Salus offers a brick and mortar space for LGBTQIA+ groups in Lansing to gather! Contact each group to get involved.
Don't see what you're looking for? Start a group at Salus! If you have a group, organization, or idea, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to offer space for more social groups based on a shared interest, so reach out if you have something you want to make happen!
Groups individually decide which interaction mode (in person, online, hybrid, or offsite) they will use to meet. We empower groups to choose the methods that are most accessible to their needs, and we encourage folks to reach out to group leaders for any questions or concerns about safety and logistics. Meeting listings on our Calendar or Facebook page have the latest information about location, date and time, and additional group gatherings.
Our center has a small kitchenette and one large and one small meeting room. We are on the ground floor and wheelchair accessible. There is one accessible bathroom. Google has a 360° view of our space. Salus can accommodate events and gatherings of up to 70 people.
Ennis Center for Children, Samaritas, and Department of Health and Human Services
The Ennis Center's goal is to ensure every child has a safe loving home while in foster care and hopefully reunited children with biological parents, unless it is no longer possible then create a new family through adoption.
Three organizations are working together to spread awareness about foster care and adoption. Ennis Center for Children, Samaritas, and the Department of Health and Human Services all service the LGBTQIA+ and support them being foster and adoptive families.
Helping Women Period
Helping Women Period provides free menstrual health management products and education to homeless and low-income people in Mid-Michigan.
HWP has been providing menstrual health products to homeless and low-income people in the Lansing area since 2015. HWP partners with over 145 other local organizations to distribute these products. HWP provides reusable products and disposable products.
HWP hosted a webinar class that taught how to make reusable menstrual pads. Watch on YouTube.
Here for You: Parents and Caregivers of LGBTQIA+ Support Group
Here For You is a supportive space for the important adults in the lives of LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults.
Join us on the second Thursday of each month at 6:15 pm as we share the celebrations and challenges we experience showing up and holding space for the queer kids in our lives. HFY is for any parent, grandparent, guardian, teacher, mentor, etc. who is looking for an opportunity to be in conversation and community with others facing similar experiences. All are welcome!
To join over Zoom:
Register in advance for this meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAuceqhrD0uE9Fl5A35CzxgP29x8vku_CFa?fbclid=IwAR0972B3bUA7Hidbcw7sTKgs0xgmQG8wB6GxQna6AKIN36sEvkx8YQBFNKo
Lansing Area AIDS Network
Lansing Area AIDS Network is dedicated to meeting the needs of people with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and to preventing the spread of the virus.
LAAN offers free HIV testing at the Salus Center on a monthly basis, as well as resources and case management for people who are HIV positive.
Contact: Zach Ireland, email@example.com, 517-394-3560 x126
Michigan 4-H LGBTQIA+ Alliance
The Michigan 4-H LGBTQIA+ Alliance is a space for LGBTQIA+ youth and allies to come together in fun, positive, and supportive ways. Through advocacy, education, and opportunities for social connections, the alliance is working to create an inclusive and affirming environment where members of the LGBTQIA+ community can be their authentic selves.
4-H Expressions SPIN Club
Humans are complex and life is often challenging. The 4-H Expressions program will focus on the importance of processing the variety of feelings, emotions, and thoughts that we experience and expressing them through creative and productive means, such as visual arts, writing, music, and more.
Contact: Kristy Oosterhouse (she/hers) firstname.lastname@example.org and Eric Dobbrastine (he/him) email@example.com
Neurodivergent & Queer
This group is for anyone with Autism, ADHD, OCD, Tourette's, Dyslexia, or any other diagnosed/self-diagnosed/undiagnosed neurodivergent status who also identifies as LGBTQIA+. We'll be meeting for general support and also discussing some ways to advocate for ourselves and battle executive dysfunction as we navigate through a world that isn't currently designed for us. This will be a safe space for stimming, tics, and quirks! There will be coffee and breakfast snacks.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more meeting details and the Zoom link!
Nonbinary Support Group
The Nonbinary Support Group is a place to get together with other nonbinary folks to chat, chill, vent, socialize, and get and give advice and support. Anyone who identifies outside the gender binary (nonbinary, genderqueer, genderfluid, agender, etc.) or is questioning whether they might, and is at least 18 years old, is welcome, whether they're out of the closet or not. Not for allies/family.
Meeting Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84801512160?pwd=NDFoT3M4VkNmN1pKK0EvNE55dDJoUT09
Meeting ID: 848 0151 2160
Contact: Kaspyr at email@example.com
The mission of PFLAG is to build on a foundation of loving families united with LGBTQIA+ people and allies who support one another and to educate ourselves and our communities to speak up as advocates until all hearts and minds respect, value, and affirm LGBTQIA+ people.
Contact: GreaterLansingPFLAG@gmail.com, 517-925-1125
Stand with Trans
Stand with Trans is a 501(c)3 whose mission is to provide the tools needed by transgender youth so they will be empowered, supported, and validated as they transition to their authentic life.
Their goal is to help remove the stigma of being transgender through education and visibility in our community.
Since 2015, Stand with Trans has been dedicated to developing programs, educational events, and support groups to serve transgender youth.
Contact: Roz, firstname.lastname@example.org
View the Stand with Trans support meeting schedule on the Upcoming Virtual Support Groups page of their website or on the Salus calendar.
Sexual and Gender Minority Clinic
The MSU Psychological Clinic strives to meet two equally important missions. The first is to provide state-of-the-art evidence-based treatments to the community in such a way that permits underserved populations to receive mental health care. The second is to provide high-quality training to advanced doctoral and postdoctoral students. The MSU Psychological Clinic embraces the diversity embodied within individual and group differences. We offer culturally competent services in a safe and affirming space. Fees are set based on family income level and/or specific provider level.
Housed within the MSU Psychological Clinic, we offer cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) services for LGBTQIA+ individuals. Therapists in our clinic are trained in how to provide the best quality care to LGBTQIA+ people. Therapists in the clinic can help if you would like to talk about experiences related to being LGBTQIA+, such as coming out, gender affirmation, holding multiple marginalized identities, or other topics. The clinic is also a good fit for LGBTQIA+ people who would like to discuss topics unrelated to being LGBTQIA+.
Contact: email@example.com or 517-355-9564
Sober & Out: Queer Lansing AA
Queer Lansing AA meets every Saturday at 10:00 am at the Salus Center in Downtown Lansing. This is a closed meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous for anyone who has a desire to stop drinking.
Contact: Brian, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tender Heart Gardens
Founded in 2017, the Queer and Trans Growing Collective has evolved into a queer and trans-led microfarm focused on community engagement and education. Weekly work days during the growing season are on Sundays at 10:00 am.
Contact: TenderHeartGardens.com or 517-648-3049
Transfem Support Group
The Transfem Support Group is a peer support group created by and for trans women and transfem-identifying people.
We hope to grow our sense of community to share connection, belonging, and support.
We meet in person at the Salus Center on the first Monday of each month and the third Thursday of each month. Both meetings are hybrid and take place from 7:00-8:30 pm.
For more information: https://linktr.ee/LansingTransfemSupportGroup
Trans-ilience: The Transgender Stress and Resilience Research Team
Trans-ilience is a community-based research team focused on supporting the health and well-being of transgender and gender diverse communities by contributing to positive social change through research and advocacy.
Contact: Jae Puckett (they/theirs), email@example.com
Trans-ilience will be holding trainings for mental health providers and medical providers regarding how to be affirming with trans clients.
Trans Masc Support Group
Join us for monthly online conversations and connections with trans men, nonbinary trans masculine folks, and folks who may be questioning their gender. This peer support group is meant to explore important topics like self and community care, gender euphoria, arts/creativity, toxic masculinity, transitioning, and love and dating while centering the importance of trans joy.
Bring your good vibes, energy, and positive intentions as we cultivate a meaningful community of care and self-exploration.
Contact: Dio at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link or more information
T.R.U.E. (Teen LGBTQIA+ and Allies Support)
The LGBTQIA+ Support Group, or T.R.U.E. (Teens Respecting and Understanding Each Other) helps lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth between the ages of 14 and 18 in the Lansing area. The mission of T.R.U.E. is to provide a safe space that is free from bullying, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia for LGBTQIA+ youth and allies.
Voice and text: 725-222-TRUE (8783)
Queering Medicine is a grassroots advocacy organization made up of queer people working to improve health outcomes for LGBTQIA+ people in the greater Lansing area using science-informed knowledge and practice. They build coalitions and partnerships, generate new knowledge, disseminate information, and help address barriers to healthcare access. Queering Medicine is an inclusive group that is open to any members of LGBTQIA+ communities who share our values and goals and want to be actively involved in our work.
Queering Medicine is still meeting regularly and continues with its weekly updates focusing on public health crises, racism, and COVID-19.
Write Hear 4 Queer
Sometimes writing in a vacuum is too isolating; sometimes writing can only be done alone. For some, writing has been a long-cherished and subsequently over-weighted expectation and the writing self continues to go neglected and unaddressed. Sitting together in a safe space cast for the purpose of opening the writing vein among others also facing this terrain is one way to approach the calling we know as writing. Sitting with others makes it safer to enter the wild, unknown territory of our imaginations and creativity while lending support and kinship--"community," in a word. The mission is expression through the vision of writing in community.