Aimee Stephens

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December 7, 1960 – May 12, 2020

Originally from North Carolina, Redford resident and trailblazing activist Aimee Stephens was fired from her job as a funeral director in Garden City in 2013 when she revealed she was transgender and would be living as a woman.  She filed suit against her employer but did not live to witness the Supreme Court decision that her firing violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Stephens was survived by her wife Donna.

New York Times, May 12, 2020

Between The Lines, May 18, 2020 [online only]

Roger Reisdorf

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May 30, 1949 – November 21, 2010

Roger Stanley Reisdorf graduated from Redford Union High School and earned his B.S. from Ferris State University.  He held positions with Grandview Nursing Home, McWilliams Credit Reports, and the Detroit Transportation Corporation.  In the early 1990s, Reisdorf became active with Affirmations, later served on the board of directors, and helped raise more than $5 million for its new building.

Between The Lines, December 9, 2010

Toni Langfield

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July 9, 1935 – April 29, 2016

Redford Township native Toni Langfield came out following a heterosexual marriage.  She enjoyed a long career as a children’s librarian in the San Francisco Bay area and was active in Old Lesbians Organizing for Change.  Langfield was preceded in death by a son and was survived by another son, two daughters, and Carly Rivers, her partner of more than 20 years.

East Bay Times, May 27, 2016

The Record, September 2016

Darnell Jones

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June 9, 1962 – June 29, 2016

Redford pharmacist Darnell Demorris Jones was as an advocate and activist for transgender people in transition.  He served as vice president of the Gender Identity Network Alliance and co-founded the group Transcend the Binary.  For his outreach work, Jones received the Outstanding Ally Award from Affirmations in 2014.

Oakland County Times, June 30, 2016

Dennis Lamparski

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August 17, 1948 – October 12, 2008

Detroit and Redford resident Dennis Andrew Lamparski was bartender and manager at a number of Detroit gay establishments back to the early 1970s, including the Town Pump, the Voyager Room, the Unicorn, and the Gas Station.  He also worked for many years at the annual Metra Picnic.

Metra, October 22, 2008

Keith Foster

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October 9, 1955 – October 13, 1992

Alvin Keith Foster grew up in Taylor and Romulus, attending Christian schools before landing a job as an upholsterer for General Motors.  After taking  classes in floral design, he began working for Flowers by Sandino in Redford Township.  In 1989, with Sandino Ciccarelli, Foster opened the Timesquare dance club in downtown Detroit.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 37.

Cruise, October 21, 1992