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. The community prides itself on inclusivity and compassion.
2017 was the inaugural year for Ypsi Pride, a local celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies, uniting the people of Ypsi and reaffirming the visibility and inclusivity across the community. Local establishments often host Drag Queen Bingo events, burlesque shows, and fundraisers for causes important to the LGBTQ+ community. Bona Sera Underground hosts Ypsilanti’s only queer variety show, poptART, a monthly celebration of local, eclectic performers bringing you art, dancing, and most importantly, a really good time.