Regi Thompson

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June 17, 1955 – June 27, 2005

Detroit native Regi Thompson worked as a party promoter before opening his own gay club, Regine’s Off the Park, in 1997 on the city’s east side.  When a fire gutted the club, Thompson rebuilt and expanded the space into a premiere dance spot.  He later renamed the bar the Palladium.

Between The Lines, June 30, 2005

George Benjey

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May 29, 1963 – February 2, 1995

Hamtramck resident George Benjey was born in Detroit, grew up Downriver, and graduated from Woodhaven High School in 1981.  A longtime member of Metro Detroit’s LGBTQ community, Benjey worked at the Gold Coast Saloon, Backstage, and Tiffany’s.

Cruise, February 8, 1995

Metra, February 15, 1995

Henry Trent

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September 16, 1927 – October 2, 2005

Union Lake resident Henry Charles Trent served in the U.S. military and operated Trent’s Prime Rib Beef Market in Detroit prior to opening Menjo’s in Detroit with Mike Crawford and Joe LaRosa.  Trent also owned the Prudential Health Club in Detroit.

Detroit Free Press, October 4, 2005

Lawrence Burns

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April 9, 1958 – August 14, 1989

Lawrence Richard Burns was born in Detroit and for nine years worked at the Backstage restaurant, first as a waiter and later as assistant manager and bookkeeper.  A onetime resident of Palmer Park in Detroit, Burns lived in Westland.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 41.

Cruise, August 23, 1989

Al Brewer

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September 13, 1950 – December 19, 2011

Originally from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Al Brewer sang at such gay Detroit clubs as Bookie’s, My Fair Lady, and the Other Side in the 1970s.  He received multiple nominations for best live male vocalist from the Performers Awards of Detroit.  Toward the end of his life, Brewer served as Karaoke host at the Temple Bar.

No known obituary

Tony Maniaci

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August 5, 1984 – March 7, 2013

Pleasant Ridge resident Anthony Leonard Maniaci was born in Detroit.  He worked as a popular bartender at Menjo’s and Backstreet in Detroit, and at Pronto in Royal Oak.  At the time of his death, Maniaci was manager at Inuendo.

OutPost, March 13, 2013

Scott Lawrence

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October 29, 1961 – February 10, 2000

Scott Lawrence, a homeowner in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, graduated high school in Warren and was employed with area advertising agencies.  He volunteered with Affirmations Community Center and for a time worked as a waiter at the Backstage Deli.  Lawrence was survived by his life partner Ron Fisher.

Between The Lines, March 9, 2000