Ken Collier

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January 9, 1949 – February 19, 1996

Known as the Godfather of House, legendary DJ Ken Collier spun music around Detroit for more than 30 years at such gay clubs as Bookie’s Club 870, Heaven, Todd’s, the Chessmate, and L’uomo.  His skill with the turntable inspired a new generation of DJs and helped put Detroit’s dance scene on the global musical map.

Metra, February 28, 1996

MetroTimes, May 15-21, 1996

David Krumroy

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June 30, 1949 -January 18, 1989

His 1975 arrest in an undercover police crackdown on homosexual activity in Hines Park prompted David Krumroy to help form the Association of Suburban People.  Krumroy went on to edit Metro Gay News and co-found the Motor City Business Forum.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 39.

Chicago Tribune, January 27, 1989

Cruise, February 1, 1989

Rod Reinhart

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January 13, 1949 – November 24, 2015

A graduate of Oakland University, Rev. Rod Reinhart left teaching to attend divinity school and became one of the nation’s first openly gay priests ordained in the Episcopal Church.  He helped found the annual ecumenical worship service People Who Care About People with AIDS.

Between The Lines, December 3, 2015