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

Billie Edwards

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March 21, 1947 – July 5, 1995

Billie Edwards served as co-pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church in Detroit in the mid-1980s before becoming co-director of the Lesbian-Gay Male Program Office at the University of Michigan in 1987, a position she held until 1993.

Cruise, July 26, 1995

Billie Louise Edwards papers at the Bentley Historical Library

Anthony Welsh

August 3, 1958 – August 14, 1996

Dr. Anthony Welsh, a Dearborn Heights native and graduate of Michigan State University, established an HIV education speaker’s bureau in Ann Arbor under the auspices of the HIV/AIDS Resource Center.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 38.

Cruise, August 21, 1996

Garland Gillard II

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October 1, 1965 – January 24, 2001

Garland Gillard II operated PC Doctor, a computer repair business, and served as minister of music for Full Truth Unity Fellowship Church in Detroit.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 35.

Between The Lines, February 8, 2001