Ernie Horne

Ernest Horne pic

August 9, 1926 – March 5, 2010

Longtime Utica resident Ernest Horne was born in Boston, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, graduated from Harvard University, and moved to Detroit in the late 1940s.  From 1961 to 1992, he was a librarian at the GM Tech Center in Warren.  Horne was active in numerous Detroit area organizations, including the Association for Suburban People, the Detroit Area Gay/Lesbian Council, the Forum Foundation, and Affirmations.

Between The Lines, March 11, 2010

Ernest L. Horne papers at the Walter P. Reuther Library

Bill Beetham

Bill Beetham pic

January 8, 1949 – July 24, 2017

Onetime Windsor resident and Chrysler employee, Garnet “Bill” Beetham was owner of the Male Box in Detroit and Male Box II in Warren.  He supported the Metro Detroit Softball League and numerous other gay causes in the Metro Area.

OutPost, August 2017

Kaul Funeral Home Dignity Memorial

Kraig Debus

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February 23, 1958 – August 11, 1990

Kraig Debus grew up in Warren and earned his B.A. in advertising in 1981 from Michigan State University, where he served on the staff of the State News.  After graduation, Debus moved to Chicago.  He died of complications from AIDS at age 32.

Chicago Tribune, August 14, 1990

Michael LaGatella

Michael LaGatella pic

July 24, 1967 – January 28, 1991

Michael LaGatella graduated from Lincoln High School in Warren and tended bar at the Woodward in Detroit while attending Wayne State University.  After he took his own life, LaGatella’s friends established a scholarship in his name for gay and lesbian students at Wayne.

Cruise, February 6, 1991

Between The Lines, September 19, 2013

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

Mary Beth Dietz


April 1, 1967 – March 18, 2016

Mary Beth Dietz earned a B.A. in English from Michigan State University and taught English in Wisconsin before returning to school to become a chiropractor.  She and LeAnne Ray became the first same-sex couple married in Michigan City, Indiana.

Grosse Pointe News, March 24, 2016