1986 : Michigan’s First Major Gay Rights Rally and Pride March

June 15, 2019 all-day

Michigan’s first major gay rights rally and pride march took place in Detroit on Sunday, June 15, 1986.  The Michigan Lesbian Gay Pride Parade and Rally brought about 2000 people together in Kennedy Square.

Organizers moved the pride parade to Lansing in 1989 with the goal of attracting statewide participation.  That parade drew around 3,600 according to the Lansing State Journal archives.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 decision to legalize same-sex marriages and growing acceptance among both younger and older generations has also bolstered support.

In 2019 an estimated 6,000 people particiapted in the annual Michigan Pride Parade in downtown Lansing.

Source : Eric Lacy, “Michigan Pride Sets 10-Year High for Crowd”, Lansing State Journal, June 19, 2019.