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YPSILANTI – ACLU of Michigan LGBT Project Staff Attorney Jay Kaplan and Triangle Foundation Executive Director Jeffrey Montgomery will be among those honored by the State Bar of Michigan during the organization’s 2006 annual meeting Sept. 13-15.
Montgomery will receive the Liberty Bell Award while Kaplan is being honored with the State Bar’s Unsung Hero Award.
According to the Sept. 5 announcement of the awards, “As staff attorney for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender Legal Project operated by the ACLU of Michigan, Jay D. Kaplan is a major voice in discussions and debates regarding issues facing the community.”
Kaplan is also being recognized for his work in founding both the HIV/AIDS Advocacy Program and the Human Rights Project.
Montgomery is cited in the award announcement for his “national reputation as an advocate for the concerns of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.” In addition to his work for Triangle, Montgomery is co-chair and spokesman for the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.