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. Elspeth R says:

    Oh, how sad!!! My heart goes out to her spouse and their family/friends.
    May the Goddess welcome her warmly.


  2. Athenae says:

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


  3. mark1147 says:

    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.


  4. pansypoo says:

    she died MARRIED.


  5. catherine says:

    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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