Colleen Brewer

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December 7, 1957 – January 3, 2016

Born in Milan, Colleen Brewer attended Northville High School and worked at Northville Labs, before she moved to Virginia in 1982.  She was employed for 33 years as accounts receivable manager for CACI International.  Brewer was survived by Kim Memeger, her partner of 17 years and wife of 45 days.

Detroit News, January 14, 2016

Larry Frost

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April 11, 1941 – July 24, 1973

Larry Frost grew up in Royal Oak.  He left Metro Detroit as a young adult and lived in various cities until he landed in New Orleans, where he worked as a bar manager and attended the local Metropolitan Community Church.  Frost is believed to be one of three unidentified arson victims of the Upstairs Lounge Fire that killed 32 people.

The Advocate, November 15, 2015

Joan Corbin

May 21, 1921 – March 4, 2004

Joan Jeanette Corbin was born in Armada, grew up in Richmond, and moved to Los Angeles in 1946.  With her then-partner Irma Wolf, Corbin was a founding member of the board for ONE Incorporated, publisher of ONE magazine.  She served as art director for ONE under the pseudonym Eve Elloree from 1953 to 1963.  Corbin continued to draw into her 70s, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

No known obituary

Joan Corbin papers at the ONE Archives

Win Wells

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April 3, 1933 – December 6, 1983

Originally from Arkansas, Winfred Wells was raised in Detroit and in the 1950s became a noted local beatnik poet.  In the 1960s he performed female impersonation under his own name at the Diplomat Lounge.  Wells subsequently moved to England, where he wrote screenplays and lived with his longtime companion, director Silvio Narizzano.

London Times, December 8, 1983

Leslie Leoneli

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December 21, 1947 – September 24, 2009

Raised in Highland Park, Leslie Leonelli attended Oakland University and worked in local theater in Rochester and beyond Michigan before moving to New York City in 1973.  Following a career off-Broadway, she worked as a massage therapist and helped found the women’s production company Ars Pro Femina.  Later in life she operated Pearl’s Rainbow, a renowned resort for women.

Lesbian Connection, January/February 2010

Kathleen Canteen

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January 27, 1948 – May 16, 2015

Kathleen Canteen was born in Jackson and earned for B.A. in political science from Eastern Michigan University.  As a resident of Royal Oak and Lansing, she played fast-pitch softball.  Canteen worked as a supervisor with the Center For Forensics Psychiatry for the State of Michigan before moving to Los Angeles, where she was employed in the motion picture industry.

Lesbian Connection, November/December 2015

Janine Denommé

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February 17, 1965 – May 17, 2010

Janine Denommé was born in Detroit and majored in religious studies at the University of Detroit Mercy.  She later earned her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania and served as director of youth programs at the Center on Halsted in Chicago.  In April 2010, Denommé fulfilled a lifelong dream and was ordained by the Roman Catholic Womenpriests contrary to the Church’s ban on women priests.

Huffington Post, May 19, 2010

Detroit News, May 28, 2010

Elegy for Janine Denommé