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 has led the way for LGBTQ+ Equality. A2 is home to Kathy Kozachenko, the first openly gay person to be elected to any office in the United States, and Jim Toy, a legendary figure in Michigan’s LGBTQ history by opening the first campus center devoted to supporting LGBTQ community members.
Read more about the history and the future of LGBTQ+ in the Ann Arbor area: LGBTQ+ Ann Arbor: Historic Firsts & A Look Ahead
Did you know the Ann Arbor area is home to some of the most queer-friendly campuses in the United States? The University of Michigan is continuously honored as a top LGBTQ-friendly college, earning 5 out of 5 stars on the Campus Pride Index, and Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti has been recognized as one of the nation’s most inclusive campuses for LGBTQ students.
Numerous LGBTQ events occur in the Ann Arbor area including drag queen bingo nights and Ann Arbor Pride, a weekend-long event traditionally taking place in Kerrytown, home of the historically queer-friendly Braun Court. Find Pride nightlife on Necto Pride Fridays (Michigan’s longest-running LGBTQ night), and even more happening around the Ann Arbor area all year long.