Coko Williams

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October 1, 1976 – April 3, 2012

Coko Williams, a 35-year-old transgender woman who sometimes worked as a hairstylist, was found shot to death in Detroit’s Palmer Park neighborhood.  After Fox 2 Detroit identified her as a “male prostitute” in its report of the crime, activists launched a protest against the station for being transphobic.  There was also no evidence that Williams engaged in sex work.

Between The Lines, April 5, 2012

Dimitrez Griffin

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March 23, 1975 – March 28, 2012

Detroiter Dimitrez Griffin was active in such groups as the Horizon Project, Mpowerment Detroit, and the Black Male Xchange.  As an HIV+ man, he advocated on behalf of other men who had sex with men.  Griffin was found murdered in his apartment at age 37.

Between The Lines, April 5, 2012

Susan Rae Crispin

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June 19, 1956 – November 15, 2009

Susan Rae Crispin of Clancy, Montana was born in the village of Sparta and earned degrees in biology from Michigan State University.  She spent her career with the Nature Conservancy, moving from botanist to director of its Great Lakes Program, dedicated to conserving biodiversity.  Crispin was survived by her Randi Levin.

Lesbian Connection, March/April 2010

Judy Cole

January 10, 1940 – May 12, 2015

Valedictorian of the Class of 1958 at Hudson High School, Judith “Judy” Cole attended Sienna Heights College and was later employed in shipping and receiving for an office supply firm.  She and her life partner Linda MacBeth shared a home in Adrian.

Adrian Daily Telegram, May 14, 2015

Ken Christopher

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May 25, 1961 – October 2, 2004

A 1979 graduate of Southeastern High School in Detroit, Ken Christopher earned a degree in business from Wayne State and worked as an accountant for the City of Detroit.  He shared his passion for film with the monthly Moon-lit Movie Club he founded at Affirmations.  His other community activities included AIDS Walk Detroit and Brothers United in Literary Text, a book club for gay African American men.

Between The Lines, October 14, 2004

Kathy Ann Rodesiler

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January 14, 1956 – May 13, 2016

Born in Coldwater, Kathy Ann Rosesiler served 23 years in the U.S. Army.  Upon retirement from the military, Rodesiler took a job with South Carolina Youth ChalleNGe Academy program as a Master Sargent Cadre and logistician.  Hilda Ross, her spouse of 34 years, survived her.

Daily Reporter, May 18, 2016

Carter Conway

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May 27, 1963 – September 18, 2009

A 1981 graduate of Flint Southwestern High School, Carter Conway worked for the Hamady Brothers Grocery and the City of Flint.  A familiar patron at the State Bar and Copa Nightclub, he was a pianist, choir leader, and a member of Divine Peace Metropolitan Community Church in Waterford.

Flint Journal, October 1, 2009