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Grand Rapids Pride Center supports a vibrant and inclusive community for LGBTQ individuals

This week's episode of NPO Showcase features Grand Rapids Pride Center which empowers the LGBTQ community through support services and awareness
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About NPO Showcase

NPO Showcase highlights nonprofit and government organizations and the work that they're doing in our community. The program is a feature of GRTV, a service of the Community Media Center, with producer and host Adrian Hirsch. You can catch it on GRTV on Saturdays at 8 AM and 6 PM and can view past episodes on Grand Rapids Community Media Center website. If your nonprofit would like to be interviewed on NPO Showcase, please contact Adrian Hirsch.

Larry DeShane Jr. on NPO Showcase

Larry DeShane Jr. on NPO Showcase /GRTV

In this week’s segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase Larry DeShane Jr. from the Grand Rapids Pride Center discusses the many programs, support services, and community awareness initiatives the center is involved with. 

The Pride Center's goal is to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment for the LGBTQ community by providing a space for like-minded individuals to congregate, share experiences, and be comfortable expressing their true self. They offer a variety of support groups geared toward a range of ages, backgrounds and needs. The Pride Center also connects community members with businesses and organizations in the community that have been vetted as LGBTQ supportive.

In an effort to foster an inclusive environment for the greater community of West Michigan, the Pride Center provides community education and training for organization leaders, staff, and other groups interested in ensuring and maintaining their own supportive environment. The Pride Center also organizes the annual Grand Rapids Pride Festival, which is celebrating its 29th year on Saturday, June 17th. The festival is currently accepting sponsors and vendor submissions for this year's event.

In a new collaboration with Justice for our Neighbors West Michigan, the Pride Center is offering office hours the second Thursday of every month from 1-4 pm for LGBTQ new arrivals to America. 

Check back next Wednesday for a new segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, featuring the West Michigan Environmental Access Council! 

NPO Showcase is just one of the many ways that the Community Media Center serves the nonprofit community. For information about this and other CMC services for nonprofits, or to schedule a future interview, contact Nonprofit Outreach Coordinator, Adrian Hirsch, at 616-459-4788 x105 or email [email protected].

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