Michelle Hughson

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June 19, 1966 – September 17, 2001

Jackson resident Michelle Marie “Mitch” Hughson was born in Lansing and graduated with the class of 1985 from Charlotte High School.  For 12 years, Hughson worked as a radiologist technician at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte.

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Jack Birkinsha

January 22, 1940 – December 18, 2001

Jack Birkinsha of Byron Center was a Kansas native, earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and retired from the Great American Life Insurance Company.  As an attorney in Detroit in the late 1970s, Birkinsha served as a trustee for the monthly paper Metro Gay News and, as a member of the Committee for Gay Rights, helped push for the city’s Omnibus Human Rights Ordinance.

St. Joseph News-Press, December 25, 2001

Walter Cunningham

March 25, 1952 – Declared dead October 31, 2001

A 30-year employee of GM’s Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly Plant and a regular patron of the R&R in Detroit, Walter Greig Cunningham was murdered at age 49 in his Romulus apartment in what police believed was an anti-gay pick-up crime.

Between The Lines, November 22, 2001

Garland Gillard II

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October 1, 1965 – January 24, 2001

Garland Gillard II operated PC Doctor, a computer repair business, and served as minister of music for Full Truth Unity Fellowship Church in Detroit.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 35.

Between The Lines, February 8, 2001