Who We Are

LGBT Detroit began as Kick Publishing Company (a for profit business) in 1994. The publication was created to inform the LGBT community of issues relative to LGBT African Americans. Kick Publishing Company was the third American black LGBT media company created in America. The publication and various other publications were distributed to national gay and straight retailers. The publishers of magazine soon got involved in sponsoring many LGBT events, and ultimately in 1996 members of the staff of KICK! Magazine created and formed the non-profit Detroit Black Gay Pride, Inc., the organizers of Hotter Than July, which is Detroit’s LGBT weekend pride celebration. It continues to this day.

LGBT Detroit (formally known as KICK – The Agency for LGBT African Americans), a Michigan non-profit business, was founded in 2003.  LGBT Detroit operates programs, services, projects and special events.  Through partnerships and affiliations with other social justice organizations, resources are leveraged to make Detroit and Michigan a fairer place to work, play and live.

In 2007, LGBT Detroit moved 36 E. Milwaukee St, in Midtown Detroit.  With capacity from The Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, “The Studio” was a small facility that housed administrative support, small programming and community organizing.  Located next to the Woodward Bar & Grill, location was perfect for those who frequented the establishment, especially young adults.

In 2011 LGBT Detroit relocated to 41 Burroughs St Detroit MI 48202 and opened a larger, brave new space. This enlarged location enables LGBT and allied community a safe space in The City of Detroit to discuss, learn and offer support to one another.

LGBT Detroit is a proud member of the following:

  1. Midtown Detroit, Inc., a midtown local neighborhood association
  2. Unity Michigan, a coalition of Michigan progressive organizations
  3. CenterLink, a network of national LGBT community centers
  4. National Black Justice Coalition, a national black LGBT civil rights organization
  5. Center for Black Equity, a multi-national network
  6. Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors

Antonio L. Johnson-Seals, President

LaKeshia Burchett, Secretary

M. Terrence Samson, Treasurer

Michael Goines

Montrice Bellamy, Posthumously Emeritus

Billy Herrod, Posthumously Emeritus

Board of Advisors

Howard Israel

Cornelius Wilson

Robert Tate

Terry Reeves

Marvin Lee

Young Adult Board of Advisors 

Alfredo Smith

Rhiannon Chester

Cierra Burks

David Nelson

Nathan Strickland

Chris Sutton


Curtis LipscombExecutive Director

Rhiannon L. Chester, Program Coordinator

David A. Nelson Jr., Executive Assistant

Kunto Howard, Project Coordinator 

Nathan Strickland, Health & Wellness Coordinator

Lawrence Pennymon, Administrative Assistant