Coko Williams

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October 1, 1976 – April 3, 2012

Coko Williams, a 35-year-old transgender woman who sometimes worked as a hairstylist, was found shot to death in Detroit’s Palmer Park neighborhood.  After Fox 2 Detroit identified her as a “male prostitute” in its report of the crime, activists launched a protest against the station for being transphobic.  There was also no evidence that Williams engaged in sex work.

Between The Lines, April 5, 2012

Dimitrez Griffin

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March 23, 1975 – March 28, 2012

Detroiter Dimitrez Griffin was active in such groups as the Horizon Project, Mpowerment Detroit, and the Black Male Xchange.  As an HIV+ man, he advocated on behalf of other men who had sex with men.  Griffin was found murdered in his apartment at age 37.

Between The Lines, April 5, 2012

Kelly Miller

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June 18, 1962 – July 12, 2012

A native of Flint, Kelly Miller moved to Kalamazoo in 1998 and worked with State Farm Insurance.  As a tireless “PFLAG mom,” she volunteered for various local LGBT causes, including the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center, the annual Pride celebration, and an anti-bullying campaign through her job.

Between The Lines, July 26, 2012

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

Judith Rogers Dill

November 2, 1942 – July 17, 2012

Lansing resident Judith Rogers Dill earned her doctorate in German language and literature from the University of Michigan in 1979 and at Lansing Community College and Michigan State University.  She later pursued a career in information systems management and belonged to the Arts Chorale of Greater Lansing.

Lansing State Journal, July 29, 2012

Alice G. Miller


February 7, 1923 – February 20, 2012

Flint resident Alice G. Miller operated her own photography business and in 1982 retired from General Motors after 28 years with the company.  She was among the many people who attended gay house parties hosted by Ruth Ellis in Detroit during the 1950s.

Flint Journal, February 23, 2012