Helen Gallagher

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December 18, 1948 – February 6, 2009

A former Catholic nun, attorney Helen Gallagher earned her law degree from the University of Michigan.  She went on serve as president of the Michigan Organization for Human Rights in the mid-1980s and as a member of the Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission.

Lesbian Connection, May/June 2009

James P. Wiles

June 21, 1908 – March 13, 1960

Detroit resident James P. Wiles, a heterosexually married personnel manager for IBM who was arrested in a crackdown on homosexual activity on campus at the University of Michigan in late 1959 and early 1960, took his own life days before he was to be sentenced.

Mattachine Review, May 1960

Bobby Calvert

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November 28, 1942 – February 15, 1986

A onetime store manager for Kmart, Bobby Calvert and his life partner Dan Campbell operated both Todd’s Sway Lounge and the Akron Health Club on Detroit’s East Side.  Calvert also testified before city council in favor of including sexual orientation in the 1979 Omnibus Human Rights Ordinance.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 43.

Metra, February 26, 1986