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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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Fundraising, volunteerism, and special events are not just platforms for sharing our mission, vision, and principles. They are opportunities for personal growth, learning, and making a difference.

It is our way of engaging with young people and providing a feeling of community in a range of uplifting and forward-thinking ways.

Each touchpoint also offers the opportunity to educate and spread awareness among existing and future supporters and extend our reach in local areas and beyond.

Ruth Ellis Center events range in subject matter and scale. We are always looking for new collaborators and volunteers. Contact us today if you want to get involved, sponsor an event, or hear more about the Center.

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Our Podcast

Exploring current topics through the voices of those continuing Ruth Ellis’ legacy.

When people craved connection most during the COVID-19 pandemic, we launched the VOICES of Ruth Ellis Center podcast as a small but mighty way to stay in touch with our local, national, and global communities.

VOICES of Ruth Ellis Center looks at current issues through a new lens: candid interviews with REC staff, youth, community partners, funders, and thought leaders nationwide.

Catch the latest VOICES of Ruth Ellis Center on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Castbox, Breaker, Overcast, RadioPublic, or Pocket Casts.

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Joyya, Matriarch of REC: Leading with Love and Support

In this episode we spend time with Associate Director of Housing Joyya Pettus, known to REC young people as “Mutha Joyya.” Her impact is profound: to most, she is the mother they’ve never had. Joyya shares what inspires her, and how she affirms the Center’s young people, makes them feel safe and supported, and helps them create new productive habits and behaviors.

May 2024

Breakthroughs in Science for Transfolk

This month, I’sha and Krystina are excited to bring you the latest breakthroughs in gender-affirming reconstructive surgeries for transfolk. These transformative advancements change lives and reshape gender-affirming healthcare, offering a brighter and more inclusive future.

June 2024

Pride Recap

Pride 2024 is in the books! We’re thrilled to take this time to share all the awesomeness in and around town last month, including the exhilarating Catfight for the Crown. There’s so much to cover and so little time! Tune in; you’ll want to hear every minute of this one!

July 2024