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Neighborhood

Detroit

Located just north of the downtown sports and entertainment district and bisected by Woodward Avenue, Midtown is the cultural, artistic and intellectual center of greater Detroit. The area is anchored by some of the city’s largest institutions including Wayne State University, The Detroit Medical Center, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Detroit Historical Museum, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Museum of Contemporary Art and just to the west the Henry Ford Medical Center – to name only a few.

Dozens of restaurants, theaters, coffee shops, bars, hotels and inns, stores and event spaces have opened up in just the last few years. Shinola Detroit opened its flagship store on Canfield Street, and other specialty national retailers have popped up such as John Varvatos and Carhartt.

But what makes Midtown special are the local merchants who committed early to Midtown and that have flourished as the area has boomed. LGBTQ-founded businesses like Hugh on Cass Street, The Peacock Room and Frida on Kirby and Avalon International Breads on Willis St., and galleries like the Detroit Artist Gallery, Artloft and the Detroit Gallery of Contemporary Crafts fuel the area’s trendy, youthful energy. Restaurants such as La Feria, Cuisine, Cass Café, Seva, Union Street, The Majestic, Traffic Jam & Snug, Wasabi, Shangri-la and The Whitney all have been regular spots for LGBTQ diners for decades.

Detroit is also home to more live professional theater seats than any other American city except New York. The Fisher Theater and Olympia Entertainment both bring in Broadway touring groups. The Detroit Repertory Theater, WSU’s Hilberry and Bonstelle Theaters, The Fox, Planet Ant and the Detroit Film Theater are only a few of the exceptional entertainment venues either in or within easy driving distance of Midtown. Check out www.EncoreMichigan.com for complete listings and reviews of live professional theater in and around the city.

See a show, have a meal, shop, enjoy a museum, relax in a comfortable room at the Inn of Ferry Street. Midtown is a wonderfully exciting area to explore and enjoy!

Accommodations

1777 Third St.
Detroit 48226
877-888-2121

Five-star hotel and casino in the heart of downtown Detroit.

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2901 Grand River Ave.
Detroit 48201
866-782-9622
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84 E. Ferry Street
Detroit 48202
313-871-6000
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AIDS/HIV Hotlines

UNIFIED HIV Health & Beyond
Detroit 48207
800-872-2437
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AIDS/HIV Organizations

1234 Porter St.
Detroit 48226
313-961-7863

America's oldest free clinic, serving Detroit since 1950

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1300 W. Fort St.
Detroit 48226
313-963-3434
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220 Bagley, Ste 740
Detroit 48226
313-963-3352
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320 E. Canfield St.
Detroit 48201
Wayne State University Shiffman Medical Library
Mazurek Medical Educations Commons
313-577-6666
313-577-6668

Gateway to HIV/AIDS Information for Detroit and Southeastern Michigan.

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1211 Trumbull
Detroit 48216
www.dhdc1.org
313-967-4880
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1726 Howard St.
Detroit 48216
313-832-3300
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2799 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit 48202
313-876-2556
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3127 E. Canfield St.
Detroit 48207
Wayne State University School of Medicine Childrens Hospital of Michigan
313-924-9493

Care and Prevention services for HIV + youth ages 13 to 24.

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445 Ledyard St.
Detroit 48201
313-962-9446
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3011 W. Grand Blvd. Suite 230
Detroit 48202
313-446-9800

Multi-service, multicultural organization providing HIV testing and counseling, prevention and education, case management, behavioral health services and volunteer opportunities. Michigan HIV/STD Hotline 800-872-2437. Offices in Detroit, Ypsilanti and Jackson

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Anti-Violence

19641 West 7 Mile Rd.
Detroit 48219
Stephanie White, Exec. Dir.
1-866-962-1147 victim hotline, 313-537-7000 office
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Archives/Collections

5401 Cass Ave.
Detroit 48202
Walter P. Reuther Library
313-577-4024

Archival Holdings:
Detroit Women's Feminist Health Center records
Ernest Horne Papers

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Art Galleries

4719 Woodward Ave.
Detroit 48201
313-832-8540
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Artists

110 W. Forest
Detroit 48201
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Auto/Dealer

16400 Woodward Ave.
Detroit 48203
313-365-0997
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Banquet Hall/Catering

1777 Third St.
Detroit 48226
877-888-2121

Five-star hotel and casino in the heart of downtown Detroit.

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2901 Grand River Ave.
Detroit 48201
866-782-9622
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333 Madison Ave.
Detroit 48226
313-963-9800
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130 E. Atwater St.
Detroit 48226
313-307-4925
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Bars - LGBTQ

18931 W. Warren Ave.
Detroit 48228
313-240-8482

A friendly neighborhood bar open to everyone. Open 7 days a week, on Thursdays you can participate or watch others sing their hearts out,at the karaoke bar. Voted the best karaoke bar for two years by Local 4 News in Detroit. Outdoor seating on the patio, dancing and events and theme nights throughout the year. No food offered. Check out Facebook page for upcoming events.

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519 East Jefferson Ave.
Detroit 48226
313-656-4820

Located in downtown Detroit, across from GM World Headquarters, Briggs Sports Bar is a popular after-work watering-hole. This attractive club draws an energetic crowd to its Trophy Room dance club with kickass djs. The bar features 22 craft beers and two alcohol infusions on tap, and the full kitchen offers a menu that is decidedly meat-oriented BBQ, burgers and housebraised corned beef. The SkyBox rooftop is perfect for enjoying a cocktail while taking in an unrivaled view of downtown.

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2971 E. Seven Mile Rd.
Detroit 48234
313-366-6135

One of Detroit's oldest and most popular night spots, Club Gold Coast features male strippers and is open 7 nights a week. Located near the Palmer Park area of Detroit, once the epicenter of Detroit's gay scene. The area is coming back after decades of decline, and Club Gold Coast has thrived through it all, featuring male strippers, dancing and an extensive bar every night.

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19404 Sherwood St
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facebook page
313-892-1765

So you've partied all evening but you're not ready to call it a night. Escape Lounge is an all-male, after-hours, all-night eatery & bar. Opens at 10 p.m. Located on the east side of Detroit, Escape has a parking lot and offers burgers, fries, pizza, wings & drinks. Check out the Facebook page for special events.

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16920 W. Warren Ave.
Detroit 48228
313-584-6525

Gigi's cabaret is the longest running female impersonation revue in Michigan, in business almost 45 years, and it’s a longtime Detroit gay hot spot. Offering a a big dance floor upstairs and the stage for the drag shows in the basement bar. Includes karaoke and go-go-boys and strippers. It’s a fun spot, known for their incredibly friendly staff and djs and their openness to everyone and anyone that shows up.
Reservations can be made via Facebook or call 313-584-6525. Open Mon., Thur. & Fri. after 8 p.m. Sat & Sun After 7 p.m. (Closed Tue. & Wed.)

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8070 Greenfiled Rd.
Detroit 48228
313-581-8913

Hayloft, Sports & Video Bar is a male club offering Karaoke, pool, darts, six LCD screens and internet juke box. Open since 1980, The Hayloft is owned by Ron Harrington who also owns the gay bar, Side Traxx in Traverse City. Happy Hour starts a 2 p.m. everyday. This is a no-nonsense sports bar where men meet other men for fun, friendship and more.

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928 W. McNichols Rd.
Detroit 48203
313-863-3934

Menjo's Complex (or just Menjo's for short) has been a gathering place for the gay community of Metro Detroit for decades. It's also a bit of a Madonna mecca since she used to be a regular when the Material Girl was also a local Michigan girl. The mostly male 20-to-30 something crowd comes for the dancing and entertainment. The Complex includes the Menjos Bar, the Eagle Leather bar and the Olympus Theater. Karaoke, go-go dancers and strippers, trans events, concerts and performers - check out the website and Facebook for an events calendar. Open 7 Days a week. There's always something going on at Menjo's.

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6426 Woodward Ave.
Detroit 48202
313-872-0166

In the heart of Midtown, Woodward Bar and Grill is the oldest gay bar in Detroit dating back to 1960. It’s storied history is reflected in the pictures on the walls and in conversations you’ll hear from loyal patrons. The Woodward is open for lunch and dinner with simple but excellent fare, especially their burgers. During the day it serves the many business people in the area, turning mostly LGBTQ after 5 p.m. It’s popular with the Black LGBTQ community and is a welcoming environment for men, women, trans.

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Bars - LGBTQ Friendly

2233 Park Ave.
Detroit 48201
Centaur Art-Deco Martini Bar
313-963-4040

Art Deco masterpiece of a martini bar, in the historic Iodent building. Located directly behind the Fox Theatre in the heart of Detroit’s sports and entertainment districts. This is not specifically an LGBTQ bar, but does attract an eclectic, hip crowd. Extensive cocktail menu. The kitchen is open 7 days till 2 a.m. offering an interesting small plates menu. This spot’s elegant décor and two-level design includes a dance floor and plenty of nooks and seating for a private encounter.

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32 E. Grand River
Detroit 48226

But don’t be confused by the name. It’s not about Queens as in gay men. Queens is named after the NYC borough – the owners have another Detroit bar named Bronx. Although not specifically an LGBTQ bar, Queen’s Bar has an unpretentious vibe and clearly welcomes LGBTQ patrons with a super-friendly staff that is very open. It has large windows wrapping around the exterior that let in plenty of light. A clean lined bar design mimics the curved corner of the building, and there’s a cool streetside patio. They have a kitchen and offer a grill menu.

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Casino

1777 Third St.
Detroit 48226
877-888-2121

Five-star hotel and casino in the heart of downtown Detroit.

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2901 Grand River Ave.
Detroit 48201
866-782-9622
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Clothiers Custom

4160 Woodward Ave., 3rd floor
Detroit 48201
313-444-3680
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Community Centers

20025 Greenfield
Detroit 48235
The Center in Detroit
313-397-2127

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Counseling

15 East Kirby
Detroit 48202
Paula Kirsch, LMSW
248-767-8411
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Employee Resource Group

777 Woodward Ave. #1000
Detroit 48226

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EY-195665063800329/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/1073/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EY_CareersUS

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160 W. Fort St.
Detroit 48226
Kevin Heard
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Entertainment

Detroit
810-214-0020
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Erotica

16541 Woodward Ave
Detroit 48203
313-869-9477
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Families and Parents

1635 Edison St.
Detroit 48231
313-286-8572
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Florists/Floral Design

333 E. Jefferson Ave., in The Millender Center
Detroit 48226
313-259-5000
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1260 Library Street
Detroit 48226
Jerome Raska
Robbin Yelverton
www.blumz.com
313-964-5777

Blumz by JRDesigns is a full service floral, wedding and event planning company with two full service location in Detroit and Ferndale MI and a by appointment only location in Ann Arbor MI. Visit us online at blumz.com and ourprettywedding.com.

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Foundations and Funders

333 W. Fort St., Ste. 2010
Detroit 48226
Mariam Noland, Pres.
www.cfsem.org
313-961-6675
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333 W. Fort St., Ste. 2010
Detroit 48226
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
313-961-6675

A fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, The HOPE Fund is dedicated to funding LGBT projects in the seven county region of southeast Michigan.

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Health Care Services

1726 Howard St.
Detroit 48208
Patrick Yankee, Director
313-832-3300

Providing direct primary care to the LGBTQ, as well as the and Corktown community.

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Labor Union

8000 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit 48214
www.uaw.org
313-926-5000

The UAW is one of the nation’s most diverse unions, representing workers in manufacturing, health care, higher education, gaming, public service and other sectors. It is a union with a long, proud history of fighting for equality and social justice for all.

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Legal Organizations

2966 Woodward Ave.
Detroit 48201
Jay Kaplan, LGBT Staff Attorney
313-578-6800
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7310 Woodward Avenue Suite 301
Detroit 48202
www.nlsm.org
313-964-1975
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Museum

5200 Woodward Ave.
Detroit 48202
www.dia.org
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Music Groups

Detroit
810-214-0020
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Opera Company

1526 Broadway St.
Detroit 48226
313-237-7464
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Pet Boarding

3443 Cass Ave.
Detroit 48201
Liz Blondy
313-831-3647
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Pet Day Care

3443 Cass Ave.
Detroit 48201
Liz Blondy
313-831-3647
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Physicians

1726 Howard St.
Detroit 48208
Patrick Yankee, Director
313-832-3300

Providing direct primary care to the LGBTQ, as well as the and Corktown community.

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Political Organizations

19641 West 7 Mile Rd.
Detroit 48219
Stephanie White, Exec. Dir.
1-866-962-1147 victim hotline, 313-537-7000 office
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Pottery

10125 E. Jefferson
Detroit 48214
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Pride Organizer

20025 Greenfield
Detroit 48235
The Center in Detroit
313-397-2127

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440 Burroughs St., Ste 650
Detroit 48202
313-537-7000
313-537-3379

Organizes Michigan's largest Pride celebration in downtown Detroit each June.

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Professional Organizations

P.O. Box 32446
Detroit 48232
Kevin Heard, Pres.

We represent the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, + Ally Business Community in Southeastern Michigan. Our chamber believes accepting diversity creates a wealth of knowledge. Recognizing our differences can organically create innovations in enterprise. Connecting our LGBT members to a strong base of ally partners and corporate support; we provide stellar opportunities for all businesses in the region. Contact us to join today!

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Prosthetics

6438 Woodward Ave.
Detroit 48202
Chris Casteel
Giving Amputees the Gift of Hope
313-870-9610
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Real Estate/Agent

3011 West Grand Boulevard, Ste. 215
Detroit 48202
Austin Black
313-242-7800
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Religious & Spiritual

4800 Woodward Ave.
Detroit 48201
313-833-7547
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5247 Sheridan St.
Detroit 48213
313-279-5561
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23 East Adams
Detroit 48203
313-965-5422
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4605 Cass Ave.
Detroit 48201
www.1stuu.org
313-833-9107

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Detroit- a progressive, clear alternative. Looking for sacred space? We support the worth and dignity of every individual. Venue for social, economic and racial justice initiatives, programs, concerts.

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Restaurants

8029 Agnes
Detroit 48214
Kirsten Ussery & Erika Boyd
313-649-2759
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Social/Community Organizations

220 Bagley, Ste. 808
Detroit 48226
Ron Scott
313-963-8116
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734-474-2372

An empowered community of Latino/a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender leaders representing Detroit and the metropolitan area. Meets at Affirmations in Ferndale.

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20025 Greenfield
Detroit 48235
The Center in Detroit
313-397-2127

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3031 W. Grand Blvd. Suite 525
Detroit 48202-3025
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Substance Abuse

445 Ledyard St.
Detroit 48201
313-962-9446
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Symphony Orchestra

3711 Woodward Ave.
Detroit 48201
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
www.dso.org
313-576-5111
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Theaters

3011 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit 48202
Fisher Theater
800-982-2787
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13103 Woodrow Wilson Dr.
Detroit 48238
313-868-1347
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3011 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit 48202
313-872-1000
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2211 Woodward Ave.
Detroit 48201
website
313-471-3200
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1777 Third St.
Detroit 48226
877-888-2121

Five-star hotel and casino in the heart of downtown Detroit.

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1526 Broadway St.
Detroit 48226
313-237-7464
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2251 Antietam
Detroit 48207
313-872-6910

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit is an internationally acclaimed youth development program that concentrates on helping young artists excel on stage and in life. Mosaic's mission is to empower young people to maximize their potential through professional performing arts training and the creation of first-rate theatrical and musical art.

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2901 Grand River Ave.
Detroit 48201
866-782-9622
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4743 Cass Ave.
Detroit 48201
Wayne State University Theater
313-577-2972
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4001 W. McNichols
Detroit 48221
The Theatre Company
313-993-3270
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Tile

10125 E. Jefferson
Detroit 48214
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Tuxedo

4160 Woodward Ave., 3rd floor
Detroit 48201
313-444-3680
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Veterinarians

3800 Grand River Ave.
Detroit 48208
Glynes D. Graham, DVM
313-832-7282
313-832-4990
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Videos

16541 Woodward Ave
Detroit 48203
313-869-9477
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Wedding Venue

1777 Third St.
Detroit 48226
877-888-2121

Five-star hotel and casino in the heart of downtown Detroit.

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2901 Grand River Ave.
Detroit 48201
866-782-9622
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333 Madison Ave.
Detroit 48226
313-963-9800
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130 E. Atwater St.
Detroit 48226
313-307-4925
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Youth Services

903 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit 48208
313-361-4000
313-361-8938

Street outreach and case planning services for transgender and other sex workers. Resource line answered 24 hours/7 days per week; Resource email looked at M-F 9-5.

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3127 E. Canfield St.
Detroit 48207
Wayne State University School of Medicine Childrens Hospital of Michigan
313-924-9493

Care and Prevention services for HIV + youth ages 13 to 24.

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