Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Del Martin just died!
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Del Martin was a pioneering Gay rights activist, who, along with her spouse, Phyllis Lyon, was the founder of the Daughters of Bilitis, the first lesbian rights organization in the U.S., in San Francisco in 1955; they founded "The Ladder," the first magazine that was a vehicle for lesbians to share their voices, in 1956.

"Their editorials, beginning with a series of rhetorical questions in the debut issue in 1956, consistently prodded lesbians to galvanize into a collective political force: 'What will be the lot of the future Lesbian? Fear? Scorn? This need not be — if lethargy is supplanted by an energized constructive program, if cowardice gives way to the solidarity of a cooperative front.'" [See here.]

Our prayers go out to her beloved wife, Phyllis! May God grant her peace in this very traumatic time!

Please watch this video of this wonderful, courageous, woman who, along with her spouse, lived and taught a lesson from which many LGBT people and allies can profit:
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