Stennis Ousley

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November 4, 1914 – January 18, 1991

Pianist Stennis Ousley accompanied Bramwell “ChiChi” Franklin at the Golden Slipper and other venues in the 1950s.  She performed solo at various straight and gay bars into the 1980s, including the Willis Show Club, the Tryst Club, and the Deck.

No known obituary.

Steve Franklin

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Dates of birth and death uncertain

Stephen Franklin held retail jobs at Silverman’s and National T-Shirt.  As manager of Bonnie and Clyde’s disco, he testified before the Lansing City Council in 1980 about police harassment of gay men at the nightclub.  He later migrated to Texas.  He died of complications from AIDS.

No known obituary.

Michael LaGatella

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July 24, 1967 – January 28, 1991

Michael LaGatella graduated from Lincoln High School in Warren and tended bar at the Woodward in Detroit while attending Wayne State University.  After he took his own life, LaGatella’s friends established a scholarship in his name for gay and lesbian students at Wayne.

Cruise, February 6, 1991

Between The Lines, September 19, 2013

Ken Collier

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January 9, 1949 – February 19, 1996

Known as the Godfather of House, legendary DJ Ken Collier spun music around Detroit for more than 30 years at such gay clubs as Bookie’s Club 870, Heaven, Todd’s, the Chessmate, and L’uomo.  His skill with the turntable inspired a new generation of DJs and helped put Detroit’s dance scene on the global musical map.

Metra, February 28, 1996

MetroTimes, May 15-21, 1996