Kick (Detroit)

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KICK's logo
Kick's logo
Motto The Agency for LGBT African Americans
Founded 1994 [1]
Founder Curtis Lipscomb [2]
Type 501c3
Tax ID no. 56-2393981
Focus LGBT communities
Coordinates 42°21′54″N 83°04′15″W / 42.36511°N 83.07089°W / 42.36511; -83.07089Coordinates: 42°21′54″N 83°04′15″W / 42.36511°N 83.07089°W / 42.36511; -83.07089
Area served Detroit, Michigan
Key people

Curtis Lipscomb (executive director)[1][3]

Antonio L. Johnson (board president)[1]
Employees 4[3]
Formerly called Kick Publishing Company (a for-profit business)

Kick (stylized KICK and referred to as "The Agency for LGBT African Americans") is a Michigan nonprofit organization serving the African American lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population of Detroit, Michigan, and nearby communities.[2][1][3]

KICK's mission is "to increase awareness of and support to Detroit's dynamic LGBT community through education and advocacy with integrity and pride." Their aim is to implement LGBT affirming programs, services, projects and special events; and to partner with other social justice organizations and allies with similar beliefs.[2][1]

The organization is a member of CenterLink,[4] and the Michigan LGBT Community Centers Network.[3]


KICK began as Kick Publishing Company (a for-profit business) in 1994.[2][4] The publication was created to inform the LGBT community of issues relative to LGBT African Americans. Kick Publishing Company was the third black LGBT media company created in America. The publication and various other publications were distributed to national gay and straight retailers. The publishers of magazine soon got involved in sponsoring many LGBT events, and ultimately in 1996 members of the staff of KICK! Magazine created and formed the non-profit Detroit Black Gay Pride, Inc., the organizers of Hotter Than July!,[2] which is Detroit’s black LGBT weekend pride celebration.[1]

KICK was founded as a nonprofit organization in 2003 with the help of Detroit LGBT residents.[1]

In 2011, The Center in Detroit opened to provide the LGBT and allied community a safe meeting space in Detroit.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Who We Are". Kick. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Abbey-Lambertz, Kate (June 1, 2012). "Curtis Lipscomb, Kick Founder, Dedicates Time To Serving LGBT Black Community In Detroit". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Proxmire, Crystal A. (January 24, 2013). "Movement Building: Community Center Network Connects Across Michigan". Between The Lines. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 

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