The OutCenter Welcomes New Additions to the Board

The OutCenter extends a warm welcome to the new members of the Boards: Marci Weber, Beth McCree, Brian Savage, Marian Tripplett and Ronda Collier.

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Queer Prom: A Success Story

After weeks of planning and preparation, the OutCenter in conjunction with Lake Michigan College's Gay Straight Alliance hosted the third annual Queer Prom! The event was held at the Oakroom at the Citadel on April 16 frm 6 pm to 9pm. This year was a definite success for the OutCenter and the teens they serve. More than 16 cities and towns were represented and students from more than 13 schools attended the prom making this the largest turnout Queer Prom and the Teen Pride Program has seen! 

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NOH8! Teen GSA Meeting

This month's Teen GSA meeting's curriculum was built upon the NOH8! Campaign, a charitable organization that promotes LGBT rights such as LGBT marriage and gender equality.

Facilitated conversations about bullying, hate, and the need for positive and creative responses provided great examples of ways teens can be leaders on this issue in their every-day lives.

Teens also participated in the FIRED UP! Water Street Glassworks program yet again! The youth had the opportunity to make beautiful art pieces with fused tiles.

Later in the afternoon, Beth Haire-Lewis, an OutCenter Board member and CARES educator, did an educational presentation on HIV/AIDS and the dangers of unsafe sex. She also educated attendees about the discrimination faced by people who have HIV/AIDS, their needs, and resources in the area such as CARES' services and programs


Lake Effect Pride


Friday, July 29, 6-10 PM
Inn at Harbor Shores

Grow the Party this Election Year!
LGBT+ folks - Each One Bring One! BRING AN ALLY!
Show up in support of LGBT+ people in Southwest Michigan!
Backlash, smacklash!! Let's join together in the movement toward EQUALITY!


Get tickets: click here.

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Be A Voice

trans students

The OutCenter continues to participate in statewide collaborations that educate legislators and voters about policies that are harmful to LGBT people and their families. The nation is in an uproar regarding the recently introduced a bill that would place gender based restrictions on transgender students. This bill, if passed, has the potential to bring about mental, emotional and physical harm to trans teens in this state. The OutCenter is pleased to provide a voice for those who go unheard.

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