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
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
September 8, 1955 – February 15, 2014
Yvonne Hebert enjoyed playing softball and cheered for the Detroit Tigers. A member of the Youth Activity Council, she was employed by DBQ Industries in Livonia. She and her life partner Ginger Howe resided in Waterford.
Oakland Press, February 19, 2014
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
May 11, 1955 – September 14, 2016
Larry Zimmerman worked as a real estate agent and was a founding member in 1980 of the Motor City Business Forum. He later served as dean at Macomb Community College. Zimmerman was survived by his partner of 37 years, husband Stuart Itzkowitz.
Detroit Free Press, September 16, 2016
May 13, 1955 – October 10, 2004
Known for her love of dance music, Enola Gaye Porter directed the Midwestern Dance Association Record Pool, which provided music for Detroit-area deejays.
Detroit News, October 14, 2004
Cruise, October 20, 2004
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
Paula L. Ettelbrick papers in the Human Sexuality Collection