Donald True

February 13, 1940 – March 25, 2016

Donald Edward True grew up in Harbor Beach in Michigan’s Thumb and attended Our Lady of Lake Huron Catholic High School.  Following graduation, he moved to New York City, where he operated Country City glassware in Manhattan from 1963 to 2012.  True married his life partner of more than 50 years Angelo Tufarelli in September 2015.  Tufarelli survived him by one month.

Midland Daily News, March 30, 2016

Judy Freespirit

Judy Freespirit poc

April 3, 1936 – September 10, 2010

Born in Detroit, poet, activist, and educator Judy Freespirit studied drama and speech at Michigan State University.  After being heterosexually married, she came out in the feminist movement in California.  In 1973, Freespirit coauthored the Fat Liberation Manifesto and in 1978 helped defeat the Briggs’ Initiative.  Among her other publications was the 1982 chapbook Daddy’s Girl: An Incest Survivor’s Story.

The Reporter, December 2010

In Memory: Poet, Essayist, Activist Judy Freespirit

Judy Freespirit papers at the GLBT Historical Society

Chet Sampson

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October 15, 1916 – October 2, 2010

Chester James “Chet” Sampson of Los Angeles was born in Hubbell and attended Michigan Tech before transferring to the University of Michigan.  During World War II he produced variety shows in the U.S. Navy.  He later taught high school in Grosse Pointe before opening his own travel agency.  In 1965, he founded ONE in Detroit, only the second formal homosexual organization in Michigan.

Grosse Pointe News, November 4, 2010

Cheryl Grout

January 25, 1957 – October 24, 2008

Born in Detroit, Cheryl Ann Marie Grout of Houston, Texas earned her B.S. from Central Michigan University in 1980.  She worked as an in vitro fertilization technician at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit before moving to Texas, where she worked for Baylor College of Medicine.  Grout was survived by her partner Mary Louise Sorensen.

Detroit News, October 26, 2008

Virgil Leone

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May 30, 1952 – November 6, 1999

Virgil Julius “Tony” Leone was born in Detroit and graduated with the class of 1970 from Mt. Pleasant High School.  At Central Michigan University, he was an early member of Gay Liberation, serving as its president in the mid-1970s.  Leone later moved to San Francisco where he worked as a Registered Nurse and became involved in local HIV/AIDS activism.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 47.

Bay Area Reporter, November 18, 1999

Sally Ann Hopkins

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April 14, 1958 – October 24, 2012

Sally Ann Hopkins was born in Jackson and graduated in the class of 1976 from Jackson High School.  She later earned her Associates Degree from Columbia College in Missouri and served 20 years in the U.S. Navy.  Following her service, Hopkins worked at Home Depot and resided in Atlanta, Indiana with her partner Kathryn “Kathi” Lee Miller.

Jackson Citizen-Patriot, October 28, 2012

Jack Campbell

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December 5, 1932 – February 19, 2014

Born in East Grand Rapids, John “Jack” Campbell attended the University of Michigan for a year before finishing his B.A. in accounting at Kent State.  In 1965 he opened the Club Baths in Cleveland, the launch of a national chain of gay bath houses.  Later in Miami, he helped lead resistance to Anita Bryant’s “Save Our Children” crusade.  Campbell remained active in Democratic Party politics throughout his life.

Grand Rapids Press, October 12, 2014