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

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

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