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How to Find LGBTQ+ Friendly Resources 

June is Pride Month! In the US, Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall riots and serves as a time to remember those who have perished due to AIDS and anti-LGBTQ+ violence, recognize the achievements of LGBTQ+ individuals, and examine LGBTQ+ issues.  

Why is Pride Month needed? 

According to a 2020 report, 1 in 3 LGBTQ individuals reported facing some form of discrimination in the past year. 50% of LGBTQ individuals reported hiding their relationship out of fear of discrimination. 1 in 5 LGBTQ individuals reported discrimination negatively affecting their mental health. 22% of LGBTQ individuals live in poverty (vs. 16% of cisgender, straight individuals); that number jumps to 29% when looking at transgender individuals.  

Where can people look to find LGBTQ+ friendly resources?  

Washtenaw County Resources 

  • Jim Toy Community Center 
    • Who they serve: Offers activities and monthly support group for older lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender individuals 
    • What they do: social groups, support groups, free legal aid, friendly caller program 
    • Phone: (734) 274-9551 
    • Website: https://www.jimtoycenter.org/groups  
  • Unified 
    • Who they serve: help residents of Southeast Michigan living with or affected by HIV achieve optimal health through compassionate direct care, support services, prevention and education. 
    • What they do: testing, food pantry, support groups, therapy, housing assistance 
    • MI HIV/STI Hotline: (800) 872-2437 
    • Phone: (734) 572-9355 
    • Website: https://miunified.org/locationsandcontact (Scroll to bottom of page for Ypsi location) 
  • Ahead of the Curve (a program of Catholic Social Services) 
    • Who they serve: caregivers, older adults, concerned community members in Washtenaw County 
    • What they do: resource connection, publish printed and online Senior Resource Directory  
    • Phone: Call (734) 971-9781, option 8 to speak with a Resource Advocate 
    • Website: https://getaheadwashtenaw.org/resource-directory (Select the “LGBTQ Affirming” box under SPECIAL SUPPORT to filter resources.)

Metro Detroit Resources  

  • SAGE Metro Detroit 

Michigan State-level Resources 

  • Transgender Michigan 
    • Who they serve: Transgender Michigan’s primary mission is to provide advocacy, support and education while serving to create coalitions in the state of Michigan to unify and empower transgender and gender non-conformist communities. 
    • What they do: maintain calendar and resource guide (Called “TransPages”) 
    • Website: https://www.transgendermichigan.org  

National Resources 

  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health 

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