Fun fact: LAHR is one of the oldest LBGTQIA advocacy organizations in Michigan. Being one of the oldest has its perks; we have fierce forebears who have helped guide the work of our organization, we have strong name recognition here in the greater Lansing area, and we have some great communication pathways with other community leaders. But while we have a strong history, we also have a mostly “new” board. The torch has been passed, and let us be the first to tell you — your LAHR board has been busy.

As is true with most torch passing, we’re in the process of re-invigorating, rejuvenating, and re-envisioning our organization. We’ve developed a new mission and vision statement to more accurately reflect the values of our community and the contributions that we plan to make in the world of LGBTQIA justice. Check out our fancy new mission and vision: Mission: LAHR pursues justice and equality for LGBTQIA peoples through community-led advocacy, connection and education.

Vision: An equitable Michigan that values all people.

We will also be launching a new website in August where you will be able to find resources, information, calls to action, and community-wide opportunities. Oh, and you’ll be able to learn more about your LAHR board members.

As we continue to build LAHR, we need you. We need voices from our community to help guide our work. We need you to join us on committees and actions. We need you to stay informed and help us continue to educate the people in our lives and our legislators about what it means to be LGBTQIA in today’s world. So follow us on Facebook (Lansing Association for Human Rights), join our email list (email communications@lahronline. org), and tell us how you want to get involved.