Betty grew up in South St. Louis with memories of riding her motorbike through city alleys at age 15. She then joined a male biker club for many years.
She has had a myriad of jobs & careers throughout her 85 years. She’s flipped burgers, picked fruit, worked retail & was a hard worker but at times was
discriminated against due to being too masculine. Betty sold real estate when the market crashed & bounced back from financial losses in the 1980s by reaching
out to connections in her life for help & started a 10-year cleaning business employing
all gay women. She retired in her early 60s due to a health disability but continues
to find purpose in her life through her advocacy work in the LGBTQ
community, where she is considered an icon. Betty spent many years on Team St. Louis in the International Gay Games to promote inclusion. She has been with her partner for 32 years & spends her days building & painting benches for her friends.