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Meet The Presses: Ruth Ellis

Meet The Presses: Ruth Ellis
Ruth Ellis, born in 1899, was the last child and only daughter in her family of four children in Springfield, Illinois. Ellis’ father was the only black mail carrier in the city and brought up all of his children to fight inequality. She came out as a lesbian at the age of sixteen, in the year 1915, when being queer was a crime and most LGBTQIA+ folks were still completely closeted. Her out status made her a target, but she refused to hide.
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Meet The Presses: Kay Meyer Graham

Meet The Presses: Kay Meyer Graham
German Zeppelins were dropping bombs on Ramsgate, England, on June 16th, 1917, while an ocean away in New York City, Katharine “Kay” Meyer was being born into wealth. One of five children, Meyer’s childhood was divided between a castle on a large estate in Mount Kisco, New York, and a mansion in Washington, D.C. Although her surroundings were luxurious, her parents were largely absent, leaving the children in the care of staff.  
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