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||Michigan's first out gay man dies at 91
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Jim Toythe person widely considered to be Michigan's first openly gay man and one of its most prominent LGBTQ activistspassed away at age 91, MLive.com reported.
Toy died on New Year's Day, said Washtenaw County Commissioner Jason Morgan on social media.
Many LGBTQ+-rights activists believe Toy to be the first publicly out man in Michigan, having come out at a rally in Detroit in 1970. Toy told MLive/The Ann Arbor News in 2015 his coming out was an accident, though he was representing the Detroit Gay Liberation Front at the rally as a founding member. Other work in Ann Arbor included co-founding the Ann Arbor Gay Hotline in 1972, writing the city's "Lesbian-Gay Pride Week Proclamation" the same year and formulating the city's non-discrimination policy on sexual orientation.
A clinical social worker by training, he graduated with his master's degree from the University of Michigan. He accomplished much of his work at the Ann Arbor-based university, serving as the diversity coordinator in the former Office of Institutional Equity until 2008.
The full article is at www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2022/01/michigans-first-openly-gay-man-prominent-ann-arbor-lgbtq-activist-dies-at-91.html .
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