Mable Stewart Merritt

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September 8, 1925 – December 19, 2017

Born in upstate New York, Mable Stewart Merritt moved with her family as a child to Grosse Pointe, where she graduated from high school.  She worked as a typesetter for the United Auto Workers union for 40 years.  Merritt was interviewed by Roey Thorpe in 1992 about her involvement in lesbian life in Detroit during the 1950s.

Kansas City Star, January 3, 2018

Duane VanderYacht

March 12, 1925 – January 11, 1980

Duane Andrew VanderYacht attended Holland Public Schools, graduated from Hope College, and lived most of his life in Holland before moving to Muskegon.  He worked as a salesman, janitor, and later in life was self-employed as a consultant.  During the 1950s, VanderYacht was a subscriber to ONE magazine.

Muskegon Chronicle, January 14, 1980

Lenore Simon

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December 31, 1950 – October 26, 2011

Saginaw resident Lenore Simon was born in Chicago and earned her JD from Creighton University Law School in Omaha. Nebraska.  In addition to practicing law as an attorney and mediator for more than 20 years, Simon co-founded a queer theater company Center in Monterey, California in the early 1990s and later continued the troupe in Las Vegas.  She and her partner Connie Hoffman were married in 2009.

Lesbian Connection, March/April 2012

Judith Cantor

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January 26, 1949 – June 16, 2009

A native of Tennessee, Judith Cantor earned degrees in business and accounting.  She and her life partner of 30 years Kathe Rauche resided in the Research Triangle of North Carolina, where they were active in the local LGBTQ community.  As a teenager, Cantor attended Interlochen Center for the Arts High School in northern lower Michigan.

QNotes, June 27, 2009

The Reporter, September 2009

Christopher Neumann

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November 14, 1975 – January 6, 2014

Christopher Neumann of Birmingham grew up in Grosse Pointe, attended Grosse Pointe High School, and attended the University of Michigan.  He was vice president of the Detroit public relations firm Weber Shandwick.  Nuemann and his life partner Todd Lloyd lost their lives in a single-engine plane crash.

Between The Lines, January 9, 2014

Todd Lloyd

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February 27, 1962 – January 6, 2014

Birmingham resident Todd Glenn Lloyd was born in Mount Pleasant and graduated from Clare High School.  He owned and operated the rental company Chair Covers & Linens in Madison Heights.  Lloyd and his partner of 10 years Christopher Neumann perished in a single-engine plane crash.

Between The Lines, January 9, 2014

LaVell Williams

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February 23, 1967 – October 27, 2018

Roseville resident LaVell Williams grew up in Detroit, graduated from Cooley High School, and attended the Center for Creative Studies.  From 1997 to 2010, he worked at Record Time in Roseville and Ferndale and music was central to his life.  Williams was co-founder of the Detroit Sound Conservancy and volunteered with the Michigan Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, AIDS Walk Detroit, and Motor City Pride.

Detroit News, October 31, 2018

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