Scene Check - Remembering Dennis Ashby

This month, longtime Gold Coast employee Dennis Ashby, known to many as "Rita," passed away. The exact date and cause of death is unknown, but co-worker Eric Licht, who worked with Ashby for over 11 years at the Detroit club, told us: "Let's just say that his body and soul were 'out of alignment' and his heart just couldn't take it any longer."

Between The Lines interviewed Ashby, a Utica native, in mid-2008 about doing drag, making the best Long Island and his dedication to working in gay bars, which he did for over 40 years.

"I'll keep working as long as I possibly can," he told us. "It keeps me in touch with the community and keeps me in a younger frame of mind. After all, it beats being a greeter at Meijer."

1. Dennis Ashby at Gold Coast (Photos: Andrew Potter)

2. Dennis (center) with Gold Coast staff

3. Dennis and Nickki

Photos 3 and 4: Danielle

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