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

Paula Ettelbrick

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October 2, 1955 – October 7, 2011

Legal director for the Lambda Legal Defense from 1988 to 1993 and longtime activist, Paula Ettelbrick earned her law degree from Wayne State University and served as an officer for the Michigan Organization for Human Rights in the mid-1980s.

New York Times, October 8, 2011

Gay People’s Chronicle, October 21, 2011