November 16, 1953 – November 16, 2004
Michael Sweazey of Canton and formerly of Garden City began bartending at Gigi’s in Detroit in the mid-1970s and was one of six employees to inherit ownership of the bar after the death of Tony Garneau. For many years he worked as Gigi’s show director and performed female impersonation under the name Vanessa LaSalle. Sweazey was survived by his life partner of 28 years Steven McAfee.
Between The Lines, December 2, 2004
Vanessa LaSalle at Our Community Roots
January 10, 1931 – May 4, 2016
Outspoken Detroit attorney George Maurer served active duty in the U.S. Army from 1949 to 1955 and another 27 years in the Army Reserves. A co-founder of Wellness House, he earned his B.A. and J.D. from Wayne State University and was also a longtime co-owner of Gigi’s nightclub.
Metra, June 1, 2016
OutPost, June 2016
June 13, 1952 – April 6, 1986
Born and raised in Detroit, Sindy Dawkins enjoyed writing, skiing, and shooting pool. She served on the board for the Performers Awards of Detroit and held the title of Ms. Gigi’s 1980-81.
Metra, May 7, 1986
June 13, 1938 – February 24, 1991
Former grocer Anthony Garneau acquired Gigi’s on Detroit’s west side in 1973 and transformed it into one of the city’s most enduring LGBTQ nightspots.
Cruise, March 6, 1991
November 12, 1962 – May 5, 1990
Professional horse trainer Anne Cheff was a familiar face at such Detroit area bars as Gigi’s, the Cruise Club, and the Railroad Crossing.
Cruise, May 23, 1990