Walter Brown

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September 19, 1938 – September 10, 1998

Walter Leroy Brown of Erie, formerly of Southgate, grew up in Ohio and as an employee of National Amusement later worked as a manager of cinemas in Ann Arbor and Detroit.  In the mid-1960s, he served as “mother of the bride” for a same-sex wedding held at the Park Lane Apartments across from the Diplomat Lounge in Detroit.  Brown died during heart surgery at age 59.

Monroe Evening News, September 12, 1998

Stephen Korzetz

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July 15, 1968 – February 4, 1996

AIDS activist Steven Martin Korzetz graduated from Anderson High School in Southgate.  He went on to earn a Bachelor’s in business from Wayne State University and later worked in the hotel industry in Dearborn.  Given six months to live in 1992, Korzetz left his job and traveled to more than 40 countries.  He became involved in Wellness Networks as well.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 27.

Detroit Free Press, February 7, 1995

Stephen Korzetz Papers at the Bentley Historical Library

Tim Stempniewski

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November 24, 1957 – November 6, 1996

Timothy Dean Stempniewski attended Aquinas High School in Southgate and held degrees in education, nursing, and music.  He worked as a home-care nurse for Henry Ford Hospital and served as a church organist.  In the 1990s he was active with several recovery groups at Affirmations.  Stempniewski was found slain in his Detroit home at age 39.

OutPost, January 22, 1997

Arlene Kish

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October 12, 1950 – January 7, 2017

Business owner Arlene Kish attended Shafer High School in Southgate and studied marketing and advertising at Ferris State University.  A devoted transgender community organizer and activist, Kish served on the board of Affirmations.  As a conservative political independent, she often took flack for supporting Republican causes.

Heritage Newspapers, January 11, 2017