Jim Stone

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May 10, 1965 – March 4, 2020

A noted figure in Detroit’s electronic music scene, James Joseph Stone Jr. was born in Royal Oak and graduated from Seaholm High School in Birmingham in 1984.  He attended Eastern Michigan University and came out as a young gay man on the dance floors of Todd’s and Heaven.  A musician and DJ, Stone became an important distributor and promoter of house and techno throughout the metro area.

Potere-Modetz Funeral Home

The Advocate: Jim Stone, 1965-2020

Brent Lewis

September 30, 1965 – May 27, 2003

Detroit native and Pershing High grad Brent O’Neal Lewis earned his B.A. from Wayne State University.  He was an early participant in Men of Color and volunteered on the promotions committee for Hotter Than July.  Lewis also helped launch HIV meal outreach through Full Truth Fellowship Church and visited hospitalized PWAs through the group Oliver Branch.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 37.

Between The Lines, June 19, 2003

Charles Petty

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March 24, 1965 – November 21, 1995

Warren resident Charles Petty grew up around Waterford and Pontiac and graduated with the class of 1983 from Lake Orion High School.  He was a bartender at the Woodward and the Other Side, as well as a dancer at the Gold Coast.  Petty later handled maintenance at the TNT Health Club and his lover was Danny Potter.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 30

Cruise, December 13, 1995.

Robert Penick III

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September 24, 1965 – May 23, 1992

Robert Edward Lee Penick III graduated with the class of 1983 from Cass Tech High School in Detroit.  He came out in the early 1980s on the dance floors of such gay nightclubs as Todd’s, Bookie’s, and the Famous Door.  At age 20, Penick moved to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 28.

No known obituary

James Drain

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December 2, 1965 – May 17, 1994

Born in Detroit, James Douglas Drain served in the U.S. Army from 1984 to 1986 and was active in the organization Men of Color.  He later worked as office manager for Affirmations Community Center.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 28.

Affirmations newsletter, July 1994

Janine Denommé

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February 17, 1965 – May 17, 2010

Janine Denommé was born in Detroit and majored in religious studies at the University of Detroit Mercy.  She later earned her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania and served as director of youth programs at the Center on Halsted in Chicago.  In April 2010, Denommé fulfilled a lifelong dream and was ordained by the Roman Catholic Womenpriests contrary to the Church’s ban on women priests.

Huffington Post, May 19, 2010

Detroit News, May 28, 2010

Elegy for Janine Denommé

D.J. Boos

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April 4, 1965 – March 14, 2014

Danny W. (D.J.) Boos Jr. grew up in Beaverton and graduated from the Beaverton Rural Schools in 1982.  After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps until 1989, he moved to Chicago where he worked in the hospitality industry.  Long active in the Windy City LGBT community, Boos was named Mr. Chicago Leather in 1997.

Windy City Times, March 19, 2014

Vielka Holness

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August 27, 1965 – June 4, 2015

A graduate of Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx, Vielka Holness received her B.A. from New York University.  She studied law at the University of Michigan Law School, clerked with the Michigan Court of Appeals, earned a Masters from Columbia, and received certification from Harvard’s Management Development Program in Higher Ed.  She capped an esteemed career serving as director for Post-Graduate Opportunities and the Pre-Law Institute of John Jay College.

Journal News, June 6, 2015

Garland Gillard II

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October 1, 1965 – January 24, 2001

Garland Gillard II operated PC Doctor, a computer repair business, and served as minister of music for Full Truth Unity Fellowship Church in Detroit.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 35.

Between The Lines, February 8, 2001