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Out On The Lakeshore's first ever fundraising campaign has officially launched! Check out the post below for more detail...
10/30/2020

Out On The Lakeshore's first ever fundraising campaign has officially launched! Check out the post below for more details!
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We're thrilled to launch our first ever Out On The Lakeshore Community Campaign. We so appreciate all the support we've seen since Out On The Lakeshore first opened just a few years ago and hope you'll consider supporting us this fall. All donations received will help us to continue providing programming, services, events, and education to the LGBTQ+ community, allies, and the community as a whole throughout 2021.
To donate online, visit www.outonthelakeshore.org/community.

Holland Pride
08/17/2020

Holland Pride

Join us and SHOW YOUR SUPPORT, Holland!
08/13/2020

Join us and SHOW YOUR SUPPORT, Holland!

After far too long, Holland is ready! Join us at City Hall on Wednesday, August 19 as the City Council holds its final vote on the proposed Non-Discrimination Ordinance. The City Council meeting will start at 6:30pm, and supporters are encouraged to arrive closer to 5pm. A limited number of people will be allowed inside, so bring your camping chairs and join other supporters in the parking lot. The meeting will be streamed live on the City of Holland Youtube Page for all to watch on their phones or tablets.

Thank you to all that joined us for our Open House! While we couldn't host our celebration in the park this year, this e...
06/27/2020

Thank you to all that joined us for our Open House! While we couldn't host our celebration in the park this year, this event was a great alternative, and we couldn't be more thankful for the support we received! If you joined us, make sure to share your photo from the Herman Miller Photo Booth!

And we couldn't do this without our amazing sponsors and other supporters:

Premiere Rainbow Sponsor: Herman Miller Cares

Orange Level Sponsors:
Orangetheory Fitness Holland (Also our Run with PRIDE Virtual 5k Finish Line Sponsor)
Holland Human Relations Commission (Also the Open House Welcome Sponsor)

Our Food Vendors, each also making generous donations to Out On The Lakeshore:
Saunders Family Bakery
Red Rivet Hot Dogs & Catering

And we can't forget DJ Mark Witz for bringing the music to the party!

Thank you to all that joined us for our Open House! While we couldn't host our celebration in the park this year, this event was a great alternative, and we couldn't be more thankful for the support we received! If you joined us, make sure to share your photo from the Herman Miller Photo Booth!

Photos from Holland Pride's post
06/27/2020

Photos from Holland Pride's post

Stop by Out On The Lakeshore from now until 3pm for our open house! Food, Music, baked good from Saunders Family Bakery,...
06/27/2020

Stop by Out On The Lakeshore from now until 3pm for our open house! Food, Music, baked good from Saunders Family Bakery, Orange Theory Fitness, the Herman Miller Photo Booth, and more!

Kat and her friend Wrigley both finished their Run with PRIDE Virtual 5k! Have you? Post those photos with #runwithpride...
06/26/2020

Kat and her friend Wrigley both finished their Run with PRIDE Virtual 5k! Have you? Post those photos with #runwithpride5K

Have you participated in the Run with PRIDE Virtual 5k yet?#RunwithPRIDE5k
06/26/2020

Have you participated in the Run with PRIDE Virtual 5k yet?
#RunwithPRIDE5k

OOTL supporter, Sara, participated in the Run with PRIDE Virtual 5k today! You can too anytime today or tomorrow! Check out the event page for all the details! #runwithPRIDE5k

Out On The Lakeshore is joining Community Action House and New Holland Brewing Pub on 8th for a virtual Happy Hour today...
06/25/2020

Out On The Lakeshore is joining Community Action House and New Holland Brewing Pub on 8th for a virtual Happy Hour today at 5pm! Come check it out and learn all that each organization has going on and how you can get involved!

#CommunityPartners #Pride #HappyHour

Join us tonight at 5pm on our New Holland Brewing Pub on 8th page for a livestream happy hour with our community partners: Community Action House and Out On The Lakeshore to have a drink and discuss opportunities to support them this summer!

If you live or work in Holland and haven't already, please show your PRIDE by signing our letter of support!
06/23/2020
Out On The Lakeshore

If you live or work in Holland and haven't already, please show your PRIDE by signing our letter of support!

Do you live or work in Holland? If so, have you signed in support of LGBTQ+ housing protections and employment protections for ALL individuals regardless of religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status? If not, there's still time to show your support!

Stay tuned for other ways you can get involved and show support, coming very soon!

06/18/2020
Run with PRIDE Virtual 5K

Join Holland Pride and Out On The Lakeshore in bringing pride into the community with the Run with PRIDE 5K, taking place June 21-27. Visit hollandpride.org for more information and to sign up. Make sure to dress for the occasion with your pride gear, take selfies, and post them with #RunwithPride5K

06/18/2020

Join Holland Pride and Out On The Lakeshore in bringing pride into the community with the Run with PRIDE 5K, taking place June 21-27. Visit hollandpride.org for more information and to sign up. Make sure to dress for the occasion with your pride gear, take selfies, and post them with #RunwithPride5K

While there are many reasons for Pride Month, this is one of the big ones. There’s still so much more work to do.
06/13/2020
Transgender Health Protections Reversed By Trump Administration

While there are many reasons for Pride Month, this is one of the big ones. There’s still so much more work to do.

Trump has reversed Obama-era protections that prohibit discrimination in health care based on gender identity. Critics warn the rule could harm a vulnerable group — LGBTQ people — during a pandemic.

Want to know what’s going on with Holland Pride this year? Check out what Out On The Lakeshore Director, Jeff Sorensen, ...
06/09/2020
Holland Pride Reimagined - Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

Want to know what’s going on with Holland Pride this year? Check out what Out On The Lakeshore Director, Jeff Sorensen, has to say in the Grand Rapids Chamber Member Spotlight!

Out On The Lakeshore has been the host of the Holland PRIDE Celebration since opening our doors in 2016. In fact, the celebration’s growth is in-part what prompted local LGBTQ+ […]

Happening now! Free Mom Hugs- Michigan's Michigan Virtual Pride 2020! Check it out!
06/06/2020
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Happening now! Free Mom Hugs- Michigan's Michigan Virtual Pride 2020! Check it out!

Saunders Family Bakery
06/05/2020

Saunders Family Bakery

This month is Pride Month and we will be partnering with Out On The Lakeshore for some fundraising opportunities. This weekend we are offering our rainbow cupcakes in standard, gluten-free, gluten-free vegan or vegan with a portion of the proceeds supporting them. We these will be available for order at square.com/store/saunders-family-bakery

Our Brewing Company
06/05/2020

Our Brewing Company

Happy Pride Month!

We're offering a special Pride beer for $1 off in the month of June sponsored by Out On The Lakeshore! Know that every time you order the PRIDE Pilsner (to-go or soon, in house!), it is supporting our LGBTQ+ community here in Holland! ❤️

Out On The Lakeshore
06/01/2020

Out On The Lakeshore

Out On The Lakeshore's Adult Game Night is a great opportunity to meet others in a safe, care-free environment. Join OOT...
05/21/2020
Adult Game Night (Virtual)

Out On The Lakeshore's Adult Game Night is a great opportunity to meet others in a safe, care-free environment. Join OOTL virtually tonight by signing up through the Eventbrite link!

Join us for our monthly Game Night for Adults!

Holland Pride's cover photo
05/14/2020

Holland Pride's cover photo

Out On The Lakeshore’s Middle School Night is tonight! All LGBTQ+ middle schoolers and allies are welcome to join us for...
05/12/2020
Middle School Night: Virtual Game Night

Out On The Lakeshore’s Middle School Night is tonight! All LGBTQ+ middle schoolers and allies are welcome to join us for some fun virtual games!

Middle Schoolers! Out On The Lakeshore hosts a Middle School night the second Tuesday of each month with varying activities each month.

04/30/2020
Out On The Lakeshore

Join us, Out On The Lakeshore, PFLAG Holland/Lakeshore, and Gender SAFE as we talk about we're all doing to continue to serve the LGBTQ+ community along the Lakeshore!

We're going live to talk about Out On The Lakeshore's programs, Holland PRIDE, and talk to special guests from PFLAG Holland/Lakeshore and GenderSAFE. Email us your questions at [email protected] or tune in Friday at 3:30pm and put your questions in the comments.

While out of school, our middle schoolers aren't getting the social interaction that is so important for youth. That's w...
04/14/2020

While out of school, our middle schoolers aren't getting the social interaction that is so important for youth. That's why Out On The Lakeshore has a Virtual Game Night for Middle Schoolers tonight! Sign up for free with the link below!

Middle Schoolers: Join us tonight for a virtual Game Night, playing Jackbox! Sign up now and get the link to join us at Outonthelakeshore.eventbrite.com!

Out On The Lakeshore
04/07/2020

Out On The Lakeshore

We're still here to serve West Michigan's LGBTQ+. The Community Center is currently closed, but we are available for you! If you need any resources, please don't hesitate to call us at 616.994.8090, email us at [email protected] or send us a message here.

And don't forget to check out our Virtual programming!

Hope Church
03/29/2020

Hope Church

Out On The Lakeshore
03/16/2020
Out On The Lakeshore

Out On The Lakeshore

To our OOTL Friends and Family,

Due to the coronavirus, guidelines set forth by various government entities, and for the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and those we serve, Out On The Lakeshore's community center is closed for all functions. This includes ALL programming, Open Hours, and other use of the space.

Should you need any resources from OOTL, please know that we are still available, via the contact information below and remain committed to serving the LGBTQ+ community to the best of our ability during this time. We will respond as soon as possible to any inquiries.

We encourage you to follow our page and our email newsletter for up-to-date information on this closure.

Stay Safe,
Out On The Lakeshore Board and OOTL Director, Jeffrey Sorensen

Phone: 616.994.8090
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.outonthelakeshore.org

03/05/2020
Out On The Lakeshore

Out On The Lakeshore

We're looking to expand programming and need your input! Would you attend a 1 hour LGBTQ+ friendly yoga at OOTL Tuesday mornings at 10am?
Feel free to comment other suggestions too!

Enter for your chance to win free tickets to Drag Brunch- Sunday, February 16th- Holland Civic Center! Tag who you'd bri...
02/11/2020

Enter for your chance to win free tickets to Drag Brunch- Sunday, February 16th- Holland Civic Center! Tag who you'd bring in a comment on Out On The Lakeshore's post to enter!

Do you want to attend the Drag Brunch- Sunday, February 16th- Holland Civic Center for FREE? Through OOTL's partnership with Michigan Drag Brunch by DT Promotions and the Holland Civic Center, we have a set of tickets to give away to each of Sunday's shows!

To enter, just tag who you'll take with you in the comments, and we'll announce our random winners Thursday at noon!

02/06/2020

We've got your Valentine's Day plans taken care of! Join us at our Next PRIDE Night at Guardian Brewing Company!

Holland Pride's cover photo
01/21/2020

Holland Pride's cover photo

Join us at City Hall on Wednesday, December 18th, 6:30pm as a request is made to Council to consider a change in Holland...
12/13/2019

Join us at City Hall on Wednesday, December 18th, 6:30pm as a request is made to Council to consider a change in Holland's non-discrimination ordinance. Community members will stand to ask that the ordinance include sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and that employment protections be added (to what are currently only housing protections) for the various groups listed. It's been almost 9 years since the Holland's City Council voted "No" on drafting such a change.

And now it's time, Holland! This will be the first step with hopes for a formal vote on an amended ordinance this spring. We need numbers on Wednesday to show leaders that HOLLAND IS READY!!! Seriously, let's pack the house! Wear your Out On The Lakeshore shirts, your Holland Pride gear, your Holland Is Ready tees, your rainbows! Help a new day begin for Holland's LGBTQ families.

Then join us at our PRIDE Night at New Holland immediately following the Council meeting!

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Hello Holland Pride! Come join HOSA for a lecture and discussion on Christian privilege and religious bigotry at Herrick Library this Tuesday, October 29th, at 6:30PM.
A wonderful income opportunity opened in Holland October 16th, 2019. This is a great opportunity for the gay and lesbian community. Scentsy launched its business in Holland and I am an independent consultant, I am gay, and my partner and I live in Illinois. I am so very excited to introduce this income opportunity to Holland because Scentsy is so much more than an income, message me for details.
Join us at Out On The Lakeshore for our May 20 potluck, 5:45-7:30 pm. Bring a veggie dish with recipe. Chef Justen is our special guest. https://www.facebook.com/events/802582836784144/
Check out these gorgeous 🌈 cupcakes at Saunders Family Bakery.
Saw this car in North Holland. You may know this dad🥰 Added the 🌈 on the plate. Great to see such support. #pflag #peace #hollandpride
Call out to “women” voices in West Michigan! Join us for rehearsal tomorrow and Holland Pride event 6/23. PERSISTERS! I have definite information about our PRIDE gig on 6/23. We will be singing from 12:15-12:45 onstage (*woo*) in Centennial Park. So I propose meeting at Hope Church at 11:30 am to rehearse, and walking over to the park at noon. PLEASE COME so that we make a good splash! We rehearse this Thursday (6/14) at Hope Church at 7:15 pm. Hope to see a big crowd!
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You will feel his every word, sit next to him as he takes you down roads in life well traveled and yet to be traveled, but at every turn you will find and feel his emotions, learn his lessons, capture his hope. He feels, he believes, he forgives, he hurts, he conquers and his every word is a testimony to anything is possible, the possibilities are endless and hope is eternal. He is a man of many words, he is a man of few words, he is a man who has opened his heart and soul so that we can all listen, learn and conquer the toughest challenges that life may give us. He is the word and that word is the hope that Johnny Cash Eaton is for us all as we face life's problems and conquer and succeed as he has. Best Regards, Bob G. It would be an honor and a privilege to give you an insight of my thoughts and inspirations, about the author of the book titled " The Gains of His Pain ". When I first began reading of Mr. Johnny Cash Eaton's Literary Works, I knew this young writer was gifted and talented. I felt the pain behind his every word. Words of love, words of heartbreak and words of hardships, I remember his telling of his memories of the abuses that he has endured in his life. I also felt of his power and his wanting so desperately to escape of a past that has haunted him for much too long, strong he has remained and always true to those who need him. A man who gives his all, in the hopes of making it through just one more day. I am a better person in knowing Mr. Johnny Cash Eaton... Mr. Johnny Cash Eaton has shown all of mankind that it's love, kindness, devotion and a strong will to survive, which will move mountains, but all will also point our hearts in the right direction. In the short time of knowing Mr. Johnny Cash Eaton, he has made more of difference in my life than many others, which I have known an entire lifetime. 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He always asks how my family and I are doing and always wishes all of us well in closings. During our sharing, I've been honored to not only read about his life in daily postings, but also to be included in one or two. To be immortalized in one's writings is an honor and a privilege. I've only known this guy for a short time, but I've grown to feel as if I've known him all my life. I hope that life blesses him with a much happier life from this point forward and one full of great success. To know Johnny is to love him. He's true blue and someone I can call a friend. Lance M. Johnny, As a friend and reader, I am happy to give my opinion of your works... First, as a friend I find that in reading your writings it gave me the feeling, I was looking into your heart... They also gave me the feeling I was looking at the world through your eyes, a world that is not always kind with blue skies and sunshine that there are clouds and rain in life, but with love and caring the clouds will lift and the rain will end... To know that there are others who have lived through a life that was much like my own, gave me comfort in knowing I'm not alone... Having had the chance and honor of getting to know Johnny Cash Eaton on a personal level as a pen-pal and as a very dear friend and love, I feel as though his writings had even more of an impact on me and seemed to tell of how I felt and as though John had told of what was in my heart and on my mind... To summarize John's writings, I would have to say they have all touched my heart, they have made me laugh, cry and have lifted my spirit to new levels. I have felt and seen his pain, his happiness and more than anything his love for his friends and especially his daughter... I have felt his love on a higher level than I have ever felt from anyone else in my life... In closing Johnny, I want to thank you for being my friend, pen pal and most of all My True Love... Thank You for all the sharing from your heart and of your writings that come from your heart. God Bless & The Best of Luck With All That You Do... Your Friend, Curtis E. Holliday We Are Proud To Announce Book Titles... By The Author: Johnny Cash Eaton... The Gains Of His Pain... The End... A New Beginning... Finding All... In The Name Of Love... The Story Of Johnny Cash Eaton... We Are Family...A Second Chance... The Busha Family...The Love Of Family... The author of these book titles is pleased to announce that ordering his books have never been easier simply call AuthorHouse Book Dept. Toll Free... Call: 1-888-280-7715 I write of his favorite phrase, yes, these are his words "Simply Me" Yet, Johnny Cash Eaton is anything but simple. I have come to know this man as one of the most complex men that I've ever known. He has led an extremely complicated and tragic life, one that I have come to relate very much with. His simplicity, I've come to find is through his words, experiences and truth. I've never come across someone that I have so little reservations with, so quickly. He has an amazing way of relating to others that very few others can. It is with this gift that I have come to find him extremely easy to open up to. Most people in this world are out, just for themselves, with Johnny Cash Eaton, I have come to find this is not true. He opens himself in ways few others are capable of and helps others release their inner demons. In doing so, personally he has helped me to see things which I have always chosen to remain blind to, too painful to face the truth. Through Johnny's sharing his own trials and tribulations, I have found the strength to share and deal with some of my own. I will always remember this gift he has given to me and from this strive to share this wisdom he has given me with others. Simply me, has shown me how much easier the passion, poison, pain and pleasure in life can truly be to live through. As long as one leads a life with a completely open mind, heart and soul. Not punishing oneself with this but learning from it all. Thank You Johnny Cash Eaton, "Simply You" for just that, simplicity! Love & Respect, Michael Ray Monson Madrid Before the Books... I met Johnny Cash Eaton one summer a few years ago in a pen pal web site. I was just out looking for a friend or at least someone friendly and that was Johnny. We started sending e-mails back and forth and I learned of his poetic side. As poems would come in, I found myself analyzing the author. Who is he? Why does he write about these things? A story began to unfold. Johnny has impressed me with his honesty. He truly has dug deep into most painful parts of his past and present, looking for relief. It hasn't been an easy process, I know. There have been nights when we stayed up until early morning hours chatting, consulting, sharing, crying. Life has not been pretty, but Johnny despite the odds being stacked against him, has survived thanks to his faith in God, the faith of a few people around him and, to a certain extent, his own stubbornness. That stubbornness has been a blessing in disguise. Johnny shared from his heart, seeking relief from his own sufferings, but discovered that others too found relief through the reading of these poems. First came the web site, then being published in collections of writings, and later a vision, a plan to actually publish his own book. First it was to be one book to be done his way his book. But as time unfolded, along came the sequel. And now we see book three ready to hit the press. Was this the original plan? I doubt it. But response has shown that there are people out there being helped and blessed through Johnny Cash Eaton's writings. How can he stop? He calls himself the little guy but his heart is big! David P Reagle Giving His All... Review By: Julie R. Wachter Johnny, As you know, I recently purchased several of your books. Getting your books was a matter of choice. I had chosen to get to know this author who has moved me so with his writings of life. The amazing part of getting your books is that many never personally get to know the author, only of what they read. I, on the other hand, have been blessed. Though we have never met in person, I have had the pleasure of e-mails and personal phone calls from you. We have shared our lives with one another through the phone calls and the e-mails. I am still amazed to this very day, I ask, why me? Then I need only remember your words, Why not you? I need only believe in myself, words that I know are true. No one else matters right now, it's all about me, I need only depend on one. That is what you tell me. Silent for far too long. That is also what you told me. You had so much to tell but knew not of how. Your silence had to be broken somehow. The right set of ears to hear and the strength to let the tears flow, steps that you took slowly, steps that would only help you to grow. Today, you are no longer silent and today you are living-proof, we can take our lives back. Amazingly enough taking and using our pain for our gains, you say is the key to taking our lives back. Johnny, the more I get to know you, I have not a doubt that you know what you are talking about and writing about. Johnny, your books, done your way; you would not have them done any other way. Your words in print, your unique style, poetry to tell of your story, a release, a voice, a choice, the breaking of your silence and your taking your stand against violence and yet with every word you are giving back, you say that your books were your way of taking control and taking your life back. Books to help you, in the end, books making all the difference to your readers. Johnny, I am as you know taking steps to taking my life back and with every step I take, I know all is worth it, after all my friend, I know now that I am worth it. Thank You Johnny. Awareness and the ability to take one's life back, he writes of life and captures the hearts of his readers. The book titled ( The Story of Johnny Cash Eaton Moments Remembered His Story As Told To Me) is a book that I am reading and in reading, I just now read your excerpt on Aids This was so superbly well written that in my opinion it should be a national commercial on television and radio as well as whatever else is out there for getting awareness out to the public. I have never before seen it put this way, so straightforward and mesmerizing. Never before have I thought of Aids in this way. Seriously, this writing of yours should be in text books in schools and everywhere else possible for the public to view. Well done my friend. Today... Today the pain is just a reminder of how far I have come... Today the pain is a focus of the man, I have become... Today the hurt is less... Today the hurt is my success... Today the booze is out of my life... Today the booze is not what has me making the news... Today the abuse is what helped me to choose... Today the abuse is giving me the power, I will not lose... Today the tears are not looked upon as being weak... Today the tears are still flowing as I speak... Today the fears are fewer than yesterday... Today the fears are being faced rather than running away... Today the shame is gone... Today the shame is not being passed on... Today the failing will not break me... Today the failing will only teach me... Today the gains are so much more... Today the gains are helping me to soar... Today... Today... Johnny Cash Eaton All Rights Reserved By: C.P.D.C. Copyright ©2007 Johnny Cash Eaton