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Great Lakes Bay Pride Schedule

GLBP Schedule

Huron County Senior Fair


Great Lakes Bay Pride

Tuscola County Senior Fair

Sanilac County Senior Fair

9th Annual Pride Awards Banquet

Pride Awards

It's time again to submit your nominations for the 9th Annual LGBT & Ally Pride Awards Banquet hosted by Perceptions on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. The award ceremony will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Andersen Enrichment Center in Saginaw.

The LGBT & Ally Pride Awards Banquet honors individuals and businesses who have worked to further equality in the Great Lakes Bay Region. A full list of awards is available on the Pride Banquet page.

Interested in becoming a sponsor of the LGBT & Ally Pride Awards? Sponsorship information is available online here. Sponsorships are due by Thursday, June 15, 2017.

Where: Andersen Enrichment Center
120 Ezra Rust Drive
Saginaw, MI
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When: Tuesday, June 27

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tickets are $30 each, $20 for students or those with limited funds and can be purchased online here or by mailing a check to: PRIDE Nomination Committee c/o Perceptions, PO Box 1525, Midland MI 48641

Checks should be made payable to 'Perceptions' and 'Pride Banquet' should be noted in the memo line.

Kids Gender Conference

If you are interested in attending, email C.S. Mott Childrens Hospital, and they will notify you when registration opens.

Regular Meetings


Keep an eye on the Perceptions Facebook page to know where the group is meeting this week!!

Join us for a good time with friendly people. If you are planning to attend dinner, please help with an accurate head count by sending an RSVP email, or on our Facebook event by 3 p.m. Friday.

Perceptions Board Meetings

The Perceptions Board meets the second Wednesday of each month.

Perceptions Men's Group Meeting

Men of all ages are invited to attend to share their stories, share their concerns and the positive aspects of life... there is always a lot to talk about and discuss these days! Remember: This is a 'confidential' setting! Plan on taking advantage of this opportunity!! Come talk about your hopes and challenges as a gay, bisexual, or questioning man in a welcoming confidential group. Hope to see you there!

Where: St. John’s Episcopal Church
123 N. Michigan Avenue
On the Corner of Michigan & Court
Saginaw, MI 48602
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When: First Tuesday of Each Month

Time: 7:00 pm


Where: Our Saviour Lutheran Church ELCA
2525 Hemmeter Road at Weiss
Saginaw Township, MI
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Day: Third Sunday of the Month
Time: 2pm
For More Information: PFLAG Great Lakes Bay

Perceptions Transgender MEETING

Trinity Episcopal Church

Where: Trinity Episcopal Church
815 N Grant St
Bay City, MI 48708
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When: First Thursday of Each Month

Time: 7:00 pm

MOB Vassar

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Perceptions Diversity Choir

Perceptions Diversity Choir

Join our Diversity Choir! To join the choir, please visit our Choir page. We hope to see you there!

Where: Unity of Bay City
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3736 State Street Rd
Bay City, MI

Students Affirming Youth (SAY)


Calling affirming youth leaders to be part of designing and launching this new opportunity both by and for Saginaw students!

When:Wednesday Nights 4pm – 5:30pm
Where:The Giraffe Café at First Congregational Church, UCC
403 S. Jefferson
Saginaw, MI
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(Entrance on Baum Street)

Light Refreshme­­nts and Social Community in a SAFE SPACE for LGBTQ+ Youth and Allies

Who’s Invited? Saginaw County youth enrolled in grades 8 through 12 who believe that all young people should be respected for who they are regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Who’s in charge? The group is sponsored by First Congregational Church, UCC and volunteers from the Saginaw Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Youth Advisory Council (SOGI YAC). Although the group is hosted and sponsored by First Congregational Church, it is a secular group (meaning it has no religious basis). The lead facilitator, J Steele-Louchart, is a certified teacher and is committed to creating a safe space for youth in Saginaw County.

What’s the purpose? SAY will operate as a community-based Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). GSAs provide a safe place for young people to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and work to end homophobia and transphobia. Activities and goals will be driven by the youth and will result in adaptable, youth-led community where everyone can discuss, socialize, and create. Typical activities may include movies, snacks, games, guest speakers, and training opportunities.

For group information, contact J Steele-Louchart. For location/security questions, contact Barb.

Saginaw DHHS Recruiting Foster Parents

Foster Parents

Saginaw County Department of Health and Human Services is actively recruiting new foster parents, with a priority to license homes willing to accept teenagers into their hearts. Please contact Virginia Irwin or by phone at 989-293-6589.

Saginaw County often has to place children into residential facilities or outside of the county as homes are limited in our own communities. Please consider opening your home and heart to youth in need.



PFLAG envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.Please use the National website. PFLAG = Parents, Families and Friends of LGBTQ+ people. PFLAG TRI-CITIES has served the local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender community and their families, friends, & allies with support, education, advocacy, & fellowship since September 1990.

Address: P. O. Box 362
Bay City MI 48707-0362

cell: 989-971-7085

email: Leisha Shaler

PFLAG Website: PFLAG Great Lakes Bay

PFLAG Transgender Website: PFLAG Transgender

Equality Michigan

Equality Michigan

Equality Michigan will continue our ongoing work with school districts across the state to ensure that students receive the equal education opportunity to which they are entitled, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. And, we will continue to hold districts and officials accountable if they fail to meet their obligation to serve all students equally. If you encounter issues in your local school district, please contact EQMI immediately: 313-537-7000.

Equality Michigan

19641 West 7 Mile Road

Detroit MI 48219 United States

Website: Equality Michigan