Bella Bruinekool

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November 3, 1999 – May 19, 2013

Weeks after posting a YouTube video describing herself as a lesbian, eighth-grader Isabella “Bella” Bruinekool took her own life.  An honor roll student at Milwood Magnet School in Kalamazoo, she enjoyed reading, skateboarding, photography, baking, and her friends.

Between The Lines, June 6, 2013

Shelley Hilliard

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Died October 23, 2011

Michelle Hilliard, a 19-year-old trans sex worker who enjoyed photography and music, was slain in Detroit in the early morning hours of October 23, 2011.

Between The Lines, November 17, 2011

Between The Lines, December 8, 2011

Trailer for Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice, Mapping a Detroit Story