Henry Van Dyke


October 3, 1928 – December 22, 2011

Born in Allegan, Henry Lewis Van Dyke Jr. served in the U.S. Army and earned a B.A. and M.A. at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he developed lifelong gay friendships.  He later authored several novels and taught as a writer-in-residence at Kent State.

Akron Beacon Journal, January 8, 2012

Henry Van Dyke papers in the Labadie Collection

Mary Beth Dietz


April 1, 1967 – March 18, 2016

Mary Beth Dietz earned a B.A. in English from Michigan State University and taught English in Wisconsin before returning to school to become a chiropractor.  She and LeAnne Ray became the first same-sex couple married in Michigan City, Indiana.

Grosse Pointe News, March 24, 2016

John Kellogg


January 12, 1951 – August 10, 1995

A descendant of the Kellogg cereal family, John Kellogg in the 1970s migrated from west Michigan to San Francisco where he worked in gay businesses, including the adult film industry.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 44.

Bay Area Reporter, August 31, 1995

Christopher Andrew Leinonen


June 1, 1984 – June 12, 2016

Detroit native Christopher Andrew “Drew” Leinonen moved to Florida just before high school and made a career as a psychologist.  He was killed in the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016 at age 32.

Between The Lines, June 30, 2016

W. Dorr Legg


December 15, 1904 – July 26, 1994

Ann Arbor native W. Dorr Legg moved to Los Angeles in 1949 with his boyfriend following their arrest in Detroit on a charge of gross indecency between men.  In Los Angeles in 1953, he helped found ONE magazine, the first homosexual publication to reach wide circulation in the U.S.

Between The Lines, December 1994

W. Dorr Legg papers at the ONE Archives