Jerry Palmer

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October 11, 1925 – Jun 19, 2012

Jerry Mae Palmer served as a role model for masculine-identified lesbians in Detroit’s African American LGBTQ community.  Born in Alabama, she later moved to Michigan where she worked on the line as an assembler for one the automobile manufacturers.  Before her death at age 86, Palmer and her friends provided vital safe spaces for people to proudly be themselves through a variety of social events.

Stinson Funeral Home

John Monahan

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May 10, 1945 – January 1, 2002

Colorado native and longtime Saginaw resident John Michael Monahan worked as a rehabilitation therapist.  During the 1980s, he became active in the Michigan Organization for Human Rights and in 1990 co-founded the Triangle Foundation and served as its president.  Following a heart transplant in 1993, Monahan moved to Detroit to engage in activism full time.

Between The Lines, January 10, 2002

Saginaw News, January 16, 2002

Thaddeus Rusztowicz

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January 24, 1959 – July 16, 2011

Thaddeus Allen Rusztowicz of East Lansing and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida was born in Detroit and earned his Bachelor’s in marketing in 1982 from Michigan State University.  He enjoyed a long career in design, retiring as president of the auto supplier LPC Manufacturing to a new career in real estate.  Rusztowicz was survived by Mark Clouse, his life partner of 21 years.

Lansing State Journal, July 19, 2011

Shirley Weaver

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July 28, 1931 – October 28, 2006

Shirley Ann Weaver, formerly of Livonia, was born in Detroit and met her loving companion Barbara Sowers in the early 1960s.  Weaver retired as a public school teacher and counselor in 1989 and relocated with Sowers to Port Charlotte, Florida.

Detroit News, October 31, 2006

Ed Walker

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October 24, 1944 – August 24, 1993

Detroit resident and Highland Park native Edward Walker grew up in Dearborn Township.  He joined the U.S. Army following high school and was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds he received while serving in Vietnam.  During the 1970s, he worked as an assembler at Ford Motor Company.  From 1980 until his death, Walker operated the Hayloft Saloon with his lover Len Lippert.

Cruise, September 22, 1993

Diane Bono

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July 19, 1941 – May 30, 2016

Taylor resident and Detroit native Diane Mary Bono graduated from Allen Park High School in 1959 and later worked as a cosmetology instructor.  From 1974 to 1979, along with her then-partner Donna Chartier and their friend June Reynolds, Bono operated the Casbah Lounge, the first lesbian-owned lesbian bar in Detroit.

No known obituary

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