Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. The Stonewall Uprising was a pivotal event leading to the gay liberation movement and the fight for LGTBQ+ rights in the United States. LGBTQ+ Pride Month is a time to honor the impact of LGBTQ individuals and promote dignity, equality, and increased visibility for members of the LGBTQ community.
Showing support for the LGBTQ+ community does not start and stop in June. This year, BSP is spotlighting several organizations that provide resources and support for the LGBTQ+ community all year. Here’s a list of the organizations we are focusing on:
Ruth Ellis Center: The Ruth Ellis center, founded in 1999, is an organization that focuses on providing services for the LGBTQ+ community especially focusing on people of color that have are experiencing homelessness, involved in the welfare system, and/or experiencing barriers to health and wellbeing. Their vision includes creating opportunities for LGBTQ+ youth to have a vision for a better future and feel supported and safe no matter where they go.
Equality Michigan: Equality Michigan provides education, services, and outreach that helps LGBTQ+ members through the state live in safe communities, take care of their families, and create a positive impact by improving social, cultural, and economic lives and wellbeing.
Corktown Health Center: Corktown Health Center is an LGBTQ+focused primary health care provider that provides various services to the LGBTQ+ community due to the lack of care that existed before. They offer numerous services, including COVID-19 testing, that are being requested by the community.
Human Right’s Campaign: The Human Right’s Campaign works to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and realize a world of fairness and equality for all. Established in 1980, they were a fund for pro-fairness congressional candidates. Since 1995, they have expanded to programs, research, and communications and has become one of the largest advocacy groups in the country.
Affirmations Detroit: Affirmations Detroit is a LGBTQ+ community center that provides a welcoming space for people of all sexual orientations. They offer nonmedical assistance to LGBTQ+ seniors such as grocery shopping, laundry, and medicine pick up, COVID-19 support, and many other services to LGBTQ+ Detroiters in need of help.
BSP supports the LGTBQ+ community and encourages everyone to live authentic lives.