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Ferndale

Ferndale is well-known as the most LGBTQ-friendly neighborhood in greater Detroit, with many LGBTQ organizations, businesses and residents. Ferndale is home to Affirmations LGBTQ Community Center, the Michigan AIDS Coalition and numerous other LGBTQ and progressive non-profit groups.Located just north of Detroit, between 8 and 10 Mile Roads along the Woodward corridor, Ferndale is easily accessible from major highways.

According to the latest census Ferndale is second only to tiny neighbor Pleasant Ridge for percentage of households with same-sex couples. (In fact, Pleasant Ridge ranks among the top ten nationally.) Ferndale’s current mayor, David Coulter, and former mayor, Craig Covey, are openly gay men. The city has numerous LGBT-owned shops, restaurants bars and theaters and many more LGBTQ-friendly establishments.

“In the beginning of the ’80s Ferndale was a blank slate,” said former Mayor Covey. “The downtown was empty. You could roll a bowling ball down the middle of 9 Mile and not hit anything.” Home values were declining; the storefronts downtown were almost entirely empty except for a few adult bookstores, nail salons, wig shops and a strip club.

The Ringwald theater on Woodward is the Detroit area’s LGBTQ-identified theater troop. Restaurants such as Rosie O’Grady’s, Assaggi, Local, The Emery and Woodward Ave. Brewery, Axle Brewery, Zeke’s BBQ and others often host fundraisers and events for LGBTQ groups. Soho Bar is a great place for LGBTQ people to relax and meet for a drink.

Ferndale’s downtown area is charmingly walkable, and you are sure to run into friendly local residents on their way to dinner, a shop or a show. Note the many rainbow flags flying in front of homes and businesses through the town.

The local government worked hard to attract forward-thinking people to stimulate the economy in this historically blue collar town. It worked! The town is flourishing and new people and ideas are welcomed.

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Auto/Dealer

Address: 21205 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale 48220
David Mendiola, Pre-Owned Manager
Phone: 248-547-8800
Notes:

A family owned and operated in fashionable Ferndale, MI and purveyor of Symmetrical all wheel drive vehicles since 1972. Metro Detroit's Subaru-Only Dealer.

City: Ferndale
State: MI
Country: USA
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Bars - LGBTQ

Address: 205 W. Nine Mile Road
Ferndale 48220
Phone: 248-547-7270
Notes:

This classy spot features wine, jazz, martinis and a comfortable, casual environment. Located right in the heart of Ferndale's gay district, Soho has a weekly line-up of trivia, karaoke, dance parties, and sweet drink specials. Popular with both men and women. Frequent special community events, like "Homophobia is Such a Drag" fundraiser for the Ruth Ellis House homeless shelter for LGBT youth. This is a great place to meet a friend to catch up before or after an evening out.

City: Ferndale
State: MI
Country: USA
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Chorus

Website: www.dtmc.org
Phone: 313-690-3559
City: Ferndale
State: MI
Country: USA
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Community Centers

Address: 290 W. 9 Mile Rd.
Ferndale 48220
Metro Detroit's community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender people and their allies.
Phone: 248-398-7105
Notes:

Affirmations is the community center for LGBTQ+ people and their allies serving the Detroit Metro area. Programs & activities include: Arts & Cultural events, civic engagement, family fun activities, health services, HIV/AIDS prevention, older adult support, social and recreational activities, sports & fitness programs, support & discussion groups, workshops & seminars and youth groups. Resources offered: Art Gallery, Recess cafe, game room, media center & library, meeting rooms, training & education.

 

City: Ferndale
State: MI
Country: USA
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Hotlines & Switchboards

Address: 23211 Woodward Ave. #309
Ferndale 48220
Phone: 855-345-TGMI
City: Ferndale
State: MI
Country: USA
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Optometrists

Address: 236 W. Nine Mile Rd.
Ferndale 48220
Dr. Howard Crane
Phone: 248-545-5600
Notes:

Friendly, professional eye care services since 1949.
Thorough vision and health evaluations.
Designer frames at discount prices - sunglasses - sports frames - contact lenses - eye laser surgery consultation.
Free repairs - rapid service.
Most insurances accepted.

City: Ferndale
State: MI
Country: USA
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Plumbing

Address: 1049 Hilton
Ferndale 48220
Phone: 248-542-8022
City: Ferndale
State: MI
Country: USA
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Pride Organizer

Address: 430 E. Saratoga., Suite B
Ferndale 48220
Julia Music, Event Chair
City: Ferndale
State: MI
Country: USA
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Seniors

Address: 290 W. 9 Mile Rd.
Ferndale 48220
Angela Peron, Director
Meets at Affirmations
Phone: 313-578-6812
Notes:

The mission of SAGE Metro Detroit is to build awareness and promotes change so that LGBT older adults may age with dignity and authenticity.

City: Ferndale
State: MI
Country: USA
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Sports

Address: P.O. Box 20215
Ferndale 48220
Chris Harris, Commissioner
Website: www.mdsl.org
Phone: 586-945-4029
Notes:

The Metro Detroit Gay and Lesbian Softball League is celebrating its 25th season this year. Games are played in Rochester Hills every Sunday from May 2 - August 22. We offer different skill levels for all ball players, whether you are a starter or you tried out for the Detroit Tigers. Visit our website at www.mdsl.org to learn more about the league and get involved today.

City: Ferndale
State: MI
Country: USA
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Transgender Groups/Services

Address: Ferndale
Hannah Hartley, President/Chair
Anthony Sherman
Notes:

Creating positive social change supporting all forms of gender identity and expression through charitable, educational, and service works. Established 2005.

City: Ferndale
State: MI
Country: USA
Address: 23211 Woodward Ave. #309
Ferndale 48220
Phone: 855-345-TGMI
City: Ferndale
State: MI
Country: USA

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