Edward Weber

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September 14, 1922 – April 11, 2006

A native of Rochester, New York, Edward Weber earned his library degree from the University of Michigan in the early 1950s and went on the serve as curator of the renowned Labadie Collection from 1960 to his retirement in 2000.

Between The Lines, April 20, 2006

Edward Weber remembrance

Edward C. Weber papers in the Labadie Collection

Forman Brown

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January 8, 1901 – January 10, 1996

A native of Otsego, Forman Brown attended the University of Michigan in the early 1920s and, with cousin Harry Burnett and companion Roddy Brandon, formed the famed Yale Puppeteers.  In his eighties, Brown revealed that he was the author of the 1933 gay novel Better Angel written under the penname Richard Meeker.

Los Angeles Times, January 12, 1996

Bay Area Reporter, January 18, 1996

Forman Brown scrapbook at the Bentley Historical Library

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

W. Dorr Legg

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December 15, 1904 – July 26, 1994

Ann Arbor native W. Dorr Legg moved to Los Angeles in 1949 with his boyfriend following their arrest in Detroit on a charge of gross indecency between men.  In Los Angeles in 1953, he helped found ONE magazine, the first homosexual publication to reach wide circulation in the U.S.

Between The Lines, December 1994

W. Dorr Legg papers at the ONE Archives

Billie Edwards

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March 21, 1947 – July 5, 1995

Billie Edwards served as co-pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church in Detroit in the mid-1980s before becoming co-director of the Lesbian-Gay Male Program Office at the University of Michigan in 1987, a position she held until 1993.

Cruise, July 26, 1995

Billie Louise Edwards papers at the Bentley Historical Library

Anthony Welsh

August 3, 1958 – August 14, 1996

Dr. Anthony Welsh, a Dearborn Heights native and graduate of Michigan State University, established an HIV education speaker’s bureau in Ann Arbor under the auspices of the HIV/AIDS Resource Center.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 38.

Cruise, August 21, 1996