Randy McGinn

Randy McGinn pic

April 25, 1950 – January 21, 1991

Randy Hutton McGinn of Key West, Florida graduated with the Owosso High School class of 1968 and went on to attend Michigan State University and the Virginia Ferrell School of Cosmetology in St. Clair Shores.  McGinn owned Randy’s Coiffer’s in Owosso and previously operated The Ultimate Image in Lansing.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 40.

Key West Citizen, January 22, 1991

Martha Charles

May 29, 1944 – April 6, 2005

Martha Charles of Lathrup Village was born in Crawfordsville, Indiana and as a toddle moved to Detroit, where she graduated with the class of 1962 from Cass Tech High School.  After earning her B.A. from Western Michigan University, she taught middle and high school in St. Clair Shores.  Charles was active in Women Together and co-founded the group Lesbian-A-Sisters.  Her partner Sue Brooks survived her.

Between The Lines, May 12, 2005

Marjorie Lyda

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July 20, 1930 – January 21, 2009

Marjorie Ann Lyda earned her MSW from Wayne State and in 1967 became the first African-American woman to open a psychotherapy practice in Birmingham.  She was one of the earliest therapists in Metro Detroit to provide positive counseling to gay clients and offered pioneering treatment for people now termed transgender.  Lyda also served as pastor for churches in Ferndale and Detroit.

Detroit News, January 28, 2009

Michael Phelan

Michael Phelan pic

June 6, 1949 – January 9, 1990

Michael Phelan grew up in St. Clair Shores and graduated from Lakeview High School.  During the 1970s, he performed female impersonation as Whitney Blake at various Detroit bars and won titles for Miss Todd’s, Miss Bookie’s, and Miss Michigan before moving to California.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 40.

Cruise, January 24, 1990

Robert Lowe

Robert Lowe pic

July 19, 1961 – June 10, 1986

Robert Dean Lowe, Boo-Boo to friends, graduated with the class of 1980 from Lakeshore High School in St. Clair Shores.  He worked as doorman at Menjo’s nightclub in the mid-1980s and was co-owner of the popular afterhours dance emporium Heaven.  Lowe was found shot to death in his Palmer Woods home in Detroit at age 25.

Cruise, June 18, 1986

Metra, June 18, 1986

Anthony Trupiano

Anthony Trupiano pic

March 3, 1961 – April 9, 2018

Athony Trupiano grew up in St. Clair Shores, graduated from Lakeland High School in White Lake in 1980, and later earned a degree in mass communications from Alma College.  A devoted Democrat, Trupiano hosted a progressive radio program for more than 20 years, often showcasing LGBTQ causes and featuring queer and transgender activists as guests.

Press & Guide, April 12, 2018