Peggy Sauer

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March 2, 1925 – March 21, 1986

A 1944 graduate of Southeastern High School in Detroit, potter and sculptor Margaret Elizabeth “Peggy” Sauer earned her BFA at Cranbrook Academy and her Masters at Wayne State.  As one of the pioneering “Damsels of Design,” she worked as a designer of automobile interiors for General Motors from 1955 to 1962.  Sauer later taught and shared a home in Harper Woods with her partner Julie Sabit.

Detroit Free Press, March 24, 1986

How Margaret “Peg” Sauer Inspired the World

Gregory Williams

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April 22, 1948 – December 18, 1978

Muskegon native Gregory Don Williams graduated with the class of 1966 from Muskegon Catholic High School and subsequently attended Michigan State University and Wayne State University.  In June 1972, he took part in Michigan’s first-ever pride celebration in Detroit.  At the time of his death, he was employed with a Wall Street brokerage firm in New York.

Muskegon Chronicle, December 20, 1978

Evelyn Fisher

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April 4, 1941 – December 29, 2020

Evelyn Joseph Fisher attended the University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods and earned her M.D. from the Wayne State University Medical School.  As senior specialist for infectious disease at Henry Ford Hospital, Fisher saw her first patient with AIDS in 1982.  A year later Fisher was instrumental in helping to found Wellness Networks to serve the needs of people with HIV in southeast Michigan.

Detroit News, January 16, 2021

Between The Lines, February 4, 2021

Wilfred Thompson

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May 10, 1929 – December 15, 1986

Wilfred Zinow Thompson was born in Hamtramck, went to Pershing High School in Detroit, attended the University of Michigan in the early 1950s, and earned his B.A. in liberal arts from Wayne State University in 1958.  For a time, Thompson was affiliated with writer and photographer Carl Van Vechten and was an antiques dealer by trade.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 58.

Detroit Free Press, May 10, 1987

Dolores Kukla

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November 23, 1930 – September 20, 2010

Dolores Louise Kukla of Walled Lake was born in Detroit and graduated from Western High School.  She earned her B.S. in nursing from Wayne State University in 1960 and subsequently worked as an RN.  In the mid-1970s, Kukla listed herself as a “contact dyke” in Lesbian Connection to serve as a resource for women in Metro Detroit.  She was also involved in the Forum Foundation in the early 1990s.

Detroit News, September 26, 1990

Clif Levin

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November 17, 1947 – July 9, 2019

Clifford Alan “Clif” Levin graduated with the class of 1965 from Oak Park High School, earned his B.A. at Wayne State, and went on to receive his law degree there.  In 1973 he began a 30-year career with the Wayne County Friend of the Court.  Lemon served on the boards of the Triangle Foundation and the Detroit Together Men’s Chorus.  He was also active in community theater in Grosse Pointe.

Between The Lines, July 25, 2019

Barbara Ziegler

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May 15, 1944 – December 6, 2020

Pontiac native Barbara Jean Ziegler of Waterford attended Michigan State and Wayne State University and earned her Master’s at Oakland University.  She taught every grade from K through 8th in the Pontiac schools and later became an elementary and junior high principal.  After a heterosexual marriage and raising her family, Ziegler united with her life partner Jo Nebeker, who survived her.

Oakland Press, December 9, 2020

Michele Janisse

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September 17, 1953 – April 4, 2006

Michele “Mickie” Janisse attended Utica High School, graduated from the Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science, and resided in Hazel Park and Ferndale.  A longtime and compassionate funeral director in Ontario and Michigan, Janisse also practiced a form of massage called myomassology.  She was survived by her beloved partner Lynne Rose.

Windsor Star, April 6, 2006

Allen Wallace

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September 20. 1953 – December 12, 1992

Detroit native Allen Wallace majored in art history at Wayne State University and led protests in the 1970s to save the MacKenzie House, an effort that gave birth to Preservation Wayne.  Wallace later worked with the Martha Graham Center in New York and as a publicity agent in Los Angeles, where he resided with his companion Michael Lombardo.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 39.

Detroit Free Press, December 17, 1992

WSU Alumni News, Winter 1993

LeRoy Scott

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June 2, 1917 – March 23, 2009

LeRoy Raymond Scott was born in Detroit, graduated from Cass Tech, and attended Wayne State.  For three decades he resided in New York, where his drag persona Madame X was photographed by Diane Arbus.  After returning to Michigan, he became active in Unlimited Seniors and Black and White Men Together.  Metro Detroit’s LGBT community honored Scott with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

Between The Lines, March 26, 2009