ABOUT US


An Organization of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning adults and youth in the Greater Battle Creek Area.


WHO WE ARE:

We are members of your community, your neighbors, friends, and family.  We are business owners, fellow employees, school faculty, medical providers, service employees, and professionals of all kinds.  We strive to live happy and productive lives.  We have children, loved ones, and partners.

We are happy to have many supporters that we call allies.  Many have partnered with BC Pride, and participate in our functions, activities, and outreach efforts.

 

WHAT ARE OUR GOALS?

For far too long LGBTQ people have been discriminated against socially, religiously, professionally, politically, and in every aspect of human endeavor.  Within this society, that prides itself on democracy and freedom, the time has come for more than toleration.  The time has come for equality.

 

Our Goals include:

 

Guaranteed safety for our LGBTQ Community
To secure equal rights under the law
To secure equal opportunities in the workplace and in education
To advocate against bullying of our youth
To provide education against violence of all kind.

 

WHAT WE DO:

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Educate the community at large of the nature and needs of, and prejudice against LGBTQ people.
Take an active role in causes important to our LGBTQ citizens in our community, our nation, and around the world.
Provide a safe, welcoming Resource Center for the LGBTQ community and our allies.
Provide education, support groups, community outreach programs, referrals, and social activities.

 

 

Board Member Biographies

 


Deana Spencer

 

Deana, our current President, works as a Customer Service Account Manager and is a lifelong resident of Battle Creek. She has three adult children and is married to her childhood sweetheart. Deana is a people person and loves volunteering and event coordinating, she is an avid music lover and enjoys road trips each summer to see her favorite band Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in concert as much as time allows. 

Deana is committed and continues to work toward equal rights for the LGBTQ Community. She is dedicated to making Battle Creek a more diverse and accepting city and embraces its rich history and all it has to offer.

"Let your life stand for something, no matter how small and incidental it may seem." 

 


Charlie Fulbright

 

Charlie, our current Vice President, interim Secretary, and interim Treasurer, works for the Department of Defense. Charlie grew up, and is a lifelong promoter of Battle Creek. He and his husband Chris Fulbright have made Battle Creek their home. Charlie loves volunteering and making sure that everyone in Battle Creek has the same rights. He loves promoting equality and diversity in the city in which he lives.

He was the founder and president of the first diversity club at Lakeview High School, and now enjoys being the Vice President of Battle Creek Pride. He also enjoys glitter!

"If I can help someone along the way, my living shall not be in vain."

 


Ian Gallagher

 

Ian, has a background in Criminal Justice.  He has experience in running his own business and was the owner of Homer Entertainment in Homer, MI.  He moved to Battle Creek in 2009.

He continues to strives to promote equality for all LGBTQ people in the Battle Creek Area.

He also volunteers for C.A.R.E.S. in Kalamazoo and runs HIV testing in the Battle Creek Area, including monthly testing at our Resource Center.

Ian lives in Urbandale with his two dogs Cinnamon and Bentley.

"In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart."

 

 


Andy Helmboldt

 

 

Andy is an At-Large City Commissioner in Battle Creek and is married with two young daughters. Andy is committed to working toward a culture of true equality, where everyone has a say in their own destiny and a voice in the world round them.

 

 


Chris Fulbright

 

 

Chris is the founder of our Battle Creek Pride Singers. He enjoys music very much. Even though Chris did not grow up in Battle Creek he has made it his home with his loving husband Charlie. He is excited to help bring equality to Battle Creek.

 

 


Deb Whitworth

 

 

 

Deb had lived in Battle Creek for the past 31 years.  She is a graduate of Battle Creek Central, and earned her Bachelors degree in Business Administration and a Master Degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University.  For the past 15 years she has been employed at the Battle Creek Veteran's Administration (V.A.) Medical Center as a Social Worker

She has many years of experience with the PTA, both on local and regional levels, advocating for all youth.

She has been an ally to the LGBTQ community for many years.  She has two grown children.

Deb loved all things owls, and collects all kinds of owl items.  She lives with her three cats, Lady G, Gabby, and Grayson

"There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you" - Maya Angelou

 


Denise Jones

 

 

Denise is co-founder and President of Graphix 2 Go, Inc., she is also President of the West Michigan LGBT Chamber of Commerce and President of First Congregational Church Council. 

Denise grew up in Battle Creek and is married to her wife of 25 years, Kim. 

 

 

 


James "Jim" Haadsma

 

When Jim Haadsma’s 4 children were young,  Jim would read them the illustrated story, “The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark”, about how the king of Denmark stood up to his country’s occupiers by declaring that every Dane was entitled to the same rights as the next Dane.

Jim Haadsma is a lawyer and local county commissioner, and one who believes that every person is entitled to the same rights as the next person.

 


Lynnette "Lynn" Rich

 

 

 

Lynn is a happily retired proofreader, paraprofessional and clerk-cashier. 

After 50 years of work, she decided to become more involved in the social justice movement in Battle Creek.  Becoming an active member of The First Congregational Church and Battle Creek Pride has certainly fulfilled her desire to make a difference in others’ lives. 

She and her life partner, Toby Haughey have been together 27 years.

 

 


Laura Adams

 

Laura is known in Battle Creek as the Village Thinker, a community event organizer, anti-crime activist, social media consultant, and community engagement guru. A returnee to West Michigan after a sojourn in the Providence and Boston areas, she combines a small-town upbringing with big-city thinking.

One of the founding members of Battle Creek PRIDE, she is a member of the LGBTQ community. Her hobbies include rabble-rousing and trouble-making and memes in poor taste.

 


Terry Burleson

 

Terry works with students in the greater Battle Creek area to ensure they acquire the knowledge, resources and skills to be successful in their post-secondary endeavors. In his spare time, he also coaches high school students in competitive speaking and acting. Terry is committed to creating a culture in Battle Creek where all people feel proud, confident and welcome.
 


Abi Fukuyama

 

Abi, currently senior at Lakeview High School, is a Youth Advisor and is also involved in many other things in the Battle Creek community. They are a student on both Lakeview’s SHIFT Team (Sexual Health Initiative For Transformation), and on Lakeview’s Reproductive Health Advisory Board. As well as president of the LHS GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance), and Vice President of the Youth Advisory Board of Battle Creek (YAB).
 


Hannah Swank

 

Hannah, a senior at Battle Creek Central, is the co-founder and co-president of the current BCCHS Gay-Straight Alliance. Hannah is also Dual Enrolled at Kellogg Community College part time studying Sociology and a member of KCC's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Hannah has been involved with Girl Scouts for over 10 years and prides herself in community activism and involvement. Hannah is also involved with the Youth Advisory Board of Battle Creek, and National Honor Society.
 


Brad Palmer

 

Brad, a lifelong resident of Battle Creek, is a retired Sargent of the Battle Creek Police department who is not afraid to question other's decisions and to take his own action when needed. He believes that we as a community should work to better safety within our schools and to should work to have better relations between law enforcement and our residents.