Leslie Leoneli

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December 21, 1947 – September 24, 2009

Raised in Highland Park, Leslie Leonelli attended Oakland University and worked in local theater in Rochester and beyond Michigan before moving to New York City in 1973.  Following a career off-Broadway, she worked as a massage therapist and helped found the women’s production company Ars Pro Femina.  Later in life she operated Pearl’s Rainbow, a renowned resort for women.

Lesbian Connection, January/February 2010

Harry Kevorkian

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August 7, 1947 – February 3, 2002

Originally from Waterford, Harry “Kitty” Kevorkian became involved in the Gay Liberation Front in Ann Arbor during in the early 1970s.  He, took part in numerous protests, once crashing an event donned in skag drag at the home of the president of the University of Michigan.  Kevorkian was a candidate for the city’s mayor in 1974 and later headed the bus union during a 42-day walkout.

Between The Lines, February 21, 2002

Allen Robinson

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March 9, 1947 – March 31, 1987

Allen Robinson grew up in Port Huron and served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.  Robinson moved to Detroit in his early 20s, lived for a time in San Francisco, and in the early 1980s returned to Michigan, where he worked at Tiffany’s and the Interchange, and at Metra magazine as managing editor.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 40.

Cruise, April 8, 1987

Carol Srbeny

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March 13, 1947 – November 11, 1996

A Chicago native, Carol Srbeny moved to Interlochen when she was 25, earned a second Bachelor’s degree, and worked as a self-employed counselor.  An animal lover and wildlife enthusiast, she was active in the Grand Traverse area chapter of Dignity and Friends North.

Traverse City Record-Eagle, November 13, 1996

Friends North newsletter, January-February 1997

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