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Capital Region Pride

Here in Greater Lansing we strive to be a safe and welcoming destination for ALL. The region is home to many LGBTQIA+ events each year, including the Family Pride Picnic, township pride events, Lansing Pride taking place in Old Town and Michigan Pride with a rally at the State Capitol Building in Lansing.

Notably, East Lansing was the first municipality in the country to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in hiring practices in 1972. The region is also home to many LGBTQIA+ friendly shopping districts and businesses, and many churches in Greater Lansing welcome and affirm LGBTQIA+ individuals.

 

Situated due east of the state capital and home to Michigan State University, East Lansing holds the distinction of having earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's 2014 Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which considers factors like LGBTQIA+-friendly policies, laws and services. In 1972, it became the first municipality in the country to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in hiring practices.

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MSU was dubbed one of the LGBTQIA+ friendliest because it was the first university/college to have an alliance of queer and ally students organization in the entire state of Michigan. The Alliance of Queer and Ally Students began in the early 1970s, the first Dubbed Michigan State Gay Liberation Movement.

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LGBTQIA+ Events

Michigan Pride

June | Celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community in Michigan on the Capitol steps! This event commemorates the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City - a…

Lansing Pride

June | Celebrate Pride in Old Town Lansing! There will be a main stage with entertainment throughout the day, vendors, food, beer tent, and a…

Mason Pride Picnic

Attend the free, fun, and family-friendly Mason Pride Picnic! Lots of fun activities, food trucks, and resources.

Meridian Pride Event

August | This event brings LGBTQIA+ members, allies, and organizations together to celebrate diversity and inclusion in Meridian community.

St. John's Pride Fest

June | Pride is a celebration of people coming together in love, friendship, allyship and support to show how far LGBTQ+ rights have come, and…

LGBTQIA+ Friendly/Owned Businesses

City Pulse

City Pulse is a free weekly distributed every Wednesday in over 550 locations throughout Greater Lansing, combining Lansing news…

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Middle Village Micro Market

This one-stop retail store was first created by Downtown Lansing Inc. with the support of Lake Trust Credit Union, to lift up…

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Phillips Cider Bar & Market

Lansing's Cider Bar, with 11 ciders on tap, plus bottles, howlers & growlers to go. We offer small plates, savory and sweet treats…

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The Exchange of Lansing

Downtown Lansing's newest LGBTQIA+ bar featuring food from Veg Head. 21+ with cover charge nightly. Check out Facebook for special…

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The Goat on Grand River

At The Goat on Grand River, we pride ourselves on being the Greatest of All Time when it comes to culinary excellence. Led by our…

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Veg Head

Veg Head is a plant-based restaurant located in the downtown capital city of Lansing, Michigan, at 208 S. Washington Sq. We offer…

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Organizations and Resources

Suits and the City

Suits and the City's mission is to promote the interests of LGBTQIA+ persons in the Mid-Michigan area through education and advocacy and increase the visibility and integration of LGBTQIA+ persons in the broader community through networking events.

Meetups are the first Wednesday of the month. Learn more at Suits and the City.

Salus Center

Founded in 2017, Salus Center serves Lansing’s LGBTQIA+ communities as a gathering space and information hub. This includes support groups, events and workshops all geared toward the goal of creating community, camaraderie and safe spaces. For more information, visit Salus Center.

PFLAG Greater Lansing

Founded in 1973, PFLAG is the first and largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQIA+ people and their families. Learn more at PFLAG Greater Lansing

MSU Gender and Sexuality Campus Center

The MSU Gender and Sexuality Campus Center is a student-centered campus resource that works to celebrate, affirm, and empower LGBTQIA+ members of the Michigan State University community. For more information, visit The Gender Sexuality Campus Center

LanSingout Gay Men's Chorus 

Formerly the Greater Lansing Gay Men's Chorus. LanSINGout is a non-for-profit community chorus organized to provide opportunities for LGBTQIA+ persons and their allies to sing and display their talents together. Learn more at LanSINGout

Lansing Area Aids Network

For more information, visit Lansing Area Aids Network

The Alliance of Queer and Ally Students

A student organization for LGBTQIA+ and straight-ally students of Michigan State University. With beginnings dated in the early 1970’s, it is one of the oldest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender groups in Michigan and originally called the Michigan State Gay Liberation Movement (GLM). Visit MSU Alliance for more information. 

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Choose LansingTM will champion the values of diversity, equity and inclusion. We will celebrate our region’s rich heritage and community.  We will strive to foster an authentic, universally accessible, and welcoming destination for all. 

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