Category Archives: LGBTQ Movement

New Print Celebrates First Pride in Grand Rapids – 1988

The annual Pride Celebration is coming up in Grand Rapids, so what better way to celebrate Pride then to post a new print we received. The following print is from L Schippers, a GVSU student, celebrates the first Pride celebration in … Continue reading

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New Print demonstrates the hypocrisy of GVSU and LGBTQ Equality

A new print by GVSU student Ciara Pink, beautifully depicts not on the historical struggle to win domestic partner benefits at GVSU, but the hypocrisy of the university, which claims to embrace, equity, inclusion and social justice. Grand Valley State … Continue reading

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Artwork highlights a People’s History in Grand Rapids – Print #21: The First Pride Celebration 1988

Last semester, art students in Brett Colley’s GVSU class on printmaking, invited me to come talk about the Grand Rapids People’s History Project. The intent of the class was to have students investigate their own part of a People’s History … Continue reading

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A Legacy of Pride and Struggle in the Grand Rapids LGBTQ Community

This week Pride celebrations are happening all across the globe. These celebrations are rooted in the Stonewall riot that took place in the summer of 1969. Pride celebrations have evolved over the years and many believe that it has become … Continue reading

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Artwork highlights a People’s History in Grand Rapids – Print #12 – the struggle for LGBTQ equality in West Michigan

Last semester, art students in Brett Colley’s GVSU class on printmaking, invited me to come talk about the Grand Rapids People’s History Project. The intent of the class was to have students investigate their own part of a People’s History … Continue reading

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Artwork highlights a People’s History in Grand Rapids – Print #8 – Milt Ford, founder the the LGBT Resource Center at GVSU

This past semester, art students in Brett Colley’s class on printmaking, invited me to come talk about the Grand Rapids People’s History Project. The intent of the class was to have students investigate their own part of a People’s History … Continue reading

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Early HIV/AIDS organizing in Grand Rapids

In honor of World AIDS Day, we are posting a section from the film, A People’s History of the LGBTQ Community in Grand Rapids.  This section of the film provides some history on the early organizing around HIV/AIDS. Most of … Continue reading

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Honoring the Legacy of Milt Lennox

Yesterday it was reporter that Milt Lennox, former owner and founder of the Apartment Lounge had passed away. As a member of the LGBTQ community, Milt not only was a major supporter of numerous LGBTQ rights campaigns in West Michigan, … Continue reading

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1991 GRTV Show provides a window into past organizing in Grand Rapids by the LGBTQ Community

In 1991, the Lesbian and Gay Network of West Michigan had begun its campaign to get the City of Grand Rapids to pass an ordinance that would provide anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community. The ordinance did not pass until … Continue reading

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Necessary Radical Thought: Network forum in 1992 demonstrates the importance of constant reflection on where the LGBTQ community is going

When we produced A Grand Rapids People’s History of the LGBTQ Community, we were inspired by all the people who came forward to tell their story and demonstrate the rich history of organizing in West Michigan for collective liberation. In … Continue reading

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