From small gatherings to annual celebrations, Ypsilanti hosts several intentional LGBTQ+ events created by queer-identifying leaders and community members committed to meaningful change. Share the Ypsi Love with your LGBTQ+ friends, family, and community this Pride season and beyond. Here’s how:
Upcoming Pride Events
Ypsilanti is a welcoming and inviting city with various upcoming events planned. We’ll keep an eye and ear out for more to be announced!
First Fridays Ypsilanti: Pride Month
Folks are encouraged to visit all of the First Fridays Ypsilanti venues and artists celebrating Pride month by hosting LGBTQ+ affirming events all over Ypsilanti. Stay tuned for the FFY map for featured locations and list of workshops, performances, and events.
QUEER: Celebrating Work by LGBTQIA Artists
June 3 – July 24
The Gallery at Stone & Spoon hosts and celebrates artwork created by area artists identifying and creating intentional and thought-provoking pieces during this 8-week exhibition. While The Gallery is located on the second floor, the artists create a livestream walk-through video to ensure the artwork is accessible.
Hamburger Mary’s Pride
Visit the Campus district of Ypsilanti for a Pride street party hosted by Hamburger Mary’s. Expect vendors, food trucks, and live entertainment, free shows, plus performances scheduled to raise money for local LGBTQ+ organizations. Stay tuned for more details.
Join in for a mental health fair and all-levels yoga class in celebration of Pride and the LGBTQ+ community, hosted by Zion Well. Gain resources from practitioners serving the queer community, enjoy yoga at Riverside Park, then connect and commune. The event will benefit mental health non-profit, Ozone House.
Ypsilanti drag troupe, Boylesque, is excited to announce six performances for Pride month all over town at locations including Stick's, the Tap Room. Performances will include free and family friendly events, as well as ages 18+ invitations only. Stay updated as more events may be announced soon.
These are just some of the awesome events planned around Ypsilanti. Click here for more LGBTQ+ events!
Ways to Support:
Shop + Show your Pride
Support LGBTQ+ owned businesses and independent retail shops by purchasing Pride swag in Ypsi! Pick up exclusive Ypsilanti rainbow socks and Trans pride items at Unicorn Feed & Supply, themed home goods at Stone & Spoon. Find various flags, plus First Fridays and Ypsi Real shirts at The Rocket, artwork at Twisted Things, and plenty more. Browse Ypsilanti retail shops here.
Eastern Michigan University
With intentional community events taking place around Ypsi, it’s no wonder Eastern Michigan University has been recognized as Michigan’s top LGBTQ-friendly University. Get in touch with the EMU LGBT Resource Center providing volunteer and support opportunities, books, DVDs, and more resources.
Non-Profits & Organizations
To provide support beyond the month of June, check out organizations and non-profits including the Jim Toy Community Center, the U-M Spectrum Center, Ozone House, Corner Health Center, and Ypsi Pride (postponed until 2023), for more upcoming events and additional ways to support year-round.
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