Take a moment to think about it. Where is the LGBT+ Community in Traverse City and the surrounding areas? Where do you go to meet and socialize with others? If you wanted to find LGBT+ services, where would you go? How do you find out about LGBT+ related activities and social groups? If we only had a dollar for every time we've heard someone say "where are our people?" Polestar LGBT+ Community Center was formed to directly address those questions. We envision a central location that could provide some or all of the following:
How wonderful would it be to have a place that could act as an information repository, connecting the LGBT+ Community to each other as well as to the businesses and services that are friendly and accepting? We would like to see a community events calendar that promotes activities and social events. We'd let you know when Pride Week is, when Northern Pride - We're Out and About meets, and all other gatherings. Beyond this, we'd like to create a directory for LGBT+ friendly businesses that can be used by tourists and locals alike. We'd also create directories to LGBT+ friendly and related health services.
The Board of Directors envisions a place where you can go to hang out, drink a coffee, and chat with others. We'd love to have a place where we could throw potluck dinners, watch movies, have book clubs, and host other social activities.
It would be amazing to eventually have a place with meeting rooms where we can host guest speakers and workshops, small learning/social groups, and peer-to-peer support groups.
We believe at this point, the potential for an LGBT+ Community Center is virtually infinite. We envision a central hub in Traverse City, but one that would serve people in the surrounding 5-county+ area. We envision offering services to full time and seasonal residents, as well as the many tourists who visit our area every year. In the end, you, the larger LGBT+ Community, will define the center. Your voice and your input counts!