Rayya Elias

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April 16, 1960 – January 4, 2018

Lesbian writer, filmmaker, and punk musician Rayya Mokdessy Elias was born in Syria, grew up in Metro Detroit, and graduated from Center Line High School.  She moved to New York in the 1980s, returning intermittently to Michigan, living in Warren and Royal Oak.  Elias directed the film shorts Anonymous and Lunchroom and authored the memoir Harley Loco.  She was survived by Elizabeth Gilbert.

The Cut, January 5, 2018

The Alpha Wolf

Jamie Phillips-Fox

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March 2, 1953 – June 7, 2006

Detroit native and Center Line resident Jamie Marie Phillips-Fox was a pioneering transgender volunteer and activist in South East Michigan.  With her future wife Michelle Fox-Phillips, she founded what was then known as Transgender Detroit.  Phillips-Fox was also involved in Crossroads, Transgender Michigan, Affirmations, and PFLAG Detroit.

Detroit News, June 10, 2006

Between The Lines, June 15, 2006