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

Anthony Welsh

August 3, 1958 – August 14, 1996

Dr. Anthony Welsh, a Dearborn Heights native and graduate of Michigan State University, established an HIV education speaker’s bureau in Ann Arbor under the auspices of the HIV/AIDS Resource Center.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 38.

Cruise, August 21, 1996

Garland Gillard II

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October 1, 1965 – January 24, 2001

Garland Gillard II operated PC Doctor, a computer repair business, and served as minister of music for Full Truth Unity Fellowship Church in Detroit.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 35.

Between The Lines, February 8, 2001