“We are not what other people say we are. We are who we know ourselves to be, and we are what we love. That’s OK. You’re not alone in who you are. There are people out there who will love and support you. It’s about doing the work and believing and finding those people—if they’re not in your local community, there’s somebody online that you can talk to for support.” - Laverne Cox
Pride for the LGBTQIA+ community is not a new phenomenon. Motor City Pride traces its history to demonstrations held in Detroit in June 1972 to protest homophobic laws and support LGBT rights. Pride is a time of great celebration, but it is also a time to provide assistance for those within the community.
At SHARE, we know that need doesn’t get vacation and allyship for LGBTQ youth and adults must extend beyond June, so as Pride Month comes to a close, we want to highlight two LGBT+ supporting nonprofits we are partnered with: Ruth Ellis Center and Today Is the Day Inc.
Ruth Ellis Center provides “trauma-informed services for lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ+) youth, and young adults, with an emphasis on young people of color, experiencing homelessness, involved in the child welfare system, and/or experiencing barriers to health and wellbeing.” Their mission is to help young LGBT people build brighter futures.
Today Is the Day Inc.’s mission involves “creating a loving relationship between parent and child and equipping youth with the confidence and skills to be who they want to be.” They provide families and the community with training, workshops, and support groups.
If either of these nonprofits’ missions speak to you, we encourage you to find a way you can help them in their missions by attending an event, volunteering time, donating money, or shopping on their wish lists. If you are still in search of a nonprofit to support, please check out our directory here.
About SHARE Detroit
SHARE Detroit is a community initiative with opportunities to do good across the tri-county area. A robust online platform makes giving easy by connecting generous people to the greatest needs in the community. SHAREDetroit.org offers local nonprofits a chance to be seen and heard, regardless of cause or size and work together. Learn more at sharedetroit.org.