December 28, 1958 – January 3, 2012
Born in Pontiac, Mark George Bidwell earned his bachelor’s at Lawrence Technological University. He also attended SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary and earned a master’s in pastoral ministry at the Samaritan Institute of Sunshine Cathedral. In 1989, Bidwell joined the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit, rose to the position of deacon, and later served as senior pastor until his resignation in 2011.
Between The Lines, January 20, 2012
September 16. 1979 – July 23, 2014
Farmington resident Robert Edwin Quann Jr. attended Wayne Memorial High School, studied at Miss Katie’s College of Beauty in Canton, and worked as a hairstylist. In 2012, he became a member of the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit.
Ann Arbor News, July 25, 2014
November 13, 1943 – August 15, 2003
Flat Rock High School graduate Dianne Hasty was a founding member of Lesbian-A-Sisters, past president of the Detroit Cocker Spaniel Club, and served on the board for the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit. Before her retirement in 1987, she was systems manager of radiology at Oakwood Heritage Hospital. She and her partner Tina Gorzenski relocated to Pellston in 2000.
Detroit News, September 3, 2003
Lesbian Connection, January/February 2004
April 22, 1925 – January 27, 2002
A native of Pennsylvania, Mabel “Billie” Hill moved to Detroit in her youth and discovered Detroit’s gay bar scene while working in an auto factory during World War II. She later owned an antiques business with her then-partner Rose Bonham. A longtime member of the Metropolitan Church of Detroit, Hill tended the door at the Underground and, as a lesbian senior, was profiled in the Detroit News.
Between The Lines, January 30, 2002
May 27, 1963 – September 18, 2009
A 1981 graduate of Flint Southwestern High School, Carter Conway worked for the Hamady Brothers Grocery and the City of Flint. A familiar patron at the State Bar and Copa Nightclub, he was a pianist, choir leader, and a member of Divine Peace Metropolitan Community Church in Waterford.
Flint Journal, October 1, 2009
September 2, 1964 – February 7, 2007
Metro Detroit resident Mario Cirefice worked for Clean Care dry cleaners in Oak Park and as a self-employed landscaper. He was a member of the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit and participated in the men’s discussion group at Affirmations.
Between The Lines, February 22, 2007
August 22, 1945 – November 17, 1993
Wyandotte resident Gay Whiteside formed a chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis in Detroit in 1971. She was also active with the Gay Radio Collective and a longtime member of the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit.
Detroit Free Press, November 19, 1993