It's a Vibe

Ypsi pride eventYpsilanti's queer community is woven into what makes Ypsi so unique, diverse, interesting, and a welcoming place to be. The authenticity and true connection amplifies Ypsilanti's motto of "Pride. Heritage. Diversity". From queer dance parties and intentional LGBTQ+ celebrations, reflection, and impact, here is how YOU can celebrate love and allyship in Ypsilanti. 

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Upcoming Events 

Attend meaningful LGBTQ+ events created by queer-identifying community members committed to meaningful change. Share the Ypsi Love with your friends and family.

Ypsi Pride | June 7

Ypsi pride stage in depot townOn Friday, June 7, head to Depot Town for an evening celebration of love, life, and culture. Ypsi Pride is intentional, and an experience unlike any other pride in the area. Expect LGBTQ+ identifying performers and entertainment, and take time to reflect, refocus, and celebrate yourself and loved ones. More details for Ypsi Pride.

First Fridays Ypsilanti: Pride Month | June 7

First Fridays YpsilantiFolks are encouraged to visit all of the First Fridays Ypsilanti venues and artists celebrating Pride month by hosting LGBTQ+ affirming events all over Ypsilanti. Pick up a FFY map at participating businesses for a list of workshops, performances, and events. Learn more about First Fridays.

Zion Pride: Outdoor Yoga & Mental Health Fair | June 9 

Zion pride flyerJoin in for a mental health fair and all-levels yoga class in celebration and support of the area's LGBTQ+ community, hosted by Zion Well. Gain resources from practitioners serving the queer community, enjoy yoga at Riverside Park, then connect and commune. View a full schedule here

QUEER: Celebrating Work by LGBTQIA Artists | May 31 – July 21, Opening reception May 31

Queer exhibition graphic at the galleryThe Gallery at Stone & Spoon hosts and celebrates artwork created by area artists identifying and creating thought-provoking pieces. Catch the opening reception on June 9 from 5-8 PM. While The Gallery is located on the second floor, the artists create a livestream walk-through video to ensure the artwork is accessible. Learn more about the exhibition

Boylesque Michigan | Various days

Ypsilanti drag troupe, Boylesque Michigan, regularly schedules performances for their annual pride month celebration. Events include free and family friendly events at Tap Room and Sidetrack, as well as 18+ invitations only at Tap Room and Stick's.

And more! 

Ypsi pride in depot town. Rainbow flag waves in front of buildingsVenues like Keystone Bar & Arcade and Regal Beagle regularly hosts drag and burlesque shows and things to do. Unique events pop up annually like queer-friendly speed dating and vendor markets. Keep an eye out year-round as we update our events calendar regularly. Click here for more LGBTQ+ events.

Ways to Support:  

Shop + Show Love

inside stone & spoonSupport LGBTQ+ owned businesses and independent retail shops by purchasing swag in Ypsi! You'll love the colorful themed home goods at Stone & Spoon, plus pride flags and novelty items at The Rocket. Shop artwork at Twisted Things and fine art at The Gallery at Stone Spoon. and plenty more. Browse all Ypsilanti retail shops here.  

Non-Profits & Organizations 

Ypsi PrideOrganizations are working year-round to provide support and additional resources with volunteer opportunities. Learn more about the Jim Toy Community Center, the U-M Spectrum Center, Ozone House, Corner Health Center, and Ypsi Pride

Eastern Michigan University  

EMU PrideWith 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 support and volunteer opportunities.

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