Steve Franklin

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Dates of birth and death uncertain

Stephen Franklin held retail jobs at Silverman’s and National T-Shirt.  As manager of Bonnie and Clyde’s disco, he testified before the Lansing City Council in 1980 about police harassment of gay men at the nightclub.  He later migrated to Texas.  He died of complications from AIDS.

No known obituary.

Babe Franklin

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November 25, 1909 – December 12, 1973

A native of Springfield, Illinois, Cicilene “Babe” Franklin worked as a cook and co-operated Ellis and Franklin Printing with her longtime partner Ruth Ellis, with whom she also co-hosted house parties that added vitality to Detroit’s black LGBTQ life in the 1940s and ‘50s.

No known obituary.

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.