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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: 21359 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale 48220
Phone: 248-548-6300
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Family Owned and Operated for over 20 Years.

City: Ferndale
State: MI
Country: USA
Address: 21800 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale 48220
Phone: 248-547-6100
Fax: 248-547-2491
City: Ferndale
State: MI
Country: USA
Address: 21205 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale 48220
David Mendiola, Sales Manager
Phone: 248-547-8800
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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
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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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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
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Affirmations is the community center for LGBTQ+ people and their allies serving the Detroit Metro area. Programs & activities include: Arts and Cultural events, civic engagement, family fun activities, health services, HIV/AIDS prevention, older adult support, social and recreational activities, sports and fitness programs, support and discussion groups, workshops and seminars and youth groups. Resources offered: Art Gallery, Recess cafe, game room, media center and library, meeting rooms, training and education.

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

Address: 563 W 9 Mile Rd. #309
Hazel Park 48030
Phone: 855-345-TGMI
City: Ferndale
State: MI
Country: USA
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Martial Arts

Address: 247 W. Nine Mile Rd.
Ferndale 48220
Jaye Spiro
Phone: 248-542-5371
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Traditional Karate - develop physically, mentally and spiritually. Try FILIPINO STICK FIGHTING or our practical Self Defense programs. All ages, sizes and physical abilities are welcome. Located in downtown Ferndale.

City: Ferndale
State: MI
Country: USA
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Municipalities/Governments

Address: 300 East Nine Mile Road
Ferndale, Michigan 48220
Phone: 248-546-2525
City: Ferndale
State: MI
Country: USA
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Office Space

Address: 22007 Woodward
Ferndale 48220
Lisa J. Schmidt
Phone: 248-850-2525
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A Co-working space within the heart of Ferndale

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
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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. Most insurances accepted.

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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Religious & Spiritual

Address: 22331 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale 48220
A progressive Independent Catholic faith community
Phone: 248-677-5700
City: Ferndale
State: MI
Country: USA
Address: 540 W. Lewiston
Ferndale 48220
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The Episcopal Church welcomes and celebrates the ministries of all people, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, social class or age.

City: Ferndale
State: MI
Country: USA
Address: 143 Albany at Woodward
Ferndale 48220
Phone: 248-398-5510
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Zion is a Reconciling in Christ Congregation (RIC) and has been nationally recognized for its inclusion of people of all sexual and gender orientations. Zion is host to Lutherans Concerned Metro Detroit. Lutherans Concerned is a pan-Lutheran organization

City: Ferndale
State: MI
Country: USA
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Seniors

Address: 290 W. 9 Mile Rd.
Ferndale 48220
Angela Gabridge, Executive Director
Meets at Affirmations
Phone: 313-578-6812
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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
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The Metro Detroit Gay and Lesbian Softball League is celebrating offers 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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Theaters

Address: 290 W Nine Mile Rd
Ferndale 48220
Phone: 248-545-5545
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The Ringwald produces work that will blur the lines between race, income, religion, and sexuality. Seasons to include productions focusing primarily on newer works, previously un-produced scripts, and fresh interpretations of seasoned classics.

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

Address: Ferndale
Hannah Hartley, President/Chair
Anthony Sherman
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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: 563 W 9 Mile Rd. #309
Hazel Park 48030
Phone: 855-345-TGMI
City: Ferndale
State: MI
Country: USA

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