August 17, 1923 – June 20, 1988
Lenora “Sally” Connor, served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and later worked as a postal worker in Grand Rapids. She was a founding officer in 1977 of the Michigan Organization for Human Rights.
MOHR newsletter, June 1989
May 22, 1941 – February 24, 2011
Joyce Kershner was a board member of the Performers Awards of Detroit, manager of the Palmwood, resident of the Palmer Park apartment district, and longtime staff poet for Metra magazine.
Metra, March 9, 2011
March 21, 1947 – July 5, 1995
Billie Edwards served as co-pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church in Detroit in the mid-1980s before becoming co-director of the Lesbian-Gay Male Program Office at the University of Michigan in 1987, a position she held until 1993.
Cruise, July 26, 1995
Billie Louise Edwards papers at the Bentley Historical Library
November 12, 1962 – May 5, 1990
Professional horse trainer Anne Cheff was a familiar face at such Detroit area bars as Gigi’s, the Cruise Club, and the Railroad Crossing.
Cruise, May 23, 1990
October 1, 1965 – January 24, 2001
Garland Gillard II operated PC Doctor, a computer repair business, and served as minister of music for Full Truth Unity Fellowship Church in Detroit. He died from AIDS-related complications at age 35.
Between The Lines, February 8, 2001
July 9, 1933 – April 13, 2009
A purchasing agent for Saginaw Community Hospital and a Navy veteran, Andrew Platko was onetime owner of the Heidelberg Inn, for many years one of the few gays bars in the Tri Cities.
Saginaw News, April 14, 2009
February 28, 1921 – May 20, 2001
David Whitney Brewer was founding vice chairman in 1958 of the Detroit Area Council of the Mattachine Society, the first known homosexual organization in the State of Michigan.
Between The Lines, June 21, 2001