April 29, 1931 – October 29, 1990
A onetime executive assistant with the Joffrey Ballet, Christopher Flynn operated a private dance studio in Rochester in the early 1970s and introduced his student and future superstar Madonna to gay nightlife at Menjo’s. In 1977, Flynn served as a founding officer of the Michigan Organization for Human Rights.
Cruise, November 7, 1990
Ten Percent, January 1-14, 1991
September 16, 1942 – June 18, 1993
Raised in Tacoma, Washington, Barry Joseph “Biejay” Brewitt served in the Army Medical Corps, attended the University of Detroit and Wayne State University, and worked for Westin Hotels. He was a founder and longtime officer in the early Detroit leather group Tribe. He died from AIDS-related complications at age 50.
Tacoma News Tribune, July 1, 1993
December 4, 1945 – January 11, 2016
A founder in 1979 of the Lansing Association for Human Rights, William Beachler later helped establish the Pride Scholarship for LGBT students at his alma mater Michigan State University.
Between The Lines, January 21, 2016
Remembering William Beachler
March 1, 1990 – Body found July 14, 2015
Detroiter Ashton O’Hara, also known as Jessica Storm, identified as trans and genderfluid, loved to dance, and enjoyed styling hair. The 25-year-old’s death in July 2015 marked the 14th murder of a transgender person in the U.S. that year.
Between The Lines, August 20, 2015
Died October 7, 1969
Sara “Jo” Estrada, a 42-year-old barmaid at the Twilight Zone in Detroit, was murdered during a robbery of the West Side gay bar in October 1969.
ONE in Detroit newsletter, December 1969
October 22, 1970 – May 24, 2013
St. Clair Shores resident Brenda Gooslin studied at Macomb Community College and worked in service information development for General Motors. She was survived by Susan Frederick, her life partner of 19 years.
Detroit Free Press, May 29, 2013
October 5, 1922 – April 28, 2002
Leo Janas worked in the shipping industry and resided over the years in Wyandotte, Melvindale, and Dearborn. In 1953, he became the first person from Metro Detroit to subscribe to ONE magazine.
Heritage Sunday, May 1, 2002