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

Vaughn Grubbs

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June 1, 1950 – May 11, 2007

A founding member of the Detroit Gay Liberation Front, Vaughn Perry Grubbs was born in Detroit, attended Redford High School, and completed two years at Wayne State University.  Grubbs was later employed as regional manager for a rental car agency.  His life partner Marque Sime preceded him in death by two weeks.

Detroit Free Press, May 11, 2007

Christopher Leland

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October 17, 1951 – July 23, 2012

Hailing from Oklahoma, Christopher Towne Leland earned degrees at Pomona College and UC San Diego before moving from California to Detroit’s Indian Village.  He taught at Wayne State University as a professor of English from 1990 until his death and authored ten books, including five novels.  He was survived by his partner of 33 years Osvaldo Sabino.

Detroit News, July 29, 2012

A.L. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors

Dan Sivil

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June 25, 1940 – August 26, 1993

Native Detroiter Daniel Ross Sivil graduated from Cooley High School, earned his B.A. in English from Wayne State University, and worked as a computer analyst for General Motors for 18 years.  Later as a resident of Troy, Sivil served as president of the Association of Suburban People from 1979 tp 1982.  He was also active in MOHR, the Motor City Business Forum ,and the Detroit Area Gay/Lesbian Council.

Cruise, September 22, 1993

Daniel R. Sivil Papers at the Bentley Historical Library

Joy Geng

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July 27, 1944 – June 21, 2020

Dearborn Heights resident Joy Estelle Geng graduated from Plymouth High School, earned her MBA at Wayne State, and worked for Ford Motors from 1967 to 1997.  Geng was an early board member of the Triangle Foundation, initially using Jay Grange to protect her job, and remained active with the organization after it became Equality Michigan.  She was survived by her partner Maria Winiarski.

Between The Lines, July 9, 2020

Jerry Moore

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April 24, 1928 – May 22, 2020

Jerry Abraham Moore grew up in Detroit, graduated from Redford High School, and attended Wayne State before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950.  Following his military service he became immersed in Detroit’s gay bar scene and from 1958 to 1960 served as secretary of the short-lived Detroit Area Council of the Mattachine Society, the first ever formal homosexual organization in Michigan.

Between The Lines [online only], June 12, 2020