Del Martin, pioneer GLBT activist and newlywed, dead at 87


Del Martin, a pioneering lesbian rights activist who married her
lifelong partner on the first day same-sex couples could legally wed in
California, has died. She was 87.

Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian
Rights, says Martin died at a San Francisco hospital Wednesday morning
two weeks after a broken arm exacerbated her existing health problems.

Kendell says her wife, Phyllis Lyon, was by her side.

Slideshow I made back in June, featuring Del and Phyllis

5 thoughts on “Del Martin, pioneer GLBT activist and newlywed, dead at 87

  1. Condolences to those who knew and loved her.
    She fought, she fought every day, and that inspired many, many people.

  2. Del apparently did a lot of work on behalf of battered women, as well as the LGBT community.
    I’ll always be grateful for her/others’ efforts to get the APA shrinks to de-list gayness as a disease in late ’73. That’s the event that let me know I truly was as healthy as I’d felt all along, and nothing/no one outside of me was going to have final say over who and how I loved.

  3. My first response was damn, they only had, what, two months? But then I thought, no, they had their whole adult lives, the paper was just the frosting.
    Still, it’s a shame.

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