About Us

Empowering our LGBTQ Community through supportive services and awareness since 1988.

The Pride That Has Gotten Us Here

Our Story.

We are a group of people from all walks of life, gathered together to celebrate and embrace you as you are!

Our Mission

Empowering Our LGBTQ Community Through Supportive Services and Awareness.

Our Vision

Grand Rapids Pride Center aims to be the center of a vibrant and inclusive community that supports all LGBTQ individuals.

Our Team

Thomas Pierce, LMSW, MPA

Executive Director, he/him

(616)458-3511 x101 / thomas.pierce@grpride.org

Larry A DeShane Jr

Center Administrator, he/him

(616)458-3511 x102 / larrya.deshanejr@grpride.org

Leslie Boker

Proud To Be Healthy Coordinator, they/them

(616)-458-3511 x104 / leslie.boker@grpride.org

Board of Directors

Tommy Allen

Interim Board President, he/him

Lucy Dyer-Joswick, M.Y.D

Board Treasurer, she/her

Jennie Mills

Board Secretary, she/her

Charissa Huang

Board of Directors, she/her

Jazz McKinney, MA, TLLP

Board of Directors, they/them



Our Sponsors are made up of individuals and organizations who want to support our mission. “Empowering our LGBTQ community through supportive services and awareness.” By sponsoring Grand Rapids Pride Center, they help keep the doors open and make a difference in the lives of thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people.