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Equality Research

Community Partners


There are many organizations and associations which are vitally interested in protecting your rights. Among them are:


  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center - Gay, straight, trans, bi, queer, questioning, gender benders, allies, and anything in between - if you have a question, together we'll find an answer. Come to your LGBT Resource Center for information, new friends, class resources, to volunteer, have fun, find quiet, support, answers, events, trainings, to watch a DVD, find your voice, and more.

Regional organizations

  • Equality Michigan - The primary statewide organization for LGBTQ inclusion, Equality Michigan works with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied organizations across the state through policy advocacy and victim services.
  • Spectrum Center, University of Michigan - With sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as the framework, the Spectrum Center is committed to enriching the campus experience and developing students as individuals and as members of communities.
  • Ozone House - Ozone House is a community-based, nonprofit agency that helps young people lead safe, healthy, and productive lives through intensive intervention and prevention services. Since 1969, Ozone House has actively developed unique, high-quality housing and support programs and services that provide support, intervention, training, and assistance to runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth and their families. Through these support services, Ozone House helps youth develop essential life skills, improves their relationships, and enhances their self-image so that they may realize their full potential for growth and happiness.
  • Neutral Zone - The Neutral Zone's mission is to be a diverse, youth-driven teen center dedicated to promoting personal growth through artistic expression, community leadership and the exchange of ideas. The mission statement of the center was written by youth and continues to be the voice and heart which drives the center's creative program and opportunities. 
  • UNIFIED - HIV Health and Beyond - As the only comprehensive AIDS service organization in its Michigan four county area, UNIFIED - HIV Health and Beyond's mission is to provide HIV related services to the community through compassionate direct care, prevention and outreach activities.
  • Ruth Ellis House - The mission of the Center is to "provide short and long-term residential safe space and support services for runaway, homeless, and at-risk lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender, and questioning youth." The REC is the only organization in the country that has a Residential program for LGBTQ youth in the foster care and juvenile justice system, and is mission specific to LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. While the Center emphasizes serving LGBTQ youth who are often ostracized, shamed, and denied services by other agencies, no youth, regardless of gender identity and/or sexual orientation is turned away or denied services.
  • Transgender Michigan - Transgender Michigan's primary mission is to provide advocacy, support, and education while serving to create coalitions in the state of Michigan to unify and empower transgender and non-conformist communities. Help Line: 855-345-TGMI
  • LGBT Detroit – The Agency for LGBT African Americans, a Michigan non-profit business, was founded in 2003 with the help of Detroit LGBT residents. Together, their aim is to continue to implement LGBT affirming programs, services, projects and special events; and to partner with other social justice organizations and allies with similar beliefs. In 2011 The Center in Detroit opened and provides the LGBT and allied community a safe space in Detroit in which to discuss, learn and offer support to one another.
  • Inclusive Justice - a state-wide, faith based coalition. Inclusive of all traditions that affirms the inherent dignity and worth of every human being as a matter of spiritual conviction.

National Organizations

  • Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network - GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. 
  • Human Rights Campaign - Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office, and educates the public about LGBT issues.
  • National LGBTQ Task Force - The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people.
  • Gay and Lesbian Association for Anti-Defamation (GLAAD) - GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBT equality. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.