Jim Toy Death, Jim Toy has sadly passed away at age 91, cause of death

January 3, 2022 By Michael smith 0

Jim Toy Death, Cause Of Death – Deeply saddened to hear the news of Jim Toy’s passing. W/ Cindy Gair, he set up the Human Sexuality Office w/in the Office of Special Services and Programs at @UMich in 1971, which was the first such campus unit anywhere in the US to address the needs of gay and lesbian students. Jim Toy passed away peacefully in his sleep last night at the age of 91.

If you are a member of the LGBT community in Michigan, you owe more to this man than you can imagine.
I first met Jim when I was a kid attending the University of Michigan. A friend of mine in Toledo Symphony pointed me to the “rap sessions” sponsored by the Human Sexuality Office. I had never heard of the office. I would later learn it was the first University sponsored gay and lesbian organization in the U.S., and probably the world. It had been founded in 1971 by Jim Toy.

I did not get to know Jim well at the time. His role was to keep us talking and interacting. This was not a lecture. This was Jim Toy, Social Worker, at work. Over the years I would get to know him well. When Jim Toy made a call for action, you responded. Not because he was a charismatic leader, but rather because he was a leader of principle and moral purpose.

Jim was a mentor by example. I can think of many times when strategizing a political or human rights issue when we would stop and ask, “WWJD. What would Jim Do?” I learned that, although you should pick your fights wisely, you must NEVER compromise if the issue was an issue of human rights. Jim never wavered in this. Speak truth to power, no matter how powerful the force was. Every person had value, and every person was worth fighting for. The root of Jim’s power was enormous faith.

Faith in God. Faith in humanity. Faith in Truth. Faith in what was good and fair. If you had the privilege to work with Jim, you are a better person because of it. But Jim’s power went beyond his immediate circle. He led the fight for groundbreaking laws and representation in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, The State of Michigan, and the Episcopal Diocese. He was at the forefront of fighting the AIDS epidemic.

Again, if you are a member of the LGBT community in Michigan, your life is better because of Jim Toy, whether you know him or not. And you might not know him. He was not a self-promoter. The only dissenting vote to change the name of the Washtenaw Rainbow Action Project to the Jim Toy Community Center was Jim Toy’s vote.

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