Barbara Grier

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November 4, 1933 – November 10, 2011

Born in Ohio, pioneering publisher Barbara Glycine Grier spent much of her childhood in Detroit and attended ninth grade at Highland Park Community High School.  She came to understand herself as lesbian as a teenager after requesting books on homosexuality at the Detroit Public Library.  Grier went on to edit the magazine The Ladder and to co-found the Naiad Press with her partner Donna McBride.

New York Times, November 13, 2011

Lesbian Herstory Archives oral history of Barbara Grier

Barbara Grier-Naiad Press Collection at the San Francisco Public Library

Marlene Kutz

March 23, 1932 – February 27, 2005

Marlene Kutz grew up in Dearborn and later resided in Livonia and Harrison Township.  A subscriber to the Ladder in the early 1970s and supporter of the Forum Foundation in the 1990s, Kutz was also a sister in the Catholic Church.

Detroit News, March 1, 2005

Gay Whiteside

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August 22, 1945 – November 17, 1993

Wyandotte resident Gay Whiteside formed a chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis in Detroit in 1971.  She was also active with the Gay Radio Collective, was a longtime member of the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit, and volunteered on the Affirmations telephone hotline.

Detroit Free Press, November 19, 1993

Affirmations Newsletter, January 1994