Roger Reisdorf

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May 30, 1949 – November 21, 2010

Roger Stanley Reisdorf graduated from Redford Union High School and earned his B.S. from Ferris State University.  He held positions with Grandview Nursing Home, McWilliams Credit Reports, and the Detroit Transportation Corporation.  In the early 1990s, Reisdorf became active with Affirmations, later served on the board of directors, and helped raise more than $5 million for its new building.

Between The Lines, December 9, 2010

Michael Phelan

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June 6, 1949 – January 9, 1990

Michael Phelan grew up in St. Clair Shores and graduated from Lakeview High School.  During the 1970s, he performed female impersonation as Whitney Blake at various Detroit bars and won titles for Miss Todd’s, Miss Bookie’s, and Miss Michigan before moving to California.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 40.

Cruise, January 24, 1990

Michael Murray

April 28, 1949 – November 7, 1990

Michael Murray earned a Bachelor’s in theology at Loyola University of Chicago and oversaw religious education at two Catholic parishes and at the Michigan School for the Deaf in the mid-1970s.  Murray was a founding member of Dignity/Flint and portrayed Jesus in productions of Godspell with the Flint Community Players in 1977 and 1984.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 41.

Indianapolis Star, November 12, 1990

Flint Journal, December 11, 1990

Kathryn Wright

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April 15, 1949 – April 26, 2010

A board member of Affirmations in the early 1990s, Kathryn Leta Wright of Lathrup Village earned her D.O. from the Michigan State University School of Osteopathic Medicine.  In her position with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, she founded the Horizons Project in 1994 targeting the needs of HIV-positive and at-risk youth.  Wright was survived by her life partner Susan Brooks and daughter Jordan.

Between The Lines, May 6, 2010

Senia Taipale

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April 29, 1949 – January 25, 2018

A native of Warren, Ohio, Rev. Senia Taipale attended Wittenberg University and earned her Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.  After moving to Michigan, she became Director of Pastoral Care at Sparrow Hospital in 1992, a position she held for 18 years.  She and Jo Hartwell, her life partner of 31 years, were married in December 2015.

Lansing State Journal, January 28, 2018

Kathye Langstaff

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October 21, 1949 – May 28, 2007

Born in Detroit, Kathye Jo Langstaff of Dexter attended Belleville High School and went on to work with developmentally disabled adults.  An avid sports fan, Langstaff played third-base on several Ann Arbor area lesbian softball teams and later served as base coach.

Lesbian Connection September/October 2007

Colleen Regan

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July 18, 1949 – August 9, 2006

Detroit native Colleen Annette Regan was valedictorian of the class of 1967 at McKenzie High School and went on to earn her B.A. and M.A. in education from the University of Maryland.  She left teaching to pursue a 20-year career as a Certified Public Accountant, retiring in 2003.  Regan and her partner Kathe Kirkbride resided in New Mexico.

Lesbian Connection, November/December 2006