Judith Ann McNeill

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February 5, 1940 – February 1, 2016

Judith Ann McNeill graduated from Wayne State University and worked for the Detroit House of Correction before moving to Holland in 1976.  She operated the Zeeland Pet Shop in the 1980s and finished her career with Sears.  McNeill was survived by her wife Nora Ewing.

Holland Sentinel, February 3, 2016

Allen Robinson

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March 9, 1947 – March 31, 1987

Allen Robinson grew up in Port Huron and served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.  Robinson moved to Detroit in his early 20s, lived for a time in San Francisco, and in the early 1980s returned to Michigan, where he worked at Tiffany’s and the Interchange, and at Metra magazine as managing editor.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 40.

Cruise, April 8, 1987

Margaret Lorick

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July 10, 1926 – June 22, 2010

Margaret Lorick of Flint was employed as a cafeteria worker, a machine operator, and an office secretary before earning her degree to become a teacher.  Lorick described attending gay house parties hosted by Ruth Ellis in Detroit during the 1950s for an essay in the collection Inventing Lesbian Cultures in America.

Lawrence Moon Funeral Home

Coko Williams

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October 1, 1976 – April 3, 2012

Coko Williams, a 35-year-old transgender woman who sometimes worked as a hairstylist, was found shot to death in Detroit’s Palmer Park neighborhood.  After Fox 2 Detroit identified her as a “male prostitute” in its report of the crime, activists launched a protest against the station for being transphobic.  There was also no evidence that Williams engaged in sex work.

Between The Lines, April 5, 2012

Dimitrez Griffin

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March 23, 1975 – March 28, 2012

Detroiter Dimitrez Griffin was active in such groups as the Horizon Project, Mpowerment Detroit, and the Black Male Xchange.  As an HIV+ man, he advocated on behalf of other men who had sex with men.  Griffin was found murdered in his apartment at age 37.

Between The Lines, April 5, 2012

Ken Christopher

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May 25, 1961 – October 2, 2004

A 1979 graduate of Southeastern High School in Detroit, Ken Christopher earned a degree in business from Wayne State and worked as an accountant for the City of Detroit.  He shared his passion for film with the monthly Moon-lit Movie Club he founded at Affirmations.  His other community activities included AIDS Walk Detroit and Brothers United in Literary Text, a book club for gay African American men.

Between The Lines, October 14, 2004