HIV: The Facts, Just the Facts, Weds. Feb. 1 6pm-8pm

The Jim Toy Community Center, in conjunction with HARC, brings to you an invitation to learn about HIV/AIDS, eat yummy food, and hang with great people. If you are between 12-19 this evening is for you.  If you are over 19, this evening is for someone you love, you like, and you care for.

HIV/AIDS Resource Center
Providing HIV/AIDS related services to the people of Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, and Washtenaw Counties.

A talented speaker from HARC will share the facts—just the facts—of HIV/AIDS.

Where: Wild Wednesday, at the Jim Toy Community Center, 319 Braun Court • Ann Arbor, MI 48104

When: February 1, 2012 from 6:00-8:00

Do you know FACTS about how HIV is spread and prevented? Do you know that HIV can be passed through four bodily fluids? Do you know HIV can be prevented?


We are going to Lansing!

Let your voice be heard! Join LGBTQ folks and Allies from around the state to protest the Michigan Legislature’s ongoing attacks on our families. Continue to check for updates in the coming days.

Converge on the Capitol Building
Wednesday, January 18 at Noon
Lansing, MI

Download a flier for the event.

Jim Toy Center Open House, Nov. 17th 6:30p-9:00p!

11/17/11 is a Prime Day to have a Jim Toy Community Open House at the Jim Toy Community Center!

Come visit us between 6:30p to 9:00p!

We will have smiling faces, joyful conversations, yummy things for your tummy, and an update of all the amazing happenings at the center.

This is an all age open house, so everyone is welcome!

Please share this invitation with friends and family.

Meeting to discuss legislature’s action against domestic partner benefits


The Public Policy Committee at the Jim Toy Community Center will be holding a meeting to discuss local response to the recent spate of discriminatory legislation being introduced in the Michigan House. Please join us on Wednesday, October 19th, at 6:30 pm. Feel free to extend this invitation to those you feel may be interested.

Contact me if you have any questions, or if you would like to be involved, but are unable to make this meeting.

Sandi Smith

Public Policy Chair

Jim Toy Community Center


OutFest 2011! — Sat. Sept. 17, 2011, 6p-Midnight

The Jim Toy Community Center, in cooperation with the \aut\ BAR and Trillium Real Estate, proudly invites all members of the community to OutFest 2011: A National Coming Out Day celebration on Saturday, September 17th from 6pm until midnight.

Highlights—on a specially constructed performance stage—include:

The party extends through the courtyard and into the Jim Toy Community Center, where our youth will engage you in a variety of fun (and fundraising) activities.

It’s not fall in Ann Arbor without OutFest—we’ll see you there!

World Music Dance Party on Saturday, 9/24 (Benefit for JTCC)

Come dance to celebrate diversity and support JTCC. Meet new friends and dance to music from all over the world!  Tickets available below by Paypal, by phone 734-424-2797 or at the door. $10 each or 2 for $15. For more info, contact  Co-sponsored by Interweave of UUAA.

Join us on Saturday, September 24, 7:30 – 11 pm, at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor (UUAA), 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor, 48103

Click to purchase tickets online:

Single Ticket @ $10

Two Tickets @ $15

Wednesday open nights continue; next is Aug 17

Last Wednesday we had an amazing conversation of  gender identity and sexuality of cartoon characters.  We discussed Bert and Ernie, Sponge Bob, Tinky Wink, Cat/Dog, Elmo, and Dexter’s Laboratory characters.  We also discussed some to reasons identity is placed upon cartoon characters. Wednesday, everyone is bringing a favorite cartoon.  While watching cartoons, we will eat pizza and salad.

Come join us, from 7-10, bring a favorite cartoon;  or come and eat pizza and salad.

Hope to see you!

A Letter from the President…

A big and heartfelt THANK YOU to all those who attended, or in other ways supported, An Evening with Judy Shepard! 

The evening was magical, and many personal thanks are due to many people for their efforts and support of the Jim Toy Community Center’s first event.  The Board is grateful for all of the positive comments from attendees and we wish to humbly thank all of the volunteers who made the magic happen.  The evening was a huge, HUGE success!  Huge kudos go out to those at Out for Business and Spectrum Center of the U of M for collaborating with JTCC on this event, as well as our Co-Sponsors, auction donors, and Honorary Chairs.

We have made new friends and renewed friendships in the community.  We look forward to these friendships growing!

The focus of the evening was touching to everyone, as we all are someone’s child,  and some of us have children.  Judy Shepard is a phenomenal human being.  Having suffered the greatest loss any mother could bear  -the loss of her son Matthew -she has not shied away from life due to the tragedy.  She has instead chosen to fight back against hate and intolerance.

Judy has dedicated her life to this fight, and eloquently brought her message to Ann Arbor, stating to the audience at the dinner event “This is what happens when you piss off someone’s mother!”  It is for this dedication that Judy was presented with the first Jim Toy Lifetime Achievement Award. 

During the evening University of Michigan’s recent student body president Chris Armstrong was also presented with an award from the Jim Toy Community Center for exhibiting unparalleled leadership, humility, patience and grace under pressure during his tenure as the first openly gay leader of the student group, experiencing homophobic assault while under the intrusive and relentless scrutiny of news organizations and television.,0

Our biggest thanks go to Judy Shepard and Chris Armstrong for appearing, sharing their stories and inspiring us, and to Miller-Coors for their unfailing support of Judy, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, and the Jim Toy Community Center!

Linda Lombardini, President

Jim Toy Community Center Board of Directors.

For more on the evening, go to:

PUT THIS ON THE {MAP} Documentary Screening—April 12th, 7:30pm


Note time and location change!

What: PUT THIS ON THE {MAP} Documentary Screening

Why: Reteaching Gender & Sexuality

Reteaching Gender & Sexuality is a message about queer youth action and resilience. The video was generated to contribute additional queer/trans youth voices to the national conversations about queer/trans youth lives. Reteaching Gender & Sexuality intends to steer the conversation beyond the symptom of bullying, to consider systemic issues and deeper beliefs about gender and sexuality that impact queer youth.

When: Tuesday, April 12th at 7:30pm

Where: Whitney Room #1315 University of Michigan School of Education, 1080 South University, Ann Arbor, MI

Sponsored by:
UM Queer Social Work Alliance,
Jim Toy Community Center
Dedicated to Make a Change, L3C

For more information: Gabe Radeka <> or Christine Sauve <>

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