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  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

    LGBTQ in Grand Rapids

    In 2012, The Advocate magazine named Grand Rapids one of the "Gayest Cities in America."

    The publication, which has covered LGBTQ issues since 1967, put Grand Rapids at No. 10 on its list, which spotlighted "the per capita queerness of some less expected locales." Local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents agree that Grand Rapids is an unexpected choice for this list - but they also say that our LGBT community is larger and more vibrant than the city's conservative faith tradition might suggest.

    Grand Rapids has long been the "big-city" side-stop for visitors to Saugatuck/Douglas, one of America's premier LGBTQ resort destinations. Michigan's oldest gay bar, the Apartment Lounge, is still going strong in downtown Grand Rapids after 40 years.

    Today, Grand Rapids is one of 20 or so Michigan cities that have outlawed discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in both housing and employment. Supporters say such protections extend fair and equitable treatment to LGBT residents while making Grand Rapids an even more inviting place for young, bright, creative-minded protections extend fair and equitable treatment to LGBT residents while making Grand Rapids an even more inviting place for young, bright, creative-minded professionals.

    Community Highlights

    The Lesbian and Gay Community Network serves LGBTQ and allied communities through referrals, resources and social groups.

    The annual Grand Rapids Pride Festival hosted by the Grand Rapids Pride Center takes place the second weekend of June at Calder Plaza.

    The West Michigan Gay Men's Chorus presents a regular schedule of concerts around town.

    Rumors is a fantastic nightclub downtown that caters to the LGBT community. 

    LGBT-inclusive churches and spiritual resources provide an open and affirming environment for all.

    The Dunes Resort in Saugatuck/Douglas, a 40-minute drive from Grand Rapids, includes both an LGBT-oriented hotel and nightclub.