Jim Klinesteker

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October 7, 1957 – September 13, 1992

James Klinesteker was a zookeeper at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids and a prominent leader in the city’s gay and lesbian community.  After attending the 1987 March on Washington, he became one of the founders of The Network and as its president helped open its community center in 1991.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 35.

Network newsletter, October 1992

Keith Foster

Keith Foster pic

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

James Dressel

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October 14, 1943 – March 27, 1992

James Dressel flew combat missions for the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War before being elected from Holland to the Michigan Legislature, a seat he lost due to sponsoring a bill to include sexual orientation under the state’s civil rights protections.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 48.

Michigan Tribune, April 1992

A Different Angle: Jim Dressel

James K. Dressel papers at the Bentley Historical Library