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

Robert Brunner

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July 14, 1955 – June 11, 1999

For more than 25 years, Robert Brunner performed female impersonation in Detroit under the name Melba Moore, winning the Miss Gay Continental U.S.A. title for 1981-82 and honored for Lifetime Achievement by the Performers Awards of Detroit in 1999.

Cruise, June 16, 1999

Melba Moore Tribute at Our Community Roots

Bobby Calvert

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November 28, 1942 – February 15, 1986

A onetime store manager for Kmart, Bobby Calvert and his life partner Dan Campbell operated both Todd’s Sway Lounge and the Akron Health Club on Detroit’s East Side.  Calvert also testified before city council in favor of including sexual orientation in the 1979 Omnibus Human Rights Ordinance.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 43.

Metra, February 26, 1986