Bill Cornell

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October 24, 1927 – July 6, 1961

Born in Detroit, William John Cornell attended Wayne University and, as one of city’s premier theatrical press agents in the 1950s, represented various stars when they visited the Motor City, including Ethel Merman and Marlena Dietrich.  Cornell and his partner Peter Prass were killed when a fire gutted their Chicago Boulevard apartment.

Detroit Free Press, July 7, 1961

Amber MonRoe

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May 23, 1995 – August 8, 2015

According to Detroit police, 20-year-old Amber Monroe was engaged in sex work In August 2015 when she was shot and killed near Six Mile and Woodward.  She was the twelfth trans woman of color murdered in the U.S. that year.  Monroe attended Oak Park High School, studied at Wayne State, and was a familiar face at the Ruth Ellis Center.

Between The Lines, August 20, 2015

David Adamany

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September 23, 1936 – November 10, 2016

David Adamany served as president of Wayne State University from 1982 to 1997.  A native of Janesville, Wisconsin, he earned his B.A. and J.D. from Harvard and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin.  During his tenure at the helm of Wayne, he remained discrete about being gay.  His sexuality was an open secret, however, and behind the scenes Adamany lent his support to various LGBT causes.

Between The Lines, November 24, 2016

Clifford Reynolds Jr.

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January 25, 1921 – December 26, 1997

Actor and artist, Clifford Reynolds Jr. grew up in Highland Park and attended what was then called Wayne University in Detroit.  He married in 1945, moved with his wife to California in 1952, and they divorced in 1968.  A radio and television performer, Reynolds was survived by companion Lorne Gay.

Bay Area Reporter, January 1, 1998

Pearl Berlin

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January 6, 1925 – May 17. 2018

Born in New York, Pearl Berlin earned her Ph.D. from Penn State and from 1959 to 1971 was professor of health and physical education at Wayne State University.  She then took a faculty position at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.  She and her life partner Ellen Gerber were plaintiffs in a court challenge of North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage.   The couple legally wed in 2013.

Greensboro News & Record, May 19, 2018

Kyle Holton

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October 1, 1987 – January 23, 2011

Born in Southfield, Kyle Bolton began writing plays in grade school.  The Beverly Hills resident earned his B.F.A. from Wayne State University and with two college friends formed the art4artillery Theater Company in 2009 to stage socially engaging and LGBT-themed works.  He lost his life in an automobile accident at age 23.

Between The Lines, February 3, 2011

Sabra Fischer

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August 11, 1938 – October 16, 2012

Sabra Fischer grew up in Glencoe, Illinois and attended Ohio Wesleyan University.  She later earned her M.S.W. from Wayne State University in Detroit, owned a private practice in social work and later massage therapy, and raised two children in Harper Woods.  She and her partner Sue Grywalski moved to Lexington along Lake Huron in 1994.

Port Huron Times Herald, October 17, 2012

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