September 8, 1955 – October 2, 2014
Lansing resident Nancy Gardner worked as a computer analyst and volunteered with Capital Area Literacy, Haven House, and Edgewood United Church of Christ. She and her spouse Julia Grant were one of more than 300 Michigan same-sex couples to wed on June 21, 2014, the day after U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled the state’s marriage ban unconstitutional.
Lansing State Journal, October 5, 2014
August 17, 1937 – September 2, 2014
From 1974 to 1979, Donna Chartier, her then partner Diane Bono, and their friend June Reynolds operated the Casbah, the first lesbian-owned lesbian bar in Metro Detroit.
Traverse City Record-Eagle, September 7, 2014
March 23, 1924 – August 19, 2014
Betty Leonard worked as manager of the State Bar in Flint from the late 1950s to the early 1980s.
Between The Lines, September 4, 2014
October 1, 1959 – April 14, 2014
Massage therapist, self-taught drummer, and former criminal justice worker Sue Brown in 1996 helped to found the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus.
Lesbian Connection, July/August 2014
September 16, 1936 – May 31, 2014
A native of Sault Ste. Marie, James Pascoe rose to fame performing as Jerri Daye as a female impersonator in Detroit and nationally from the late 1950s into the 1990s.
Between The Lines, June 5, 2014