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And as the organization's mission grew, so did its prominence.
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Lipscomb's leadership award came with a ,000 grant to support a vision that he had for the community.
He decided that the time was right harness the leadership potential of so many young people whose voices were never heard in Detroit. "It's a popular notion that if you are gay and live in the Midwest or the South, you had to leave in order to be yourself," says Lipscomb.
The name "KICK," which was a reference to a dance common in the LGBT community in the '80s, resonated among the organization's urban African-American readership.
African American online dating in Detroit, Michigan at Date Hookup.com, join now and start chatting now! "The name didn't work in a larger context." Indeed, LGBT Detroit has made impressive leaps over the past 20 years.Lipscomb helped start the second-oldest Black gay pride celebration in the country, Hotter Than July, which still happens each summer in Palmer Park (back July 21-26 for its 20th year).We're not everywhere in Detroit, but where we are, others are not." In 2012, Lipscomb received a leadership award from the Black Male Engagement project or BMe (pronounced "be me").Founded by the Knight Foundation to highlight and support the positive leadership of Black men in their communities, BMe is now an independent nonprofit that has programs in several cities, including Detroit, Baltimore and Philadelphia.