The history of the LGBT community in metro Detroit spans the city’s past, but it took new shape right after World War II when gay clubs began opening mostly downtown. Like the migration patterns of many Detroiters, the scene began moving north, mostly along Woodward Avenue into neighborhoods like Palmer Park and suburban Ferndale and Royal Oak. That legacy can still be seen to this day in stalwart bars like Woodward Bar and Grill, Menjo’s, Soho in Ferndale, and Pronto in Royal Oak.
A lot has also changed since those earlier days. A growing number of queer-owned bars, restaurants, and other hospitality businesses are making it a point to be inclusive pillars in the community. Whether you’re ready to hit the nightclubs, want to support LGBTQ-owned businesses, or visiting from out of town and want to know of some of the city’s available safe spaces, here are 16 places in metro Detroit to enjoy.Read More