Trans Lifeline


Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive. Available in English and Spanish as of July 1, 2020.

Our Savior Lutheran Church


Our Saviour is an ELCA Lutheran church in Saginaw township recently acknowledged as a Reconciling In Christ congregation which is open and affirming the LGBTQ+ community.  We are community-focused and strive for spiritual growth through worship and service.

Zion Lutheran Church ELCA


Zion is an ELCA Lutheran church in Freeland recently acknowledged as a Reconciling In Christ congregation which is open and affirming the LGBTQ+ community.  We are community-focused and strive for spiritual growth through worship and service.

Underground Railroad, Inc.


Underground Railroad, Inc. provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking in Saginaw County. Underground Railroad is the only provider of emergency shelter services, but also provides a wide variety of free, confidential services to meet the varying needs of the individuals we serve.

Ronald Owens


Ronald Owens is a Saginaw native and Deputy Political Director for Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Ronald’s passion for Public Service includes working alongside other volunteers to knock on doors and support politicians such as Representative Adam Zemke, Congressman Dan Kildee and Senator Debbie Stabenow. Ronald worked in the office of Former House Democratic Leader Sam Singh to increase inclusion for the … Read More

Allison Matthew


Allison Matthew has proven to be a supporter of Perceptions and the SOGIE community within the Great Lakes Bay Region. In her roles of parent, student (graduating with a master’s degree), and employee for Consumers Energy, Allison has found time, over the past 4 years to work on numerous projects, most notably: The Great Lakes Bay Pride Festival, and Perceptions … Read More

Kat Champagne


Kat Champagne went from a concerned mother to an all-around volunteer and advocate for the SOGIE community. Kat’s involvement was wide and varied. Kat started with her involvement with the Perceptions Transgender Groups where she took an active position to broaden its scope, ensure the physical safety, and advocate for the betterment of the trans community. Kat was a member … Read More

Emily Simbeck


Emily Simbeck is an outpatient therapist at M.P.A. Group and one of a very few gender specialists in the Mid-Michigan area. Emily earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology, graduating from coastal Carolina University. She received her Master’s in social work at the University of Michigan. Emily has furthered her education by attending the University of Michigan transgender specialized training, … Read More

Bill Ostash


William “Bill” Ostash, was born and raised in Bay City. Bill moved to Saginaw in 2004 and has been involved with the Saginaw Historic District Commission since 2006 where he served as Chairperson from 2008-2014. Bill created “Preservation Saginaw”, a Facebook page to advocate, educate, and preserve Saginaw history for the importance of Saginaw’s past and future. Bill is the … Read More

Midland Center for the Arts


The Midland Center for the Arts, through the efforts of Katie Miller, Manager of Community Engagement, was able to build partnerships to open doors to conversation through education, storytelling and creativity. Partnerships included: Perceptions, Family & Children’s of Mid-Michigan, Midland Public Schools, and GLAD (the employee resource group – ‘Gays & Lesbians at DOW’) and organizing the ‘Perspective Series’. The … Read More