Alan Redner

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August 25, 1948 – January 19, 1993

A graduate of Farmington High School, Alan Redner was deployed to Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, received a Bronze Star for his service, and rose to the rank of captain with the Michigan National Guard.  Employed with Estate Motors in Birmingham and later with BMW, Redner was also active with the Association of Suburban People.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 44.

Cruise, January 27, 1993

Arlene Kish

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October 12, 1950 – January 7, 2017

Business owner Arlene Kish attended Shafer High School in Southgate and studied marketing and advertising at Ferris State University.  A devoted transgender community organizer and activist, Kish served on the board of Affirmations.  As a conservative political independent, she often took flack for supporting Republican causes.

Heritage Newspapers, January 11, 2017

Jeffrey Montgomery

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May 9, 1953 – July 18, 2016

Jeffrey Montgomery graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School and earned his B.A. from Michigan State University.  Montgomery was active in the effort to restore Orchestra Hall in Detroit in the 1980s before helping to found in 1991 the Triangle Foundation.  As Triangle’s executive director, he battled hate crimes and championed sexual freedom and LGBTQ rights.

Detroit Free Press, July 19, 2016

Between The Lines, July 28, 2016

Trailer for America You Kill Me

Edward Johnson

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April 20, 1976 – April 8, 2013

Detroit native Edward Johnson studied dance at Oakland University, Marygrove College, and Wayne State University.  His LGBTQ activism included work with the Horizons Project and Men of Color.  Johnson also won a number of Detroit area female impersonation titles performing as Tokyo Reign.

Between The Lines, April 18, 2013

T.J. Anthony

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July 10, 1956 – August 2, 1996

Raised in foster homes, Thesoloniki Richard “T.J.” Anthony entered politics as a campaign aide to U.S. Senator Donald Riegle.  He was a 26-year-old divorced father of two when hired in early 1983 as executive director of the Michigan Organization for Human Rights, a position he held for just one year.  After moving to San Francisco, he worked as an aide for two city supervisors.

Bay Area Reporter, August 8, 1996

T.J. Anthony papers at the San Francisco Public Library