Victor Line

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February 11, 1956 – April 8, 2014

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Victor Line was longtime co-owner with his life partner Robert Wiley of Tradewinds nightclub and Triangle World bookstore in Kalamazoo.  Both were also strong supporters of what was then known as the Kalamazoo Gay/Lesbian Resource Center.

Kalamazoo Gazette, April 10, 2014

Ernest Gutierrez Jr.

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February 15, 1944 – November 3, 2014

A native of Ecuador with a Bachelor’s from Columbia University and a Master’s from American University, Ernest “Tito” Gutierrez Jr. enjoyed a 20-year career at the Kresge Foundation in Troy.  While a resident of Royal Oak, Gutierrez served on the board for Affirmations and played a significant role in capital fundraising for construction of the community center’s own building in downtown Ferndale.

Between The Lines, November 13, 2014

Jay Ralko

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July 13, 1992 – Last seen December 10, 2014

Jay Ralko of Warren was active in the GLBTA Student Union while a student at Wayne State University and was employed at Kroger.  The 22-year-old trans man went missing on December 10, 2014, sparking an extensive regional search.  He was found dead in his car thirteen days later.  Police suspected that Ralko took his own life.

Oakland County Times, December 24, 2014

Windy City Times, December 26, 2014

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Christopher Neumann

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November 14, 1975 – January 6, 2014

Christopher Neumann of Birmingham grew up in Grosse Pointe, attended Grosse Pointe High School, and attended the University of Michigan.  He was vice president of the Detroit public relations firm Weber Shandwick.  Nuemann and his life partner Todd Lloyd lost their lives in a single-engine plane crash.

Between The Lines, January 9, 2014

Todd Lloyd

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February 27, 1962 – January 6, 2014

Birmingham resident Todd Glenn Lloyd was born in Mount Pleasant and graduated from Clare High School.  He owned and operated the rental company Chair Covers & Linens in Madison Heights.  Lloyd and his partner of 10 years Christopher Neumann perished in a single-engine plane crash.

Between The Lines, January 9, 2014

Margaret Boes

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August 19, 1948 – July 19, 2014

A mother and grandmother, Margaret Lillian Boes owned and operated Paper Moon Decorating in Grand Rapids for more than four decades.  She shared a home with Tami Groothuis, her life partner of 25 years, and enjoyed fishing and camping on Gun Lake in southwestern lower Michigan.

Grand Rapids Press, July 21, 2014

Jean Kinnear

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April 26, 1946 – September 17, 2014

Jean Kinnear grew up near Lexington, Virginia, earned her B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University and her M.S. and Ph.D. at Penn State.  As a professor at Northern Michigan University, she taught outdoor recreation for 30 distinguished years.  Kinnear lived in Marquette with life partner Joanna Mitchell.

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