Ruth Ellis Center

Named in honor of a resilient Detroit icon, Ruth Ellis Center works to create a supportive environment and community for LGBTQ+ young people.

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We are dedicated to embedding Racial Equity and Transformative Justice in all of our work.

Racial Equity Statement

Working to create a supportive environment and community for LGBTQ+ young people.

Our mission is to create opportunities with LGBTQ+ young people to build their vision for a positive future.

Our vision is a world where LGBTQ+ young people are safe and supported no matter where they go.

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The Fillmore Detroit will again set the stage for Catfight for the Crown on Friday, June 14th.

In its fifth year, witness a bold and heartfelt homage to ballroom culture from the drag community. We will crown the fiercest Miss Kitty and celebrate the most iconic Haus that Detroit has ever seen.

Ready your glitter and sharpen your claws, kitties. It’s going to be an unmatched showdown!

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The Ruth Ellis Center will be closed on July 5th to give our dedicated staff time to recover from Pride and enjoy the holiday. We'll be back and ready to serve our community on July 8th. Have a safe and happy holiday!


✨Celebrating pride and perfection with the fabulous Flyana Boss! 🌈✨ Our youth and community are truly puuuuurfect! 😻 #FlyanaBoss #WeAreRuthEllisCenter #Pride #YouArePerfect #SupportLGBTQYouth


Today on Juneteenth, we honor the journey and the legacy of freedom and resilience. Highland Park and Detroit, our cities of service, stand as historic beacons of hope—where generations of the formerly enslaved and their descendants aspired to thrive in the heart of America’s middle class. At the Ruth Ellis Center, we continue this legacy by advocating for the health, housing, and well-being of black LGBTQ youth and their peers across the many spectrums we can all identify, ensuring that the promise of freedom extends to all. Let’s celebrate, reflect, and engage in creating pathways for a brighter future. #Juneteenth #WeAreRuthEllisCenter #RuthEllisCenter #LegacyOfFreedom #PrideAndJustice


Lucky doesn't really cut it to describe the beautiful partnership with have with the @northernguard or @detroitcityfootballclub or @ally. Further, our most precious advocate in the form of a delightful human Leo, a board member here at the Center, but here we are enjoying @prideraiser, smiling, looking awesome and getting some much needed PRIDE to support our young people and cheer our wonderful teams on and on!



Mark your calendars for the Throw Proud x Queer Disc Golf Allied Voices tournament on September 14! Register today at the link in bio. #NonProfit #LGBTQ #LGBTQYouth #Michigan #Inclusion #Advocacy

Young People

Ruth Ellis Center welcomes young people and supports your housing, health and wellness needs. Click to learn more.



Ruth Ellis’ legacy is not ours alone. The Center is a community-driven effort. Learn how you can support.

Our Approach

Boom! It was a whole community. It was like multiple people came together to create Ruth Ellis Center.