Christopher Case

October 24, 1962 – July 22, 1994

Christopher Case attended Washtenaw Community College for his LPN and worked for many years in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan Hospital.  Case was also active in the Ann Arbor theater scene.  He died of complications from AIDS at age 31.

Between The Lines, September 1994

Stennis Ousley

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November 4, 1914 – January 18, 1991

Pianist Stennis Ousley accompanied Bramwell “ChiChi” Franklin at the Golden Slipper and other venues in the 1950s.  She performed solo at various straight and gay bars into the 1980s, including the Willis Show Bar, the Tryst Club, and the Deck.

No known obituary.

Esmeralda Bermudez

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December 19, 1983 – April 28, 2016

Kalamazoo resident Esmeralda Bermudez graduated from Traverse City High School in 2005, earned her associates degree from Northern Michigan College, and worked as a dental technician.  She was survived by two daughters and her wife Jade Austin Morgan.

Dignity Memorial obituary

Robert Hatcher

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May 12, 1984 – June 27, 2006

Known for his “fallout” dance move, Robert “Reebe” Hatcher became involved in the Ruth Ellis Center for homeless LGBT youth in Highland Park in his late teens.  He died of complications from a heart condition at age 22.

Between The Lines, July 20, 2006

Bradley Grant

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June 4, 1963 – July 19, 1993

Bradley Grant was a longtime member of the Detroit chapter of Black and White Men Together.  He served on the board of the Michigan Organization or Human Rights and was active with the Detroit Area Gay/Lesbian Council.  He also performed as a female impersonator under the name Peaches la Fleur.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 30.

BWMT Detroit newsletter, August 1993

Isabello Reyes Jr.

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November 19, 1955 – September 27, 2003

As board chair and educator with Gospel Against AIDS/Global Research, Education, and Training Network, physician Isabello Reyes Jr. pushed for AIDS education, care, and civil rights protections.  In addition to his advocacy, Reyes taught at Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Detroit.

Between The Lines, October 16, 2003

Prophet Jones

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November 24, 1907 – August 12, 1971

James Francis Jones, better known as Prophet Jones, was a nationally renowned religious leader in Detroit famed for his flamboyance and fantastical predictions.  In 1956, he was arrested for allegedly making an “indecent proposal” to an undercover vice officer.

The Advocate, September 15-28, 1971

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

June Peppas

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June 6, 1929 – March 14, 2016

From 1948 to 1954, June Ann Peppas played first base and as a pitcher with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, including the Battle Creek Belles and the Kalamazoo Lassies teams.  She earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Western Michigan University and later operated PJ’s Printing in Allegan with her life partner of 46 years, Polly Huitt.

TC Palm, March 20, 2016

Robert Clark

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October 5, 1980 – December 13, 2014

Activist Robert Clark was past president of the Black Pride Society, which produces Detroit’s annual Hotter Than July celebration.  He served on the Michigan HRC Steering Committee and was active in the Peninsula Group.

Between The Lines, December 18, 2014