Prism GR

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About Prism GR

Prism GR is an Employee Resource Group formed to advocate for employees with minority gender, sexual and romantic identities. These include but are not limited to: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, poly-amorous, non-binary, gender non-conforming and two-spirit (LGBTQIA+) staff members.

This group meets every third Thursday in room 527 of City Hall from 10:00-11:00am to discuss a variety of matters of impact to the City's LGBTQIA+ employees. These topics include resource identification, benefit and representation equality, training and human resources opportunities, accessibility and community-building.

All employees are welcome to attend Prism GR meetings!

Prism GR Mission Statement

The mission of the Prism GR Employee Resource Group is to promote an inclusive community for employees with minority gender, sexual, and romantic identities, including but not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, polyamorous, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and two-spirit (LGBTQIA+) staff members.

Prism GR will:

  • Serve as a visible, accessible resource for LGBTQIA+ employees and their allies
  • Promote educational and training opportunities for employees to create awareness and respect for LGBTQIA+ employees and community members
  • Advance equality in employee benefits such as healthcare benefits for transgender employees and same-sex parents
  • Advocate for accessible buildings and facilities that respond to the unique needs of LGBTQIA+ employees and community members
  • Represent LGBTQIA+ employees to various City Boards & Authorities
  • Support the City of Grand Rapids' efforts to diversify staff and work to recruit and retain LGBTQIA+ employees
  • Provide LGBTQIA+ focused networking and social opportunities for City of Grand Rapids employees

Prism GR recognizes that sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression work through and are influenced by race/ethnicity, gender, culture, age, ability status, class, faith, and other social characteristics. Prism GR will take an intersectional approach, understanding that fighting one form of oppression means fighting all forms of oppression and that equality and respect for LGBTQIA+ people cannot be achieved without equality and respect for all people. The Prism GR Employee Resource Group is open to all City of Grand Rapids staff.

Pronoun Guide

The Prism GR Pronoun Guide offers examples of respectful pronoun usage in the workplace. The guide is perfect for posting at a desk, in a break room, or sharing digitally with co-workers.

Download Guide(PDF, 170KB)

Regular Meetings


Every Third Thursday


City Hall
Conference Room 527


10:00 am - 11:00 am.


LGBTQIA+ Health and Wellness Lunch and Learn


Thursday, November 18, 2021


City Commission Chambers, City Hall


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.


Join Prism GR  to learn more about the unique health and wellness challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community and to discover ways we can all support more equitable health and wellness practices. This event will be delivered in a hybrid format with the option to attend in person in Commission Chambers or via Microsoft Teams; no pre-registration necessary.  As an added bonus, participation in this event will count as 1 wellness credit toward the Health and Wellness Incentive. The event will be recorded for those who cannot attend live and still want to participate.




Coming soon!