February 7, 1923 – February 20, 2012
Flint resident Alice G. Miller operated her own photography business and in 1982 retired from General Motors after 28 years with the company. She was among the many people who attended gay house parties hosted by Ruth Ellis in Detroit during the 1950s.
Flint Journal, February 23, 2012
June 19, 1928 – October 20, 1995
Negaunee native Jack Genore performed as Fat Jack at the Diplomat, the Gold Dollar, and other Detroit drag venues during the 1960s and 1970s. He was particularly noted for his rendition of “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.”
Mining Journal, October 22, 1995
April 17, 1927 – April 18, 1986
Raised as James Dunlap, Marion Dunlap Whitman worked as a sewing machine operator in the late 1950s and was one of numerous crossing-dressing African American Detroiters entrapped on the streets by undercover vice. After serving 18 months in the State Prison of Southern Michigan, she moved to San Francisco.
Bay Area Reporter, May 15, 1986
February 1, 1982 – October 5, 2015
A 2001 graduate of Pontiac High School, Greg Daniels, also known as Melvin, was shot to death on Detroit’s East Side wearing women’s clothing. At the time of death, Daniels was a manager-in-training at Wendy’s and also engaged in sex work.
Oakland Press, October 9, 2015
Between The Lines, October 15, 2015
May 9, 1953 – July 18, 2016
Jeffrey Montgomery graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School and earned his B.A. from Michigan State University. Montgomery was active in the effort to restore Orchestra Hall in Detroit in the 1980s before helping to found in 1991 the Triangle Foundation. As Triangle’s executive director, he battled hate crimes and championed sexual freedom and LGBTQ rights.
Detroit Free Press, July 19, 2016
Between The Lines, July 28, 2016
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April 20, 1976 – April 8, 2013
Detroit native Edward Johnson studied dance at Oakland University, Marygrove College, and Wayne State University. His LGBTQ activism included work with the Horizons Project and Men of Color. Johnson also won a number of Detroit area female impersonation titles performing as Tokyo Reign.
Between The Lines, April 18, 2013
January 10, 1931 – May 4, 2016
Outspoken Detroit attorney George Maurer served active duty in the U.S. Army from 1949 to 1955 and another 27 years in the Army Reserves. A co-founder of Wellness House, he earned his B.A. and J.D. from Wayne State University and was also a longtime co-owner of Gigi’s nightclub.
Metra, June 1, 2016
OutPost, June 2016