Joyce Jackson

Joyce Jackson pic

August 12, 1948 – March 16, 2013

Joyce Jackson earned her B.S. in interdisciplinary studies from Wayne State and worked as a personnel manager for the City of Detroit.  After relocating to Lansing, she worked as assistant administrator the Meals-on-Wheels program.  Jackson was a member of Old Lesbians Organizing for Change.  She was survived by her partner Jay Mitchell.

Lansing State Journal, March 27, 2013

Riley Funeral Home

The Reporter, June 2013

Richard Shank

Richard Shank pic

January 28, 1952 – February 27, 1992

Detroit native Richard Steven Shank graduated from Novi High School in 1971 and worked as a waiter and bartender at Morey’s and the Escape.  Shank was also involved in local community theater and for a time performed female impersonation as Rickie Day.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 39.

Cruise, March 18, 1992

Patricia Eames

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December 25, 1929 – February 7, 2017

Lawyer, professor, and labor activist Patricia Eames earned her BA. at Reed College, her M.A. from Columbia, and her J.D. from Yale Law School.  In the 1980s, she served as general counsel for Wayne State University.  While in Detroit she and her life partner Connie Hart were active with the Forum Foundation and SEMGLA, the South East Michigan Gay/Lesbian Association.

Reed Magazine, 2017

Virginia Szymanski

Virginia Szymanski pic

March 14, 1927 – August 23, 2013

A suburban housewife and mother, Virginia Dolores Szymanski inherited the Royal Show Bar from her step-father in the early 1960s.  While she owned and operated the Detroit bar, it became a popular gathering place for black sissies, black gay men, and black drag queens.

A.H. Peters Funeral Home

 

William Karagas

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May 10, 1919 – December 25, 1995

A native of Philadelphia, William Angel Karagas served as a warrant officer during World War II.  Beginning in 1954, he was the heterosexual owner of Detroit’s Woodward Lounge, which he operated for more than forty years with his brothers Sam and Andy.

Detroit Free Press, January 2, 1996

Maryann Mahaffey

Maryann Mahaffey pic

January 18, 1925 – July 27, 2006

Longtime Detroit City Council president Maryann Mahaffey toured several gay bars on election eve during her first campaign for Council in 1973.  In the decades that followed, she never wavered in her support for the LGBTQ community, from helping include sexual orientation in the city’s human rights ordinance to opposing the Prop 2 initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the state constitution.

Between The Lines, August 3, 2006

Raymond Shepherd

Raymond Shepherd pic

August 3, 1948 – February 27, 2018

Former Ferndale resident Raymond Edward Shepherd was born in Detroit and studied at Oakland Community College and Lawrence Tech.  He worked as a computer programmer and analyst for various firms and was a deacon and longtime member of the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit.  At the time of his death, Shepherd lived in a senior community in Hazel Park.

Between The Lines, March 15, 2018