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Please join us for VOICES 2015 on Thursday, September 17 at the beautiful Waterview Loft at Port Detroit!






Ruth Ellis Center is incredibly fortunate to have support from many local corporations. We would like to give special thanks to our friends at GE for helping us conceptualize the future Health & Wellness Center on the first floor of our Highland Park location, as well as paint some gorgeous murals. Additionally, our long time allies at Lear Corporation spent an entire day painting ceilings, bathrooms and walls in the Drop In Center. We couldn’t do without all of your support! Many thanks.








Detroit Premiere Of ‘Treasure’


Friends of Detroit Film Theatre and the Ruth Ellis Center present Treasure: From Tragedy to TransJustice, a film by dream hampton. The program will include introductory information and an afterglow following the film.The screening is Thursday, June 18, 6:30PM.

‘Treasure’ is a feature documentary about 19 year old trans woman Shelly ‘Treasure’ Hilliard whose murder involved police coercion, Jim Crow drug laws, the criminalization of sex work and transphobia. It is about a young Detroit trans community activated by her death, and her family, who are suing for justice.

‘Treasure’ is about the diverse and affirming activist community that Treasure belonged to. Anchored by The Ruth Ellis Center, Treasure and her friends received support, counseling and were trained to lead social justice workshops. ‘Treasure’ is also about Shelly’s family, who are filing a civil suit against the suburban police department who set in motion her murder.

This event is free and open to the public. It is recommend for people 14 years and older.The Detroit Film Theatre is located inside the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202. Please use the John R. entrance.

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