October 23: The End of DOMA (Presentation)

The correct date for this event is October 23; an earlier edition of this article incorrectly stated the date as August 23.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor has far-reaching implications on marriage, taxation, estate planning, employee benefits, and retirement benefits, among other things.

Join us at the Jim Toy Community Center (319 Braun Court, Ann Arbor, MI) on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 7 to 9 PM for a presentation by three local attorneys, Angie Martell, Lisa Peterson, and Francyne Stacey–your opportunity to “ask the experts.”

This is a free event, co-sponsored by the Jim Toy Community Center. For further information, contact Angie Martell.

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New focus group on tobacco messaging and the LGBTQ community

Have experience with tobacco? Identify as an LGBTQ ?

Jim Toy Community Center is conducting two focus groups to learn about tobacco use and effective quit tobacco messages in the LGBTQ community . This is a Michigan Department of Community Health funded project that is facilitated by Affirmations Community Center.

These focus groups will be held at the Jim Toy Center during the second full week of October (Oct 14-20th). Participants will receive a $20 gift card. Food will also be provided at the focus group.

Interested? Please click here to fill out the interest survey. The survey will close at midnight on Sunday, Oct 6th.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are these focus groups?
These focus groups are an opportunity for you to talk about tobacco use in a small group discussion. This is a way for us to learn about your personal experiences with using tobacco. You will be asked questions about any previous or current use of tobacco, as well as any experiences with quitting. We’ll also talk about some quit tobacco campaigns – what works and what doesn’t.

Who can participate?
Anyone who has ever used tobacco! This includes current or previous users, and casual users of all forms of tobacco (i.e. cigarettes, cigars, hookah, chew tobacco, etc.).

How long will they last?
Participants will need to commit about two hours of their time. This includes time to sign-in, meet the other participants and have the focus group discussion. The focus group discussion will last approximately an hour and a half (90 minutes).

Where will these focus groups be held?
Focus groups will be held at Jim Toy Community Center (319 Braun Court Ann Arbor, MI 48104 ).

Why is this important?
Even though tobacco use has decreased in the general population, rates of tobacco use remain high in LGBTQ communities. Your thoughts about tobacco use and quit tobacco messages will help the Michigan Department of Community Health develop effective quit messages.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Lydia Ahlum Hanson, MPH, MSW
Health & Wellness Manager
Email: lhanson@goaffirmations.org
Direct line: (248) 677-7223

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OUTFest – Save the Date!

OUTFest - Save the Date!

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Ann Arbor 4th of July Parade—March with us!

Join the Jim Toy Community Center and show your Pride in the Ann Arbor 4th of July Parade!


Bring your friends and family and not only show your Gay Pride but your American Pride as well because after all, We are American Families!

We will be lining up at 9am on Maynard Street between William and Jefferson!

Parade begins at 10am.

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New Volunteer Orientation

The Jim Toy Community Center will be conducting two new volunteer orientation sessions:

  • Sunday, June 9 from 12pm-1pm
  • Tuesday, June 11 from 8pm-9pm

New volunteers only need to attend one session.

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Register today for the Shore to Shore Equality Ride!

Banner 10The Shore to Shore Equality Ride is an exciting 4 day Bicycle Tour across beautiful lower Michigan, beginning in the Detroit Metropolitan area and ending on the picturesque Lake Michigan shoreline. Come experience fall in all its wonder with access to scenic side trips, refreshments & meal breaks along the way. This is the inaugural year for the Equality Ride, so the event is limited to 100 VIP riders who will start in Ferndale and travel to Saugatuck via paved roads and enjoying many of the great Michigan biking trails.

For more information on the route and how to join the Jim Toy Center team, please visit the event website.

The Equality Ride is produced by the Michigan LGBT Community Center Network (CCN). The CCN is a collaboration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Community Center organizations across the state of Michigan. CCN members participating in the Equality Ride are Affirmations, The Jim Toy Center, Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center, KICK, The Network and Perceptions.

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Jim Toy’s Birthday Bash—Save the date!

Pic from http://www.whisk-kid.com/2009/08/say-it-with-cake.html

On Friday, April 12, from 7 to 10pm we’re hosting a Jim Toy Birthday Bash and JTCC fundraiser at the Corner Brewery Lounge in Ypsilanti. Additional details are forthcoming, but the long and short of it is that this will be a social gathering to celebrate the birthday of our namesake and to fundraise for the Jim Toy Community Center to support its efforts in the pursuit of equality.

We hope to see you there!

Pic courtesy http://www.whisk-kid.com/2009/08/say-it-with-cake.html
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Public Policy Meeting

There will be a Public Policy Committee Meeting at 6 PM tomorrow, Wednesday (March 27), at the Jim Toy Community Center.

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JTCC 2012: Year in Review and A Look Ahead

The Jim Toy Community Center has prepared its 2012 newsletter. Inside you’ll find a review of our activities and accomplishments over the past year as well as a look ahead to the future. Download it today!

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Vote Like Your Rights Depend on It!

Vote the ENTIRE ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 6th!

Election Day is tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6! Don’t forget to make a plan for when you’re going to the polls, how you’re going to get there, and what you’re going to vote for! Ask you friends and family what their plan is, and offer to help out if they need it.

Every election matters! Our representatives and elected officials make decisions about civil rights, health care, the economy, jobs, and other issues that affect our lives. Remember that your voice matters, and your vote counts!

Don’t forget to vote the non-partisan section of the ballot, often on the back or the bottom!

If you need any assistance on Election Day, call the Election Protection hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (687-8683).

Your friends at the Jim Toy Community Center 

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