November 7, 1955 – January 7, 2009
A community producer with the Flint radio program “Face the Music” and organizer of the LGBT arts celebration Out ‘N About, Joann Downing attended Grand Blanc High School and graduated from Michigan State University. Her long career with non-profits included 22 years with the Girl Scouts.
Flint Journal, January 12, 2009
Lesbian Connection, May/June 2009
December 13, 1987 – September 13, 2013
A graduate of Ypsilanti High School, Ann Arbor resident Dillon Ptaszek earned a degree in marine biology and was employed at the aquatics store Fish Doctors when he lost his life in an automobile accident at age 25. He was survived by Chris Kitely, his fiancé and partner of six years.
Between The Lines, September 26, 2013
July 2, 1934 – April 28, 1991
North Carolina native and Army veteran Bobby Duggins joined the mass migration of southerners who moved north in the 1950s to work in the auto industry. Employed for 30 years with General Motors, Duggins was a longtime patron of Flint’s State Bar.
Winston-Salem Journal, April 29, 1991
April 24, 1946 – April 8, 2007
Farmington Hills resident, CPA, and the mother of a gay son, Janis Warren was a devoted ally to Metro Detroit’s LGBTQ community. Among the causes that she supported were the Triangle Foundation, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Michigan Jewish AIDS Coalition.
Between The Lines, April 12, 2007
October 7, 1955 – June 4, 2015
Manton resident Janet was a 1972 graduate of Escanaba Area High School. Following high school, she worked at the Robinson Furniture Factory before moving to Arizona in 1984, returning to Michigan in the mid-1990s. She was survived by her life partner Laura Irish.
Escanaba Daily Press, June 10, 2015
August 25, 1948 – January 19, 1993
A graduate of Farmington High School, Alan Redner was deployed to Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, received a Bronze Star for his service, and rose to the rank of captain with the Michigan National Guard. Employed with Estate Motors in Birmingham and later with BMW, Redner was also active with the Association of Suburban People. He died from AIDS-related complications at age 44.
Cruise, January 27, 1993
March 25, 1952 – Declared dead October 31, 2001
A 30-year employee of GM’s Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly Plant and a regular patron of the R&R in Detroit, Walter Greig Cunningham was murdered at age 49 in his Romulus apartment in what police believed was an anti-gay pick-up crime.
Between The Lines, November 22, 2001