Homer F___

August 8, 1908 – November 13, 1984

Autoworker Homer F___ was arrested in 1938 while cruising in the Strand Theater in downtown Flint.  The judge in his case asked if he should be sterilized, if that would solve his condition.  After completing probation, he served in U.S. Army during World War II, married, and later moved to Washington State, fathering five children.

Anacortes American, November 14, 1984

Susan Rae Crispin

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June 19, 1956 – November 15, 2009

Susan Rae Crispin of Clancy, Montana was born in the village of Sparta and earned degrees in biology from Michigan State University.  She spent her career with the Nature Conservancy, moving from botanist to director of its Great Lakes Program, dedicated to conserving biodiversity.  Crispin was survived by her Randi Levin.

Lesbian Connection, March/April 2010

Kathy Ann Rodesiler

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January 14, 1956 – May 13, 2016

Born in Coldwater, Kathy Ann Rosesiler served 23 years in the U.S. Army.  Upon retirement from the military, Rodesiler took a job with South Carolina Youth ChalleNGe Academy program as a Master Sargent Cadre and logistician.  Hilda Ross, her spouse of 34 years, survived her.

Daily Reporter, May 18, 2016

Joe LaRosa

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May 29, 1940 – April 18, 1994

Joseph LaRosa Jr. was born in Ann Arbor, graduated from Dexter High School, and attended Cleary Business School.  In the early 1970s, LaRosa hosted Lillian’s Down Under in the lower level of Bookie’s Club 870 in Detroit.  In December 1974, he, Michael Crawford, and Hank Trent opened the former supper club Menjo’s as a gay dance club.  LaRosa later operated Orca’s before moving to Phoenix.

Dexter Leader, May 4, 1994

Lora Yates

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December 24, 1962 – October 8, 2017

A graduate of Portage High School, Lora Yates earned her B.S. in manufacturing administration and her M.S. in engineering management from Western Michigan University.  After moving to New Jersey, she served on her local school board.  In 2010, Yates, her wife Pamela, and their twins Ella and Max relocated to Illinois, where she worked as an executive for Sysmex America.

Kalamazoo Gazette, October 15, 2017

Rexford Palmer

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July 1, 1954 – August 28, 1996

Born in Middleville in Barry County, Rexford Palmer moved to Detroit as a young adult to work in retail.  He continued his retail career after relocating in the mid-1980s to San Francisco, where he became active in the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Bay Area Reporter, September 19, 1996

Vielka Holness

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August 27, 1965 – June 4, 2015

A graduate of Cardinal Spellman High School in Detroit, Vielka Holness received her B.A. from New York University.  She studied law at the University of Michigan Law School, clerked with the Michigan Court of Appeals, and earned a masters in higher education from Harvard.  She capped an esteemed career serving as director for Post-Graduate Opportunities and the Pre-Law Institute of John Jay College.

Journal News, June 6, 2015