Local Organizations

Are you looking for West Michigan organizations that affirm the message of the “Gay Christian? Yes!” Campaign? Or are you looking for places to explore your questions? We recommend the following organizations. Although not all are explicitly faith-based, they all have members who are Christians. You will find safe places to grow and learn!

ACT: Allies Coming Together  

Mission Statement:  Straight allies of the LGBT community coming together to support each other and our LGBT loved ones, to educate ourselves and our community, and to advocate for a more inclusive world.

Meeting times:  For meeting times contact the LGBT Network:

LGBT Network of West Michigan
343 Atlas SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Phone: 616-458-3511

Or email the group leaders for information at pettydus@gmail.com

Bridge Evidence Group

Bridge Evidence Group exists to create opportunities to evidence a bridge between the broader LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) and Christian communities. The organization offers mentoring and consulting services to both communities. They work and walk with individuals and organizations as they sort through difficult concepts and realities, empowering individuals in their relationships and organizations in their influence.

Bridge Evidence Group
PO Box 888160
Grand Rapids, MI 48588
www.bridgeevidencegroup.org

Greg Gough, Director
greg@bridgeevidencegroup.org
616-446-0690

Diane Hartig, Assistant Director
diane@bridgeevidencegroup.org
616-443-0617

Gays In Faith Together (GIFT)

The mission of GIFT is to work toward the affirmation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the faith communities of West Michigan. GIFT provides:

      • Pastoral care and counseling for LGBT individuals, couples, and their families
      • Support, education, and life enrichment groups: GRITS for all ages and Refuge for students and young adults (ages 14-19)
      • Community education through speakers and online resources
      • Referrals to LGBT-friendly churches and counselors
      • Advocacy through the leadership of the “Gay Christian? Yes!” Campaign

GIFT
207 East Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
www.GaysInFaithTogether.org

Rev. Jim Lucas, Chaplain
JimLucas@GaysInFaithTogether.org

Office phone: 616-774-0446

LGBT Affirming Support Groups (in Jenison)

Two LGBT affirming support groups—one for LGBT teens and young adults and the
other for LGBT individuals, partners, and families of all ages—are being hosted by
Georgetown United Methodist Church in Jenison.

Email: affirmingwmlgbt@gmail.com
Phone: 616.669.0730
Facebook page “Affirming West Michigan”

PFLAG Holland/Lakeshore

The Holland/Lakeshore chapter of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons, their families and friends.

PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

All members of the family are welcome at their monthly meetings. From grandparents to little brothers to spouses, you’ll always find someone to talk to for support.

PFLAG Holland/Lakeshore
P.O. Box 1246
Holland, MI 49422-1246
Phone: (616) 494-0765 & (616) 399-2161
pflaghols@juno.com
www.pflaglakeshore.org

Transgender Education Collaboration

We are a collaborative seeking to educate communities concerning transgender and gender variant issues.

By collaborating together various LGBT and educational related groups, it is our hope that people and communities will begin to better understand transgender and gender variant issues. We believe in education as a tool for advocacy!

We are currently focused in West Michigan, but are seeking to build into an even larger presence.

Mission: The Transgender Education Collaboration exists to better connect, collaborate, educate and share the resources and events available on transgender and gender variant issues.

transgendercollab@gmail.com
www.trans-edu.com

Faith & Sexuality Series: Engaging our Sacred Texts

Join us for a Faith & Sexuality Series during our GRITS adult meetings on Wednesday evenings during the month of February. This series will be lead by Gregory Eran Gronbacher, a gay Jewish man with a passion for theological study and discourse.

We will be encouraged to engage the Scriptures in new ways and glean from the perspectives of one another. This series is sponsored by the Gay Christian? Yes! campaign and GIFT. It is free and open to the public!

Dates: 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, and 2/26
Time: 7-9pm
Location: 207 E. Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(Turn North onto Barclay, turn into the top parking lot and head down to the bottom parking lot. The door is closest to the sidewalk on Fulton.)

Identify. Tell me why. GCY!

Need to create your video? All it takes is a webcam and five minutes of your time.

Identify.
Using YouTube (or another preferred video hosting site), you record a web or phone cam video of yourself. Just tell us who you are. LGBT+? Ally?

Tell me why.
Explain why the “Gay Christian? Yes!” message resonates with you. What is your story? How do you find yourself reconciling your spiritual walk, your involvement in a church community, and the various other aspects of your humanity? Allies too! What message of hope can you offer your Christian LGBT friends and neighbors?

GCY!
Affirm that you are among those who unconditionally recognize the sacred worth of each person and fully welcome all into the life and community of the church by saying “Gay Christian? Yes!” and/or by making a whimsical sign with the GCY name and website to hold up at the end of your video

Submit a link to your video at Facebook.com/GayChristianYes
or via email:
MediaTeam@GayChristianYes.org

More helpful hints can be found by clicking on "Videos" above, and then on "How to Upload and Share your video"

Make your video today, and join the many voices proclaiming:
"Gay Christian? YES!"

Contribute

Donate to the Campaign

The “Gay Christian? Yes!” Campaign needs your financial support. Gays In Faith Together (GIFT) runs the Campaign. GIFT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. US donations are eligible for tax deduction. Send your check to

GIFT
207 East Fulton
Grand Rapid, MI 49503

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Note that your donation is for the GCY Campaign.

Upcoming Events

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  • July 30, 2014 7:00 pmGRITS
  • August 6, 2014 7:00 pmGRITS
  • August 13, 2014 7:00 pmGRITS
  • August 20, 2014 7:00 pmGRITS
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