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LGBTQ+ Washtenaw Oral History Project - Lynden Kelly

70-year-old white woman with short hair wearing black t-shirt that reads A2QUALynden Kelly, who goes by Kelly (she/her), was born in 1954 in suburban Detroit. In 1972, she moved to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan. She became involved in countercultural organizations and collectives such as the Ann Arbor Tenants Union and the People’s Wherehouse, a wholesale warehouse for the Michigan Federation of Food Co-ops. She recalls visiting LGBTQ+ spaces in Ann Arbor and beyond, including the U-M Gay Advocates’ Office (now called the Spectrum Center), Canterbury House, the Rubaiyat, and the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. From 1990 to 2003, she and business partner Kate Burkhardt ran Common Language Bookstore, which catered to feminist and LGBTQ+ readers, on Fourth Avenue. Kelly also discusses gender roles, coming out to her parents, marriage equality, and co-founding Ann Arbor Queer Aquatics (A2QUA), a queer swimming group.

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Employees Of Shaman Drum Bookshop Cross-Dress For A Day, September 1995 Photographer: Lon Horwedel

Employees Of Shaman Drum Bookshop Cross-Dress For A Day, September 1995 image
Year:
1995
Published In:
Ann Arbor News, September 13, 1995
Caption:
Cross-dressing was the order of the day at the Shaman Drum Bookshop on South State Street. The reason: to poke fun at the flap over the dress code at Espresso Royale across the street and to honor former Shaman Drum employee Earl Gebott, who died last year of AIDS.

A Telling Contrast

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Parent Issue
Day
6
Month
March
Year
1891
Copyright
Public Domain

The Model Daughter

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Parent Issue
Day
18
Month
August
Year
1848
Copyright
Public Domain

Married Women

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Parent Issue
Day
5
Month
May
Year
1848
Copyright
Public Domain

Burning Of Forty-seven Women

Burning Of Forty-seven Women image
Parent Issue
Day
5
Month
May
Year
1848
Copyright
Public Domain