You are cordially invited to attend this special gathering of family, friends, allies, and community to celebrate the life and times of Jeff Montgomery, pioneering activist and the founding Executive Director of the Triangle Foundation (now known as Equality Michigan).
Under Montgomery’s leadership, Triangle Foundation grew from a small band of friends in 1991, to a state-wide political powerhouse that took on a range of pertinent LGBTQ issues, including: hate crimes, police misconduct, the reprehensible “gay panic” defense, and the political rights of the LGBTQ community. He has been honored by leaders and organizations at both the state and national levels for his advocacy and role in advancing civil and human rights. A powerful visionary, Montgomery’s helped to lead not only an organization for LGBTQ rights in Michigan, but he was also the co-chair of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects. A frequent media presence and nationally respected advocate, Montgomery helped with the founding of the Equality Federation and contributed to many other components of the overall modern-day movement for human rights.
In 2010, the Triangle Foundation evolved into Equality Michigan (after merging with the Lansing-based Michigan Equality). We were fortunate to inherit the massive body of work, high bar legacy, and the strong foundation Jeff Montgomery laid for the continued progress we are still experiencing today.
To learn more of Jeff Montgomery’s history, visit his Wikipedia page. For those of us who want to preserve and highlight the legacy of Jeff’s incredible work, you can also make a donation to fund the documentary of his life, “America, You Kill Me.”
In the words of Jeff’s brother, John Montgomery, “What an incredible person he was and what a champion for human rights.”
We look forward to seeing you at the memorial that celebrates every bit of that champion.