About Motor City Pride

Motor City Pride is a 501(c)(3) association formed to host the annual Festival and Parade along with other community events to bring people together to celebrate our advancement in equality while working towards our goal of full equality for all Michigan Residents. Motor City Pride’s activities are designed to illustrate how Michigan is a vibrant state for us to live, work, raise our families, and to have fun.

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AFF

Affirmations is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. We are housed in a state-of-the-art, multi-use facility in the heart of downtown Ferndale, at the Northern border of the City of Detroit.

MISSION

Affirmations provides a welcoming space where people of all sexual orientations, gender identities & expressions, and cultures can find support and unconditional acceptance, and where they can learn, grow, socialize and feel safe!

EQMI

Established in 1991 as the Triangle Foundation, Equality Michigan (EQMI) has been working for nearly 30 years to achieve full equality and respect for all Michigan residents regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Michigan’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people are working to achieve basic fairness and equality in our state. We want to live in safe communities, take care of our families, and contribute to our social, cultural, political, and economic lives and wellbeing. EQMI serves as Michigan’s premiere statewide advocacy organization working toward the achievement of these goals.

PRIORITIES

EQMI strategically partners with local, state, and national organizations on many critical issues impacting Michigan’s LGBTQ and same gender loving (SGL) communities. These are EQMI’s primary issue priorities for this year:

Build public awareness and the political will needed to amend the Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) to include LGBTQ inclusive protections in housing, education, employment, and public accommodations.

Work toward the passage of pro-LGBTQ human rights ordinances in targeted cities, townships, and jurisdictions across Michigan.

Defend against religious exemption bills that legally sanction discrimination against LGBTQ individuals.

Increase transgender health and safety through improved access to health care, enacting LGBTQ cultural competency mandates in public institutions, mobilizing anti-violence policies, practices, and legal recourse against those engaged in hate and intimate partner violence against LGBTQ individuals.While EQMI may choose to work on other issues as they arise on an ad hoc basis, the above-listed are the priorities we have selected to focus our efforts and maximize their impacts.

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The Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act was passed in 1976 to prohibit discriminatory practices, policies, and customs in the exercise of those rights based upon religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status, or marital status.

The Fair and Equal Michigan campaign is the next evolution of Michigan’s support for the LGBTQ community. Until 2018, Michigan had barred the Michigan Civil Rights Commission from taking calls reporting discrimination to their hotline. The Commission now is reviewing cases of reported discrimination. Meanwhile, Equality Michigan’s hotline reported 1,000+ calls for help in the past four years.

Once the petition is approved by the Board of State Canvassers, Fair and Equal Michigan has until May 27, 2020, to submit petitions including the signatures of at least 340,047 Michigan voters. Once enough valid signatures are submitted, the Michigan Legislature will have 40 days to adopt the proposed amendments to the Act without change. If the Legislature does not Act, or rejects the proposal, it is submitted to Michigan voters for approval at the November 3, 2020, General Election. According to research by the non-partisan Glengariff Group, 77 percent of voters support the measure.

LGBT_DET

LGBT Detroit is a Detroit based 501c(3) nonprofit organization (EIN 56-2393981) whose mission is to increase awareness of and support to Detroit’s dynamic LGBT culture through education and advocacy with integrity and pride. 

ABOUT

For over two decades, LGBT Detroit has been receiving unwavering support from neighboring communities in any capacity that promotes the wellbeing and integrity involved in fostering an environment conducive to lesbian, gay, bi and transgender individuals irrespective of race, culture or socio-economic status. The community support is manifested in their advocating, partnership, testifying before local and state legislators, providing safe gathering spaces where members of the LGBT community can interact without fear of persecution or bigotry.

The Mission of LGBT Detroit is indelibly expressed as it demonstrates an increased awareness of the intricacies of the LGBT culture through education, cohesion and advocacy that affords one to identify, accept and honor their truths, sense of self and foster humanness.

There are many supporters of LGBT Detroit who were actively involved in serving Southeast Michigan since 1994 and during the inception of KICK Publishing Company.

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Founded in 1999, Ruth Ellis Center (REC) has established a national reputation for quality and innovation in providing trauma-informed services for lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ+) youth, and young adults, with an emphasis on young people of color, experiencing homelessness, involved in the child welfare system, and/or experiencing barriers to health and wellbeing.

MISSION

It is our mission, to create opportunities with LGBTQ+ young people to build their vision for a positive future.

Our vision is a world where LGBTQ+ young people are safe and supported no matter where they go.

Pride

Motor City Pride is a 501(c)(3) association formed to host the annual Festival and Parade along with other community events to bring people together to celebrate our advancement in equality while working towards our goal of full equality for all Michigan Residents. Motor City Pride’s activities are designed to illustrate how Michigan is a vibrant state for us to live, work, raise our families, and to have fun.

In addition to bringing the community together during the annual festival and parade to celebrate and to work for full equality for all Michigan residents, Motor City Pride gives back to non-profit groups and agencies that believe in our vision for inclusion and equality.  In 2019 Motor City Pride granted over $29,000* in support.  The list below shows the community partners that were supported in 2019.

Affirmations

Affirmations provides a welcoming space where people of all sexual orientations, gender identities & expressions, and cultures can find support and unconditional acceptance, and where they can learn, grow.

Equality Michigan

Equality Michigan has been working for nearly 30 years to achieve full equality and respect for all Michigan residents regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Michigan’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people are working to achieve basic fairness and equality in our state.

Ruth Ellis Center

It is our mission to create opportunities with LGBTQ+ young people to build their vision for a positive future.  Our vision is a world where LGBTQ+ young people are safe and supported no matter where they go.

InterPride Solidarity and Scholarship Funds

InterPride exists to promote Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride on an international level, to increase networking and communication among Pride Organizations, and to encourage diverse communities to hold and attend Pride events and to act as a source of education.

City of Detroit

In addition to fees associated with holding the festival, Motor City Pride also purchases, plants and maintains the 19 planters that are at Hart Plaza and also provides for the fencing used at Hart Plaza that is used for the annual Freedom Festival Fireworks.

The Metro Detroit Flag Football League 

MDFFL is an LGBT and straight allied flag football league, changing preconceived societal beliefs about sexual orientation and self-identification.

World Aids Day – Detroit

Partners with a coalition of local community agencies in Metro Detroit with the focus of organizing a yearly World AIDS Day event dedicated to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS.

GLSEN Southeast Michigan 

A grassroots initiative, working locally in our community to ensure safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.  They are a chapter of GLSEN, a national organization fighting for every student’s right to a safe, supportive education. 

SAGE Metro Detroit

A local affiliate of the national Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Together, we offer supportive services and consumer resources for LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocate for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people and provide training for aging providers and LGBT organizations.

Sign Out Detroit 

An LGBT & Ally Chorus for Southeastern Michigan

America You Kill Me 

A film about Jeffrey Montgomery and his work with the Triangle Foundation.

Neutral Zone

Riot Youth program that supports local Gay and Queer Straight Alliances across Washtenaw County to connect, build community, and organize efforts to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive school climate.

 

* $29,000 represents awards that were made, not all groups have completed their projects for the full funding.  Any unused grants will be added to the funds available in 2020.  Motor City Pride will open the granting process in September.