Perceptions, Trans, Family, Friends, and Allies

Our transgender group is for all transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people, our partners and allies residing in and around the Great Lakes Bay Region. We strive to make a safe place for transgender people and their allies to meet and socialize together.

This is a vibrant community group that enjoys getting together to learn, grow, and have fun together.

Our purpose is to create a safe and welcoming environment for transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people, our partners, and allies to facilitate social interaction, open discussion, educational dialogue, and other opportunities.

We have 3 groups

Transgender Adults

Transgender Youth


Where:Unity of Bay City
3736 State Street Road
Bay City, MI 48706

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When:First Thursday of Each Month
Time:6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where:Trinity Episcopal Church
815 N Grant St
Bay City, MI 48708

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When:Third Friday of each month
Time:6:00 – 8:00 PM

There is a parking lot on the 5th street side of the building where you can park and enter through the glass sliding doors.

This is a closed group. Please click the join button and we will open the door and welcome you in. We will protect our group and anyone posting hateful things will be removed. Soliciting sexual favors is strictly prohibited, you will be removed from the group. Our goal is to keep everyone safe.

For more information about our meetings email our Transgender Group page.

For information on Female to Male transition resources see the Female to Male page on the Transgender Michigan website.

For information on Male to Female transition resources see the Male to Female page on the Transgender Michigan website.

Name Change Information

Do you want to change your name, but don’t know where to get started? Click on this image to find more information on how to change your name in the State of Michigan.

Family Resources

PFLAG Meetings

Where: Our Saviour Lutheran Church
2525 Hemmeter Rd at Weisss
Saginaw, MI 48708
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When: Third Sunday of Each Month

Time: 2:00 PM

Explore: Coming Out | Human Rights Campaign

See their Transgender Visibility A Guide to Being You PDF

“Coming Out As You” is a new pocket-sized resource that can help you navigate your own coming out experience in a safe, thoughtful way. Remember, everyone’s experience is unique! After thinking it through you may decide not to come out – and that’s ok too.

NCTE is a team of hard-working staff members supported by a nationwide community of transgender people, allies, and advocates with an extensive record of winning life-saving change for transgender people. Lots of information and resources on this site.

The UMHS Comprehensive Gender Services Program has compiled some materials that might be helpful to our patients and families.

Gender Specialists

Bay City

  • Emily Simbeck, M.S.W., L.M.S.W.
  • Rachel Prenzler, M.S.W., L.M.S.W.


Amy McDonald, MA, LPC


Nicole Bastian, MSW, LMSW, CAADC Clinical Therapist

Parents and Ally Resources

Their Trans@MIT Allies Toolkit provides educational tools for anyone who would like to better understand trans* people and gender differences.

Tips for allies of transgender people.

Resources for transgender parents. 

Crisis Resources

Crisis Text Line is the free, nationwide, 24/7 text line for people in crisis. Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.

Teen Line is a confidential Hotline for teenagers which operates every evening from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm PST. If you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who understands, then this is the right place for you! You can call us at 800-TLC-TEEN (852-8336), text us by texting “TEEN” to 839863 or email us here. Teen Line also offers message boards, resources and information.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.

Bay Arenac Behavioral Health Crisis Line – 1-800-327-4693

Midland and Gladwin County CMH Crisis Line – 989-631-2320 CMH 24-Hour

Crisis Line Number: 989-772-5938


Saginaw County CMH Crisis Line


(989) 792-9732 or

(800) 233-0022