It turns out I wasn't the only one who felt this way. There was never any big announcement, but over the past year our man on the inside of the administration, Brad Dick, not only was officially appointed liaison to the LGBT community, but he and other Detroit gays got together to create something that is, to my knowledge, an historic first for the City of Detroit: a City-sanctioned event to promote the growth of the gay community in Detroit.
The LGBT and Friends Home Tour takes place this Sunday, September 28, in the neighborhoods of Green Acres, Sherwood Forest, Palmer Woods, Bagley and the University District. It is an out-and-out (and out) effort to showcase this great cluster of beautiful Detroit neighborhoods to a crowd that may not consider venturing south of 8 Mile Road when looking for a new home.
With the suburban gay community maxing out on Ferndale and turning their sights east toward Hazel Park (HAZEL PARK!), now is the perfect time to show off the absolutely gorgeous homes and fabulous neighbors that lie literally just across the street to the south.
LGBT & Friends Home Tour and Afterglow - Sunday, September 28
- Detroit Golf Club 17911 Hamilton Rd. Detroit, MI 48203
Home tour runs from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
(Pick-up and drop-off for the tour at the Detroit Golf Club)
- Afterglow runs from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Detroit Golf Club
Tickets are $20.00 (includes tour and afterglow)
(All proceeds to benefit the Michigan Equality Education Fund (MEEF)
- Purchase tickets online – www.lgbtevent.eventbrite.com and the day of the event at the Detroit Golf Club
- Representatives from the City of Detroit Assessor’s Office, C.R.E.S.T. (Coalition of Realtors Empowering, Stabilizing, & Transforming Communities), Lenders, Preservation Wayne, and more will be available to answer questions
Personally, I was absolutely thrilled to hear about this event. It may not seem like much, but in addition to showing off a fantastic area near and dear to my heart (I went to high school in the Bagley neighbhorhood), it's a sign that at least some people in our city's administration are thinking of us. I guess belated kudos to KK for sanctioning the development of this and other plans to attract the gay community (even though it was totally kept on the down-low), and also thanks to the brand-spankin'-new Cockrel administration for not bagging the whole thing. We all know gay is a touchy subject in Detroit.
More importantly, it's time that the gay community in Detroit goes on the offensive to attract gays who are looking for a more urban lifestyle but are simply unaware of what Detroit has to offer. I am tired of talking to queens at Pronto who ask if I live in one of those "new lofts" or in one of those neighborhoods they rehabbed. I need queens in the city so I can socialize and not have to give a City Living 101 lecture.
Besides, Hazel Park is simply unacceptable. What's next, Warren? Sheesh.
This is seriously the cutest house I could find in a
google image search for Hazel Park.
A photo I saved - apparently for just this moment - from a Free Press article
about Hazel Park from about four years ago.