Vielka Holness

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August 27, 1965 – June 4, 2015

A graduate of Cardinal Spellman High School in Detroit, Vielka Holness received her B.A. from New York University.  She studied law at the University of Michigan Law School, clerked with the Michigan Court of Appeals, and earned a masters in higher education from Harvard.  She capped an esteemed career serving as director for Post-Graduate Opportunities and the Pre-Law Institute of John Jay College.

Journal News, June 6, 2015

Scott Evan Flack

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August 18, 1960 – August 25, 1987

From Northbrook, Illinois, Scott Flack received his B.A. in political science from Michigan State University in 1982 and earned his law degree from Rutgers University Law School in Camden in 1985.  He later worked as an AIDS lobbyist for a firm in Washington, DC.  He died of complications from AIDS at age 27.

Washington Blade, October 28, 1987

George Maurer

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January 10, 1931 – May 4, 2016

Outspoken Detroit attorney George Maurer served active duty in the U.S. Army from 1949 to 1955 and another 27 years in the Army Reserves.  A co-founder of Wellness House, he earned his B.A. and J.D. from Wayne State University and was also a longtime co-owner of Gigi’s nightclub.

Metra, June 1, 2016

OutPost, June 2016

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

Paula Ettelbrick

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October 2, 1955 – October 7, 2011

Legal director for the Lambda Legal Defense from 1988 to 1993 and longtime activist, Paula Ettelbrick earned her law degree from Wayne State University and served as an officer for the Michigan Organization for Human Rights in the mid-1980s.

New York Times, October 8, 2011

Gay People’s Chronicle, October 21, 2011

Paula L. Ettelbrick papers in the Human Sexuality Collection