Karl Reichenbach

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May 8, 1905 – July 10, 1989

A native of Connecticut, Karl Henry Reichenbach earned his graduate degree in history at Yale in 1929 and was assistant professor at the University of Michigan, teaching there for 44 years.  During the 1950s, he was part of an Ann Arbor gay crowd that attended parties hosted by Henry Van Dyke.  As his “drag” name at such events, Reichenbach was known as “Frieda.”

Ann Arbor News, July 12, 1989

Phyllis Erb

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January 19, 1932 – December 14, 2017

Grayling resident Phyllis Ann Erb worked for 24 years as a wound specialist with the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.  She met her life partner Patricia Teal in the mid-1960s when both were heterosexually-married housewives and mothers.  Erb and Teal operated the Heritage House Bed and Breakfast in Gaylord from 1991 to 1996.

Ann Arbor News, December 24, 2017

Avery Hopwood

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May 28, 1882 – July 1, 1928

A 1905 graduate of the University of Michigan, Avery Hopwood went on to enjoy a celebrated career as a playwright, once having four plays staged on Broadway simultaneously.  With friend Carl Van Vechten, Hopwood experienced the homosexual underworld of New York in the 1910s and ‘20s.  Much of his estate was bequeathed to fund annual literary awards for UM students.

New York Times, July 2, 1928

Michigan Daily, July 3, 1928

Harry Kevorkian

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August 7, 1947 – February 3, 2002

Originally from Waterford, Harry “Kitty” Kevorkian became involved in the Gay Liberation Front in Ann Arbor during in the early 1970s.  He, took part in numerous protests, once crashing an event donned in skag drag at the home of the president of the University of Michigan.  Kevorkian was a candidate for the city’s mayor in 1974 and later headed the bus union during a 42-day walkout.

Between The Lines, February 21, 2002

Charles Tyson

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April 12, 1944 – August 27, 1986

Charles Tyson served as vice president of the Michigan Organization for Human Rights in the mid-1980s.  He and his business partner Kathie Dannemiller formed the consulting firm Dannemiller Tyson Associates in Ann Arbor.  He was also active in the Human Rights Campaign Fund and the Republican Party.

Cruise, September 3, 1986

MOHR newsletter, October-November 1986