Mission: The Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center grew out of a need to provide support to gay and lesbian people and to create a bridge of understanding between all people regardless of sexual orientation. The Resource Center provides the only support group for LGBT youth in Southwest Michigan, as well as a support group for transgender individuals throughout west Michigan. KGLRC believes that youth and adults who are in a minority status because of their sexual orientation need support, understanding and advocacy within the larger community.
Programs: Resource Center Programs include: RESOURCE CENTER YOUTH GROUP--weekly support group for LGBT youth under age 21.
RESOURCE CENTER TRANSGENDER SUPPORT GROUP--bi-monthly meetings for transgender individuals. EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH PANELS--glbt Speakers Panels for area schools, organizations, churches and places of business.
RESOURCE CENTER HOTLINE--support and information resources regarding the lgbt community (6 evenings per week to callers)
COMMUNITY CENTER--open 5 days a week to serve the lgbt group as a meeting site, library and information source. RESOURCE CENTER NEWS--a quarterly newspaper of issues, activities, views and political events of interest to the lgbt community & allies.
POLITICAL ACTIVISM & ADVOCACY--to encourage community participation in issues of concern to the lgbt community and our friends. RESOURCE CENTER SPECIAL EVENTS--including Women's History Month Celebration, Documentary Film Series, Coming Out Proud Film Festival, co-sponser of the Engineering Social Justice Training Series.
When I first came to Kalamazoo in 1993 for my job interview, I remember sitting in the room I had at a local bed & breakfast looking through the phone book to see if there were any LGBT organizations listed. I was pleasantly surprised to find the KGLRC listed; knowing that they were in town made it easier to stomach the cat calls when I walked down the street downtown holding my girlfriend's hand. Now, 19 years later, it's kind of amazing to me to realize how far I--and the Resource Center--have come. I've been getting newsletters for years, have given what I could since I moved to Kalamazoo, and really got to know the Resource Center with the Proposal A anti-domestic partnership ballot initiative in the early 2000's. Then I realized just how much a center the Resource Center has been for Kalamazoo. We've been through lean years since we were first established in 1988 and are, thankfully, entering a "not-so-lean" phase--thanks to a lot of hard work from a lot of people. My sincere thanks to Zach, Tracy, and David and all of our extraordinary volunteers for such a great year this year.... record-breaking turnout at Pride last weekend, a great youth mentorship program, and just great work from day to day. And--in the interests of full disclosure--I've been on the Board for two years.