Bruce Hays

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February 26, 1968 – pronounced dead November 6, 1999

Mundy Township resident Bruce Michael Hays attended Grand Blanc High, came out as a teen sneaking into Detroit bars, and in the mid-1980s started a computer dating service for Flint-area gay youth.  He later completed three years of college and worked as a bartender.  Hays gained national notoriety for swiping Michael Jackson’s glove from the Motown Museum.  He took his own life at age 31.

Flint Journal, November 12, 1999

Amy Jo Lambert

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February 13, 1968 – September 2, 2020

Born in Bay City, Amy Jo Lambert grew up in Midland and graduated with the class of 1986 from Dow High School.  She as director of the Fun House and in recent years helped facilitate a local Superhero Training Camp for kids.  Lambert was also an avid camper, hiker, and kayaker.  She was survived by her partner Julie Sugar.

Midland Daily News, September 4, 2020

Stephen Korzetz

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July 15, 1968 – February 4, 1996

AIDS activist Steven Martin Korzetz graduated from Anderson High School in Southgate.  He went on to earn a Bachelor’s in business from Wayne State University and later worked in the hotel industry in Dearborn.  Given six months to live in 1992, Korzetz left his job and traveled to more than 40 countries.  He became involved in Wellness Networks as well.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 27.

Detroit Free Press, February 7, 1995

Stephen Korzetz Papers at the Bentley Historical Library

Sean Sasser

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October 25, 1968 – August 7, 2013

Detroit native Sean Franklin Sasser graduated from Cass Technical High School and attended the University of Chicago for a year.  He gained national celebrity a few years later as the HIV-positive AIDS educator boyfriend of Pedro Zamora on MTV’s The Real World in San Francisco.  Sasser went on to become a pastry chef and was survived by husband and longtime partner Michael Kaplan.

Washington Blade, August 8, 2013

CNN, August 8, 2013

Theresa Ann Fabus

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December 12, 1968 – January 18, 2014

Theresa Fabus was born in Alma and graduated from Ashley High School in 1987.  She went on to attend Alma College and Lansing Community College and later worked as a sports writer for the Meridian Weekly.  Fabus and her partner Traci Gulick shared a home in Ovid.

Lansing State Journal, January 20, 2014

Smith Family Funeral Home

Heather MacAllister

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February 25, 1968 – February 13, 2007

Heather MacAllister was a staffer for the Triangle Foundation in the 1990s.  She later moved to San Francisco where she founded Big Burlesque, the original Fat Bottom Revue.  Suffering from ovarian cancer, she died by assisted suicide at age 38.

Bay Area Reporter, February 22, 2007

Between The Lines, February 22, 2007

Lesbian Connection, May/June 2007