Steve Franklin

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Dates of birth and death uncertain

Stephen Franklin held retail jobs at Silverman’s and National T-Shirt.  As manager of Bonnie and Clyde’s disco, he testified before the Lansing City Council in 1980 about police harassment of gay men at the nightclub.  He later migrated to Texas.  He died of complications from AIDS.

No known obituary.

Rick Rapaport

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February 25, 1954 – May 4, 1985

Rick Rapaport worked as a janitor, gas station attendant, cab driver, waiter, cook, bus driver, and for two years as wrestling coach at the Michigan School for the Blind.  After dropping out of the University of Michigan in 1974, he visited 45 states and crossed the U.S. fifteen times, returning to school to finish his B.A. at Michigan State University in 1982 with a degree in journalism.  He died of complications from AIDS at age 31.

Lansing State Journal, May 6, 1985

State News, May 7, 1985

LAHR newsletter, June 1985

Dorothy Hoogterp

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October 21, 1916 – July 3, 2007

Born in Tawas City, Dorothy Hoogterp grew up in Grand Rapids, earned her nursing degree from St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing.  She was a poet, feminist, an early supporter of Lesbian Connection and the Lansing Lesbian Center, and was considered the matriarch of the Grand Rapids lesbian community.

Lesbian Connection, September/October 2007

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Judith Rogers Dill

November 2, 1942 – July 17, 2012

Lansing resident Judith Rogers Dill earned her doctorate in German language and literature from the University of Michigan in 1979 and at Lansing Community College and Michigan State University.  She later pursued a career in information systems management and belonged to the Arts Chorale of Greater Lansing.

Lansing State Journal, July 29, 2012

Denor Hey

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July 9, 1950 – January 11, 2009

A 1968 graduate of Lansing’s Sexton High School, Denor Hey earned her Bachelor’s from Central Michigan University and was employed with Disability Determination Services for the State of Michigan for 24 years.  She and her life partner Beverly Bristol enjoyed travel, gardening, and their prize-winning Silky Terriers.

Lansing State Journal, January 13, 2009

Karen Hartwig

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March 4, 1963 – March 18, 2011

Lansing resident Karen “Twig” Hartwig graduated from East Lansing High School, attended Lansing Community College, and earned a B.A. from Michigan State University.  Employed by Sparrow Hospital and later Sam’s Club, she served on the boards of Suits in the City and Michigan Pride.

Lansing State Journal, March 22, 2011

City Pulse, March 30-April 5, 2011

Lesbian Connection, July/August 2011