Vaughn Grubbs

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June 1, 1950 – May 11, 2007

A founding member of the Detroit Gay Liberation Front, Vaughn Perry Grubbs was born in Detroit, attended Redford High School, and completed two years at Wayne State University.  Grubbs was later employed as regional manager for a rental car agency.  His life partner Marque Sime preceded him in death by two weeks.

Detroit Free Press, May 11, 2007

Dan Sivil

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June 25, 1940 – August 26, 1993

Native Detroiter Daniel Ross Sivil graduated from Cooley High School, earned his B.A. in English from Wayne State University, and worked as a computer analyst for General Motors for 18 years.  Later as a resident of Troy, Sivil served as president of the Association of Suburban People from 1979 tp 1982.  He was also active in MOHR, the Motor City Business Forum ,and the Detroit Area Gay/Lesbian Council.

Cruise, September 22, 1993

Daniel R. Sivil Papers at the Bentley Historical Library

Billy Herrod

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October 26, 1957 – December 19, 2003

Activist and Joliet, Illinois native Billy Wayne Herrod Jr. began his career in retail following community college and moved to Detroit in 1996 as a manager for Sam’s Club.  He served on the board for Kick!, predecessor to LGBT Detroit, and as a member of the Detroit Black Gay Pride board helped to organize the annual Hotter Than July in the early 2000s.

Between The Lines, January 8, 2004

Brent Dorian Carpenter

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April 19, 1964 – March 23, 2020

Writer and artists Brent Dorian Carpenter was born in Detroit and graduated from Cass Tech in 1981.  His entrée into Detroit’s African American LGBTQ community came in 2001 when he approached Hotter Than July planners to promote his first novel, Man of the Cloth.  Carpenter became and AIDS activist and he worked as a reporter and regular columnist for Between The Lines before moving to Atlanta in 2006.

Between The Lines, April 16, 2020

Joy Geng

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July 27, 1944 – June 21, 2020

Dearborn Heights resident Joy Estelle Geng graduated from Plymouth High School, earned her MBA at Wayne State, and worked for Ford Motors from 1967 to 1997.  Geng was an early board member of the Triangle Foundation, initially using Jay Grange to protect her job, and remained active with the organization after it became Equality Michigan.  She was survived by her partner Maria Winiarski.

Between The Lines, July 9, 2020

Jerry Moore

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April 24, 1928 – May 22, 2020

Jerry Abraham Moore grew up in Detroit, graduated from Redford High School, and attended Wayne State before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950.  Following his military service he became immersed in Detroit’s gay bar scene and from 1958 to 1960 served as secretary of the short-lived Detroit Area Council of the Mattachine Society, the first ever formal homosexual organization in Michigan.

Between The Lines [online only], June 12, 2020

Stephen Korzetz

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July 15, 1968 – February 4, 1996

AIDS activist Steven Martin Korzetz graduated from Anderson High School in Southgate.  He went on to earn a Bachelor’s in business from Wayne State University and later worked in the hotel industry in Dearborn.  Given six months to live in 1992, Korzetz left his job and traveled to more than 40 countries.  He became involved in Wellness Networks as well.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 27.

Detroit Free Press, February 7, 1995

Stephen Korzetz Papers at the Bentley Historical Library

William Thompson

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March 27, 1938 – September 21, 1994

Native Detroiter William John Thompson served in the Army, earned a Master’s from Wayne State, taught public school, and worked in advertising.  He was active in multiple organizations, including ASP, MOHR, Dignity, BWMT, and MAPP.  Thompson was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Detroit area Pride Banquet in 1993.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 56.

Between The Lines, November 1994

Cruise, November 9, 1994

Frank Martin

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April 12, 1938 – October 23, 2010

Huntington Woods resident Frank Gordon Martin was born in Detroit, graduated with the January 1957 class from Pershing High, and attended Wayne State University.  Martin later operated a textbook store near campus and in the 1980s was president of the Association of Suburban People.  He was survived by Al Vezza, his life partner of 54 years.  The two met on a streetcar just before Martin’s 18th birthday.

Between The Lines, November 4, 2010

Mica Kindman

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May 8, 1945 – November 22, 1991

Queens, New York native Michael Jay “Mica” Kindman attended Michigan State University in the mid-1960s and edited East Lansing’s first alternative newspaper The Paper.  Kindman later lived in Boston and San Francisco and became active in the Radical Faeries.  His autobiography, My Odyssey through the Underground Press, was published posthumously.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 46.

Bay Area Reporter, December 5, 1991