NEXTGen Detroit Launches ‘Pride’ Initiative

New Detroit group aims to “serve as a welcoming gateway into the Jewish community for LGBTQA young adults looking for connections and a supportive atmosphere to explore everything Jewish Detroit has to offer.”

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One year ago, Sam Dubin, 24, of West Bloomfield took a brave step and a leap of faith. He shared the deeply personal news that he is gay with family members and his closest friends. Dubin, an active member of the Jewish community and director of sales and marketing for his family’s dry cleaning and laundry business, says the news came as a surprise to some, but the overwhelming response he received was love, support and encouragement.

That is not always the case for members of the LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, ally) community. “Ally” refers to someone who is straight or heterosexual who supports equal civil rights and LGBT social movements.

“I had a very supportive coming-out experience,” Dubin says. “As the Jewish community, we can provide a loving atmosphere whether a person’s immediate family does or not.”

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