7-8:30 PM.
Support group for HIV-negative gay and bisexual men, 1st and 3rd Tues.

Wednesday, March 5,
Social and support group for lesbian mothers.

Thursday, March 6,
Free and anonymous HIV-testing, weekly

Friday, March 7,
Direct action trans group, focusing on education and “confronting with love”

Saturday, March 8,
A social club for single lesbians and their friends, 2nd Sat.

Sunday, March 9,
Meeting to discuss queer literature

WISH LIST: New or Like New

* Queer books/videos


Office Staffing
Thanks to all our volunteers!

Lansing Area AIDS Network (LAAN) is seeking emotional-support volunteers. People living with HIV and AIDS are in need of volunteers to provide emotional support and periodic assistance. LAAN is looking to train and assign these volunteers, called “buddies,” in the upcoming spring training. LAAN is seeking 20 new buddies who will participate in a two-session, six-hour training program and will then assigned to be a buddy to a person with HIV. The Saturday training programs are scheduled for February 8 and 15 and will be held in the LAAN offices at 913 W. Holmes Road, #115 in Lansing. Volunteers are asked to commit two to three hours per week for one year. For more information, call Patrick Lombardi at LAAN at (517) 394-3719 x14.

AIDS Partnership Michigan is in desperate need of volunteer drivers, with reliable transportation, to deliver meals to clients for their “Linda’s Meals” program.
“Linda’s Meals” delivers meals to homebound, medically fragile clients who have no one to prepare meals for them. Hot meals and cold meals are delivered Monday through Friday. Volunteers are needed to pick up and deliver meals from either the APM offices (Jefferson at Jos Campau) or Restoration Towers (Evergreen between 5 and 6 mile) between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Routes can be customized so that volunteers can deliver meals during their lunch hour.
For more information call Doug Pizzala at 313-446-9800 or [email protected]

Life After Diagnosis Support Group for all HIV-positive individuals will be held from 7-9 p.m. every Monday night at the FRIENDS Drop-In Center, 4513 E. 9 Mile Rd. Scheduled discussion topics are: January 29, Hepatitis A, B and C; February 3, Positive Affirmations; February 10th, Access to Services. Light refreshments and pop will be served. Call (800) 350-7927 for more information.

“COLORS” will allow yourself to learn and play with your expressive and creative side with FRIENDS Alliance. This is a new support group for people living with HIV/AIDS and for their partners, family members, friends and caregivers. Eight weeks of fun will run from February 6 through March 27 from 7-9 p.m. Please RSVP to Bill Vallier at (586)789-5940 or (800)350-7927.

A Health Meditation and Practice Class will be held at the FRIENDS Alliance Community Center. First-quarter sessions will cover meditation, alternative vs. complementary medicine, Tai Chi, yoga, Reiki, acupressure, massage and more. The group will meet Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Please bring yourself and a friend, wear comfortable and loose fitting clothing and bring a blanket that can be folded to the size of a yoga mat. Call (800) 357-7927 for more information.

St. Patty’s Day Celebration, on Saturday, March 15 with Divine Peace MCC. Come join in the celebration with a home cooked dinner of the corned beef, potatoes, cabbage and a bit of the ole green beverage (punch.) We’ll be playin’ the games and havin’ lots of fun. Please call before hand, 248-618-1186, $5 at the door. Divine Peace MCC, 5311 Sunnyside Drive, Clarkston.

The Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation is hosting the Brother Of The Heart program, “Hermanos De Corazon.” This program is for the gay Latino community in Detroit. For more information call (313) 967-4880 x 131. Don’t forget the Latino nite at R&R Saloon every Thursday.

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. in the WSU Student Center. 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.

LGBT Social Gathering
Meet others from the downriver area in this safe environment. We meet the first Sunday of every month from 7-9 p.m. in the Grace Episcopal Church, 15650 Reech Road in Southgate.

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