Brian Killian

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June 3, 1947 – March 9, 2005

Born in Detroit, Brian Joseph Killian earned his B.A. at Ferris State and MBA at Wayne State.  He taught at Grosse Pointe North High School before switching careers and becoming a celebrated interior designer.  Killian donated generously to the Triangle Foundation and served as co-chair of the 1993 Human Rights Campaign Michigan Dinner gala fundraiser.  A fire in his Birmingham home took his life.

Detroit Free Press, March 11, 2005

Between The Lines, March 17, 2005

Lisa Carlson

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December 20, 1972 – October 18, 2019

Born in Kalamazoo, Lisa Ilene Carlson graduated from Montague High School in Montague and attended Muskegon Community College.  She trained as a paramedic at Great Lakes Academy in Allendale and had a 20-year career as an EMT and EMT trainer.  She also enjoyed music and was a devoted fan of the Michigan Renaissance Festival.  Carlson was survived by her partner Amanda Visger.

Muskegon Chronicle, October 21, 2019

Theresa Guillean

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August 12, 1958 – July 25, 2016

Theresa Mary Guillean of Bloomfield Hills graduated with the Pontiac Catholic High School class of 1976.  She went on to earn her B.S. in 1990 from Oakland University and devoted herself to social work.  Guillean and her wife Lori Klein Shapiro were among more than 300 couples issued marriage licenses on March 22, 2014 after a federal judge overturned Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home

Debra McGee

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October 19, 1951 – November 2, 2020

Debra Jean McGee was a master drummer and a priest of Obatala in the Yoruba faith.  After moving to Michigan from New York, she worked as a coordinator at the Flushing Senior Center, received her Bachelor’s from the University of Michigan-Flint, and earned her MSW at the UM School of Social Work, specializing in geriatrics.  McGee and her partner Sandy Cleomaude married in Swartz Creek in 2017.

Swartz Funeral Home

David Balas

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January 16, 1952 – October 1, 2019

Arts supporter, benefactor, and retired attorney David Lyle Balas was born in Mt. Clemens, graduated from University Liggett High School, and attended universities in Ohio.  He worked with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office and served on the East Lansing City Council as an openly gay member from 1983 to 1995.  Balas and his future husband Jim Sellman moved to Saugatuck in 2003 and wed in 2015.

Between The Lines, October 17, 2019

Sharon Smith

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May 2, 1940 – April 10, 2005

Royal Oak resident Sharon Lee Smith was born in Detroit and graduated of Redford High School in 1958.  She was later employed as an office manager for many years.  Smith enjoyed lesbian romance novels, the LPGA, the History Channel, and Jeapardy.  Before a stroke forced her to live in a nursing home, she shared a home with her partner of 29 years Joyce.

Lesbian Connection September/October 2005

Tony Brown

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February 15, 1958 – February 20, 2015

Antony Eugene “Tony” Brown of Madison Heights was born in England and graduated from Dondero High School in Royal Oak.  He later studied voice at Michigan State University and in the early 1980s was a noted singer at Detroit gay bars.  Brown served on the board of the Performers Awards of Detroit and received multiple PAD honors, including best go-go boy and Male Entertainer of the Year.

No known obituary

Jean Cione

Jean Cione

June 23, 1928 – November 11, 2010

Illinois native Jean Shirley Cione pitched with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1945 to 1954, including one year each playing with the Battle Creek Belles and the Muskegon Belles.  In the off-season earned her Bachelor’s at Eastern Michigan University, where she later taught for 29 years and served as the first Women’s Athletic Director.  Cione was survived by her partner Ginny Hunt.

Ann Arbor News, December 2, 2010

Jason Johnson

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April 1, 1983 – June 18, 1999

Swartz Creek resident Jason Michael Johnson was born in Flint and attended Swartz Creek High School.  He was a member of the concert band and the swim team and participated in quiz bowl.  He was also active in the online gay community.  Johnson lost his life at age 16 in an automobile crash in I-75.

Between The Lines, July 1, 1999

Norma Andres

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September 27, 1949 – February 1, 2014

Norma Jean Andres graduated with the class of 1967 from Chippewa High School in Clinton Township and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Wayne State University.  She worked as an EMT, hospital attendant, and vocational counselor before heading Project Hope, which provided HIV/AIDS Services in Detroit.  Andres was a supporter of Affirmations and the Ruth Ellis Center.

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