George Maurer

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January 10, 1931 – May 4, 2016

Outspoken Detroit attorney George Maurer served active duty in the U.S. Army from 1949 to 1955 and another 27 years in the Army Reserves.  A co-founder of Wellness House, he earned his B.A. and J.D. from Wayne State University and was also a longtime co-owner of Gigi’s nightclub.

Metra, June 1, 2016

OutPost, June 2016

Jay Manning

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November 23, 1948 – September 29, 1994

Artist Jay Manning designed the Christopher Street Detroit ’72 pride celebration logo, which showed a butterfly with sweeping wings and a clenched fist for a body.  The image also graced the window of the Green Carnation, the city’s first gay community center.  Manning died from AIDS-related complications at age 45.

Bay Area Reporter, October 10, 1994

Biejay Brewitt

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September 16, 1942 – June 18, 1993

Raised in Tacoma, Washington, Barry Joseph “Biejay” Brewitt served in the Army Medical Corps, attended the University of Detroit and Wayne State University, and worked for Westin Hotels.  He was a founder and longtime officer in the early Detroit leather group Tribe.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 50.

Tacoma News Tribune, July 1, 1993

Cruise, July 21, 1993

Ken Dudley

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November 3, 1946 – April 28, 1991

A graduate of Wayne State University, Kenneth T. Dudley was a pioneering activist with the Detroit Gay Liberation Front and speaker at the city’s first pride march and rally in 1972.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 44.

No known obituary.

Paula Ettelbrick

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October 2, 1955 – October 7, 2011

Legal director for the Lambda Legal Defense from 1988 to 1993 and longtime activist, Paula Ettelbrick earned her law degree from Wayne State University and served as an officer for the Michigan Organization for Human Rights in the mid-1980s.

New York Times, October 8, 2011

Gay People’s Chronicle, October 21, 2011

Paula L. Ettelbrick papers in the Human Sexuality Collection