Sandra Cole

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September 17, 1937 – May 15, 2017

Noted sexologist Sandra Cole founded the Comprehensive Gender Identity Program at the University of Michigan in 1993 and served as its director until retiring in 2000.  She was also a longtime advocate for transgender legal and civil rights, and helped secure gender identity as a protected category in the UM bylaws and Ann Arbor’s human rights ordinance.

Ann Arbor News, June 23, 2017

Sandra S. Cole papers at the Bentley Historical Library

 

H. Coleman McGehee

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July 7, 1923 – March 14, 2013

The Rt. Rev. H. Coleman McGehee of Bloomfield Hills served as bishop the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan from 1973 to 1990.  A leading ally of the LGBTQ community for more than four decades, McGehee served on the Advisory Board for the Triangle Foundation and ordained some of the first openly gay priests in the Episcopal Church.

Between The Lines, March 21, 2013

Anthony Trupiano

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March 3, 1961 – April 9, 2018

Athony Trupiano grew up in St. Clair Shores, graduated from Lakeland High School in White Lake in 1980, and later earned a degree in mass communications from Alma College.  A devoted Democrat, Trupiano hosted a progressive radio program for more than 20 years, often showcasing LGBTQ causes and featuring queer and transgender activists as guests.

Press & Guide, April 12, 2018

Maryann Mahaffey

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January 18, 1925 – July 27, 2006

Longtime Detroit City Council president Maryann Mahaffey toured several gay bars on election eve during her first campaign for Council in 1973.  In the decades that followed, she never wavered in her support for the LGBTQ community, from helping include sexual orientation in the city’s human rights ordinance to opposing the Prop 2 initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the state constitution.

Between The Lines, August 3, 2006

Dianna Bortz

September 26, 1941 – December 10, 2010

Allegan resident Dianna “Jo” Bortz and her husband Jay were active in the Holland/Lakeshore chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.  She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Saugatuck.  Prior to retirement, Bortz worked in senior care and protective services.

Kalamazoo Gazette, December 16, 2010

Sally Mae McCoy

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January 16, 1927 – March 31, 2002

Born in Royston, Georgia, Sally Mae McCoy moved to Detroit following World War II and attended Fleming Beauty School in the 1950s.  In addition to teaching cosmetology and operating a hair care business, she worked for 20 years as a custodian with the Detroit Public Schools.  Rev. Renee McCoy was among her five children.

Between The Lines, April 11, 2002