May 5, 1940 – October 31, 2010
Born in Ferndale, Kathryn Avis Kay earned a degree in music literature from the University of Michigan, pursued a career in marketing and advertising, and became an active part of the lesbian and feminist community in Cleveland, Ohio.
Lesbian Connection, March/April 2011
January 8, 1901 – January 10, 1996
A native of Otsego, Forman Brown attended the University of Michigan in the early 1920s and, with cousin Harry Burnett and companion Roddy Brandon, formed the famed Yale Puppeteers. In his eighties, Brown revealed that he was the author of the 1933 gay novel Better Angel written under the penname Richard Meeker.
Los Angeles Times, January 12, 1996
Bay Area Reporter, January 18, 1996
Forman Brown scrapbook at the Bentley Historical Library
January 11, 1951 – November 7, 2016
Twin Oak resident Amy Oak taught special education and led teacher training workshops throughout Michigan. An avid gardener, cook, community activist, and drummer, she performed with her wife Barbara Pitcher in the musical ensemble Framing Rhythm.
Grand Haven Tribune, November 12, 2016
April 20, 1976 – April 8, 2013
Detroit native Edward Johnson studied dance at Oakland University, Marygrove College, and Wayne State University. His LGBTQ activism included work with the Horizons Project and Men of Color. Johnson also won a number of Detroit area female impersonation titles performing as Tokyo Reign.
Between The Lines, April 18, 2013
May 12, 1941 – March 19, 2014
Milton Ford taught liberal studies at Grand Valley State University and served as founding director of the campus LGBT Resource Center from 2008 to 2010. He authored the book Playing It Straight: Gay Men and Heterosexual Marriage.
Courier-Journal, March 23, 2014
August 22, 1975 – December 16, 2010
Amy Chesbro taught at Cleary Business School and Washtenaw Community College, sang with the OutLoud Chorus, and was fiancée of activist PJ TwoRavens. Chesbro was murdered in her car at age 35.
Between The Lines, December 23, 2010
January 10, 1931 – May 4, 2016
Outspoken Detroit attorney George Maurer served active duty in the U.S. Army from 1949 to 1955 and another 27 years in the Army Reserves. A co-founder of Wellness House, he earned his B.A. and J.D. from Wayne State University and was also a longtime co-owner of Gigi’s nightclub.
Metra, June 1, 2016
OutPost, June 2016