Frank Bigger

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July 23, 1927 – March 5, 1998

Originally from Illinois, Frank Lloyd Bigger Jr. worked as manager and bartender at Joe Covello’s in Lansing from 1975 to 1991.  He went on to manage JB’s Saloon for three years before helping launch the Esquire Bar in 1994.  The Lansing Association for Human Rights recognized Bigger with a Prism Award in 1995.  Following his death in a car accident, an annual euchre charity event was named in his honor.

Between The Lines, April 16, 1998

Judith Bohms

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June 13, 1946 – January 25, 2018

Judith Altheo Bohms of Lansing was born in Ypsilanti, grew up in Adrian, and taught elementary school in Charlotte, retiring in 2009 after 40 years in the classroom.  Bohms and her partner of 27 years Lisa Haston sang with Sistrum, the Lansing Women’s Chorus and were active with the Lansing Association for Human Rights.

Lansing State Journal, January 28, 2018

Bill Beachler

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December 4, 1945 – January 11, 2016

A founder in 1979 of the Lansing Association for Human Rights, William Beachler later helped establish the Pride Scholarship for LGBT students at his alma mater Michigan State University.

Between The Lines, January 21, 2016

Remembering William Beachler

Bill Beachler papers at Michigan State University

Larry Barnard

September 20, 1937 – March 15, 1990

A retired school teacher, Larry Barnard founded the Greater Lansing Gay Men’s Chorus, was active with the Lansing Area AIDS Network, and served as an officer and volunteer in several capacities for the Lansing Association for Human Rights and the Michigan Organization for Human Rights.

LAHR Newsletter, April 1990