Connie McConnohie

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September 14, 1944 – June 24, 2005

Born in Los Angeles, Connie McConnohie moved to Detroit in the early1970s where she worked for the city’s department of social services and became involved in gay lib politics.  After a split with the Detroit Gay Activists, McConnohie formed the Motor City Alliance of Gays and published Gayzette, a short-lived local gay newspaper.  In 1973, she ran as an open lesbian for a city council seat, losing in the primary.

Detroit Free Press, April 18, 2006

Connie McConnohie remembrance by East Side Republican Club

Joan Corbin

May 21, 1921 – March 4, 2004

Joan Jeanette Corbin was born in Armada, grew up in Richmond, and moved to Los Angeles in 1946.  With her then-partner Irma Wolf, Corbin was a founding member of the board for ONE Incorporated, publisher of ONE magazine.  She served as art director for ONE under the pseudonym Eve Everlee from 1953 to 1963.  Corbin continued to draw into her 70s, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

No known obituary

Joan Corbin papers at the ONE Archives

Vicki Arcaro

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October 20, 1966 – May 19, 2014

Vicki Arcaro grew up in Jackson and graduated from Jackson High School.  She earned her Bachelor’s from Michigan State University and was employed as an imaging technician for Allegiance Health for 21 years.  She died at age 47 after a three-year battle with cancer.  Arcaro was survived by her wife Jaime Sabin and daughter Gabby.

Jackson Citizen-Patriot, May 22, 2014

Win Wells

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April 3, 1933 – December 6, 1983

Originally from Arkansas, Winfred Wells was raised in Detroit and in the 1950s became a noted local beatnik poet.  In the 1960s he performed female impersonation under his own name at the Diplomat Lounge.  Wells subsequently moved to England, where he wrote screenplays and lived with his longtime companion, director Silvio Narizzano.

London Times, December 8, 1983

Gilbert Whelden Jr.

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March 23, 1921 – June 12, 2018

Detroit native Gilbert Hart Whelden Jr. attended Cranbrook Academy and Olivet College before serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He later graduated from Michigan State University and worked as an interior designer for J.L. Hudson.  He was also a member of the Forum Foundation and Unlimited Seniors.  In retirement, Whelden shared a home in Leland with his partner Paul Kieren.

Leelanau Enterprise, June 21,2018