Tim Retzloff oral history interviews: 1993-2012
Summary Information
Title: Tim Retzloff oral history interviews
Creator: Retzloff, Tim.
Inclusive dates: 1993-2012
Extent: 91.3 GB
Abstract:
The Tim Retzloff oral history interviews (1993-2012) consist of over eighty oral histories conducted by Tim Retzloff with members of Detroit's LGBTQ community.
Call number: 2012158 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English.
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Bentley Historical Library staff; Alexa Hagen, January 2018.

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Donated by Tim Retzloff (donor no. 8383) in 2012.

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Preferred Citation:

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Biography

Tim Retzloff is a professor of history and LGBTQ studies at Michigan State University. In the course of his research on the gay community of Detroit and its suburbs since WWII, he has conducted numerous oral histories with key figures in the community.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes oral history interviews with members of Detroit's LGBTQ community conducted by Tim Retzloff between 1993 and 2012. Topics of discussion include experiences of coming out and gay life, Detroit's gay bar scene and other community spaces, and involvement in a variety of organizations including the Detroit Gay Liberation Front, the Gay Liberator, Detroit Gay Activists, the Green Carnation Community Center, ONE, and the Association of Suburban People.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Gay activists -- Detroit Metropolican Area (Mich.)
  • Gay activists -- Michigan.
  • Gay youth -- Detroit Metropolitan Area (Mich.)
  • Gay youth -- Michigan.
  • Lesbian youth -- Detroit Metropolitan Area (Mich.)
  • Lesbian youth -- Michigan.
  • LGBT community -- Detroit Metropolitan Area (Mich.)
  • LGBT community of Michigan.
  • Digital audio files.
  • Oral histories.
  • Association of Suburban People.
  • Detroit Gay Activists.
  • Gay Liberation Front of Detroit.
  • Gay liberator.
  • Green Carnation Community Center.
  • ONE, Inc. (Gay rights organization)
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Container / Location Title
 
Tim Retzloff oral history interviews 1993-2012 [series]
 
Alexander, Charles (b. 1936) 2006-02-25 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Detroit, MI. Discusses various Detroit gay bars and his arrest for accosting and soliciting by an undercover officer working decoy detail around Farmer and Bates area in the late 1950s.)

 
Ansuini, Patricia (b. 1946) 2010-08-03 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Evanston, IL. Discusses coming out into bar scene in the late 1960s, involvement in lesbian-feminist consciousness raising group, and work for the newspaper Gayzette.)

 
Ashby, Dennis (1948-2010) 2010-05-10 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Royal Oak, MI. Discusses his experiences as a teenager at the Tot Lot in the 1960s and his career as a waiter and bartender at various Detroit bars beginning in 1968, including Todd's Sway Lounge and the Gold Coast.)

 
Barnard, Gordon (1936-2011) 2010-06-29 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Eastpoint, MI. Discussed cruising for gay sex in downtown Detroit during the 1950s, including at the flagship Hudson's Department Store.)

 
Bill (1932-2007) 2005-10-28 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Redford, MI. Discusses visting the Silver Star and developing a small gay social network before retreating into the closet in the 1950s.)

 
Boukas, George (b. 1960)

(Interviewed in Detroit, MI. Discusses growing up gay in an Orthodox Greek family and his forays into various bars in the early 1980s, including the Gas Station, CT's, and Backstreet.)

 
Part 1 2010-01-14 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2010-01-14 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Bruno, Bob (b. 1953) a.k.a. Jennifer Foxx

(Interviewed in Southgate, MI. Discusses perorming as a gay female impersonator at various bars since the 1970s and winning the Miss Gay American title in 1982.)

 
Part 1 2010-01-28 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2010-01-28 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Byrd, Bradley [pseudonym] (1920-2010) 2003-03-01 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Closeted schoolteacher discusses secretive gay life in bars and late night theaters during the 1950s.)

 
Cavanagh, Terry (b. 1956) 2010-03-29 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Detroit, MI. Discusses his forays into bar scene during the late 1970s.)

 
Chartier, Donna (b. 1937) 2011-11-28 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Suttons Bay, MI. Discusses developing a network of lesbian friends after moving to Detroit in the late 1950s and the operation of the Casbah, which she owned from 1974 to 1979.)

 
Cimafranca, Marg (b. 1939)

(Interviewed in San Jose, CA. Discusses coming out in bar scene in the 1960s, her later involvement as a member of the Metropolitan Community Church, and her role in the initial formation of the Michigan Organization for Human Rights.)

 
Part 1 2010-07-19 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2010-07-19 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Clemente, Tony (b. 1933) and Jeroy, Gary (b. 1950)

(Interviewed in Ventura, CA. Discusses his selection and leadership as first pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit from 1972 to 1975.)

 
Part 1 2010-07-27 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2010-07-27 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Compton, Tom (b. 1948) 2010-02-03 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Royal Oak, MI. Discusses coming out in the bar scene during the 1970s and living as a gay artist among an avante gard circle of friends in Birmingham.)

 
Conboy, Mike (b. 1954)

(Interviewed in Los Angeles, CA. Discusses experiences as a bartender and patron at a number of bars, including the Deck, Menjo's, and Backstreet in the 1970s and 1980s.)

 
Part 1 2011-05-05 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2011-05-05 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Cooper, Raymond (Ray) (b. 1945) a.k.a. Russ Knight

(Interviewed in Plano, TX. Discusses living in the largely gay Park Lane Apartments and becoming in the late 1960s one of the first deejays to play at gay clubs, including the Iron Hinge, Morey's, and Gigi's.)

 
Part 1 2011-10-13 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2011-10-13 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 3 2011-10-13 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 4 2011-10-13 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Covert, Jeanne (b. 1950) 2011-08-02 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Warren, Ml. Discusses ostracism felt while a lesbian student at Oakland University in the late 1960s and finding community in Detroit during the 1970s at Geneva House and through her involvement with Gayly Speaking on WDET-FM.)

 
Curzon, Daniel (b. 1938)

(Interviewed in San Francisco, CA. Discusses his 1967 arrest in Palmer Park and its inspiration for his pioneering 1971 gay protest novel Something You Do in the Dark.)

 
Part 1 2005-12-29 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2005-12-29 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
DeCecco, John (b. 1925) 2005-12-31 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in San Francisco, CA. Discusses clandestine life while on faculty at the University of Detroit in the mid-1950s, picking up airmen and newly migrated southerners at various gay bars downtown and visiting Vesuvio's Bath across the river in Windsor.)

 
Dee, Bobby [pseudonym] (b. 1950)

(Interviewed in Detroit, MI. Discusses discovering the downtown bars and hanging out as a teenager around Farmer and Bates and at the Tot Lot at Milwaukee and Woodward in the 1960s.)

 
Part 1 2010-01-12 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2010-01-12 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 3 2010-01-12 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Dittmer, Douglas (Doug) (b. 1945)

(Interviewed in Ferndale, MI. Discusses life as a closeted husband and father, his discovering of gay life in Detroit in the 1970s, and his role as president of the Michigan Organization for Human Rights in the 1980s.)

 
Part 1 2009-12-16 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2009-12-16 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Engler, Sean [pseudonym] (b. 1929)

(Interviewed in Detroit, MI. Discusses experiences as an African American gay man in Detroit and developing a circle of friends in the 1950s.)

 
Part 1 2011-03-18 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2011-03-18 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Frank, Miriam (b. 1947)

(Interviewed in New York, NY. Discusses coming out within lesbian-feminist activism around Wayne State University in the 1970s.)

 
Part 1 2005-02-28 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2005-02-28 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Franklin, Bramwell "ChiChi" (1930-1995) 1993-07-08 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Detroit, MI. Discusses performing comedic routines at the Golden Slipper and the Ten Eleven in the 1950s and 1960s and being arrested at his apartment for accosting and soliciting and undercover decoy.)

 
Gaylor, Robert (b. 1939)

(Interviewed in Ferndale, Ml. Discusses developing a local circle of gay friends after becoming a librarian at Oakland University in the mid-1960s, his patronage of bars in Detroit, and hosting large, private gay parties at the Gate House for Meadowbrook Hall from 1977 to 1983.)

 
Part 1 2010-08-23 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2010-08-23 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Graff, Leonard (b. 1949) 1994-06-13 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in San Francisco, CA. Discusses growing up and making initial outings to bars in Detroit before attending Michigan State University, where he became a leader in the campus Gay Liberation Movement in the early 1970s.)

 
Haller, Douglas (b. 1951)

(Interviewed in Ann Arbor, MI. [Also interviewed 2009-10-07]. Discusses his coming out into the bar scene as a student at Wayne State University in the early 1970s and his later experiences as Information Officer for the Association of Suburban People in the late 1970s and early 1980s.)

 
Part 1 2006-07-25 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2006-07-25 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 1 2009-10-07 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2009-10-07 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 3 2009-10-07 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Harper, Robert (b. 1921) 2011-08-11 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Rochester Hills, MI. Discusses living as a closeted gay schoolteacher in Waterford Township during the 1950s and 1960s.)

 
Hobson, Christopher (b. 1941) a.k.a. James Coleman

(Interviewed in New York, NY. Discusses involvement with the Detroit Gay Liberation Front and the International Socialists in the early 1970s, writing for the Gay Liberator, and his reaction to the novel Consenting Adult by his mother Laura Z. Hobson.)

 
Part 1 2005-02-28 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2005-02-28 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Horne, Ernest L. (1926-2010) 1995-02-10 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Royal Oak, MI. Discusses trips to Provincetown during the 1950s as part of his secret gay life while working as corporate librarian for General Motors.)

 
Hummel, David (b. 1935)

(Interviewed in Traverse City, MI. Discusses performing at the Diplomat and the Gold Dollar Show Bar during the 1960s and supplying recordings for female impersonators to lip sync.)

 
Part 1 2011-11-29 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2011-11-29 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Itzkowitz, Stuart (b. 1948)

(Interviewed in Grosse Pointe Park, MI. Discusses coming out as a graduate student at the University of Michigan in 1972, moving to the Palmer Park apartment district in 1974, frequenting gay Detroit bars throughout the 1970s, and role in the formation of the Michigan Organization for Human Rights in 1977.)

 
Part 1 2005-10-07 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2005-10-07 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Jondahl, H. Lynn (b. 1936)

(Interviewed in Okemos, MI. Discusses affiliation with the Council on Religion and the Homophile in Los Angeles, working with Chuck Thompson, participating with minister outreach by ONE in Detroit, and role as a straight ally while serving in the Michigan Legislature.)

 
Part 1 2011-06-01 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2011-06-01 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Kalt, Steven (b. 1942) 2010-02-25 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Royal Oak, MI. Discusses his involvement in the early years of the Association of Suburban People and his picking up hitchhikers cruising along Woodward during the 1970s.)

 
Keller, Rodger (1942-2006)

(Interviewed in Key West, FL. Discusses cruising restrooms on the Wayne State campus in the 1960s, his involvement in the Christopher Street Detroit '72 celebration, and his fracas with Raymond Warner surrounding the Green Carnation Community Center.)

 
Part 1 2005-11-12 - 2005-11-13 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2005-11-12 - 2005-11-13 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
King, Wayne (b. 1942) a.k.a. Wayne Pierce

(Interviewed in Manitou Springs, CO. Discusses moving to Detroit in the 1960s to work with the International Socialists and his role as founder of the Detroit Gay Liberation Front in 1970.)

 
Part 1 2010-08-01 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2010-08-01 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Larry (b. 1932) 1996-09-12 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Detroit, MI. Discusses his leadership of ONE in Detroit in the late 1960s and efforts of the group to provide respectable organizational space for local homosexuals.)

 
Loving, Margaret Glenn (b. 1928) 2006-06-10 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Detroit, MI. Discusses her involvement as a straight ally to the Detroit Gay Liberation Front and her role in the protest against Bishop Richard Emrich for his anti-gay stance in the early 1970s.)

 
Lubin, William [pseudonym] (b. 1927)

(Interviewed in Detroit, MI. Discusses his patronage of gay bars in downtown Detroit in the 1950s, his involvement in Indian Village gay life after becoming a resident in 1968, and his affiliation with the leather organization Tribe.)

 
Part 1 2010-03-18 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2010-03-18 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Mager, Donald N. (b. 1942)

(Interviewed in Charlotte, NC. Discusses his deep involvement in local gay activism in the 1970s and early 1980s, including work with a gay parents group, helping to launch and host Gayly Speaking, pushing to include sexual orientation as part of the Detroit Omnibus Human Rights Ordinance, and playing a crucial role in the founding and early years of the Michigan Organization for Human Rights.)

 
Part 1 2009-10-18 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2009-10-18 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 3 2009-10-18 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Martin, Frank (1938-2010)

(Interviewed in Huntington Woods, MI. Discusses forging his first gay friendships in junior high school, meeting his life partner Al Vezza on one of the last streetcars in 1956, and becoming active in the Association of Suburban People in the late 1970s.)

 
Part 1 2009-11-10 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2009-11-10 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Martin, Franz (b. 1948)

(Interviewed in Los Angeles, CA. Discusses being an early gay political leader and his role in the Detroit Gay Liberation Front, the Gay Liberator, Detroit Gay Activists, the Green Carnation Community Center, and the Gayly Speaking radio program.)

 
Part 1 2004-02-22 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2004-02-22 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Martinez, Roberto (b. 1962) 2009-11-24 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Detroit, MI. Discusses coming out as a Latino gay teenager in the working-class suburbs of Detroit and his discovery of bars in the city.)

 
Maurer, George (b. 1931) 2005-11-11 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Discusses visiting various bars near Farmer and Bates in the 1950s and his close friendship with Gigi's owner Tony Garneau.)

 
Maurice (1912-2001) 1995-04-07 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Atlas, MI. Discusses experiences with bar life and operating an antique store in Detroit, describing the clandestine parties held under the ruse of the Atlas Valley Literary Society in the 1950s.)

 
McKeage, Alice (b. 1948)

(Interviewed in Ferndale, MI. Discusses involvement in the 1980s with a discussion and social group for suburban lesbians.)

 
Part 1 2010-08-17 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2010-08-17 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
McNaught, Brian (b. 1948) 2003-07-28 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed by telephone. [Also interviewed 2011-10-03]. Discusses his founding of Dignity/Detroit, the loss of his column in the Permanently, and his hunger strike to press for the Church to address its stance toward homosexuality.)

 
McNaught, Brian (b. 1948)

(Interviewed in Provincetown, MA. [Also interviewed 2003-07-28]. Discusses his founding of Dignity/Detroit, the loss of his column in the Permanently, and his hunger strike to press for the Church to address its stance toward homosexuality.)

 
Part 1 2011-10-03 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2011-10-03 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Mellen, Frances J. (b. 1935) 2012-02-10 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Fenton, MI. Discusses Gold Dollar Show Bar in the 1960s, owned by her father Sol Osborne and his brother Jackie Osborne.)

 
Melvin, Merrilee (b. 1947)

(Interviewed in Carlsbad, CA. Discusses organizing Christopher Street Detroit '72 march, involvement in Gayly Speaking radio program, and life at the Geneva House lesbian-feminist commune.)

 
Part 1 2011-05-01 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2011-05-01 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Messer, Henry D. (b. 1927)

(Interviewed in Dearborn Heights, MI. Discusses involvement in the Association of Suburban People and the Michigan Organization for Human Rights in the 1970s and 1980s.)

 
Part 1 2009-11-23 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2009-11-23 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Milbourne, Hank (b. 1954)

(Interviewed in Detroit, MI. Discusses his patronage of the Famous Door in the 1980s and experiencing discrimination as an African American at Menjo's.)

 
Part 1 2012-01-25 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2012-01-25 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Mitchell, C.G. (b. 1932) 2005-11-15 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in St. Petersburg, FL. Discusses his experiences in the military, in visiting various bars in the Farmer and Bates area in the 1950s, and operating a shop on Plum Street in the late 1960s.)

 
Montgomery, Jeffrey (b. 1953)

(Interviewed in Detroit, MI. Discusses growing up as a gay teenager in Grosse Pointe in the 1960s and how finding physique magazines for sale in Detroit helped him on the road to self-discovery.)

 
Part 1 2010-03-10 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2010-03-10 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Jai (b. 1928) 1993-06-15 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Detroit, MI. Discusses his patronage of the Golden Slipper in the 1950s and his serving as secretary of the Detroit Area Council of the Mattachine Society.)

 
Jai (b. 1928) 1993-11-17 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Detroit, MI. Discusses his patronage of the Golden Slipper in the 1950s and his serving as secretary of the Detroit Area Council of the Mattachine Society.)

 
Jai (b. 1928)

(Interviewed in Detroit, MI. Discusses his patronage of the Golden Slipper in the 1950s and his serving as secretary of the Detroit Area Council of the Mattachine Society.)

 
Part 1 2005-11-10 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2005-11-10 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
O'Jibway, Phillip (b. 1947) a.k.a. Phillip Green

(Interviewed in Ann Arbor, MI. Discusses his early involvement in the Association of Suburban People, his part in forming and sustaining the Michigan Organization for Human Rights, and his interaction with bars as writer and editor for Cruise magazine.)

 
Part 1 2003-08-01 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2003-08-01 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
O'Reilly, Ralph (1919-1995) and Stallings, Ralph (1910-1994) 1993-10-02 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Holly, MI. Discuss their experiences with various Detroit bars in the 1940s and 1950s and meeting their life partners at a gay cocktail party in 1949.)

 
Pascoe, James (b. 1936) a.k.a. Jerry Daye

(Interviewed in Las Vegas, NV. Discusses his coming out in Detroit as a teenager taking the bus from the Upper Peninsula on weekends in the mid-1950s and his later career as a female impersonator at the Diplomat and the Gold Dollar Show Bar.)

 
Part 1 2012-02-16 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2012-02-16 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Pease, Lloyd (1952-2007)

(Interviewed in Cleveland, OH. Discusses moving to Detroit to manage the Club Baths in the mid- l 970s, dancing at various bars, living in a big gay house owned by owners of the Interchange, and residing in Indian Village.)

 
Part 1 2005-04-01 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2005-04-01 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Piazza, Greg (b. 1951)

(Interviewed in Ferndale, MI. Discusses coming out in the theater program at Wayne State University in the early 1970s and being a longtime resident and historian of the Palmer Park apartment district.)

 
Part 1 2006-08-16 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2006-08-16 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Raymond, Dennis N. (b. 1950)

(Interviewed in Seattle, WA. Discusses his involvement with Detroit Gay Activists, the Green Carnation Community Center, and the Christopher Street Detroit '72 celebration.)

 
Part 1 2005-01-07 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2005-01-07 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Rogalski, Wes (b. 1945)

(Interviewed in St. Ignatius, MT. Discusses his struggle in coming out after returning from service in the Army, his 1975 entrapment arrest in Hines Park, and his resultant role in the founding of the Association of Suburban People.)

 
Part 1 2010-07-15 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2010-07-15 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Rome, Tony (b. 1936) 2010-07-28 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Rancho Mirage, CA. Discusses managing Foof's Down Under as a masculine, satellite bar in the basement of Gigi's and his twenty-year stint as publisher of Cruise magazine.)

 
Ross, Dale (b. 1948)

(Interviewed in Southfield, MI. Discusses his initial coming out while a student at Michigan State University in the late 1960s, his romantic and professional relationship with an antique dealer in Indian Village, and his discovery of the leather world at the Interchange in the mid-1970s.)

 
Part 1 2010-06-03 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2010-06-03 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Routt, Leon (b. 1943)

(Interviewed in Philadelphia, PA. Discusses his leadership in the early African American gay organization Frontrunner in the late 1970s and his later involvement in the leather group Tribe.)

 
Part 1 2011-05-11 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2011-05-11 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Ruppert, Rosemary (b. 1948)

(Interviewed in Royal Oak, MI. Discusses coming out in the lesbian bar scene of the late 1970s and subsequently becoming politically galvanized through her work in the Michigan Organization for Human Rights.)

 
Part 1 2012-02-17 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2012-02-17 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Sarto, Gary (b. 1942) 1996-09-15 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Detroit, MI. Discusses his experiences as president of ONE in Detroit during the early 1970s.)

 
Schmidt, William (b. 1947)

(Interviewed in Palm Springs, CA. Discusses participating in the bar scene of the 1970s, living in Indian Village, and being questioned as part of the Oakland County Child Murders investigation.)

 
Part 1 2005-12-26 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2005-12-26 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Schreiber, Marguerite (b. 1944) 2010-07-31 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Walsenburg, CO. Discusses coming out in bar scene in the 1970s, her involvement in the initial formation of the Michigan Organization for Human Rights, and her participation in the Performers Awards of Detroit.)

 
Schwartz, Norm (b. 1935)

(Interviewed in Wilton Manors, FL. Discusses his perspective coming out in the early 1970s after a heterosexual marriage, managing Tiffany's for owner Stephen Gnass, and later owning three bars of his own: the Cove, the Outlaw, and the Rhinoceros.)

 
Part 1 2011-07-19 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2011-07-19 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Spiro, Jaye (b. 1947) 2005-08-23 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Ferndale, MI. Discusses coming out within a lesbian-feminist street theater troupe, her activities with Sappho Sisters Rising, living at the Geneva House commune, and teaching martial arts.)

 
Stanley, Robert (b. 1937) 2005-11-15 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in St. Petersburg, FL. Discusses living in the heavily gay Pasadena Apartments in the late 1960s and his experiences as a black, gay man navigating the segregated bar and social scenes.)

 
Summers, Claude (b. 1944)

(Interviewed in New Orleans, LA. Discusses coming out as a gay faculty member at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in the 1970s and his early involvement in the Association of Suburban People.)

 
Part 1 2011-10-17 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2011-10-17 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Swope, Susan (b. 1948) a.k.a. Susan Williamson

(Interviewed in Fayetteville, PA. Discusses being one of the few women involved in the Gay Liberator and working as a key organizer for the Christopher Street Detroit '72 celebration.)

 
Part 1 2011-10-01 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2011-10-01 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Szymanski, Virginia (b. 1927) 2005-11-25 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Hamtramck, MI. Discusses being a suburban heterosexual mother and operating the Royal Show Bar, which catered to an African American gay clientele in the 1960s.)

 
Tawyea, Ed (b. 1950) 2011-05-11 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Philadelphia, PA. Discusses his role in founding Dignity/Detroit in 1974, his relationship with Brian McNaught, and living in the Palmer Park apartment district.)

 
Thompson, Chuck [pseudonym] (1916-2010) 2004-02-21 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in Los Angeles, CA. Discusses role in founding ONE in Detroit at his Grosse Pointe travel agency in 1965 and coordinating the organization from Los Angeles during its first years.)

 
Turner, Greg (b. 1953) 2005-12-29 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in San Francisco, CA. Discusses involvement with the Gay Liberator newspaper and the radio program Gayly Speaking in the 1970s.)

 
Underwood, Betty (b. 1924)

(Interviewed in Inkster, MI. Discusses her experiences as manager of the State Bar in Flint from 1957 to 1985 and in patronizing various lesbian bars in Detroit in the 1960s and 1970s.)

 
Part 1 1995-05-13 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 1995-05-13 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Warner, Raymond (b. 1947) a.k.a. Raymond West

(Interviewed in Detroit, MI. Discusses his involvement in the Detroit Gay Liberation Front and later controversy in seeking to oust gay leftists from Detroit Gay Activists and the Green Carnation Community Center.)

 
Part 1 1996-09-15 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 1996-09-15 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Windsor, Danny (b. 1925)

(Interviewed in Muskegon, MI. Discusses his experiences as a headliner at the Diplomat and Ten Eleven in the early 1960s, his later career as a female impersonator, and in the mid-1970s opening the Eagles Nest, the first gay bar in Muskegon.)

 
Part 1 2003-06-13 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2003-06-13 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Wolan, Dave (b. 1924)

(Interviewed in Detroit, MI. Discusses his experiences visiting various gay bars in the 1950s and 1960s.)

 
Part 1 2010-02-01 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2010-02-01 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Zerafa, Thomas (b. 1951)

(Interviewed in Oak Park, Ml. Discusses living in a gay apartment building on Seward and his involvement with Dignity/Detroit in the mid-1970s.)

 
Part 1 2010-04-15 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Part 2 2010-04-15 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]
 
Zimmerman, Larry (b. 1955) 2012-02-02 [Restricted until March 28, 2022]

(Interviewed in St. Clair Shores, MI. Discusses his involvement in launching the Motor City Business Forum and his experiences as a gay real estate agent in the early 1980s.)