Curtis Lipscomb is an artist, publisher, scholar, community organizer, developer, advocate, mentor, devoted friend, and executive director of LGBT Detroit.
Committed to LGBTQ culture since 1994, Curtis Lipscomb founded the third African American media house (Kick Publishing Company), co-founded the world’s second oldest Black LGBTQ pride celebration (Hotter Than July), and founded LGBT Detroit, an education and advocacy organization. He also was a co-planner of the 2012 National White House Conference of LGBT Housing and Homelessness at Wayne State University, an organizer of the 2013 United States Small Business Administration & National Black Justice Coalition’s Economic Empowerment Tour, and organizational winner of the 2002 and 2014 Equality Michigan Catalyst Award.
In 2016, Curtis with the leadership of LGBT Detroit’s board of directors, achieved significant success. LGBT Detroit became the first African American-led LGBTQ organization in America to own its headquarters and surrounding property. In 2018, LGBT Detroit became a campus by acquiring its second location thus significantly increasing its capacity. This safe, brave space in the Detroit northwest neighborhood of Murray Hill solidifies a commitment to furthering LGBT Detroit’s mission, increasing the prominence and visibility of the city’s LGBTQ culture, and building a strong, healthy, and vibrant community, with a focus on youth and young adult development; sexual orientation and gender identity education and advocacy; and emotional and physical well-being.
Curtis envisions a world free of stigma and shame—a world where loving your neighbor is not an abstract and is practiced daily.