Nancy Gardner

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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

Bill Beachler

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December 4, 1945 – January 11, 2016

A founder in 1979 of the Lansing Association for Human Rights, William Beachler later helped establish the Pride Scholarship for LGBT students at his alma mater Michigan State University.

Between The Lines, January 21, 2016

Remembering William Beachler

Bill Beachler papers at Michigan State University

Larry Barnard

September 20, 1937 – March 15, 1990

A retired school teacher, Larry Barnard founded the Greater Lansing Gay Men’s Chorus, was active with the Lansing Area AIDS Network, and served as an officer and volunteer in several capacities for the Lansing Association for Human Rights and the Michigan Organization for Human Rights.

LAHR Newsletter, April 1990

Geraldine Rapaport

September 23, 1918 – August 10, 1985

A founder of the Lansing chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Jerry Rapaport was also involved with the Lansing Association for Human Rights and the Lansing Area AIDS Network.  She was mother of activist Rick Rapaport.

Metra, September 11, 1985