T.J. Anthony

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July 10, 1956 – August 2, 1996

Raised in foster homes, Thesoloniki Richard “T.J.” Anthony entered politics as a campaign aide to U.S. Senator Donald Riegle.  He was a 26-year-old divorced father of two when hired in early 1983 as executive director of the Michigan Organization for Human Rights, a position he held for just one year.  After moving to San Francisco, he worked as an aide for two city supervisors.

Bay Area Reporter, August 8, 1996

T.J. Anthony papers at the San Francisco Public Library

Beth Kendall

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June 10, 1952 – August 30, 2007

A native of Mason, Elizabeth Ann Kendall grew up in Mio, received her Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University, and earned an MBA from Oakland University, enjoying a long career in budget and finance.  Her involvement in the Detroit area LGBTQ community included support for Affirmations and the Ruth Ellis Center.  She and her partner Torii Hamilton married in Canada in 2003.

Between The Lines, September 13, 2007

Judy Eisenberg

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July 24, 1944 – November 1, 2015

An eleven-year resident of Marquette, Judith Fern “Judy” Eisenberg worked as a waitress, an emergency medical technician, Dichtaphone operator, folk singer, and piano teacher.  As a member of the Lake Superior Piano Workshop from 2004 to 2010, she performed at the Peter White Library and the Women’s Federated Clubhouse.

The Mining Journal, November 3, 2015

Ken Collier

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January 9, 1949 – February 19, 1996

Known as the Godfather of House, legendary DJ Ken Collier spun music around Detroit for more than 30 years at such gay clubs as Bookie’s Club 870, Heaven, Todd’s, the Chessmate, and L’uomo.  His skill with the turntable inspired a new generation of DJs and helped put Detroit’s dance scene on the global musical map.

Metra, February 28, 1996

MetroTimes, May 15-21, 1996