Black History Month: Ruth Ellis

Ruth Ellis dancing

Today, we’re highlighting Ruth Ellis, a legendary activist known and loved for creating safe and supportive spaces for the LGBTQ+ community. Ellis’ home in Detroit became a source of support for those in need and a gathering spot where people could be themselves. She often bought books and food for young people, helped with college tuition, and eventually co-founded the Ruth Ellis Center (REC) in 1999. They recently opened their new community center where they can continue and expand their supportive services and housing for LGBTQ+ youth. We’re proud to have collaborated with such an inspiring organization to bring their building to life. Learn more about Ruth Ellis and the REC by visiting the sources below.

Ruth Ellis Center

Third Coast International Audio Festival: Ruth Ellis

Michigan Radio: Hear what activist Ruth Ellis gave Detroit’s LGBTQ community

LGBTQ Nation: Over the course of 101 years, the nation’s longest-lived lesbian was always out & proud

Ruth Ellis at pianoRuth Ellis Clairmount Center ribbon cutting

Mural of Ruth Ellis at Ruth Ellis Clairmount Center