Detroit REPRESENT! is a collective of LGBTQ youth of color from Detroit with the mission to inspire and support media organizing in order to resist erasure, transform oppression, and create authentic portrayals of their communities, their lives, and themselves. The group started in 2011 when a group of LGBTQ youth of color from all corners of the city started gathering at a nearby church every week to teach each other photography, and discuss the oppression within mainstream media. Detroit REPRESENT! uses collaborative community media production as a tool of leadership development amongst LGBTQ youth of color as they become community organizers. The media that that members and participants produce then also increases LGBTQ youth visibility and understanding in Detroit and the region. Detroit REPRESENT! has been youth-conceived and youth-led and has always been made up of the most marginalized, specifically LGBTQ youth of color.
This organization is supported through the Funding Queerly Giving Circle, which is housed at Astraea.