Longtime activist Jim Toy turns 91 today. Known as the first openly gay man in Michigan, after coming out in 1970, Toy developed the first-ever campus center dedicated to supporting those in the LGBTQ+ community at the University of Michigan. And because of his almost 50-year career of service to the LGBTQ+ movement through speaking, teaching, writing, administrating, organizing and protesting, Ann Arbor’s LGBTQ+ Center bears his namesake to honor his legacy.
And it’s not too late to send him a birthday card.
“Today is the legendary Jim Toy’s birthday!!! Happy 91st Birthday to our namesake, our hero and our beloved friend!” reads the Ann Arbor Center’s Facebook page today.