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
April 21, 1958 – December 10, 2015
A Saginaw native, Melinda “Bones” Rea worked as a security guard for Courtland Center in Flint and with the Genesee County Department of Parks and Recreation. She later had am eleven-year career with the Genesee Schools.
Flint Journal, December 13, 2015
September 16, 1958 – July 17, 2015
A graduate of Roeper High School in Birmingham, Sharon Gittleman earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan and J.D. from the University of Detroit. She later left the field of law to pursue a career in journalism, serving as editor of the Royal Oak Mirror and a freelance writer for Between The Lines.
Between The Lines, July 23, 2015
September 5, 1958 – August 18, 1992
Birmingham resident Michael Connelly attended the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit and worked as a portrait artist. He died from AIDS-related complications at age 33.
Cruise, September 9, 1992