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Lansing Association for Human Rights records

Identifier: MSS 478 large

Scope and Contents

The Lansing Association for Human Rights (LAHR) records include newsletters, budgets, meeting minutes, internal correspondence and correspondence with Senators, East Lansing City Council, and other politicians, news clippings, completed questionnaires by political candidates on Lesbian and Gay issues and the ratings by the LAHR-PAC, and ephemera relating to LAHR, LAHR-PAC, the Okemos chapter of Parents & Friends of Lesbians And Gays (P-FLAG), the Greater Lansing Gay Men's Chorus, Project 10, the Capitol Men's Club, the Lesbian/Gay Hotline, Dignity of Greater Lansing, Lansing Area AIDS Network (LAAN), Michigan State University Alliance of Lesbian-Bi-Gay Students, Michigan Lesbian/Gay Democratic Caucus, and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, regarding subjects including HIV/AIDS, bullying, discrimination, harassment, and civil rights.


  • Creation: 1978 - 2016


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored off site. Please request 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

The Lansing Association for Human Rights (LAHR) was founded on August 23, 1979 as a Michigan nonprofit organization with the goals to improve the quality of life of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered people throughout the greater Lansing area by addressing or assisting in social, educational, civil rights, supportive and health care concerns. Services of LAHR include the Lesbian/Gay Hotline, founded in 1981, which provides supportive and anonymous telephone counseling, referrals for doctors, lawyers, and mental health professionals, and crisis intervention by trained volunteers. LAHR sponsors the Greater Lansing Gay Men's Chorus (founded in 1989) and the annual Prism Award for individuals who have made significant contributions to the Greater Lansing LBGT community. The LAHR-PAC, a separate entity, supplies questionnaires to local political candidates to learn their positions on LGBTQ issues and ranks them prior to elections. Other related local organizations represented within the collection include Michigan Organization for Human Rights (MOHR), the Lansing-based Capital Men's Club, and the Lansing Area Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAG). William "Bill" Beachler died on January 11, 2016 at the age of 70. He was a former employee of the Michigan Department of Transportation, MSU alumni, and one of the earliest members of LAHR, joining in February 1980 and serving as LAHR secretary since 1981 and publisher of the LAHR newsletter. He was a founding member of the LAHR-PAC since 1981. In the 1980s, his political activism focused on the arrests of gay men and he lead lobbying which resulted in Michigan's first funding to fight AIDS. He received the James Dressel Award from the Michigan Organization for Human Rights (MOHR) and LAHR's Prism Award in 1997. He served fourteen years as an East Lansing city commissioner, with eight years as Chairperson for the Planning Commission. He was involved in the Lansing Equal Rights Task Force work on civil rights ordinance, National Organization for Women (NOW), Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Lambda Legal Defense Fund, Lansing Mayors Advisory Board on Concerns of Lesbian & Gay Citizens, Pride PAC of Michigan, Secretary of the MSU GLBT Alumni Association, and helped bring the statewide Michigan Pride March to Lansing in 1989. In addition to his work with LAHR, Beachler created the Pride Scholarship Fund at Michigan State University for LGBT students.


6.1 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

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Arrangement primarily chronological according to the binders created by Beachler and commonly untilizing his descriptions.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Lansing Association for Human Rights records were maintained by LAHR secretary Bill Beachler (D. Bill Haines) and upon Beachler's death were donated to MSU Special Collections by LAHR President Penny Gardner in 2016.

Related Materials

MSS 588 Bill Beachler papers

Separated Materials

Gay & lesbian news, LGBT News, and LAHR newsletter available at HQ75 .L3 Lansing State Journal, November 7, 2012 issue, "Obama Again." Lansing State Journal, September 10, 2010; September 18, 2010. Lansing City Pulse, June 9-15, 2010; October 27-November 2, 2010; February 29, 2012; October 31-November 6, 2012; August 20-26, 2014. Bill Folk, "We Are Here," Bright Moon Records, 7-inch LP record removed from Box 1, folder 11 for separate cataloging. Contact Special Collections Staff for access. Big Brother & The Holding Company, "Cheap Thrills," 1968 LP The Moody Blues With the London Symphony Orchestra, "Days of the Future Passed," 1967 LP Tim Miller, "1001 Beds," 2006 Doves, "Lost Souls," 2000 CD "Blame it on Christmas!," vol. 1, CD The Essential Cyndi Lauper CD booklet

Processing Information

Lydia Tang processed this collection in 2017.

Processing Information

Sources consulted in creating this finding aid include "The History of LAHR" Heywood, Todd A., "Lansing Community Mourns Passing of LGBT Leader," BTL, 21 January 2016

Due to exposure to cat urine, many documents were reformatted for researcher health and collection preservation.

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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA