Brian Sullivan

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February 3, 1938 – April 4, 2015

Brian Vincent Michael Sullivan of Dearborn was born in the Bronx and lived in New York through high school.  He earned his Bachelor’s from Mercy College, served three years in the U.S. Army, and later pursued a Master’s in counseling from Wayne State University to become an addiction therapist.  Sullivan was survived by Robert Curtis, his life partner of 48 years.

Howe-Peterson Funeral Home

Honey Lee Cottrell

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January 16, 1946 – September 21, 2015

Born in Oregon, photographer and filmmaker Honey Lee Cottrell grew up in mid-Michigan and graduated in 1964 from Jackson High School.  She completed a year at Michigan State University before she found her vocation while working in a photo lab.  Cottrell subsequently moved to San Francisco, where she was employed with the union movement and became a pioneering creator of lesbian erotica.

Windy City Times, September 26, 2015

The Advocate, November 13, 2015

Honey Lee Cottrell Papers at Cornell University

Linda Gesterling

November 4, 1951 – November 23, 2015

Linda Eileen Gesterling was born in Bixby Knolls, California and resided in Glendale, Arizona when she passed away.  In the 1980s she lived in Lansing, where she was employed with the Social Security Administration and was a 1990 graduate of Michigan State University.  Gesterling was survived by her spouse Lisa Howell.

Kalamazoo Gazette, December 1, 2015

Malcolm Boyd

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June 8, 1923 – February 27, 2015

Nationally renowned Episcopal priest, civil rights activist, and author Rev. Malcolm Boyd made headlines in the mid-1970s when he came out as gay.  During the early 1960s, he served as chaplain at Wayne State University in Detroit.  His many books included Take Off the Masks and Gay Priest: An Inner Journey.  Boyd was survived by his husband Mark Thompson.

New York Times, March 2, 2015

Between The Lines, March 12, 2015

Malcolm Boyd Papers at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center

Andrea Still Gray

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October 15, 1971 – December 29, 2015

Andrea Elizabeth Still Gray grew up in Royal Oak and earned her B.A. in cultural anthropology from Wayne State University and later received her Masters in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in Boston.  Her career included working for a communications firm and as an archivist at Harvard and a librarian for the Massachusetts State House.  She and her spouse Julie Gray were married in 2009.

Detroit News, January 10, 2016

Remembering Andrea Still Gray

Vande Grewer

June 15, 1953 – July 27, 2015

Vande Jane Grewer of Troy earned her B.S. in retail management in 1975 from Michigan State University.  She was as a licensed real estate agent in Metro Detroit and attended the First United Methodist Church of Birmingham.  Grewer’s life partner Tamara Dowd survived her.

Detroit News, July 31, 2015

Kevin Rogers

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April 1, 1957 – January 4, 2015

Kevin James Rogers was born and grew up in Clinton Township in Macomb County.  He resided in Lincoln Park and Detroit before moving to Ferndale, where he co-chaired Keep Our Human Rights, a group formed to combat a ballot campaign to rescind Ferndale’s newly enacted non-discrimination ordinance in 1999.  Rogers owned and operated Just 4 Us in Ferndale from 2004 until his death.

Between The Lines, January 15, 2015