Joan Corbin

May 21, 1921 – March 4, 2004

Joan Jeanette Corbin was born in Armada, grew up in Richmond, and moved to Los Angeles in 1946.  With her then-partner Irma Wolf, Corbin was a founding member of the board for ONE Incorporated, publisher of ONE magazine.  She served as art director for ONE under the pseudonym Eve Everlee from 1953 to 1963.  Corbin continued to draw into her 70s, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Joan Corbin papers at the ONE Archives

Michael Sweazey

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November 16, 1953 – November 16, 2004

Michael Sweazey of Canton and formerly of Garden City began bartending at Gigi’s in Detroit in the mid-1970s and was one of six employees to inherit ownership of the bar after the death of Tony Garneau.  For many years he worked as Gigi’s show director and performed female impersonation under the name Vanessa LaSalle.  Sweazey was survived by his life partner of 28 years Steven McAfee.

Between The Lines, December 2, 2004

Vanessa LaSalle at Our Community Roots

Ken Christopher

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May 25, 1961 – October 2, 2004

A 1979 graduate of Southeastern High School in Detroit, Ken Christopher earned a degree in business from Wayne State and worked as an accountant for the City of Detroit.  He shared his passion for film with the monthly Moon-lit Movie Club he founded at Affirmations.  His other community activities included AIDS Walk Detroit and Brothers United in Literary Text, a book club for gay African American men.

Between The Lines, October 14, 2004

Usein Alieff

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April 24, 1929 – April 16, 2004

Usein “Mike” Alieff Jr. grew up in Pontiac and for many years ran his own piano school in Birmingham.  He and his life companion Max LePard shared a home in Royal Oak for more than forty years.  In their retirement, he and LePard were crochet instructors at the Royal Oak Senior Center.

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Anne Garrison

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January 19, 1911 – February 8, 2004

Rev. Anne Garrison was a longtime ally who joined Michigan State University campus ministries after retiring as a business professor.  She served on the bishop’s committee that produced a pioneering 1973 report that recommended greater inclusions for gay people within the Michigan Diocese of the Episcopal Church.

Detroit Free Press, February 17. 2004