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
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
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
October 31, 1936 – May 5, 1992
Mothers and co-founders of Affirmations Community Center in Ferndale, Susan Pittman and her life partner Christine Puckett were brutally murdered by their neighbor in the driveway of their Huron Township home.
Michigan Tribune, June 1992
November 3, 1941 – October 14, 2005
Oak Park resident Phyllis Wyrick held a Masters from Wayne State and enjoyed a long career with the Girl Scouts and the YWCA. In the mid-1990s she served on the board for Affirmations Community Center.
Between The Lines, November 3, 2005