Heather MacAllister

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February 25, 1968 – February 13, 2007

Heather MacAllister was a staffer for the Triangle Foundation in the 1990s.  She later moved to San Francisco where she founded Big Burlesque, the original Fat Bottom Revue.  Suffering from ovarian cancer, she died by assisted suicide at age 38.

Bay Area Reporter, February 22, 2007

Between The Lines, February 22, 2007

Lesbian Connection, May/June 2007

 

David Krumroy

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June 30, 1949 -January 18, 1989

His 1975 arrest in an undercover police crackdown on homosexual activity in Hines Park prompted David Krumroy to help form the Association of Suburban People.  Krumroy went on to edit Metro Gay News and co-found the Motor City Business Forum.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 39.

Chicago Tribune, January 27, 1989

Cruise, February 1, 1989

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 Dressel

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October 14, 1943 – March 27, 1992

James Dressel flew combat missions for the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War before being elected from Holland to the Michigan Legislature, a seat he lost due to sponsoring a bill to include sexual orientation under the state’s civil rights protections.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 48.

Michigan Tribune, April 1992

A Different Angle: Jim Dressel

James K. Dressel papers at the Bentley Historical Library