First Thursdays

First Thursdays is a monthly social program of OutFront Kalamazoo working to connect folks in the LGBTQ community and support local LGBTQ-friendly businesses.

Audience: All adults (LGBTQ and allies) 18+ and older are welcome to participate in our First Thursdays events.

Group information: First Thursdays primarily serves as a social gathering for the local LGBTQ community. This is a welcoming, social group for individuals from all professions. We offer monthly events at various bars or restaurants around Kalamazoo.

Meeting details: We gather on the first Thursday of each month from 6 pm to 9 pm to socialize as LGBTQ individuals. Locations are announced in advance on the OutFront Kalamazoo website and Facebook page. Usually OutFront Kalamazoo will purchase appetizers to share with the group, but attendees are responsible for purchasing their own drinks.

History of First Thursdays:  The networking group was established in 2009 by Shawn Brier. Bill Jefferson joined a few months later, and the two quickly grew the network to over 350 LGBTQ professionals in the Kalamazoo area, known then as known as the Kalamazoo LGBT Professionals Network. The name was changed to First Thursdays in November 2013 to reflect the welcoming, social aspect of the group.

Meeting Information

First Thursday of every month, 6 – 9 pm, at a different location every month.

2018 Events

  • May 3rd: University RoadHouse
  • June 7th: Bell’s Brewery
  • July 5th: Brite Eyes Brewing Co.
  • August 2nd: Latitude 42 (Oshtemo)
  • September 6th: Green Door Distillery
  • October 4th: Bilbo’s (Stadium Drive)
  • November 1st: Salut Market
  • December 6th: TBD


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