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:
Antonio L. Johnson-Seals, President
LaKeshia Burchett, Secretary
M. Terrence Samson, Treasurer
Montrice Bellamy, Posthumously Emeritus
Billy Herrod, Posthumously Emeritus
Young Adult Board of Advisors
Curtis Lipscomb, Executive 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