Greg Daniels

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February 1, 1982 – October 5, 2015

A 2001 graduate of Pontiac High School, Greg Daniels, also known as Melvin, was shot to death on Detroit’s East Side wearing women’s clothing.  At the time of death, Daniels was a manager-in-training at Wendy’s and also engaged in sex work.

Oakland Press, October 9, 2015

Between The Lines, October 15, 2015

Polly Huitt

September 3, 1931 – December 26, 2007

A native of Allegan, Marietta “Polly” Huitt earned her B.S. and M.A. from Western Michigan University and taught at Nazareth College and in the Kalamazoo Public Schools.  She and her life partner June Peppas later operated the JP Printing Company in Allegan before retiring to Florida in 1990.

TC Palm, December 30, 2007

Alma Routsong

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November 26, 1924 – October 4, 1996

Born in Traverse City, Alma Routsong served in the WAVES during World War II and graduated from Michigan State University.  After moving to New York City, she authored the pioneering novel Patience and Sarah under the pen name Isabel Miller.

Gay Community News, Winter 1996

Lesbian Herstory Archives oral history of Alma Routsong

Jeffrey Montgomery

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May 9, 1953 – July 18, 2016

Jeffrey Montgomery graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School and earned his B.A. from Michigan State University.  Montgomery was active in the effort to restore Orchestra Hall in Detroit in the 1980s before helping to found in 1991 the Triangle Foundation.  As Triangle’s executive director, he battled hate crimes and championed sexual freedom and LGBTQ rights.

Detroit Free Press, July 19, 2016

Between The Lines, July 28, 2016

Trailer for America You Kill Me

Forman Brown

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January 8, 1901 – January 10, 1996

A native of Otsego, Forman Brown attended the University of Michigan in the early 1920s and, with cousin Harry Burnett and companion Roddy Brandon, formed the famed Yale Puppeteers.  In his eighties, Brown revealed that he was the author of the 1933 gay novel Better Angel written under the penname Richard Meeker.

Los Angeles Times, January 12, 1996

Bay Area Reporter, January 18, 1996

Forman Brown scrapbook at the Bentley Historical Library

Amy Oak

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January 11, 1951 – November 7, 2016

Twin Oak resident Amy Oak taught special education and led teacher training workshops throughout Michigan.  An avid gardener, cook, community activist, and drummer, she performed with her wife Barbara Pitcher in the musical ensemble Framing Rhythm.

Grand Haven Tribune, November 12, 2016