June 18, 1963 – July 16, 2009
Matthew Dean Colden was born in Flint and attended Kearsley High School through 10th grade before dropping out. Colden worked as a chef in restaurants in the Flint and Detroit areas for much of his adult life and lived in Mount Clemens with Steve Daldine, his lover of 27 years. He died from AIDS-related complications at age 46.
Flint Journal, July 18, 2009
May 8, 1963 – October 28, 2009
Rockford resident Toni Lynn Hall was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in the small west Michigan town of Belding, where she played basketball on her high school team. She later worked as a life coach with the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching. Hall was survived by two daughters and her life partner Wendy Brower.
Grand Rapids Press, October 30, 2009
April 4, 1971 – October 18, 2009
Born in South Bend, Indiana, Michelle Roxann Maureen Luce attended Loy Norris High School in Kalamazoo, and later moved to Lennon, where she resided for her last 13 years. Luce was survived by her daughter MaKayla and by her partner Mary Ann Posante.
Kalamazoo Gazette, October 21, 2009
July 26, 1932 – December 3, 1989
Canadian native Daniel Maine Campbell was born in Saskatchewan and trained as a pharmacist by profession. In 1975, he and his life companion Bobby Calvert took over Todd’s Sway Lounge, making it into Detroit’s premiere Eastside gay dance club. They also operated the Akron Health Club and were active in the Detroit Bar Guild.
Detroit Free Press, December 4, 1989
Cruise, December 6, 1989
November 15, 1953 – October 24, 1991
Dale Allen Cramton grew up in Jackson and graduated from Parkside High School. As a first-year college student, he was founder of the Gay Liberation Front at Central Michigan University in September 1971. Cramton later moved to Los Angeles where he made a life for himself as an artist. He died from AIDS-related complications at age 37.
Jackson Citizen-Patriot, October 26, 1991
November 23, 1930 – September 20, 2010
Dolores Louise Kukla of Walled Lake was born in Detroit and graduated from Western High School. She earned her B.S. in nursing from Wayne State University in 1960 and subsequently worked as an RN. In the mid-1970s, Kukla listed herself as a “contact dyke” in Lesbian Connection to serve as a resource for women in Metro Detroit. She was also involved in the Forum Foundation in the early 1990s.
Detroit News, September 26, 1990
May 13, 1953 – February 16, 2018
White Lake resident and transgender activist Rachael Stephaine Two-Spirit Jackson had a 47-year career in flexographic printing and was employed at the FSI Label Company in Roseville. She was active in Affirmations and PFLAG Plymouth-Canton, as well as the Native American community, serving on the board for American Indian Services, Inc. Jackson was survived by her wife Marie.
O’Brien & Sullivan Memorial Services
June 26, 1947 – December 7, 2010
Michael David Scott was born in Lansing and graduated from Central High School in Kalamazoo in 1966. He later worked as a chef in Lansing and at Michigan State University. Scott was a noted local drag performer and in June 1972 won the Miss Capital City title at a pageant held at Joe Covello’s. Days later he led the first-ever Pride parade down Woodward in Detroit and sang at the rally in Kennedy Square.
Lansing State Journal, December 13, 2010
May 27, 1949 – September 5, 2020
Sandra Lee Peckens of Harbor Springs was born in Ann Arbor and grew up in Otsego. She earned her B.A. in social work from Michigan State University in 1971 and went on for her MSW, also at MSU. Peckens career took her to hospitals in Metro Detroit and Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. She and her longtime partner Sally Hood were united in a civil union in 2008 and legally married in 2010.
Livingston Daily Press & Argus, September 8, 2020
October 20, 1937 – February 26, 2003
The Rev. Dr. Barbara Edith Edgecombe, a Chicago native, graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School and studied piano at the University of Michigan. While working as a piano teacher back in Chicago, she decided to train for the ministry. Edgecombe came out after graduating theological seminary and in the late 1990s served as the openly lesbian pastor of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Greater Lansing.
Chicago Tribune, March 2, 2003