George Fadiga

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February 19, 1954 – February 25, 2000

George Fadiga was a tireless activist with the Hope Fund, the Human Rights Campaign Michigan Dinner, the Motor City Business Forum, the Midwest AIDS Prevention Project, and other Detroit area causes.  At the time of his sudden death he worked as a sales representative with Crain Communications.

Detroit News, February 29, 2000

Cruise, March 1, 2000

Geraldine Rapaport

September 23, 1918 – August 10, 1985

A founder of the Lansing chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Jerry Rapaport was also involved with the Lansing Association for Human Rights and the Lansing Area AIDS Network.  She was mother of activist Rick Rapaport.

Metra, September 11, 1985

Billie Edwards

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March 21, 1947 – July 5, 1995

Billie Edwards served as co-pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church in Detroit in the mid-1980s before becoming co-director of the Lesbian-Gay Male Program Office at the University of Michigan in 1987, a position she held until 1993.

Cruise, July 26, 1995

Billie Louise Edwards papers at the Bentley Historical Library