James P. Wiles

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

Larry Zimmerman

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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

Billie Edwards

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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