Ruth Ellis Center

Named in honor of
a resilient Detroit
icon, Ruth Ellis
Center works to
create a supportive
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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Upcoming Event


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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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


Did you miss these beauties @motorcitypride? That's okay because they're going to be getting their claws out to take home the Miss Kitty 2024 sash and crown this Friday at the @fillmoredetroit. Tickets are on sale on our NEW website and links are in our stories. Take a peek, and we will see you there! Doors open at 5:30 PM, show starts promptly at 6:30 PM. Bring your best silver garments, we've got an anniversary to celebrate. #weareruthelliscenter #motorcitypride #catfightforthecrown #detroitlgbtq #fillmoredetroit #dragshow #prideindetroit


Unleash your inner diva and let your fabulousness shine at Black Irish Productions' Drag-Themed Karaoke Extravaganza on June 28! Get the details at the link in bio. #LGBTQ #LGBTQYouth #Michigan #Inclusion #Advocacy


Kicked off summer with a community celebration filled with queer joy! ☀️🌈❤️ Get to know us at the link in bio. #NonProfit #LGBTQ #LGBTQYouth #Michigan #Inclusion #Advocacy

Young People

Ruth Ellis Center welcomes welcome 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.

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