Wilfred Thompson

Wilfred Thompson pic

May 10, 1929 – December 15, 1986

Wilfred Zinow Thompson was born in Hamtramck, went to Pershing High School in Detroit, attended the University of Michigan in the early 1950s, and earned his B.A. in liberal arts from Wayne State University in 1958.  For a time, Thompson was affiliated with writer and photographer Carl Van Vechten and was an antiques dealer by trade.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 58.

Detroit Free Press, May 10, 1987

Thomas Kyewski

Tommy Kyewski pic

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

George Benjey

George Benjey pic

May 29, 1963 – February 2, 1995

Hamtramck resident George Benjey was born in Detroit, grew up Downriver, and graduated from Woodhaven High School in 1981.  A longtime member of Metro Detroit’s LGBTQ community, Benjey worked at the Gold Coast Saloon, Backstage, and Tiffany’s.

Cruise, February 8, 1995

Metra, February 15, 1995