Harold “Buddy” Bigham

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August 17, 1915 – December 27, 1977

Harold James “Buddy” Bigham grew up in Royal Oak and had a long career as a photographer in the research department of General Motors.  A homeowner in Detroit’s Boston-Edison neighborhood, Bigham was a familiar patron for many years at the Diplomat, Bookie’s Club 870, and other local gay bars.

Detroit Free Press, December 28, 1977

Thomas Kyewski

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October 27, 1961 – May 21, 2005

Known in Detroit’s gay community as Tommy K, Thomas Patrick Kyewski attended Hamtramck High School.  At various local nightspots in the 1980s and ‘90s, he did go-go dancing and performed as Tina Wells, and held the distinction of winning both the Miss Gay Detroit and Mr. Gay Detroit competitions.  Kyewski also won female impersonation titles at Gigi’s, the Gold Coast, Club Incognito, and Footlights.

Our Community Roots

Phyllis Glanz

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April 24, 1949 – October 19, 2019

Phyllis Terry Glanz was born in Detroit, was a member of the Southfield High School class of 1967, and earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1971.  She later moved to New York and traveled the world in a global career in shipping and sales.  Glanz and her life partner of 25 years Sara Mayes were married in 2013.

Detroit Free Press, October 20, 2019

Maureen Dorrington

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December 20, 1960 – July 19, 2002

A graduate of Groves High School in Birmingham and Eastern Michigan University, Maureen Elaine Dorrington of Beverly Hills performed was a noted actress on Detroit area stages.  Her work included roles in two gay-themed productions of the Jewish Ensemble Theater, Torch Song Trilogy in 1996 and The Laramie Project in the 2001-2002 season, for which she was nominated for a Wilde Award.

Between The Lines, August 8, 2002

Danny Lightcap

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April 3, 1962 – October 19, 1989

Daniel Patrick “Danny” Lightcap was born in Pontiac and was active in the drama club at Pontiac Northern High School, where he graduated with the class of 1980.  Lightcap worked a waiter at the Woodward Lounge in Detroit and at the time of his passing was pursuing a B.A. in creative writing at Wayne State.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 27.

Cruise, October 25, 1989

Sandino Ciccarelli

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March 18, 1943 – August 16, 1990

Born in Dearborn and a graduate of Fordson High School, Sandino “Sandy” Ciccarelli established Sandino’s Flowers in Redford with business partner Ron Huddleston in the mid-1960s.  Together with Keith Foster, Ciccarelli opened the Timesquare dance club in downtown Detroit in 1989.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 47.

Cruise. August 22, 1990

Ten Percent, September 1990

William Thompson

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March 27, 1938 – September 21, 1994

Native Detroiter William John Thompson served in the Army, earned a Master’s from Wayne State, taught public school, and worked in advertising.  He was active in multiple organizations, including ASP, MOHR, Dignity, BWMT, and MAPP.  Thompson was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Detroit area Pride Banquet in 1993.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 56.

Between The Lines, November 1994

Cruise, November 9, 1994

Darin Huff

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November 21, 1967 – October 10, 1994

Born in Lincoln Park, Darin Travis Huff graduated with the class of 1986 from John F. Kennedy High School in Taylor and performed with the Taylor Ballet Company.  Huff came out at age 16 and for many years worked as a go-go dancer at the Gold Coast, was active in the Performer’s Awards of Detroit, and was also a Mr. Gas Station titleholder.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 26.

No known obituary

Mark Manhoff

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August 20, 1946 – January 1, 1990

Mark David Manhoff was born in Detroit, where he graduated from Mumford High School.  He attended Eastern Michigan University and later worked as an accountant.  In the late 1980s Manhoff and his life partner Burton Fogelman served on the board of the Motor City Business Forum.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 43.

Detroit Free Press, January 3, 1990

Adrian Travelle Davis

August 18, 1972 – December 19, 1994

Adrian Travelle Davis of Detroit performed at the Peach Bowl with his middle school band and later directed the Murray Wright High School band and the a cappella quartet Gifted.  Davis graduated from Cody High School in 1994 with plans to attend Ferris State University.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 22.

Detroit Free Press, December 22, 1994