LGBTQ

The LGBTQ community is thriving and active in the intentionally inclusive Ann Arbor area. With a rich history of activism and fellowship dating back to the 1970s, Ann Arbor is home to Kathy Kozachenko, the first openly gay person to be elected to any office in the United States, and to Jim Toy, a legendary figure in Michigan’s LGBTQ history. The Jim Toy Community Center is located in Braun Court, which also houses \aut\ BAR, the premiere restaurant, bar, and gathering place for the gay community and allies. Numerous LGBTQ+ events occur in the Ann Arbor area, including drag queen bingo nights, Necto Pride (Michigan’s longest-running LGBTQ night), book clubs, and a large summer festival in the Kerrytown area.

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