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Phyllis + Del: Six Decades of Love

Feb 12, 2015

On this Valentine's weekend, Out in the Bay honors one of San Francisco's favorite couples - pioneering civil rights activists Phyllis Lyon and the late Del Martin. Valentine's Day was their anniversary. They co-founded the nation's first lesbian political organization, the Daughters of Bilitis, in 1955. They were together more than 55 years before they could legally wed, as the first same-sex couple to marry in San Francisco City Hall in 2008. They had also been the first same-sex couple to wed in February 2004 when Mayor Gavin Newsom challenged state law. (He lost the first round, but eventually won). On this special edition of Out in the Bay, hear Del & Phyllis' love story, shared with producer Eric Jansen over their kitchen table in 2006, along with some of their favorite music and tales of life in San Francisco from 1950 to now. Also on this encore broadcast, outLoud Radio brings us perspectives on love from young, old and in-between.


Dottie, now in her 70s, was expelled from her all-girls high school for kissing other students.  Teenager Niko was born a girl, but felt more like a boy.  Dottie is an elder in OutLoud Radio’s Inter-generational Storytelling Project; Niko was in an OutLoud Radio summer program. Hear their tales and more -- some of OutLoud Radio's best past pieces and new works-in-progress -- on this week's Out in the Bay.