ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO

We are members of, and we serve the LGBTQ+ Community in the Greater Battle Creek Area. We provide a safe and welcoming Resource Center for the LGBTQ+ Community and Allies, we provide education, support groups, community outreach programs, referrals and social activities.

We advocate for LGBTQ+ issues and concerns and advocate against discrimination for all marginalized people.

OUR MISSION

To promote cooperative efforts for social activities, to support non-political causes of importance to LGBTQ+ people and to promote the general well-being of the LGBTQ+ Community.

Board Member Biographies

 


Deana Spencer

 

Deana , our current President, works as a Branch Sales and Service Associate at PNC Bank and is a lifelong resident of Battle Creek. She has three adult children and enjoys spending time with her partner Kim. 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. Deana is currently working with Calhoun County commissioners to adopt an all-inclusive EEO Policy that will include LGBTQ language.


Charlie Fulbright

Charlie, our current Vice President, works for the Department of Defense at the Hart, Dole, Inouye Federal Center. Charlie grew up, and is a lifelong promoter of Battle Creek. He and his husband Chris Fulbright have made Battle Creek their home and are loving foster parents to three young boys. 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. Charlie was a leader in getting the non- discrimination ordinance passed in the City of Battle Creek in 2013. 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.


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 strive to promote equality for all LGBTQ people in the Battle Creek Area. Ian is a very strong advocate for HIV/AIDS education and resources.

 

 


Andy Helmboldt

 

Andy is is married with two young daughters. Andy’s wife, Stacy is the assistant principal at Lakeview High School. Andy was the leading City Commissioner to introduce Battle Creek’s non-discrimination ordinance. 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 a child care provider at Garden of Dreams Preschool and is the founder of our Battle Creek Pride Singers. He enjoys music and entertainment very much. Although Chris did not grow up in Battle Creek he has made it his home with his loving husband Charlie. Chris is a loving foster father to three young boys. He is excited to help bring equality to Battle Creek.

 

 


Deb Whitworth

Deb has lived in Battle Creek for the past 31 years. She is a graduate of Battle Creek Central, and earned her Bachelor 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. Deb currently is a volunteer and staunch advocate for Sexual Assault Services in Battle Creek. She has two grown children and has been an ally to the LGBTQ community for many years.


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 former President of First Congregational Church Council. Denise just earned the 2017 Outstanding Woman in Business award from the Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce. Denise grew up in Battle Creek and is married to her wife of 25 years, Kim.

 


James "Jim" Haadsma

 

When Jim is a Worker’s Compensation and Social Security SSI attorney with McCroskey Law, P.L.C. since 1987 and a former District 3 Calhoun County Commissioner. Jim serves on many non-profit boards and organizations including the NAACP, JONAH, Battle Creek Kiwanis Club, Legal Services of South Central Michigan, and is the Chair of the Calhoun County Democrats. Jim believes that every person is entitled to the same rights as the next person. 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.

 


Lynnette "Lynn" Rich

 

Lynn is 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, Black Lives Matter and Battle Creek Pride has certainly fulfilled her desire to make a difference in others’ lives. Lynn and her wife have fostered many children throughout their lives making a difference in the lives of young people. She and her wife, 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.
 


Terry Burleson

 

Terry works at the Battle Creek Community Foundation as a College Access Network Program Manager. He 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. Terry also co- administers the Legacy Scholarship while assisting in the development of college and career programming. Terry served as a long-term substitute teach in the Battle Creek Public Schools as well as a College Adviser with the Michigan College Advising Corps. A resident of Battle Creek, Terry graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Spanish; Urban and Community Studies. 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 a freshman at Kellogg Community College (KCC), is a Youth Advisor and is also involved in many other things in the Battle Creek community. They are President of the Youth Advisory Board of Battle Creek (YAB). They were the president of Lakeview's GSA their last two years of high school and also served as a student advisor on both Lakeview's SHIFT (Sexual Health Initiative For Transformation) team and Reproductive Health Advisory Board.