Ernie Horne

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August 9, 1926 – March 5, 2010

Longtime Utica resident Ernest Horne was born in Boston, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, graduated from Harvard University, and moved to Detroit in the late 1940s.  From 1961 to 1992, he was a librarian at the GM Tech Center in Warren.  Horne was active in numerous Detroit area organizations, including the Association of Suburban People, the Detroit Area Gay/Lesbian Council, the Forum Foundation, and Affirmations.

Between The Lines, March 11, 2010

Ernest L. Horne papers at the Walter P. Reuther Library

Mario Cirefice

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September 2, 1964 – February 7, 2007

Metro Detroit resident Mario Cirefice worked for Clean Care dry cleaners in Oak Park and as a self-employed landscaper.  He was a member of the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit and participated in the men’s discussion group at Affirmations.

Between The Lines, February 22, 2007

Arlene Kish

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October 12, 1950 – January 7, 2017

Business owner Arlene Kish attended Shafer High School in Southgate and studied marketing and advertising at Ferris State University.  A devoted transgender community organizer and activist, Kish served on the board of Affirmations.  As a conservative political independent, she often took flack for supporting Republican causes.

Heritage Newspapers, January 11, 2017

Beth Kendall

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June 10, 1952 – August 30, 2007

A native of Mason, Elizabeth Ann Kendall grew up in Mio, received her Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University, and earned an MBA from Oakland University, enjoying a long career in budget and finance.  Her involvement in the Detroit area LGBTQ community included support for Affirmations and the Ruth Ellis Center.  She and her partner Torii Hamilton married in Canada in 2003.

Between The Lines, September 13, 2007

Gay Whiteside

August 22, 1945 – November 17, 1993

Wyandotte resident Gay Whiteside formed a chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis in Detroit in 1971.  She was also active with the Gay Radio Collective, was a longtime member of the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit, and volunteered on the Affirmations telephone hotline.

Detroit Free Press, November 19, 1993

Affirmations Newsletter, January 1994