Mission Equality 2023





We are thrilled to announce our annual fundraiser, Mission Equality, will be held on November 11th at the Garden Theater (3929 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201) with a special keynote performance from comedian Sam Jay!

We hope that you will join us for an evening of celebration and community as we come together to raise funds for education, victim services, and outreach that empowers LGBTQ+ neighbors throughout the state.

Unlike past events, this year’s Mission Equality will not be a sit-down dinner. Instead, we will be highlighting recent successes, sharing future policy goals, and letting Sam entertain us all. Guests will have the opportunity to laugh and connect with other members of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as allies who share our commitment to equality and justice. Most importantly, your support of this event allows us to come together to make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ people across Michigan. Your sponsorship will help us continue to offer counseling services, housing assistance, legal aid, and much more to those who are struggling to make ends meet or facing discrimination in their daily lives. The fight for equality in Michigan is not over. There is still a need for a strong statewide organization to hold the government accountable and support those facing discrimination.

Sponsorship opportunities are available! Review the sponsorship options here.

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Stand-up comic and Emmy-nominated writer SAM JAY can currently be seen on season 2 of HBO’s Pause with Sam Jay, a weekly late-night series on which she serves as Host and Executive Producer. She can also currently be seen on the Peacock series Bust Down, which she co-created with co-stars Langston Kerman, Jak Knight, and Chris Redd. She is a two-time Emmy nominee and WGA award nominee for her writing on Saturday Night Live. In 2018, she wrote for The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards and the MTV Movie & TV Awards, and in 2020 she wrote for the BET Awards. Sam was named as one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch in 2018, and a Comedy Central Comic to Watch in 2015.

This year, Sam recorded a set as part of Netflix’s Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration, along with Margaret Cho, Sandra Bernhard, Billy Eichner, and Eddie Izzard—now streaming on Netflix. In 2020, Sam debuted her first one-hour stand up special Sam Jay: 3 in the Morning on Netflix. In 2019, Sam made her Netflix debut on The Comedy Lineup and released her album Donna’s Daughter through Comedy Central Records. In 2017, Sam was a standout of the Just For Laughs: New Faces showcase; made her late night debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!; and released her Comedy Central Presents half hour to rave reviews. Sam has performed internationally at comedy clubs and festivals including the Vodafone Dublin Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot Festival, 208 Comedy Festival, New York Comedy Festival, Portland’s Bridgetown Festival, The Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival, Boston’s Women In Comedy Festival, among others.

Sam can next be seen opposite Jonah Hill, Eddie Murphy, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the Kenya Barris-directed feature film, You People, on Netflix. Sam’s TV credits include her hosting role on Ricking Morty, the Rick and Morty post-show on Adult Swim. Additional TV credits include The Eric Andre Show; HBO Max’s That Damn Michael Che; MTV’s SafeWord; a recurring role on TV Land’s Nobodies; Starz’s Take My Wife, Comedy Central’s White Flight, Crank Yankers, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, and Broad City; and Viceland’s Party Legends and Flophouse.



Presenting Sponsor


Ambassador’s Club




Equality Leaders



Dr. Noel & Debbie Jackson

Capitol Fundraising Associates


Nov 11 2023


6:00 PM - 10:00 PM



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Garden Theater
3929 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
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