Saje Nieto

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February 14, 1996 – February 12, 2016

Born in Tecumseh, Saja Mykel Nieto graduated in 2014 from Adrian High School, where he was active in the LGBT Club and the Color Guard.  In addition to studying zoology at Northern Michigan University, Nieto worked at Pet Supplies Plus, as a supervisor at Adrian Image Center, and as a manager at B Fit.

Adrian Daily Telegram, February 15, 2016

Leon Smith

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August 7, 1952 – January 12, 2012

Detroiter Leon Smith attended Murray-Smith High School and became active in the local LGBT community in the 1980s.  He helped launch the Men of Color Motivational Group, was one of the original organizers of the Hotter Than July pride celebration, and took part in a support group for HIV+ men sponsored by what was then known as Kick!.

Between The Lines, January 26, 2012

Sally Mae McCoy

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January 16, 1927 – March 31, 2002

Born in Royston, Georgia, Sally Mae McCoy moved to Detroit following World War II and attended Fleming Beauty School in the 1950s.  In addition to teaching cosmetology and operating a hair care business, she worked for 20 years as a custodian with the Detroit Public Schools.  Rev. Renee McCoy was among her five children.

Between The Lines, April 11, 2002

Jean Feimster

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January 28, 1962 – December 6, 2017

Jean Feimster of Whitehall and formerly of Lansing graduated high school in 1979 from Flint School of Choice and earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work in 1989 from the University of Michigan-Flint.  She was later employed as Director of Social Services at Hazel Findlay Country Manor in St. Johns.  Feimster was an avid Harley rider.

Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home

Leon DeMeunier

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August 15, 1914 – December 23, 1985

A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Leon Alfred DeMeunier grew up in Detroit and earned a degree in business administration from the University of Detroit, after which he operated his own tax and accounting service.  He chaired the Detroit Congress of Racial Equality in the early 1960s and was active in the early gay organization ONE in Detroit.

No known obituary

Leon DeMeunier papers at the Bentley Historical Library

Margaret Lorick

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July 10, 1926 – June 22, 2010

Margaret Lorick of Flint was employed as a cafeteria worker, a machine operator, and an office secretary before earning her degree to become a teacher.  Lorick described attending gay house parties hosted by Ruth Ellis in Detroit during the 1950s for an essay in the collection Inventing Lesbian Cultures in America.

Lawrence Moon Funeral Home

Coko Williams

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October 1, 1976 – April 3, 2012

Coko Williams, a 35-year-old transgender woman who sometimes worked as a hairstylist, was found shot to death in Detroit’s Palmer Park neighborhood.  After Fox 2 Detroit identified her as a “male prostitute” in its report of the crime, activists launched a protest against the station for being transphobic.  There was also no evidence that Williams engaged in sex work.

Between The Lines, April 5, 2012

Dimitrez Griffin

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March 23, 1975 – March 28, 2012

Detroiter Dimitrez Griffin was active in such groups as the Horizon Project, Mpowerment Detroit, and the Black Male Xchange.  As an HIV+ man, he advocated on behalf of other men who had sex with men.  Griffin was found murdered in his apartment at age 37.

Between The Lines, April 5, 2012

Ken Christopher

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May 25, 1961 – October 2, 2004

A 1979 graduate of Southeastern High School in Detroit, Ken Christopher earned a degree in business from Wayne State and worked as an accountant for the City of Detroit.  He shared his passion for film with the monthly Moon-lit Movie Club he founded at Affirmations.  His other community activities included AIDS Walk Detroit and Brothers United in Literary Text, a book club for gay African American men.

Between The Lines, October 14, 2004

Carter Conway

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May 27, 1963 – September 18, 2009

A 1981 graduate of Flint Southwestern High School, Carter Conway worked for the Hamady Brothers Grocery and the City of Flint.  A familiar patron at the State Bar and Copa Nightclub, he was a pianist, choir leader, and a member of Divine Peace Metropolitan Community Church in Waterford.

Flint Journal, October 1, 2009