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.

Upcoming LGBTQIA+ Pride Events

The LGBTQ+ Artist in Michigan Exhibit Jun 12

The LGBTQ+ Artist in Michigan is a group exhibition of artists who identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. This exhibition is in partnership with Suits and the City, whose mission is to promote the interests of LGBTQ+ persons in the Mid-Michigan area through education and…

PRIDE Month at BAD Brewing Co Jun 15

The queens are back to help us raise money for some very important local causes this pride month! There are two great opportunities to support the local LGBTQIA2+ community coming up at BAD: ๐—๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฑ๐˜๐—ต: ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜† ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ $๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ We are hosting a…

Showgirls at Shuffle Jun 15

Join Lansing Shuffle for an unforgettable night of glamour and entertainment at Showgirls! Featuring the fabulous Jax from RuPaulโ€™s Drag Race, hosted by DJ Lipgloss. Enjoy performances by Georgette Chevalier, Cali Blaq, Cocoa Cola Caliente, Roxy Stone, and Aliya Holmes. Donโ€™t…

Lansing Pride Festival Jun 22

Get Ready to Shine at Lansing Pride 2024 in Old Town! ๐ŸŽ‰ Join us on Turner Street for a day filled with love, laughter, and celebration at Lansing Pride 2024! Get your rainbow gear ready and mark your calendars for a spectacular event you won't want to miss! From drag shows to…

East Lansing PRIDE Jun 29

The community is invited to attend the City of East Lansingโ€™s PRIDE event, celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community, in downtown East Lansing. East Lansing PRIDE will be hosted in collaboration with the Spartan Housing Cooperative. The celebration will be held from 5-9 p.m. in Albert…

Meridian Pride Event Aug 10

Join us in celebrating our Meridian Pride Event on Saturday, August 10 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Marketplace on the Green pavilion (1995 Central Park Drive). This event brings LGBTQ+ members, allies and organizations together to celebrate diversity and inclusion in the…

LGBTQIA+ Friendly/Owned Businesses

Bobcat Bonnie's Lansing

It is our mission at Bobcat Bonnie's to provide fresh, value-oriented food with high-quality, inviting service in a fun, unique…

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Capital City Market

Capital City Market is your brand new neighborhood grocery store focused on bringing fresh, affordable, and local products to…

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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

The Shops at Middle Village is your one-stop shop in Downtown Lansing for all things local. When you visit The Shops at Middle…

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People's Kitchen

We do our best to use the most honest ingredients from around here. We buy local when it makes sense, which is often. We try to…

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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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Old Town General Store

The Old Town General Store focuses on Michigan-made specialty foods and beverages, as well as Michigan-themed gifts, books, and…

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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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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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