December 18, 1999 – April 9, 2015
Sam Taub was a ninth grader at West Bloomfield High School who identified as trans and skated with the Darlings of Destruction Junior Roller Derby League in Roseville. Taub struggled with anorexia and anxiety and took his own life at age fifteen.
The Advocate, April 16, 2015
Detroit Free Press, July 16, 2015
Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons
September 17, 1962 – March 23, 2014
Kathryn Elizabeth Norris graduated from Charlotte High School, studied management science at the University of Maryland, served in the U.S. Army from 1983 to 1987, and from 1988 to 2006 operated several Mancino’s outlets in Lansing. She later moved to Chicago, where she came to share her life with her partner Vivian Shelton.
Lansing State Journal, March 27, 2014
August 12, 1972 – October 13, 2002
Born in Southfield, Brian Thomas Scholz resided in Warren and was employed at several Detroit area bars, including Pronto, Karma, Club Inuendo, and Male Box. He took part in the Metro Detroit Softball League and donated time to numerous causes, including the Midwest AIDS Prevention Project, Steppin’ Out, and annual pride celebrations.
OutPost, October 16-29, 2002
Between The Lines, October 17, 2002
November 16, 1953 – November 16, 2004
Michael Sweazey of Canton and formerly of Garden City began bartending at Gigi’s in Detroit in the mid-1970s and was one of six employees to inherit ownership of the bar after the death of Tony Garneau. For many years he worked as Gigi’s show director and performed female impersonation under the name Vanessa LaSalle. Sweazey was survived by his life partner of 28 years Steven McAfee.
Between The Lines, December 2, 2004
July 19, 1949 – May 6, 2013
Juanita Crider of Grand Rapids and formerly of Riverdale, enjoyed movies and loved animals. She was preceded in death by her life partner Judy Thomas.
Grand Rapids Press, June 2, 2013
November 14, 1964 – July 14, 1994
Shelby Township resident Roy Vance Warren was born in Grosse Pointe and attended the Michigan School for the Deaf in Flint. Warren served as president of the Detroit Sign Theater and was involved in other deaf organizations. He died from AIDS-related complications at age 29.
Cruise, August 10, 1994
May 28, 1882 – July 1, 1928
A 1905 graduate of the University of Michigan, Avery Hopwood went on to enjoy a celebrated career as a playwright, once having four plays staged on Broadway simultaneously. With friend Carl Van Vechten, Hopwood experienced the homosexual underworld of New York in the 1910s and ‘20s. Much of his estate was bequeathed to fund annual literary awards for UM students.
New York Times, July 2, 1928
Michigan Daily, July 3, 1928