Former BTL writer seeks personal histories for project

BTL Staff
By | 2018-01-16T05:42:50-04:00 July 7th, 2005|News|

By Dawn Wolfe-Gutterman

ANN ARBOR – Tim Retzloff, a writer in the early days of BTL, needs the LGBT community’s help with a new project chronicling its history.
Retzloff, who is also the curator of Artifacts & Disclosures, a web site about LGBT history, is doing his history honors thesis about lesbian and gay life in metro Detroit during the period between World War II and 1985.
Retzloff said he would like to interview people about their experiences in the community during those years for the history project.
“There was a lot of activity that is unheralded going on at that time,” said Retzloff, a student at the University of Michigan.
Asked if the project might become a book, Retzloff said that any thought of a book is “way down the line,” after he finishes his Bachelor’s degree. It was an interest in local queer history that led him back to school in the first place, though, he said, and that’s why he chose local lesbian and gay history as the topic for his thesis.
For more information email Retzloff at To see Retzloff’s work compiling LGBT history visit

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