Joseph Maldonado

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March 22, 1949 – July 25, 1989

Born in Detroit, Joseph Daniel Maldonado grew up in Saginaw and moved back to Detroit following high school.  Through much of the 1970s he performed as Dani DiLetto at such clubs at Morey’s, the Iron Hinge, and Bookie’s Club 870.  DiLetto was awarded the title of Miss Gay America in 1976 when the original winner had the crown rescinded.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 40.

Saginaw News, July 27, 1989

This Week in Texas, August 11, 1989

Angela Romagnoli

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October 19, 1949 – July 5, 2017

Born in Allegheny, Virginia, Angela Romagnoli grew up within a union family in Dearborn and retained a passion for social justice her whole life.  At the University of Michigan she took part in the Students for a Democratic Society in the late 1960s and helped found the campus Radicalesbians in 1970.

San Francisco Chronicle, August 13, 2017

Jim Paffenbarger

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April 2, 1949 – June 30, 1996

Jim Paffenbarger, also known as Jimmy Leather, attended the University of Michigan for one year from 1967 to 1968 before going to work for radio station WABX.  He soon returned to Ann Arbor where he was employed with the student station WCBN and later served as chief engineer at WUOM.

Between The Lines, August 1996

Bill Beetham

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January 8, 1949 – July 24, 2017

Onetime Windsor resident and Chrysler employee, Garnet “Bill” Beetham was owner of the Male Box in Detroit and Male Box II in Warren.  He supported the Metro Detroit Softball League and numerous other gay causes in the Metro Area.

OutPost, August 2017

Kaul Funeral Home Dignity Memorial

Terry Kuseske

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August 18, 1949 –  September 2, 2010

A retired social studies teacher with the Dowagiac Union School District, Terry Kuseske became one of the state’s leading LGBTQ rights advocates of the new millennium.  He served on the board of the newly rechristened Equality Michigan, led a successful ballot initiative to secure a gay-rights ordinance in Kalamazoo, and won a seat as an openly gay candidate to the Kalamazoo City Commission.

Kalamazoo Gazette, September 2, 2010

Michael McGuire

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May 6, 1949 – July 16, 2012

A native of St. Louis, Michael McGuire earned degrees from SUNY-Fredonia and Michigan State University.  As professor of music therapy at Eastern Michigan University, McGuire helped push the university to establish a campus LGBT resource center and create the Stonewall Scholarship to provide financial aid to LGBT student leaders.

Ann Arbor News, July 16, 2012

Between The Lines, July 26, 2012

Michael G. McGuire papers at Eastern Michigan University Archives