YPSILANTI – Come join the Jim Toy Community Center in celebrating Jim Toy’s birthday April 15 at Arbor Brewing Company in Ypsilanti.
Toy was the first person to publicly come out in Michigan. He is the founding member of many LGBT organizations in the state, including the Jim Toy Community Center, and helped co-pioneer the University of Michigan’s Human Sexuality Office, now known as the University of Michigan Spectrum Center, the first staffed university office for addressing sexual orientation issues in the world.
In 1972, Toy co-authored the “Lesbian-Gay Pride Week Proclamation,” which made the Ann Arbor City Council the first governing body of its kind to officially recognize gay pride.
Toy has been honored throughout Washtenaw County for his achievements in LGBT activism. In addition to the JTCC, the University of Michigan’s Spectrum center named its LGBT library the Jim Toy Library. The JTL supports LGBT student development by engaging students in the rich cultural, social, historical, psychological, political and relational aspects of LGBT people and their identities, communities and experiences. The library hosts over 1,500 titles including books, videos and magazines.
Come celebrate Toy’s birthday at Arbor Brewing Company in Ypsilanti beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event is for those 21-and-over; minors are welcome with a parent. There will be a $10 suggested donation at the door.
Arbor Brewing Company is located at 720 Norris St. in Ypsilanti.
To RSVP, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1714526335426651/.