Shearon Dudley

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April 30, 1924 – October 31, 1989

Navy veteran and 1954 University of Michigan graduate Shearon Dudley was a 36-year-old Ypsilanti resident when he was charged in November 1959 with attempting to procure gross indecency as part of an undercover police crackdown on homosexual activity at UM.  Married with six children, he had a career in marine biology and later became a minister in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Obituary unknown

Mary White

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March 29, 1928 – November 1, 2007

A native of Ypsilanti, Mary White earned a B.A. from Eastern Michigan University in 1950, served as a counselor for the Orchard Ridge Campus of Oakland Community College from 1966 to 1992, and was active in the Gaia Women of the Great Lakes Basin chorus.  She worked as a psychologist in Royal Oak before retiring to Gilbert Lake near Empire, Michigan.

Lesbian Connection, March/April 2008

Don Hazlett

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September 17, 1932 – June 23, 2010

A native of Ypsilanti, Donald Hazlett served in the U.S. Air Force in the early 1950s.  Hazlett later operated Don’s Beef N Ale in Detroit and with Paul Espenscheid co-owned Menjo’s during the 1990s.  He and Espenscheid shared the Lifetime Achievement Award presented at the 1994 Detroit area Pride Banquet.

Toledo Blade, June 26, 2010

Michael McGuire

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May 6, 1949 – July 16, 2012

A native of St. Louis, Michael McGuire earned degrees from SUNY-Fredonia and Michigan State University.  As professor of music therapy at Eastern Michigan University, McGuire helped push the university to establish a campus LGBT resource center and create the Stonewall Scholarship to provide financial aid to LGBT student leaders.

Ann Arbor News, July 16, 2012

Between The Lines, July 26, 2012

Michael G. McGuire papers at Eastern Michigan University Archives

Dillon Ptaszek

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December 13, 1987 – September 13, 2013

A graduate of Ypsilanti High School, Ann Arbor resident Dillon Ptaszek earned a degree in marine biology and was employed at the aquatics store Fish Doctors when he lost his life in an automobile accident at age 25.  He was survived by Chris Kitely, his fiancé and partner of six years.

Between The Lines, September 26, 2013

Billie Edwards

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March 21, 1947 – July 5, 1995

Billie Edwards served as co-pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church in Detroit in the mid-1980s before becoming co-director of the Lesbian-Gay Male Program Office at the University of Michigan in 1987, a position she held until 1993.

Cruise, July 26, 1995

Billie Louise Edwards papers at the Bentley Historical Library