Ypsilanti and its surrounding areas are well known as inclusive and welcoming when it comes to the LGBTQ+ community. Ypsi has a long and storied history regarding LGBTQ+ issues and is the first community within Washtenaw County to have an openly gay mayor. Leaders, organizers, and the community carry pride about being intentional, inclusive, and compassionate.
Local establishments and organizations often host performances including Drag Queen Bingo events, burlesque shows, fundraisers for causes important to the LGBTQ+ community. Ypsi Pride (postponed to 2023), originally stemmed from First Fridays Ypsilanti, and brings in thousands of residents and visitors annually.