Billie Hill

Billie Hill pic

April 22, 1925 – January 27, 2002

A native of Pennsylvania, Mabel “Billie” Hill moved to Detroit in her youth and discovered Detroit’s gay bar scene while working in an auto factory during World War II.  She later owned an antiques business with her then-partner Rose Bonham.  A longtime member of the Metropolitan Church of Detroit, Hill tended the door at the Underground and, as a lesbian senior, was profiled in the Detroit News.

Between The Lines, January 30, 2002

Max LePard

Max LePard pic

July 19, 1920 – October 27, 2002

Max LePard grew up in Owosso and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He owned a beauty salon in Birmingham in the 1960s and later operated his own graphic art business in Royal Oak, where he lived for more than forty years with his life partner Usein Alieff.

Daily Tribune, October 29, 2002