The National Friendship Movement (NFM), an organization featuring single, partnered, civil union and married LGBT couples is planning for its 38th annual reunion in Detroit, Michigan. Although NFM encompasses diverse demographics, enjoys varied recreational pursuits and disposable income driven activities much like the community at large, we are also a compassionate, caring stable group responding to the growing need for role models, mentors, and friends in our communities around the country.  The 2019 reunion in Detroit will be one of the most exciting in that it unites his in the history of our ancestors.




Time Event Location Special Notes
9AM - 12pm Early Bird Registration Hotel Lobby



FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019

Time Event Location Special Notes
7am – 8:00am Friendship Fitness Esquire Room Let's get our work-out in!!
9am – 11am Registration Hotel Lobby/Venetian Foyer
11am – 2pm Black Historic Tour Detroit Scenic Tour $25.00 Additional Fee
2pm – 5pm Free Time Enjoy the site of Detroit On your own
6pm – 7pm Cocktail Hour Italian Gardens (4th FL) Come have a drink with friends before dinner
7pm – 11pm Dinner/Dance Venetian  Ballroom (4th FL) "Old School" - House Party!!
11:00pm – 1:00am Friendship “Night-Cap Italian Gardens (4th FL) On for the road!



Time Event Location Special Notes
7am – 8am Friendship Fitness Esquire Room Let’s Try YOGA
9am – 11am Late Registration Hotel Lobby/Venetian Foyer 4th FL
10am – 12am Coordinator’s Meeting Founders AB (3rd FL) Club Members Only
12pm – 5pm Free – Time City of Detroit/Museum See what Detroit has to offer
1pm – 5pm Conference Series Crystal/Venetian Facilitated workshops for and about "US"
6:00pm – 7:00pm Cocktail Hour Italian Gardens (4th FL) Come have a drink with Friends
7:00pm – 11:00pm Dinner/Dance Embassy Ballroom Friendship "POSE" - Let the BALL begin
11:00pm – 1:00am Friendship "Night-Cap" Italian Gardens (4th FL) One for the Road


SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2019

Time Event Location Special Notes
7am – 8am Friendship Fitness Esquire Room Let's pump it! (Aerobics)
9:30a – 10:30a Friendship Resurrection Service Founders AB- 3rd Fl Come have “Church”
2p – 3p 2019 Kick-off Esquire Room Come here plans for 2019 in PHILADELPHIA
6pm – 7pm Cocktail Hour Italian Gardens (4th Fl) One for the Road
 7pm – 11pm  Formal Dinner/Dance Venetian Ballroom "Gold Record" Extravaganza
11:00pm – 1:00am Friendship “Night-Cap” Italian Gardens (4th Fl) One for the Road!


Our host hotel in Detroit is as follows:
Westin Book Cadillac Hotel
1114 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
Group Code: NFM

The National Friendship Movement has negotiated a special rate of $139.00 plus tax. A block of rooms has been reserved for April 18,2019 through April 22, 2019. The group rate is available until March 20, 2019. Subject to availability.


About the National Friendship Movement

The Friendship Movement started at origin at a cocktail party, hosted by Euril Wilson and Lee Suitt, on Easter Sunday, April 19, 1981. From that time forward the NFM was formed, focusing on friendship, social responsibility, and committed parties. From our list of sponsors to the number of committed partners that have been together for decades, we are in overjoyed about recent national rulings affecting same sex marriage and look to its impact in creating well-adjusted confident adults who enjoy all facets of life equally.

In recent years, we have expanded our influence by selecting and supporting a local LGBT-friendly organization in the city where the reunion is being held. We also hold workshops on topics of interest.

  • Aging gracefully
  • Financial Literacy
  • Healthy Relationship
  • Health & Wellness (Fitness)
  • Estate Planning
  • Home Ownership
  • Raising Children

About Us

  • 25% are women; 75% men
  • 73% own a home
  • 95% are African American
  • 82% are single
  • 18% in a combination of:  Life Partners, Civil Unions and/or married couples
  • 71% travel extensively for personal pleasure; 
  • 25% travel for business assignments
  • 50% of our members enjoy alcoholic beverages weekly
  • 53% watch Sports
  • 96% attend sports events

Where We've Been

Reunion Location Year
1 San Francisco, CA 1981
2 San Juan, Puerto Rico 1982
3 Chicago, IL 1983
4 New York, NY 1984
5 San Francisco, CA 1985
6 San Juan, Puerto Rico 1986
7 Cleveland, OH 1987
8 Washington, DC 1988
9 New York, NY 1989
10 Los Angeles, CA 1990
11 Chicago, IL 1991
12 Detroit, MI 1992
13 Philadelphia, PA 1993
14 San Francisco, CA 1994
15 Cleveland, OH 1995
16 Washington, DC 1996
17 New York, NY 1997
18 Atlanta, GA 1998
19 Los Angeles, CA 1999
20 Chicago, IL 2000
21 Ocho Rios, Jamaica 2002
22 New Orleans, LA 2003
23 Las Vegas, NV 2004
24 Ocho Rios, Jamaica 2005
25 Chicago, IL 2006
26 Houston, TX 2007
27 Montreal, Canada 2008
28 St. Louis, MO 2009
29 New Orleans, LA 2010
30 Atlanta, GA 2011
31 San Diego, CA 2012
32 Atlanta, GA 2013
33 Washington, DC 2014
34 Orlando, FL 2015
35 Las Vegas, NV 2016
36 Carnival Cruise, Triumph (Mexico) 2017
37 Charleston, South Carolina 2018


National Officers:

Coordinator: Alan-Michael Graves


Anthony Collins

Bradley Johnson

Secretary: Jamila Sudduth
Parliamentarian: Dale Pringle
Treasurers: Emma Willis & Darryl Moore

Board of Coordinators:

Los Angeles: Wayne Chambers
Ellis Gratts
San Francisco: Brad Johnson
Bruce Cleveland
Philadelphia: Tyrone Taylor
Clifford Fitzgerald
Mid-West: Marshall Douglas                                                                                                        Jamila Sudduth
Washington DC: Tony Collins
Tommy Wiggins