Jack Birkinsha

January 22, 1940 – December 18, 2001

Jack Birkinsha of Byron Center was a Kansas native, earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and retired from the Great American Life Insurance Company.  As an attorney in Detroit in the late 1970s, Birkinsha served as a trustee for the monthly paper Metro Gay News and, as a member of the Committee for Gay Rights, helped push for the city’s Omnibus Human Rights Ordinance.

St. Joseph News-Press, December 25, 2001

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