Phyllis Lyon

8:49am

Thu February 14, 2013
Out in the Bay - 2/14, 7pm

Valentine's Day Anniversary: A 55-year love story

Long-time lesbian activists Phyllis Lyon and the late Del Martin were together 55 years before they could legally wed.

4:12pm

Mon June 4, 2012
Arts & Culture

StoryCorps: A monumental wedding

Phyllis Lyon was the founder of the first lesbian rights organization in the United States, Daughters of Bilitis, in 1955. You may recall her name, as she and her wife Dell Martin were the first same sex couple to be married under the authority of Gavin Newsom when he became mayor in 2004. Phyllis recounts her life experiences such as connecting with Dell Martin, navigating anti-gay laws in San Francisco in the 1950's, her book Lesbian/woman, and shifting her perspective on marriage at the StoryCorps booth in San Francisco, where she spoke with Margee Adams.

 

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