Following the assault on a gay teen in the city of Muskegon Heights members of a Muskegon support group promise to work even harder to offer a safe environment for LGBTQ community members.
The HumUnity Center opened just over one year ago inside Our Savior's Lutheran Church 1132 W. Southern Ave. in Muskegon.
The group offers an open support group every Tuesday 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
HumUnity Center staff say the attack in Muskegon Heights is a reminder the LGBTQ community needs a safe place to gather and support one another.
"Being accepted is huge, said Anne Herrick, HumUnity Center Director. "All of our different groups they interact with each other so the peer support has been great."
The center has a licensed counselor, and organizes a number of community events each month around the Muskegon area.
"It gives you a place to go if you are feeling down or just need someone to talk to because you can't be yourself with anybody else," said Jeff Gowing.
Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson charged two teenage girls related to the videotaped beating of the gay teenager. Police learned the identity of the two girls last week. Their voices can be heard on the video. Both girls are charged with unarmed robbery and unlawful posting of a message.
The attack happened near Edgewood School on Nov. 4, 2017.
Detectives believe the 17-year-old victim in the beating was lured to the area by 18-year-old Trevon Godbolt. He was arrested last week, following a tip to police.
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