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

Ruth Ellis

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July 23, 1899 – October 12, 2000

Elder and matriarch Ruth Ellis hosted house parties with her partner Babe Franklin in their Oakland Street home during the 1940s and ’50s, giving sanctuary to LGBTQ African American Detroiters who were often excluded from the city’s gay bars.

Between The Lines, October 12, 2000

Ruth Ellis papers at the Bentley Historical Library

Trailer for Living with Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100

W. Dorr Legg

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December 15, 1904 – July 26, 1994

Ann Arbor native W. Dorr Legg moved to Los Angeles in 1949 with his boyfriend following their arrest in Detroit on a charge of gross indecency between men.  In Los Angeles in 1953, he helped found ONE magazine, the first homosexual publication to reach wide circulation in the U.S.

Between The Lines, December 1994

W. Dorr Legg papers at the ONE Archives