Keith Foster

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October 9, 1955 – October 13, 1992

Alvin Keith Foster grew up in Taylor and Romulus, attending Christian schools before landing a job as an upholsterer for General Motors.  After taking  classes in floral design, he began working for Flowers by Sandino in Redford Township.  In 1989, with Sandino Ciccarelli, Foster opened the Timesquare dance club in downtown Detroit.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 37.

Cruise, October 21, 1992

Isabello Reyes Jr.

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November 19, 1955 – September 27, 2003

As board chair and educator with Gospel Against AIDS/Global Research, Education, and Training Network, physician Isabello Reyes Jr. pushed for AIDS education, care, and civil rights protections.  In addition to his advocacy, Reyes taught at Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Detroit.

Between The Lines, October 16, 2003

Joann Downing

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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

Janet Sue Schrader

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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

Nancy Gardner

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September 8, 1955 – October 2, 2014

Lansing resident Nancy Gardner worked as a computer analyst and volunteered with Capital Area Literacy, Haven House, and Edgewood United Church of Christ.  She and her spouse Julia Grant were one of more than 300 Michigan same-sex couples to wed on June 21, 2014, the day after U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled the state’s marriage ban unconstitutional.

Lansing State Journal, October 5, 2014