Patricia Boudrie

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August 19, 1950 – February 9, 2021

Patricia Ann Boudrie was born in Monroe, graduated with the Monroe High School class of 1968, and earned a certificate of early childhood development at Monroe County Community College.  She worked as a secretary at Jefferson High School and at MCCC and also spent a total of 11 years as a teacher’s aide.  Boudrie and her partner Tracey Moran shared homes in Monroe and Newport.

Monroe News, February 12, 2021

Corey Jackson

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July 5, 1991 – October 19, 2010

Born in Florida, Corey Dwayne Jackson graduated summa cum laude in 2009 from Warren Woods Tower High School, where he swam and ran track.  He was employed as a food clerk at McDonald’s in Warren and was a sophomore at Oakland University.  Jackson took his own life at age 19 in a wooded area of campus.  His boyfriend Mario Martin was among his survivors.

Between The Lines, October 28, 2010

Harold W. Vicks Funeral Home

Looking Back: Corey Jackson

Barbara Christiansen

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August 26, 1933 – September 19, 2005

Born in Chicago, Barbara Lee Christiansen graduated from Baldwin High School in Birmingham and earned her degree in dental hygiene from the University of Michigan.  A resident of Huntington Woods, she was active with the local library, the garden club, the Detroit Zoo, and other causes.  With her involvement with Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Christiansen was also a PFLAG mom.

Detroit News, September 21, 2005

Billi Gordon

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September 2, 1954 – February 22, 2018

Wilbert Anthony “Billi” Gordon Jr. graduated from Union High School in Dowagiac, class of 1972.  He left seminary to attend the University of Michigan, where he became involved in gay activism, including as spokesperson for the Ann Arbor Black Gay Caucus.  Gordon went on to become a celebrated model, entertainer, writer, and neuroscientist.  He was survived by his spouse of 30 years Robert Schallert.

Los Angeles Times, March 10, 2018

Clif Levin

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November 17, 1947 – July 9, 2019

Clifford Alan “Clif” Levin graduated with the class of 1965 from Oak Park High School, earned his B.A. at Wayne State, and went on to receive his law degree there.  In 1973 he began a 30-year career with the Wayne County Friend of the Court.  Lemon served on the boards of the Triangle Foundation and the Detroit Together Men’s Chorus.  He was also active in community theater in Grosse Pointe.

Between The Lines, July 25, 2019

Barbara Ziegler

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May 15, 1944 – December 6, 2020

Pontiac native Barbara Jean Ziegler of Waterford attended Michigan State and Wayne State University and earned her Master’s at Oakland University.  She taught every grade from K through 8th in the Pontiac schools and later became an elementary and junior high principal.  After a heterosexual marriage and raising her family, Ziegler united with her life partner Jo Nebeker, who survived her.

Oakland Press, December 9, 2020

Michele Janisse

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September 17, 1953 – April 4, 2006

Michele “Mickie” Janisse attended Utica High School, graduated from the Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science, and resided in Hazel Park and Ferndale.  A longtime and compassionate funeral director in Ontario and Michigan, Janisse also practiced a form of massage called myomassology.  She was survived by her beloved partner Lynne Rose.

Windsor Star, April 6, 2006

Allen Wallace

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September 20. 1953 – December 12, 1992

Detroit native Allen Wallace majored in art history at Wayne State University and led protests in the 1970s to save the MacKenzie House, an effort that gave birth to Preservation Wayne.  Wallace later worked with the Martha Graham Center in New York and as a publicity agent in Los Angeles, where he resided with his companion Michael Lombardo.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 39.

Detroit Free Press, December 17, 1992

WSU Alumni News, Winter 1993

Donna Pomerance

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January 5, 1940 – June 16, 2013

Donna Pomerance, a homeowner with her life companion Bonnie Friend in Lakeside for two decades, was born in Chicago.  She and Friend operated the advertising firm DP Productions for 33 years, one of Chicago’s first women-owned businesses.  Pomerance was later a co-owner of Augie’s Booze & Schmooze and a strong contributor to the LGBT community.

Windy City Times, June 18, 2013

Bill Galligan

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September 13, 1945 – November 26, 2019

William “Bill” Galligan Jr. grew up in a Chicago suburb and earned his Bachelor’s at Western Michigan University.  Following a career as an educator, Galligan moved to Saugatuck, where he became a beloved retailer, operating the Old Post Office Shop and later Spice Crazy Cottage.  He was active in efforts to  enact a gay rights ordinance in the late 1990s and was also a strong supporter of local arts.

Commercial Record, December 5, 2019