April 9, 1958 – August 14, 1989
Lawrence Richard Burns was born in Detroit and for nine years worked at the Backstage restaurant, first as a waiter and later as assistant manager and bookkeeper. A onetime resident of Palmer Park in Detroit, Burns lived in Westland. He died from AIDS-related complications at age 41.
Cruise, August 23, 1989
December 28, 1958 – January 3, 2012
Born in Pontiac, Mark George Bidwell earned his bachelor’s at Lawrence Technological University. He also attended SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary and earned a master’s in pastoral ministry at the Samaritan Institute of Sunshine Cathedral. In 1989, Bidwell joined the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit, rose to the position of deacon, and later served as senior pastor until his resignation in 2011.
Between The Lines, January 20, 2012
March 19, 1958 – October 17, 2017
Lifelong Muskegon resident Barbara Ann Thomas graduated from Orchard View High School in 1976. She shared a home with her wife and partner of 29 years Julienne Little.
Muskegon Chronicle, October 19, 2017
January 27, 1958 – June 16, 2015
A Lincoln Park resident and New Jersey native, Grace McClelland worked for two decades in the non-profit sector before being tapped, in 2003, as first executive director of Ruth Ellis Center for LGBT youth in Metro Detroit. Following her departure from REC in 2009, she began her own consulting firm, Liberation Consulting.
Between The Lines, July 9, 2015
December 16, 1958 – December 8, 2014
Lowell resident Renee Grant worked as an independent real estate agent in Grand Rapids. She received support from Pink Arrow fundraisers in her seven-year battle with cancer. She was active in various local causes and delivered Christmas boxes for the Santa Claus Girls. Grant’s life partner Sharon Schnepke survived her by eight days.
Grand Rapids Press, December 14, 2014
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
February 23, 1958 – August 11, 1990
Kraig Debus grew up in Warren and earned his B.A. in advertising in 1981 from Michigan State University, where he served on the staff of the State News. After graduation, Debus moved to Chicago. He died of complications from AIDS at age 32.
Chicago Tribune, August 14, 1990