Dennis Duvall

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March 8, 1961 – August 31, 1992

Dennis Wayne Duvall was born in Monroe, earned a B.S. in Arts Management from Eastern Michigan University, and worked as a manager for Frames Unlimited.  In the persona of Lisa Carlisle, Duvall performed at the Rubaiyat and Nectarine Ballroom in Ann Arbor and at such bars as Backstreet, the Deck, Gigi’s, and the Pink Flamingo in Detroit.  Duvall won the Miss Gay Ann Arbor title for 1985-86.

Cruise, September 9, 1992

Michigan Tribune, September 1992

Tim Liupakka

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July 25, 1967 – May 30, 2017

Timothy Richard Liupakka graduated in 1986 from Marquette Senior High School and attended Northern Michigan University before moving to Milwaukee to pursue a degree in interior design.  Liupakka performed under the drag name Tabitha Stephens in Wisconsin and later in annual shows at NMU.  In 2015, he moved to Florida where he worked in hotel housekeeping and married Peter Williamson.

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Lewis Treece

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January 21, 1929 – November 21, 1953

A native of Morristown, Tennessee, Lewis Shields Treece served for a time in the U.S. military and entertained as part of the Black Drag revue at Uncle Tom’s Plantation on Eight Mile Road in Detroit in the early 1950s.  He was killed in an auto crash at age 24 following a performance at the night club.

Detroit Tribune, November 28, 1953

Michigan Chronicle, November 28, 1953

Erroll Hert

Erroll Hert pic

January 22, 1943 – June 23, 2005

Erroll Wayne Hert took his mother’s name Vaunda for his stage name, wowing audiences as the renowned Vaunda Lee at Menjo’s, the Gold Coast, Triple XXX, and other Detroit bars in the 1970s and 1980s.  He won the Camp Prize from the Performer Awards of Detroit in 1982.  Hert resided in his hometown of Bedford, Indiana at the time of his death.

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Columbus Howard

July 9. 1924 – February 19, 1999

Born in Detroit, Columbus Howard spent much of his life in Inkster and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  In 1958, while employed as a 33-year-old stockroom worker at Montgomery Ward in Dearborn, Howard was prosecuted for gross indecency after being caught with another man in Detroit’s Rouge Park.

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Dickson Steele

May 26. 1912 – May 1, 1989

Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Charles Dickson Steele immigrated to the U.S. during the 1950s and was employed in the plastics division of the Budd Company in Detroit.  He faced accosting and soliciting charges in 1957.  Steele later became active with the organization ONE in Detroit.

Detroit Free Press, May 5, 1989

Kirk Havers

March 27, 1918 – October 24, 1960

Detroit native Kirk Ashton Havers attended the New York School of Fine Arts.  As a 32-year-old Grosse Pointe Farms resident in 1950, he was prosecuted in the Detroit Recorder’s Court for accosting and soliciting.  Ten years later, employed as a hospital orderly, Havers lost his life in an automobile crash.

Detroit Free Press, October 27, 1960