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Chosen Family of Michigan is deeply saddened by the overturn of Roe v. Wade & the impact this will have on people across our country, especially in regard to private medical decisions. Although we won't debate the closely held religious beliefs of individuals, CFM looks to the science as well as the advice of medical professionals. We know these decisions are often difficult & are usually made in challenging medical circumstances, which is why the right to make these decisions with a medical expert is a right that should never be challenged.


Gender & anatomically based rights are LGBTQ+ rights, which is why every person in our community should be concerned by this decision. We are also deeply disturbed by the comments made by Justice Clarence Thomas, outlining his desire that Obergefell v. Hodges be reviewed, which puts gay marriage at risk of being overturned. CFM will be proactive in protecting this right in the State of Michigan.


We are encouraged by the injunction on the Michigan law that bans abortion, temporarily allowing for abortion procedures while the law is debated in state court. We also are encouraged by the Michigan Attorney General's refusal to prosecute doctors & patients in regard to abortion. Additionally, we are hopeful that the Reproductive Freedom ballot initiative will be put to the voters of our state this November. It's going to take funding & engaged volunteers to protect the right to make private medical decisions & to protect LGBTQ+ rights.


Please help us continue to fight by making a tax-deductible donation at chosenfamilyofmichigan.org

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Updated: Jun 24, 2022


We are ecstatic to kick-off Pride Month and announce the official launch of Chosen Family of Michigan, an organization dedicated to serving & uplifting the LGBTQ+ community through advocacy and homeless youth support services.


There are 3 main ways you can help us launch:


1. Visit our website and donate today via the "Donate Now" button. Our goal for our "Planting Seeds" fundraiser is $10,000. Every donation helps us to serve our community and fulfill our mission. Donations are tax deductible, and you will receive an automated receipt for your records


2. At the bottom of every page on our website is a place to join our monthly newsletter. Please do so and stay updated on everything Chosen Family!


3. Share our posts and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We need the support of as many people as possible and spreading this news will be incredibly helpful.


Let's get started and plant these seeds!

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Let's get to know each other.


We are Chosen Family of Michigan.


We provide advocacy and support services to the LGBTQ+ community throughout Michigan, with personnel in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.


Founded in 2022 by Rickie Kreuzer (he/him/his) and Cristina Suárez-Ross (she/her/ella), Chosen Family is excited to get to work serving our community!


Executive Directors Kreuzer and Suárez-Ross were both previously Directors at a Kalamazoo-based LGBTQ+ nonprofit. Passionate about the work and creating a workplace that fosters growth, they partnered together to start their own organization, and thus Chosen Family was born.


Director Kreuzer is degreed in Business Administration and worked in management for a Fortune 500 company before transitioning into advocacy work. He worked for several progressive political organizations, primarily working to "get out the vote" and advocate for LGBTQ+ causes. He identifies as gay, and grew up in Jenison, Michigan. He currently lives in Downtown Grand Rapids with his cat, Ember, and puppy, Snickerdoodle.


Director Suárez-Ross is Argentine American and has spent most of her life in the Kalamazoo area. She is degreed in Human Services with a focus in Youth Services and has spent most of her career working with children and providing support services, helping people get back on their feet and to grow as individuals. She is a mother to her child, Elijah, and lives with her cat and two dogs.


The LGBTQ+ community faces unique challenges, often with a lack of family acceptance and support. For generations, the LGBTQ+ community often finds their own family through friends, queer services, accepting teachers, and more. Director Kreuzer and Director Suárez-Ross have both found love and acceptance this way, and thus the name "Chosen Family of Michigan" was selected to show exactly who we are- an organization dedicated to creating a more inclusive Michigan. We hope you can find a sense of community with us.


We'd love to connect. Follow us on social media (links at bottom of webpage), use the "Get In Touch" page to email us, or Subscribe to our monthly newsletter (form is at the bottom of webpage). We look forward to getting to know you.


We are here for you. We are advocating for you. We are ready to get to work.


In Solidarity & Servitude,


Chosen Family of Michigan


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