February 17, 1936 – July 24, 2015
A native of Washington, DC, Effie Ambler attended Bryn Mawr, earned her doctorate from Indiana University, and taught on the history faculty at Wayne State until her retirement in 2006.
Grosse Pointe News, August 6, 2015
June 21, 1908 – March 13, 1960
Detroit resident James P. Wiles, a heterosexually married personnel manager for IBM who was arrested in a crackdown on homosexual activity on campus at the University of Michigan in late 1959 and early 1960, took his own life days before he was to be sentenced.
Mattachine Review, May 1960
August 19, 1922 – May 18, 2016
Renowned art historian Marvin Eisenberg hosted discreet parties at the center of Ann Arbor’s gay social scene during the 1950s, a time when university and city officials frowned on any open homosexuality.
Ann Arbor News, June 12, 2016
May 11, 1955 – September 14, 2016
Larry Zimmerman worked as a real estate agent and was a founding member in 1980 of the Motor City Business Forum. He later served as dean at Macomb Community College. Zimmerman was survived by his partner of 37 years, husband Stuart Itzkowitz.
Detroit Free Press, September 16, 2016
October 19, 1950 – June 3, 2008
Gregory Kamm helped found the Gay Liberation Front at Western Michigan University in 1971 and later served as secretary for the Gay Liberation Movement at Michigan State University.
Between The Lines, June 26, 2008
January 1, 1939 – February 14, 2003
Anne Tracy was bibliographer with Special Collections in the Michigan State University Libraries, responsible for amassing one of the finest collections of LGBTQ materials in the Midwest.
Between The Lines, February 27, 2003
March 21, 1947 – July 5, 1995
Billie Edwards served as co-pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church in Detroit in the mid-1980s before becoming co-director of the Lesbian-Gay Male Program Office at the University of Michigan in 1987, a position she held until 1993.
Cruise, July 26, 1995
Billie Louise Edwards papers at the Bentley Historical Library
October 4, 1957 – January 24, 1998
Ellen Bommarito, an English instructor at the University of Michigan-Flint, served as the founding director in 1989 of the campus Lesbian Gay Bisexual Center.
Between The Lines, February 5, 1998