Kalamazoo is known for being a friendly and accepting place, which makes it a prime location for the LGBTQ community to live, visit and host welcoming community events. Downtown Kalamazoo boasts many restaurants, nightclubs, microbreweries and specialty shops. Five live-stage theatres – which draw more than 150,000 people each year, as well as the Epic Center, a performing arts collaborative center – are in the heart of downtown. Kalamazoo’s renowned Bell’s craft beer company is a major sponsor of Kalamazoo Pride, which brings in thousands from the community to Arcadia Creek Festival Site downtown around the middle of June. Bell’s, a big supporter of the LGBTQ community, regularly hosts live music and LGBTQ-related events. Members of the community find support services, groups and engagement with the LGBTQ and ally community in the greater Kalamazoo area at OutFront Kalamazoo. This LBGTQ resource center is for youth looking for other LGBTQ friendships or a transgender individual seeking community, for example. Jay Maddock, executive director of the center, said, “The ‘T’ has been a silent part of the LGBT community. For a long time, it was just a letter to round it out. The trans community “is finally coming into its own.”
LGBTQ students have the chance to socialize and build connections with their peers at Western Michigan University. On campus is where OUTspoken, a registered student organization promotes a relaxed, inclusive, and safe space for all participants.
Kalamazoo is conveniently located on Interstate 94 between Detroit and Chicago and is served by two airlines through the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport, a 15-minute drive from downtown Kalamazoo. Five major routes carry traffic into downtown, along with train and bus service from downtown to all major midwestern destinations and beyond.
629 Pioneer St. Ste. 200
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
CARES provides community education to prevent HIV, free HIV testing and assistance for people living with HIV. Offices are located in Kalamazoo and Benton Harbor.
Foundations and Funders
Religious & Spiritual
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
We are an open and affirming progressive Christian congregation. We worship every Sunday 6:00 p.m. at Christian Church, 2208 Winchell Ave., Kalamazoo.
Student and Alumni Groups
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5326
Offering education and advocacy to the campus community.