Programs

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 info@saluscenter.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. 

Check out our calendar for upcoming events!

Small kitchenette insite Salus includes a counter space, microwave, and fridge.
A meeting room inside Salus has two sofas, a coffee table, bean bags, and a card table. There are various pride flags hung in the windows on one wall.

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.

Contact: Katie.Lipka@enniscenter.org

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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.

Contact: helpingwomenperiod@gmail.com

HWP hosted a webinar class that taught how to make reusable menstrual pads. Watch on YouTube.

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Here for You: Parents and Caregivers of LGBTQIA+ Support Group

Here for You is currently on hiatus.

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!

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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, zireland@laanonline.org, 517-394-3560 x126

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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.

Neurodivergent & Queer

Neurodivergent & Queer is currently on hiatus.

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. 

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 

Passcode: salus 

Contact: Kaspyr at nonbinary@saluscenter.org 

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PFLAG

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

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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, roz@standwithtrans.org

View the Stand with Trans support meeting schedule on the Upcoming Virtual Support Groups page of their website or on the Salus calendar.

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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, lansing.lgbtq.aa@gmail.com 

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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

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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

Contact: transfemsupport@saluscenter.org

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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), pucket26@msu.edu

Trans-ilience will be holding trainings for mental health providers and medical providers regarding how to be affirming with trans clients.

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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 dio@saluscenter.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.

Contact: truelgbtq@gmail.com

Voice and text: 725-222-TRUE (8783)

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Queering Medicine

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.

Contact: queeringmedicinelansing@gmail.com

Queering Medicine is still meeting regularly and continues with its weekly updates focusing on public health crises, racism, and COVID-19.

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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.

Contact: mimigonzalez223@gmail.com

What to start a group? Contact us at info@saluscenter.org and tell us about your idea.