Connie McConnohie

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September 14, 1944 – June 24, 2005

Born in Los Angeles, Connie McConnohie moved to Detroit in the early1970s where she worked for the city’s department of social services and became involved in gay lib politics.  After a split with the Detroit Gay Activists, McConnohie formed the Motor City Alliance of Gays and published Gayzette, a short-lived local gay newspaper.  In 1973, she ran as an open lesbian for a city council seat, losing in the primary.

Detroit Free Press, April 18, 2006

Connie McConnohie remembrance by East Side Republican Club

Peresephone Reynolds

September 1, 1944 – May 2, 2018

Born in Pontiac, Peresephone Reynolds grew up in Lake Orion and, in 1971, moved to Harrisville where she lived with her life partner Gloria Laurette.  She taught with the Oscoda Area Schools and Alpena Community College, earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1993, and retired in 2007.  Reynolds and Laurette moved downstate to Clinton Township in 2016.

Oscoda Press, May 2, 2018

Dennis Komac

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November 9, 1944 – November 7, 1994

A founder of the Lesbian and Gay Community Network of West Michigan, Dennis Komac served in Army from 1968 to 1970 and moved to Grand Rapids in 1984 to serve as executive director of the Grand Rapids Art Museum.  Komac and his life partner Jeff Swanson later operated Sons and Daughters bookstore.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 49.

Network newsletter, December 1994

Charles Tyson

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April 12, 1944 – August 27, 1986

Charles Tyson served as vice president of the Michigan Organization for Human Rights in the mid-1980s.  He and his business partner Kathie Dannemiller formed the consulting firm Dannemiller Tyson Associates in Ann Arbor.  He was also active in the Human Rights Campaign Fund and the Republican Party.

Cruise, September 3, 1986

MOHR newsletter, October-November 1986

Linda Lee

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May 28, 1944 – March 31, 2014

West Bloomfield resident Linda Lee became active in the Michigan Jewish AIDS Coalition in the early 1990s after learning of discrimination gay men were experiencing at the height of the epidemic.  In her commitment to social justice she later founded Jewish Gay Network and was a tireless advocate for LGBTQ people in Southeast Michigan.

Between The Lines, May 1, 2014

Judy Eisenberg

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July 24, 1944 – November 1, 2015

An eleven-year resident of Marquette, Judith Fern “Judy” Eisenberg worked as a waitress, an emergency medical technician, Dichtaphone operator, folk singer, and piano teacher.  As a member of the Lake Superior Piano Workshop from 2004 to 2010, she performed at the Peter White Library and the Women’s Federated Clubhouse.

Swanson-Lundouist Funeral Home