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In Detroit, a Home for LGBTQ Youth Balances Being Seen With Being Safe []


By Zach Mortice, Photo: Zach Mortice/Bloomberg CityLab, November 22, 2022

When the Ruth Ellis Center, a Detroit nonprofit that helps support LGBTQ youth, began a foster care program 10 years ago, they kept it very quiet; no press release, not even a sign on the door.

“We were so afraid of how the community would react,” says Mark Erwin, Ruth Ellis’s co-executive director.

Now things are different. In October, the nonprofit held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new permanent supportive housing and services facility for LGBTQ young people. Hundreds of visitors and community members were joined by a parade of local and national politicians. “We’ve learned over the years that it’s important that we put it out there,” says Erwin. “We’re not afraid.”

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