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
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
May 22, 1941 – February 24, 2011
Joyce Kershner was a board member of the Performers Awards of Detroit, manager of the Palmwood, resident of the Palmer Park apartment district, and longtime staff poet for Metra magazine.
Metra, March 9, 2011
September 16, 1936 – May 31, 2014
A native of Sault Ste. Marie, James Pascoe rose to fame performing as Jerri Daye as a female impersonator at the Diplomat and Gold Dollar in Detroit and nationally from the late 1950s into the 1990s.
Between The Lines, June 5, 2014
May, 1946 – May 29, 2009
John Fowler held jobs at Quick Copy Center near Wayne State and at several Detroit area cinemas, but it was through his love of theater that he made is mark, particularly in a Stagecrafter production in Royal Oak of the Laramie Project.
Between The Lines, June 19, 2008
December 25, 1964 – May 9, 1993
A graduate of the University of Michigan-Flint, Ralph Wilson worked as an educator for the Midwest AIDS Prevention Project.
Between The Lines, June 15, 1993
August 31, 1933 – July 19, 2016
From 1972 to 1975, Anthony Clemente, known to congregants as Pastor Tony, served as the first official minister of the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit.
Between The Lines, August 14, 2016