There are trees, flowers and art everywhere you look.Even better, despite being a relatively small town, the LGBT community is very visible and active.A lot of the queers I’ve met have lived here for 10 years or more, and it’s easy to see why. Sierra: I moved to Ann Arbor in 2008 as a bright eyed, very closeted 17-year-old.
Deli Next Door 422 Detroit Street (Kerrytown)Roadhouse: 2501 Jackson Ave (Old West Side) Zingerman’s is a renowned local institution beloved throughout the area and well-known nationally for their delicious food and progressive ideology (they publish a business how-to book series called “A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Building a Great Business”).There are few state-level legal protections for LGBT Michiganders, but in most cases, local ordinances fill in the blanks.In 1972, Ann Arbor became the first community to pass comprehensive anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people including housing, employment, and public accommodations.It’s also right by Zingerman’s, the Farmer’s Market, The People’s Food Co-op and its fair-trade coffee shop, Cafe Verde as well as the local alternative high school, Community. The Jim Toy Community Center (319 Braun Court // Ann Arbor) was named after the prominent activist and educator Jim Toy, the community center is a space LGBT folk to gather, learn and support each other.The center organizes Ann Arbor’s Pride festival, Out FEST and a number of other LBT inclusive monthly events.
Michigan just elected its first lesbian Attorney General, Dana Nessel, so some of this might soon be changing for even better.