I’d been away from Grand Rapids for 20 years — so as excited as I was to return to my leafy Midwestern hometown after all this time, I honestly wasn’t sure what I’d find. I’d heard about how the city had blossomed, and that it was now way more than just the Furniture Capital of the World and the site of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. But would reality live up to the growing hype?
I’m thrilled to say that my homecoming week in West Michigan proved more exciting, artistic, cool and downright fun than I could’ve possibly imagined. Also, way more gay. As Michigan’s second-biggest city (now with nearly 200,000 people), Grand Rapids has long had an LGBTQ scene — but when I moved away, it didn’t even have a Pride.
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