I'm 15 and gay and I feel like there's nobody out there in my position. I'm really lonely, and I really don't know what to do. I would like to meet some friends (or perhaps someone special), but I feel like I have no contact with the LGBT community at all. Any suggestions?

Thanks for writing to us! Coming out as gay can be a difficult and lonely process, especially during your teenage years. However, it’s important to know that you are not alone. There are lots of great resources in our local community to make friends and find support. Take a look at these following LGBTQ youth spaces:

Washtenaw County

  • Ozone House PrideZone: A safe space for young people ages 13 – 20 who identify as LGBT to find support and socialize. Meets every Wednesday from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Ozone Drop-In Center located at 102 N. Hamilton in Ypsilanti. They also have a facebook page.

  • Neutral Zone Riot Youth: A safe space for teens who identify as LGBTQQA to find support, build leadership skills, take action, network and socialize. Meets every Friday from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Neutral Zone located at 310 E. Washington in Ann Arbor. 

Metro Detroit

  • Affirmations Youth Empowerment Program: Drop-in space for young people ages 13 – 20 who identify as LGBTQ. Open every Monday – Saturday from 4 – 9 p.m. at Affirmations located at 209 W. Nine Mile in Ferndale. 

  • Ruth Ellis Center Youth Programs: Drop-in programs for young people who identify as LGBTQ. Located at 77 Victor St. in Highland Park. 

At the Corner, we provide young people who identify as LGBTQ with safe and confidential health and mental health support. If you need anything from a physical to HIV testing to someone to talk to, we’re here for you. Live chat, call, or walk-in to schedule your first visit!


Phone: 734.484.3600 | Fax: 734.484.3100
Alternative and MIHP Fax: 734.829.0137

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