Jeffrey Schoch

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September 29, 1957 – January 8, 1994

Detroit native Jeffrey Louis Schoch graduated with the class of 1975 from Henry Ford High School and later attended Tri-State University in Indiana.  Schoch moved to Texas in 1980 and worked as a seller for a meat broker in San Antonio before returning to Michigan to live with his mother in the last months of his life.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 36.

Detroit Free Press, January 14, 1994

This Week in Texas, February 4, 1994

Marc Loveless

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March 23, 1960 – March 8, 2020

Longtime African American LGBTQ activist and Chicago resident Marcus Zohntell Loveless graduated from Redford High School in 1978 and earned his Bachelor’s from Wayne State University.  In 1988, he helped form the Michigan Lesbian/Gay Democratic Caucus.  Loveless was later an instrumental force with the Detroit Area Gay/Lesbian Anti-Violence Project and active in the founding of Affirmations.

Windy City Times, March 9, 2020

Hyde Park Herald, March 10, 2020

Leo Adams

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July 9, 1903 – July 18, 1995

Born in Menominee in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Leo Adams moved in his 20s to Chicago, where he managed the Chicago Theatre.  He moved to New York City in 1928 and oversaw the shift from silent to sound for Fox movie houses.  Adams later worked as an executive with Macy’s flagship department store.  He bequeathed his extensive correspondence with other gay men to the New York Public Library.

New York Times, July 23, 1995

Leo Adams: A Gay Life in Letters, 1928-1952 at OutHistory

Leo Adams Papers at the New York Public Library

Suzanne Moore

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June 20, 1935 – November 17, 2018

Born in Detroit, Frances Suzanne Moore moved to California at age 22, served as a journalist in the U.S. Navy, and worked at the Jet Propulsion Lab of California Tech.  As an activist in San Diego, she cared for patients with AIDS and served as chair of the local Gay Academic Union.  Moore was preceded in death by her wife and partner of 27 years Charlynn Johnson.

Mad River Union, January 26, 2019

Robert Penick III

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September 24, 1965 – May 23, 1992

Robert Edward Lee Penick III graduated with the class of 1983 from Cass Tech High School in Detroit.  He came out in the early 1980s on the dance floors of such gay nightclubs as Todd’s, Bookie’s, and the Famous Door.  At age 20, Penick moved to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 28.

No known obituary

Gary Davis

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October 17, 1954 – December 11, 2018

Gary Scott Davis, a resident of Palm Springs, California since 2004, attended the Grand Rapids public schools and graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana.  He had a long career with the Blackmer division of Dover manufacturers in Grand Rapids.  Davis met his future husband Eric Duran in the early 1980s and the two were together more than 35 years.

Grand Rapids Press, April 24, 2019

Michael Phelan

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June 6, 1949 – January 9, 1990

Michael Phelan grew up in St. Clair Shores and graduated from Lakeview High School.  During the 1970s, he performed female impersonation as Whitney Blake at various Detroit bars and won titles for Miss Todd’s, Miss Bookie’s, and Miss Michigan before moving to California.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 40.

Cruise, January 24, 1990