Perceptions is a 501c3 non-profit organization that brings sexual orientation and gender identity/expression (SOGIE) education, advocacy, networking, and resources to individuals and organizations in the Great Lakes Bay Region. All of our operating funds come from donations, sponsorship, grants, and fundraisers.
Do you like to sing? Join our Harmony Diversity Choir, the most diverse choir around! Click on the logo for more information. See our calendar for rehearsal times and performances.
Our Men’s Group is a discussion group that meets the first Tuesday of each month. The Men’s Group does not meet during the summer months. See our calendar for meeting days and times.
Our scholarship is open to all LGBT and Allies going to college and actively working within the LGBT community. Scholarships applications are available from November 1st through February 15th and are awarded in May. Click on the logo for more information.
Perceptions is proud to partner with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on the HIV/TOBACCO Program. This program provides tobacco cessation courses, education, awareness, and presentations to the general public and the AIDS Service Organizations in the Great Lakes Bay Region and reaching to Traverse City and Marquette. Tobacco use is the #1 killer of the LGBT community and reduces the lives of all, but particularly those living with HIV.
Our Trans, Family, Friends, and Allies Group is open to all transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people, our partners and allies residing in and around the Great Lakes Bay Region. We have 3 groups, Transgender Teens, Transgender Adults, and Allies. We offer education, open discussions, and socialization. This is our largest group with an average of 30 people attending. Click on the logo to learn more.
Our Holiday Gala is held in December of each year. December 2, 2017 was our 16th Holiday Gala and was a great time with great friends. The 17th annual Holiday Gala planning is now in progress, so stay tuned for further updates. For more information and see a slide show of the 2017 Holiday Gala click on the snowflake icon.
The Great Lakes Bay Pride will take place on June 30th from noon to 4 PM at the Wenonah Park in Downtown Bay City. We have many opportunities to get involved with Pride. Click on the Great Lakes Bay Pride logo for more information.
The Great Lakes Bay Pride Awards are awarded to people who have worked in the LGBT community doing great work. All LGBT and Allies are qualified for this award. If you know someone that has done great work for the LGBT community in the 2017 year, please nominate them. Nominations are now open! Click on the Great Lakes Bay Pride Awards logo for more information.
Looking for something fun to do? Want to know when a meeting is scheduled? Keep up to date with the Perceptions Calendar.
In need of help? Are you in crisis? Perceptions has a list of resources for you. If you need a service and don’t see what you need on our list of resources, let us know.