Pride is more than a month, more than a rainbow. It’s a celebration, a commitment to equality, and a commitment to community. As we settled our roots in West Michigan, we fell in love with the diverse community that surrounded us. Each day, we strive to make each and every guest feel welcome, valued, and equal. The days that pass us by in June during Pride are no different for us at Virtue Cider. In honor of the many celebrations worldwide this month, we put this blog together to provide local resources, events, and more for the LGBTQ+ community and allies.
Out On The Lakeshore has done an incredible job of gathering resources throughout Michigan from community centers, LGBTQ+ friendly churches, HIV/AIDS resource centers, publications, and more. Check out the full list HERE.
EVENTS & WAYS TO SUPPORT
Explore this list of organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community in West Michigan. Click the links to take a look at ways you can get involved.
Grand Rapids Pride Center → Grand Rapids Pride Center aims to be the center of a vibrant and inclusive community that supports all LGBTQ individuals..
- Pride Festival - June 20
- See their full events calendar HERE for local events in partnership with companies like Woosah & Outside Coffee Co., parent support groups, and more.
OutCenter of Southwest Michigan → Our mission is to provide LGBTQ+ people and their families with the services and support they need to feel safe and comfortable in their communities, while also working with local and state-wide groups to establish respect and understanding of LGBTQ+ people and bring equality home to Southwest Michigan (Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties).
OutFront Kalamazoo → Our purpose is to co-create an environment where you are free to be who you are, love who you love, and live without fear of discrimination, violence or harassment based on your sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition to our programs and services, we are a resource for news and personal stories from the front lines of the work towards LGBTQ+ equality.
- #AlwaysOutFront Awards (Virtual) - June 11
- PRIDE & JOY - A Celebration of Intersectional Storytelling - June 16
- #LivingOutFront Conversation with Delaware State Senator Sarah McBride - June 24
- Rally for Equality - September 18
Out On The Lakeshore → Out On The Lakeshore was established to provide a community center for the LGBTQ+ community to provide programming, resources, support, and education to LGBTQ+ people and their allies. OOTL also is the host of the annual Holland PRIDE celebration, which serves as our largest fundraiser each year.
- Run with PRIDE 5k - June 25
- Holland PRIDE Drag Show - August 14
- Holland PRIDE Open House at the Park - August 14