project leader
David N
910 Merrill Plaisance St, Detroit, MI 48203
(Palmer Park)
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2016 HTJ Host

the project

Hotter Than July, founded in 1995, is a week long of community events organized by Southeast Michigan LGBTQ and allies.  Hotter Than July enriches the quality of life for all lesbian, gay, bi and transgender persons, youth and family. Highlights of Hotter Than July include The Candlelight Vigil, Annual Gathering for LGBT Issues, Palmer Park Picnic, Sunday Worship Service and the Sunday Brunch.

For 21 years Hotter Than July-Palmer Park Picnic has been a beacon for bringing diverse communities together. We have done this through education, music, love and the freedom to express. The Picnic increases visibility and encourages health and wellness, empowerment and identity. Lastly, Hotter Than July-Palmer Park Picnic provides an opportunity to collaborate on issues, develop strong partnerships, and ensure longevity.

Hotter Than July Goals are:

  • Highlighting established coalitions of progressive organizations and businesses dedicated to improving the quality of life for Michigan residents. 
  • Encouraging community-based groups, businesses, grass-roots institutions and individuals to use Hotter Than July as a tool to strengthen financial, marketing/promotional and programmatic needs. Also, 
  • Advocate and promote for the wellness and empowerment of LGBT communities of color.

the steps

Once Hotter Than July-Palmer Park Picnic receives the funds we will contract rental sound equipment for live entertainment. 


We will also locate and hire 2 local event host(ess) and 2 local DJ’s. 

why we're doing it

Before Hotter Than July existed there were not many spaces for the black LGBT community of Detroit to express themselves outside of a club. Once the founders of Hotter Than July formed this unique week long of events, Palmer Park Picnic became the flagship program for this week. 21 years later, we have been intentionally keeping the community involved in planning, bringing the resources needed for a better quality of life, and surrounding this event with love, respect, and fun.


Disbursed Budget:

Host $75.00
Host $75.00
DJ $300.00
Vending Fee $340.00
Tent Inspection  $30.00
Volunteer Mixer $75.00
Sound $328.00
Big Top Rentals $328.00
TOTAL $1,792.23

RAISED = $1,881.00
 less ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $53.77

Original Budget:

$2400 for the sound- SR Audio

$300 for tent/site inspection- City of Detroit

$75 for host- Community Member

$75 for host- Community Member

$75 for DJ- Community Member

$75 for DJ- Community Member

Total $3000

SUBTOTAL = $3,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $90



2016 HTJ Host

MC Tre and Rahjn Star-Studded King will be hold down the stage for Palmer PArk Picnic.







Get Ready to Dance!

DJ Romeo Milliown will be on the 1's and 2's. 


DJ Romeo Milliown




This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Marvin Lee
  • Kevin Heard
  • Kris B.
  • Clarence Peeples
  • Marvin Lee
  • David Jr.
  • Mr. Darius C. Baty on the behalf of Kappa Psi Kappa Alpha Zeta Chapter
  • Gangsta
  • Anonymous
  • Patrick D.
  • Imara Rhiannon