June 21, 1908 – March 13, 1960
Detroit resident James P. Wiles, a heterosexually married personnel manager for IBM who was arrested in a crackdown on homosexual activity on campus at the University of Michigan in late 1959 and early 1960, took his own life days before he was to be sentenced.
Mattachine Review, May 1960
November 28, 1942 – February 15, 1986
A onetime store manager for Kmart, Bobby Calvert and his life partner Dan Campbell operated both Todd’s Sway Lounge and the Akron Health Club on Detroit’s East Side. Calvert also testified before city council in favor of including sexual orientation in the 1979 Omnibus Human Rights Ordinance. He died from AIDS-related complications at age 43.
Metra, February 26, 1986
April 5, 1966 – April 18, 2013
Imlay City resident Naomi Lynne Hall studied physical therapy at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn and worked as an assistant in home care and senior centers in Lapeer County. She and her life partner Cynthia Neal attended Cornerstone Baptist Church.
Lapeer County Press, April 24, 2013
February 24, 1949 – March 30, 2000
Detroit native and world-traveling hippie, Elizabeth Kaiser interrupted her long lesbian relationship with physician Margaret Poscher to nurse her mother and raise her son. She died from breast cancer at age 51.
Bay Area Reporter, April 13, 2000
January 20, 1921 – April 16, 1998
Irma Wolf grew up in Mount Clemens and worked as a stenographer and sales clerk during World War II. After the war, she moved to Los Angeles where, in the 1950s, she served as editor of ONE magazine under the name Ann Carll Reid.
The Women of ONE
September 14, 1945 – November 4, 2012
A founder of the Motor City Business Forum and Southfield podiatrist, Burton Fogelman received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Detroit Area Pride Banquet in 2001.
Between The Lines, November 8, 2012
October 13, 1917 – December 6, 1985
Chicago puppeteer Franklin Burr Tillstrom, creator of Kukla and Ollie on the television kid’s show Kukla, Fran, and Ollie, owned a summer home in Saugatuck.
New York Times, December 8, 1985
Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame