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.

Lend Your Voice—Statussexy—Mar. 21 @ 6pm

Statussexy is the movement to address HIV in our community. Young black men ages 13-24 have the highest rates of new HIV infections, and this is happening right in our own backyard. Statussexy is a way to fight back. We’re coming together at Jim Toy on March 21 at 6pm to set a game plan.

The more voices, the better!

Where: Jim Toy Center, 319 Braun Court, Ann Arbor, MI

When: March 21 @ 6pm

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?


“You’re going to hell in a hand basket!”

The American Friends Service Committee’s Inclusive Justice Program’s  “Peace-Building-Dialogue Training” provides an opportunity to learn and practice the skills needed for engaging in conversation about conflictual topics at home, in interpersonal relationships, at work, in classes, in meetings, andbeyond. 

We invite you to attend a training scheduled for Sunday June 12, 2011 from 1:30-5:30 pm at Ann Arbor’s First Presbyterian Church, south side of Washtenaw Avenue east of South University Avenue.  Church and street parking available.  This basic training will include an overview of the principles and pragmatics of peace-making dialogue, and time for practicing the method set forth in the training overview. 

There is a $10.00 suggested donation.  The proceeds will go to benefit the Jim Toy Community Center.  The donation and pre-registration can be taken care of through:

For further information, contact Jim Toy MSW at  (734-930-0056 extension 211).

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 <>

Anti-Bullying Summit II—March 13, 2011

Imagine one day waking up and discovering that bullying, harassing, and saying rude mean comments were no longer the norm. How would your day change? The Jim Toy Community Center is committed to making this change in our community.

March 13, 2011 is the Anti-Bullying Summit II. We are meeting at the First Presbyterian Church 1432 Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Did you know that Michigan remains one of five states with no anti-bullying law to help usher in progress in dealing with the most common form of violence in our schools? Create a change by joining the Resources/Statewide Initiatives and policy.

Do you know how to interrupt these comments?
“That’s so gay.”
“That’s ghetto.”
“That’s retarded.”

Create a change by joining the Local Initiatives, Cyberbullying/ Teacher & Staff Training.

Can you think of three examples to support the statement, “being different can be dangerous”?

Create a change by joining the Help for Bullies & Targets/Youth Education.

We look forward to working with you to create a Bully Free Community. RSVP on Facebook!

Announcing a community-wide design contest!

The Jim Toy Community Center is in need of a logo. Submit your designs for a chance to win two tickets to the Spring Dinner featuring Judy Shepard.

Criteria for Judging

  • The scalability of the design
  • Effectiveness in black & white, as well as color
  • Communication of the mission and vision of the organization

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit design with a black & white and a color version to:
  • Do not include signature or identification marks on the design
  • Deadline for submission is midnight,  March 28, 2011
  • Winner will be unveiled at the April 2, 2011  Jim Toy Community Center Spring  Dinner featuring Judy Shepard

Contest Rules

  • Entrants may enter multiple designs
  • The winning submission becomes the property of the Jim Toy Community Center, who will retain full rights to use the winning design in any fashion consistent with the mission of the Jim Toy Community Center now and in perpetuity.
  • No quotes or other plagiarized elements may be used for any text in the logo.
  • No previously copyrighted text or artwork may be used.
  • Entries may not include 3rd party stock photography or video elements.
  • All entries become the property of the Jim Toy Community Center and will not be returned.
  • There will be only one grand prize winner for this contest.
  • The grand prize winner is only entitled to the grand prize, and must sign a release waiving any rights to further compensation.
  • The board of the Jim Toy Community Center reserves the right to make the final selection of the winning design at its complete discretion, is final and is not subject to review or appeal.
  • The grand prize is not redeemable for cash.
  • The Jim Toy Community Center will not be held responsible if the grand prize becomes void. The Jim Toy Community Center will make every effort to award the grand prize winner with a replacement prize, but makes no claim that prize will be of equal value to the voided prize. In some cases, the Jim Toy Community Center may not have the ability to award a replacement grand prize.
  • By entering, the winning entrant agrees that their name and photograph may be used by the Jim Toy Community Center for promotional purposes without further remuneration.
  • The winning entrant will assume all financial obligations for local, state, and federal taxes and all applicable fees.
  • This promotion is void where prohibited by law.

The Jim Toy Community Center (JTCC) is a resource for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (“queer”), and allied residents of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and greater Washtenaw County.

Our vision
We envision an inclusive community where people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity are visible and live together in equality, respect and happiness.

Our mission
The Jim Toy Community Center is a resource center that exists to provide information, education, social events, and advocacy by and for the Queer and Ally community in the Washtenaw County area. JTCC welcomes all who support its mission to participate in its activities.

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