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Famous Lesbians, Lesbian History:

Ruth Ellis (1899 – 2000) – activist

  • became widely known as the oldest surviving open lesbian, and LGBT rights activist at the age of 100
  • came out as a lesbian around 1915
  • met her partner of 30 years Ceciline “Babe” Franklin in the 1920s. They moved together to Detroit in 1937, where their house was known
    in the African American community as the “gay spot”. It was a central
    location for gay and lesbian parties, and also served as a refuge for
    African American gays and lesbians
  • The Ruth Ellis Center
    honors the life and work of Ruth Ellis, and is one of only four
    agencies in the United States dedicated to homeless LGBT youth and young

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