Detroit Strange
Mostly factual tales from Detroit
10 months ago

Ep. 45 - The Gay Spot

Ruth Ellis & the Formation of the Ruth Ellis Center

Jess and Alex catch up and talk about the heat, their favorite summer fruits, and dogs. Then Alex tells Jess about Ruth Ellis; a black, lesbian, 20th century female (we mean this quite literally - she lived from 1899-2000), activist whose work with black LGBT youths in the city helped to provide them with a safe space to gather. In addition a place to meet she often helped them with money for food, books, and education. How did Ruth figure out her sexuality in 1915? What was "the Gay Spot"? And what legacy did she leave behind? Tune in and find out! And as always "staystrange