Category Archives: LGBTQ Movement

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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What Grand Rapids Pride looked like in 1988

Despite the lack of government support, members of The Lesbian and Gay Community Network of Western Michigan and other area LGBT groups organized the first Pride Celebration in Grand Rapids in 1988. The video below is 90 minutes of the … Continue reading

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Anti-gay businesses and the defeat of the anti-discrimination ordinance in 1991

In Grand Rapids, the campaign to get an LGBT-inclusive ordinance passed took several years and two attempts to get the City Commission to adopt the ordinance. The campaign to pass an ordinance began in 1991 after the Community Relations Commission … Continue reading

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Which Local Mayor Supported the early Pride celebrations in Grand Rapids?

One of the benefits of doing a project like the People’s History of the LGBTQ community in West Michigan is that you get an opportunity to see where we have been in order to makes some determinations about where we … Continue reading

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A People’s History of the LGBTQ Community in Grand Rapids film to be shown as part of Pride Weekend

If you haven’t had the opportunity to see A People’s History of the LGBTQ Community in Grand Rapids, you can come to the Apartment Lounge on Friday, June 19 at 5:30pm, as part of the 2015 Pride Weekend. The film, … Continue reading

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