Kurt Tamm

October 26, 1966 – December 21, 2007

Born in Los Angeles, Kurt Andrew Tamm went to Bentley High School in Livonia.  He later tended bar at Backstreet in Detroit and Cobalt in Ferndale.  In his last years, Tamm made a home in Puerto Rico.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 41.

Between The Lines, January 17, 2008

Wilfred Thompson

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May 10, 1929 – December 15, 1986

Wilfred Zinow Thompson was born in Hamtramck, went to Pershing High School in Detroit, attended the University of Michigan in the early 1950s, and earned his B.A. in liberal arts from Wayne State University in 1958.  For a time, Thompson was affiliated with writer and photographer Carl Van Vechten and was an antiques dealer by trade.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 58.

Detroit Free Press, May 10, 1987

Bruce Allen

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March 3, 1945 – December 6, 1992

Native Detroiter Bruce Leonard Allen attended Lutheran West High School.  He was a member of Tribe and a co-founder of Baccus and worked as a bartender at the R&R, the E-Ramp, and Ruby’s.  Allen also performed as Tracy Daye, notably as a member of the house cast at Gigi’s, receiving the Performers Awards of Detroit Lifetime Achievement in 1992.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 47.

Cruise, December 16, 1992

Sue Brooks

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January 17, 1947 – December 16, 2020

Lathrup Village resident Susan Catherine Brooks moved to Michigan from Pennsylvania in the 1970s.  She earned her M.A. from Central Michigan, and worked for various Girl Scouts councils, the YWCA in Flint, and the YMCA in Detroit.  Brooks was also involved in the early lesbian organization Moonrise and with Paws with a Cause.  Her partners Martha Charles and Kathryn Wright preceded her in death.

No known obituary

Walter Drewek

June 27, 1942 – December 8, 2004

Detroit native Walter Mark Drewek worked for more than nearly three decades in kitchen and bathroom design and remodeling.  In his last five years of life, Drewek shared his Ferndale home with his partner Martin Oliver, who survived him.

Between The Lines, December 23, 2004

Dan Campbell

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July 26, 1932 – December 3, 1989

Canadian native Daniel Maine Campbell was born in Saskatchewan and trained as a pharmacist by profession.  In 1975, he and his life companion Bobby Calvert took over Todd’s Sway Lounge, making it into Detroit’s premiere Eastside gay dance club.  They also operated the Akron Health Club and were active in the Detroit Bar Guild.

Detroit Free Press, December 4, 1989

Cruise, December 6, 1989

Dolores Kukla

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November 23, 1930 – September 20, 2010

Dolores Louise Kukla of Walled Lake was born in Detroit and graduated from Western High School.  She earned her B.S. in nursing from Wayne State University in 1960 and subsequently worked as an RN.  In the mid-1970s, Kukla listed herself as a “contact dyke” in Lesbian Connection to serve as a resource for women in Metro Detroit.  She was also involved in the Forum Foundation in the early 1990s.

Detroit News, September 26, 1990

Michael Scott

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June 26, 1947 – December 7, 2010

Michael David Scott was born in Lansing and graduated from Central High School in Kalamazoo in 1966.  He later worked as a chef in Lansing and at Michigan State University.  Scott was a noted local drag performer and in June 1972 won the Miss Capital City title at a pageant held at Joe Covello’s.  Days later he led the first-ever Pride parade down Woodward in Detroit and sang at the rally in Kennedy Square.

Lansing State Journal, December 13, 2010

Sandra Peckens

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May 27, 1949 – September 5, 2020

Sandra Lee Peckens of Harbor Springs was born in Ann Arbor and grew up in Otsego.  She earned her B.A. in social work from Michigan State University in 1971 and went on for her MSW, also at MSU.  Peckens career took her to hospitals in Metro Detroit and Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.  She and her longtime partner Sally Hood were united in a civil union in 2008 and legally married in 2010.

Livingston Daily Press & Argus, September 8, 2020

Terry Romatz

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December 5, 1949 – October 27, 2004

Born in Mount Clemens, Terrance Jacob “Terry” Romatz of Fraser graduated with the class of 1968 from Fraser High School.  He later worked at Sears and was self-employed cleaning houses.  Romatz was also a longtime Metra magazine employee who organized the Metra Picnic and delivered the publication at bar throughout Metro Detroit.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 54.

OutPost, November 10, 2004

Between The Lines, November 11, 2004

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