Our Mission: Empowering Our LGBTQ Community Through Supportive Services and Awareness.

Our Vision: Grand Rapids Pride Center aims to be the center of a vibrant and inclusive community that supports all LGBTQ individuals.



Returning from the March On Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights on October 11, 1987, a small group from West Michigan set course to make a change. 

This trip provided them the experience of being a part of something bigger. They had the opportunity to promote a sense of pride, of security, of belonging. At that time, this was something new for the LGBTQ community. The group returned with energy, passion, determination, and ambition to achieve equality. They started with a series of casual meetings originally hosted in homes and welcoming businesses, and then the group ultimately formed a new LGBTQ community center to bring West Michigan together. In May 1988, the Lesbian and Gay Community Network of Western Michigan, "The Network," was formed as a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. 

In 1988, they hosted Grand Rapids' first Pride Celebration in the Monroe Amphitheater (the predecessor of the beloved Rosa Parks Circle). Then, as now, Pride put LGBTQ people right where we belong, at the heart of the Grand Rapids area.

On February 22nd, 2016 The Network took its boldest step yet: The Lesbian Gay Community Network became Grand Rapids Pride Center! Our new name better aligns with and represents our mission to "Empowering our LGBTQ Community through supportive services and awareness."

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Our Mission: Empowering Our LGBTQ Community Through Supportive Services and Awareness.

Our Vision: Grand Rapids Pride Center aims to be the center of a vibrant and inclusive community that supports all LGBTQ individuals.



Returning from the March On Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights on October 11, 1987, a small group from West Michigan set course to make a change. 

This trip provided them the experience of being a part of something bigger. They had the opportunity to promote a sense of pride, of security, of belonging. At that time, this was something new for the LGBTQ community. The group returned with energy, passion, determination, and ambition to achieve equality. They started with a series of casual meetings originally hosted in homes and welcoming businesses, and then the group ultimately formed a new LGBTQ community center to bring West Michigan together. In May 1988, the Lesbian and Gay Community Network of Western Michigan, "The Network," was formed as a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. 

In 1988, they hosted Grand Rapids' first Pride Celebration in the Monroe Amphitheater (the predecessor of the beloved Rosa Parks Circle). Then, as now, Pride put LGBTQ people right where we belong, at the heart of the Grand Rapids area.

On February 22nd, 2016 The Network took its boldest step yet: The Lesbian Gay Community Network became Grand Rapids Pride Center! Our new name better aligns with and represents our mission to "Empowering our LGBTQ Community through supportive services and awareness."