About Us

We affirm Indigenous sovereignty and acknowledge that Salus Center occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary Lands of the Anishinaabeg – Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples.

What We Do

  • Collaborate with individuals and community groups to host/facilitate events and activities that promote an inclusive and informed LGBTQIA+ community in Lansing

  • Partner with local organizations to amplify and advocate for the specific needs of the LGBTQIA+ community in Lansing

  • Serve as an information clearinghouse for LGBTQIA+ resources

our vision

We envision a Lansing LGBTQIA+ community that thrives without barriers.

our Mission

The Salus Center serves Lansing’s LGBTQIA+ communities as a gathering space and information hub, and we advocate for the rights of our community members by honoring and affirming the interconnectedness of oppression. We empower you to build on the legacy of LGBTQIA+ activism and manifest a life that is authentic, safe, and full.

History

Lansing's only LGBTQIA+ Community Center

Founded in 2017, the Salus Center serves Lansing’s LGBTQIA+ communities as a gathering space and information hub, and we advocate for the rights of our community members by honoring and affirming the interconnectedness of oppression. We empower you to build on the legacy of LGBTQIA+ activism and manifest a life that is authentic, safe, and full.

Our Founder

Phiwa Langeni

(he/his/they/theirs)

Phiwa Langeni is a Black transmasculine person wearing glasses and a black shirt.

The Rev. Phiwa Langeni (he/they) is the founder and former Executive Director of the Salus Center. Originally from South Africa, the Rev. Phiwa [pronounced PEE-wah] Langeni is passionate about helping people understand that difference doesn’t have to be dangerous. As a trans-masculine genderqueer person who lived in Lansing, Phiwa knows how important community is for queer and trans folks, and was instrumental in bringing people together to build and sustain a vibrant LGBTQIA+ community.

In 2017, Phiwa opened the Salus Center at 624 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912, moved it to its current location in 2018, and served the Center as Executive Director until the summer of 2020. Under Phiwa’s stewardship, more than 17 social and support groups were formed and countless connections were made to support local queer and trans individuals. Phiwa ushered in a spirit of connection to the Lansing LGBTQIA+ community and planted the seeds for a robust and inclusive future.

Phiwa has entrusted Salus Center to the LGBTQIA+ community of Lansing. We all must work together with love and humility in order to continue to support this incredible community.

"Over the course of my life, I’ve had difficulty fitting in because of my gender identity, sexuality, age, ethnicity, race, and even being a young and single parent. My firsthand experience of such exclusion makes me passionate about creating spaces where folk can gather fully and be in community with other full selves desiring to be whole."

- Phiwa Langeni