Kelly Miller

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June 18, 1962 – July 12, 2012

A native of Flint, Kelly Miller moved to Kalamazoo in 1998 and worked with State Farm Insurance.  As a tireless “PFLAG mom,” she volunteered for various local LGBT causes, including the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center, the annual Pride celebration, and an anti-bullying campaign through her job.

Between The Lines, July 26, 2012

James Johnstone

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August 2, 1934 – June 26, 2006

A graduate of Michigan State University, Clinton Township resident James Johnstone taught math with the Fraser Schools for 30 years.  He served as a union leader with the Michigan Education Association, was long active in Democratic politics, and was an ardent supporter of the ACLU, NOW, and PFLAG.

Detroit News, July 9, 2006

Isabello Reyes Jr.

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November 19, 1955 – September 27, 2003

As board chair and educator with Gospel Against AIDS/Global Research, Education, and Training Network, physician Isabello Reyes Jr. pushed for AIDS education, care, and civil rights protections.  In addition to his advocacy, Reyes taught at Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Detroit.

Between The Lines, October 16, 2003

Helen King

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December 19, 1928 – April 15, 2005

An accounting clerk in local radio before her retirement in 1983, Helen King was active in the Cub Scouts, Little League, Dolphin Swim Team, Alliance of Mental Health, and Salvation Army in Midland.  In the late 1980s, King co-founded the local chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

Midland Daily News, April 17, 2005

Anne Garrison

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January 19, 1911 – February 8, 2004

Rev. Anne Garrison was a longtime ally who joined Michigan State University campus ministries after retiring as a business professor.  She served on the bishop’s committee that produced a pioneering 1973 report that recommended greater inclusions for gay people within the Michigan Diocese of the Episcopal Church.

Detroit Free Press, February 17. 2004

Sam “Bookie” Stewart

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October 15, 1909 – March 19, 1984

The son of a Russian junk peddler, Sam “Bookie” Stewart worked as manager of his brother-in-law’s bar the Silver Dollar in Detroit in the 1940s and 1950s.  In 1959, Stewart opened the Diplomat, famed for his female impersonators, and from 1970 to 1984 operated Bookie’s Club 870 on West McNichol’s.

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Janis Warren

April 24, 1946 – April 8, 2007

Farmington Hills resident, CPA, and the mother of a gay son, Janis Warren was a devoted ally to Metro Detroit’s LGBTQ community.  Among the causes that she supported were the Triangle Foundation, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Michigan Jewish AIDS Coalition.

Between The Lines, April 12, 2007