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
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
January 9, 1949 – February 19, 1996
Known as the Godfather of House, legendary DJ Ken Collier spun music around Detroit for more than 30 years at such gay clubs as Bookie’s Club 870, Heaven, Todd’s, the Chessmate, and L’uomo. His skill with the turntable inspired a new generation of DJs and helped put Detroit’s dance scene on the global musical map.
Metra, February 28, 1996
MetroTimes, May 15-21, 1996
June 30, 1949 -January 18, 1989
His 1975 arrest in an undercover police crackdown on homosexual activity in Hines Park prompted David Krumroy to help form the Association of Suburban People. Krumroy went on to edit Metro Gay News and co-found the Motor City Business Forum. He died from AIDS-related complications at age 39.
Chicago Tribune, January 27, 1989
Cruise, February 1, 1989
January 13, 1949 – November 24, 2015
A graduate of Oakland University, Rev. Rod Reinhart left teaching to attend divinity school and became one of the nation’s first openly gay priests ordained in the Episcopal Church. He helped found the annual ecumenical worship service People Who Care About People with AIDS.
Between The Lines, December 3, 2015
February 24, 1949 – March 30, 2000
Detroit native and world-traveling hippie, Elizabeth Kaiser interrupted her long lesbian relationship with physician Margaret Poscher to nurse her mother and raise her son. She died from breast cancer at age 51.
Bay Area Reporter, April 13, 2000
December 29, 1949 – December 30, 2004
Deb LeVoir was a co-founder in 1978 of Moonrise, the first organization for lesbians in Flint, and volunteered as a community producer for the radio program Face the Music on public station WFBE.
Between The Lines, January 13, 2005