Al Davey

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May 8, 1998 – July 3, 2018

Al Davey attended East Kentwood High School in Kentwood and went on to study communications and creative writing at Eastern Michigan University.  They also edited Cellar Roots, the EMU literary and arts magazine and authored At the Close: A Collection of Poems.  Davey was non-binary and active with the campus group QUEST, Queer Unity for Eastern Students.  They took their own life at age 20.

Grand Rapids Press, July 4, 2018

Eastern Echo, July 9, 2018

 

Diane Kotila

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May 28, 1969 – June 23, 1990

Diane Kotila was born in Southfield and graduated with the class of 1987 from Kimball High School in Royal Oak.  She was a student at Oakland University and was employed by William Beaumont Hospital.  After losing her life in an automobile accident, friends held a benefit at the Railroad Crossing for a fund in her name at Affirmations to help provide lesbian and gay youth with counseling and support.

Royal Oak Daily Tribune, June 24, 1990

Affirmations newsletter, September 1990

Dani Som

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December 8, 1998 – February 16, 2019

Dani Som, also known as Dani Sommerville, was born in Southfield and was a 2017 graduate of Berkley High School.  He received a Spirit of Detroit Award in 2015 for achievement and leadership, including his involvement in music and theater, as well as extensive volunteer work.  As an out young trans man, Som was active with Affirmations and FtM Detroit.  Months after moving to Oregon, he took his own life.

Between The Lines, April 11, 2019

Amber MonRoe

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May 23, 1995 – August 8, 2015

According to Detroit police, 20-year-old Amber Monroe was engaged in sex work In August 2015 when she was shot and killed near Six Mile and Woodward.  She was the twelfth trans woman of color murdered in the U.S. that year.  Monroe attended Oak Park High School, studied at Wayne State, and was a familiar face at the Ruth Ellis Center.

Between The Lines, August 20, 2015

Sam Taub

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December 18, 1999 – April 9, 2015

Sam Taub was a ninth grader at West Bloomfield High School who identified as trans and skated with the Darlings of Destruction Junior Roller Derby League in Roseville.  Taub struggled with anorexia and anxiety and took his own life at age fifteen.

The Advocate, April 16, 2015

Detroit Free Press, July 16, 2015

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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

Cody Petzold

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August 12, 1993 – December 26, 2014

Cody Petzold was valedictorian of his class at Holly High School in 2011 and went on to become a student leader and LGBT activist at Oakland University.  In addition to studying human resources, he served as the vice president of the campus Gay Straight Alliance and interned with the Chrysler Corporation.

Daily Tribune, December 30, 2014

Oakland Post, January 8, 2015

J. Dallas Egbert III

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October 29, 1962 – August 16, 1980

James Dallas Egbert III was a gay 16-year-old computer science prodigy and Dungeons and Dragons fan who disappeared from his Michigan State University dorm room in August 1979, prompting a month-long search of steam tunnels beneath the university.  He took his own life at age 17.

New York Times, August 25, 1980

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

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