Donna Haskell

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August 14, 1958 – September 28, 2015

Hillsdale native Donna Darlene Haskell graduated from Waldron High School and worked for 36 years with Universal Industrial Products.  She enjoyed country music, traveling by RV, relaxing at the beach, and spending time with friends over cold beverages.  Haskell shared a home in Camden with her partner Donna Wannemacher.

Hillsdale Daily News, September 29, 2015

Thomas Shaw

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August 28, 1945 – October 17, 2014

Marvil Thomas Shaw III was born in Battle Creek, grew up in Coldwater, and attended Alma College.  A celibate gay monk ordained into the priesthood in 1971, Shaw became Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts in 1995.  Throughout his tenure, he advocated for minority rights, for allowing women, gay men, and lesbians to be ordained, and for other causes of social justice.

Bay Windows, October 23, 2014

Margaret Lorick

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July 10, 1926 – June 22, 2010

Margaret Lorick of Flint was employed as a cafeteria worker, a machine operator, and an office secretary before earning her degree to become a teacher.  Lorick described attending gay house parties hosted by Ruth Ellis in Detroit during the 1950s for an essay in the collection Inventing Lesbian Cultures in America.

Lawrence Moon Funeral Home

Lawrence Murphy


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October 4, 1942 – September 26, 1987

Dean of the Wayne State University College of Lifelong Learning, Lawrence Murphy served as an institute director at Central Michigan University prior to moving to WSU.  He was the author of the book Perverts by Official Order and was survived by his partner of 13 years Russell Len Griffin.

Detroit News, September 28, 1987

Dee Plamondon

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November 11, 1971 – April 19, 2017

A member of the Muskegon High School class of 1990, Deborah “Dee” Plamondon later worked at Walmart and Meijer stores.  She was self-employed in the culinary field with the dream of operating her own food truck.  She loved fishing, thunderstorms, and Tupac Shakur.

Muskegon Chronicle, April 23, 2017

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