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Benjamin Heyn

RapidChat: Benjamin Heyn

As we round out Pride Month, LGBTQ+ activist, Benjamin Heyn, reflects on the opportunities he's been given over the years and how he is using those as a force for good. Within in part-two of our Q&A conversation, we celebrate #PRIDE and the organizations within our community whose noble purpose revolve around that notion.

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Lady Ace Boogie - Don't Box Me In

Coming off an electrifying show this past Sunday at the Pyramid Scheme and set to launch her new EP “Don’t Box Me In” this fall, Linda Tellis a.k.a Lady Ace Boogie showed us that this summer is not done heating up.

Benjamin Heyn

RapidChat: Benjamin Heyn

As we enter the month of June, we also enter a month dedicated to celebrating Pride. "What does Pride Month mean to you?" we asked Benjamin Heyn, a resident and LGBQT+ activist within the Grand Rapids Community. We've learned that it goes farther beyond what many of our eyes have been trained to see.

Graci Harkema

RapidChat: Graci Harkema

Days after being born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Graci Harkema was placed for adoption at a local orphanage. After being given only 12 to 24 hours to live, she was adopted by her (now) parents. Following her move to Grand Rapids as a child, Harkema has gone on to become one of the city's most passionate leaders, fighting for everything from LGBTQ rights to racial equality and more.

Beau VanSolkema

Speaking out: GRCC's policy supporting transgender students creates safe learning environment

Grand Rapids Community College should be praised, not criticized, for working hard to protect the civil rights of all its students, including its transgender population, writes Beau VanSolkema, the president of GRCC's  LGBTQQA+ organization.
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