Eugene Forrest

 

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February 6, 1948 – October 5, 1986

Eugene Carlpeter Forrest was born in Sault Ste. Marie, graduated from Sault Ste. Marie High School in 1966, and went on to graduate from Western Michigan University.  Forrest moved to San Francisco in his mid-20s where he was later president of the Barbary Coasters motorcycle club.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 38.

Bay Area Reporter, October 30, 1986

David Sindt

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December 8, 1940 – December 3, 1986

Originally from Minneapolis-St. Paul, David Sindt earned degrees in horticulture and divinity before earning his Masters in Social Work at the University of Michigan in 1971.  During his studies at UM, he examined the recently formed Detroit Gay Liberation Front.  After moving to Chicago, Sindt founded Presbyterians for Gay/Lesbian Concerns.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 46.

David Sindt Profile at LGBTQ Religious Archives Network

David Sindt Papers at the Presbyterian Historical Society

Roger LeClaire

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March 24, 1950 – February 3, 1986

Roger Thomas LeClaire attended Detroit’s De La Salle Collegiate High School, where he lettered in football.  By the 1970s, he had made his way to California and did modeling under the name Geoffrey Kane for Playgirl and International Male.  LeClaire also worked as a photographer and as a bartender in West Hollywood.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 35.

Detroit Free Press, February 7, 1986

The AIDS Memorial

Strowan Robertson

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May 1, 1923 – January 11, 1986

In the early 1940s, Frederick Strowan Robertson attended the University of Michigan, where he roomed with W.H. Auden’s lover Chester Kallman.  Robertson finished his B.A. at the University of British Columbia then returned to Ann Arbor to earn his M.A. at UM.  He was active in community theater and gay social circles there in the 1950s.  In later life, he worked for the National Film Board of Canada.

Montreal Gazette, January 22, 1986

Robert Lowe

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July 19, 1961 – June 10, 1986

Robert Dean Lowe, Boo-Boo to friends, graduated with the class of 1980 from Lakeshore High School in St. Clair Shores.  He worked as doorman at Menjo’s nightclub in the mid-1980s and was co-owner of the popular afterhours dance emporium Heaven.  Lowe was found shot to death in his Palmer Woods home in Detroit at age 25.

Cruise, June 18, 1986

Metra, June 18, 1986

Charles Tyson

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April 12, 1944 – August 27, 1986

Charles Tyson served as vice president of the Michigan Organization for Human Rights in the mid-1980s.  He and his business partner Kathie Dannemiller formed the consulting firm Dannemiller Tyson Associates in Ann Arbor.  He was also active in the Human Rights Campaign Fund and the Republican Party.

Cruise, September 3, 1986

MOHR newsletter, October-November 1986

James Markunas

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June 8, 1937 – October 19, 1986

Fr. James Markunas was a graduate of Detroit’s Cody High School and Albion College.  While serving as associate rector of St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Detroit, Fr. Markunas was arrested for peaceably demonstrating after the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 49.

Bay Area Reporter, October 23, 1986

Marion Dunlap Whitman

April 17, 1927 – April 18, 1986

Raised as James Dunlap, Marion Dunlap Whitman worked as a sewing machine operator in the late 1950s and was one of numerous crossing-dressing African-American Detroiters entrapped on the streets by undercover vice.  After serving 18 months in the State Prison of Southern Michigan, she moved to San Francisco.

Bay Area Reporter, May 15, 1986

Bobby Calvert

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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