March 2, 1953 – June 7, 2006
Detroit native and Center Line resident Jamie Marie Phillips-Fox was a pioneering transgender volunteer and activist in South East Michigan. With her future wife Michelle Fox-Phillips, she founded what was then known as Transgender Detroit. Phillips-Fox was also involved in Crossroads, Transgender Michigan, Affirmations, and PFLAG Detroit.
Detroit News, June 10, 2006
Between The Lines, June 15, 2006
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
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
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
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
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
July 5, 1952 – May 5, 1992
Mothers and co-founders of Affirmations Community Center in Ferndale, Christine Puckett and her life partner Susan Pittmann were brutally murdered by their neighbor in the driveway of their Huron Township home.
Michigan Tribune, June 1992