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Thu Jul 21, 2016, 04:10 AM

Michigan gay rights activist Jeffrey Montgomery dies

Jeffrey Montgomery, founder of the Triangle Foundation and one of the most recognized voices for LGBT rights in Michigan, never set out to be a gay rights leader, his brother said.

But the direction of his life changed after his boyfriend, Michael, was murdered outside a gay bar in 1984. Police considered it “just another gay crime” and refused to investigate it as a hate crime, said John Montgomery.

“Jeff had never thought about being political,” John Montgomery said. “He became real active ... He changed a lot of lives for the good.”

Mr. Jeffrey Montgomery, a Detroit resident, died Monday, July 18, 2016, from a heart attack, his family said. He was 63.

Read more: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2016/07/19/jeffrey-montgomery-dies/87324810/

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