Leonard Lippert

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November 3, 1924 – November 26, 2000

Born in Detroit, Leonard Lippert was raised in Essex, Ontario and served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II.  Following a long career with Manufacturer’s Bank, Lippert and his life partner operated the Hayloft on Greenfield in Detroit from 1981 to 1997.

Between The Lines, December 14, 2000

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

George Fadiga

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February 19, 1954 – February 25, 2000

George Fadiga was a tireless activist with the Hope Fund, the Human Rights Campaign Michigan Dinner, the Motor City Business Forum, the Midwest AIDS Prevention Project, and other Detroit area causes.  At the time of his sudden death he worked as a sales representative with Crain Communications.

Detroit News, February 29, 2000

Cruise, March 1, 2000