James Markunas

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June 8, 1937 – October 19, 1986

Fr. James Markunas was a graduate of Detroit’s Cody High School and Albion College.  While serving as associate rector of St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Detroit, Fr. Markunas was arrested for peaceably demonstrating after the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 49.

Bay Area Reporter, October 23, 1986

Alan Redner

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August 25, 1948 – January 19, 1993

A graduate of Farmington High School, Alan Redner was deployed to Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, received a Bronze Star for his service, and rose to the rank of captain with the Michigan National Guard.  Employed with Estate Motors in Birmingham and later with BMW, Redner was also active with the Association of Suburban People.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 44.

Cruise, January 27, 1993

White Eagle

September 6, 1951 – July 7, 1995

A Sioux raised in South Dakota and formerly known as Mervyn Moore, White Eagle was a member of the Church of Today in Warren.  In the mid-1980s, he was profiled for People magazine after drawing national attention for his tenor voice.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 43.

Cruise July 21, 1995

Jay Manning

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November 23, 1948 – September 29, 1994

Artist Jay Manning designed the Christopher Street Detroit ’72 pride celebration logo, which showed a butterfly with sweeping wings and a clenched fist for a body.  The image also graced the window of the Green Carnation, the city’s first gay community center.  Manning died from AIDS-related complications at age 45.

Bay Area Reporter, October 10, 1994

Christopher Flynn

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April 29, 1931 – October 29, 1990

A onetime executive assistant with the Joffrey Ballet, Christopher Flynn operated a private dance studio in Rochester in the early 1970s and introduced his student and future superstar Madonna to gay nightlife at Menjo’s.  In 1977, Flynn served as a founding officer of the Michigan Organization for Human Rights.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 58.

Cruise, November 7, 1990

Ten Percent, January 1-14, 1991

Biejay Brewitt

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September 16, 1942 – June 18, 1993

Raised in Tacoma, Washington, Barry Joseph “Biejay” Brewitt served in the Army Medical Corps, attended the University of Detroit and Wayne State University, and worked for Westin Hotels.  He was a founder and longtime officer in the early Detroit leather group Tribe.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 50.

Tacoma News Tribune, July 1, 1993