Joseph Zendell

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October 10, 1949 – January 15, 1995

Joseph Mattingley Zendell coordinated programs for the Michigan Council for the Arts in Detroit from 1974 to 1981.  Active in the Association of Suburban People and the Motor City Business Forum, he also served as an early financial officer with the Michigan Organization for Human Rights.  In 1982, Zendell moved to Illinois to lead the Evanston Arts Council.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 45.

Chicago Tribune, January 21, 1995

Larry Gaynier

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October 14, 1949 – August 6, 1994

Taylor resident Larry Thomas Gaynier taught high school English and communications in Brownstown Charter Township for 22 years.  A member of the Association of Suburban People in the early 1980s, Gaynier later served on the boards of Affirmations and the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 44.

Detroit Free Press, August 9, 1994

Affirmations Newsletter, September 1994

James Limbacher

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November 30, 1926 – February 8, 2003

James Louis Limbacher, audio-visual librarian with the Dearborn Public Library for 35 years, was born in Ohio and moved to Michigan in 1955.  He earned his Master’s in library science degree at Wayne State and also taught at Wayne as a world-renowned film historian.  Limbacher was active with the Association of Suburban People and the Forum Foundation.

Detroit Free Press, February 13, 2003

Peter Cooper

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December 19, 1952 – April 27, 2017

Detroit native Peter Cooper, Cody High School class of 1971, worked for National City Bank for 20 years and for a decade was employed with AIDS Partnership Michigan.  While in college in the early 1970s, he became involved in the Wayne State Gay Liberation Front.  He was subsequently active in MCC Detroit, ASP, Simcha, and Affirmations.  Cooper was survived by his partner of 12 years Jonathan Quirk.

Between The Lines, May 4, 2017

Hal Lawson

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January 28, 1925 – June 21, 2003

Hal Lawson, a graduate of Wayne State University, was founding chair from 1958 to 1960 of the Detroit Area Council of the Mattachine Society, the first known organization for homosexuals in Michigan.  He was later involved in ONE in Detroit, the Association of Suburban People, the Michigan Organization for Human Rights, the Unitarian-Universalist Gay Caucus, and Dignity/Flint.

Between The Lines, July 17, 2003

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

Henry Messer

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September 22, 1927 – February 18, 2014

From 1976 to 2014, Dearborn Heights neurosurgeon Dr. Henry Messer was a tireless advocate for gay rights in Michigan, active in the Association of Suburban People and the Michigan Organization for Human Rights.  In 1991, Messer played an instrumental role in establishing the Triangle Foundation, which later became Equality Michigan.

Between The Lines, February 20, 2014