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Every day, LGBTQ+ youth face homelessness simply for being who they are. Nationally, up to 40% of runaway and homeless youth identify as LGBTQ+. Locally, there are signs that the number is approaching 30% or more. 

Please join us for a special event to begin creating change for these youth in West Michigan. You’re invited to join us as you are… with the identity that makes you who you are, with the spirit that reflects your whole self, in the unique and important way only you can.

Is it possible to spark change by showing up as yourself? We believe it’s a start. Let’s come together as we are and celebrate the real identity of our community. Let’s have an honest conversation about how to step up so LGBTQ+ youth can come as they are.

Our special guest is Ryan Berg, author of No House to Call My Home. He’ll share the stories he has witnessed as a case worker in a group home for LGBTQ+ teenagers. Together, we’ll explore ways to advocate for LGBTQ+ youth and create spaces that celebrate and support them. Ryan will do a brief reading from his book, and hold a community conversation with attendees through Q & A.

$35 Admission includes refreshments, program, museum admission and 1 drink ticket for use during the cocktail hour following the program. There will be a cash bar available during the cocktail hour as well.

Register now!

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