Milton Lennox

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January 22, 1935 – September 29, 2015

A pioneer in the Grand Rapids LGBTQ community, Milton Lennox was longtime owner of the Apartment Lounge with his life partner Edward Ladner.  Together they provided financial support for the Network, now known as the Grand Rapids Pride Center, and the Red Project.  Months before Lennox’s death, he and Ladner celebrated their 50th anniversary as a couple.

Grand Rapids Press, October 4, 2015

Metra, October 14, 2015

Janet Sue Schrader

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October 7, 1955 – June 4, 2015

Manton resident Janet was a 1972 graduate of Escanaba Area High School.  Following high school, she worked at the Robinson Furniture Factory before moving to Arizona in 1984, returning to Michigan in the mid-1990s.  She was survived by her life partner Laura Irish.

Escanaba Daily Press, June 10, 2015

Sharon Gittleman

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September 16, 1958 – July 17, 2015

A graduate of Roeper High School in Birmingham, Sharon Gittleman earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan and J.D. from the University of Detroit.  She later left the field of law to pursue a career in journalism, serving as editor of the Royal Oak Mirror and a freelance writer for Between The Lines.

Between The Lines, July 23, 2015

Greg Daniels

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February 1, 1982 – October 5, 2015

A 2001 graduate of Pontiac High School, Greg Daniels, also known as Melvin, was shot to death on Detroit’s East Side wearing women’s clothing.  At the time of death, Daniels was a manager-in-training at Wendy’s and also engaged in sex work.

Oakland Press, October 9, 2015

Between The Lines, October 15, 2015

Judy Eisenberg

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July 24, 1944 – November 1, 2015

An eleven-year resident of Marquette, Judith Fern “Judy” Eisenberg worked as a waitress, an emergency medical technician, Dichtaphone operator, folk singer, and piano teacher.  As a member of the Lake Superior Piano Workshop from 2004 to 2010, she performed at the Peter White Library and the Women’s Federated Clubhouse.

Swanson-Lundouist Funeral Home

Ashton O’Hara

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March 1, 1990 – Body found July 14, 2015

Detroiter Ashton O’Hara, also known as Jessica Storm, identified as trans and genderfluid, loved to dance, and enjoyed styling hair.  The 25-year-old’s death in July 2015 marked the 14th murder of a transgender person in the U.S. that year.

Between The Lines, August 20, 2015

Rod Reinhart

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January 13, 1949 – November 24, 2015

A graduate of Oakland University, Rev. Rod Reinhart left teaching to attend divinity school and became one of the nation’s first openly gay priests ordained in the Episcopal Church.  He helped found the annual ecumenical worship service People Who Care About People with AIDS.

Windy City Times, December 2, 2015

Between The Lines, December 3, 2015